Tips on Buying Softball Bats
With the softball and baseball seasons right around the corner, a lot of softball and baseball players are looking for cheap bats and other equipment.
No one wants to pay more than they have to whether you are looking for bats which are for practice purposes or tournament special. Below are suggestions for where and how to look for softball bats which best fit your budget.
– Cheap softball bats are not always cheap
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Of course, there is no bad in starting your search online. However, you would want to exercise caution when buying online. You may find one for a great price but if the bat does not suit anyone who you intend to use it, then you may find that it was not such a great deal after all.
Some retailers are really good regarding returns, but it can be a real pain to return a bat. You have to package it up again, take it to the post office or local ground delivery office. It is a lot of hassle that many people just do not want to get into. Then you will find that the cheap softball bat is not so cheap anymore.
– Try your local sporting goods store first
Visiting your local sporting goods store is a good idea. You will have an advantage locally which you would not find online even though you may not find cheap softball bats.
– Wooden bats versus Aluminum bats
Were you aware that only wooden bats are the only ones you can use at the Major League Baseball? If you have aspirations of joining the major leagues, then you would want to use a wooden bat.
They are however denser and heavier. They will not hit a ball as far, and would need a lot of wrist and arm strength.
Due to this, majority of softball player prefer aluminum bats over the wooden bats. You would be sure to find the one that would meet your needs since these come in a wide variety of weights and lengths.
– How to fit a bat properly
A random bat will not do. The length and weight of the bat should also be taken into consideration.
Place the tip of the bat on the ground. Let your arms relax and hand down at your side. You want the top of the bat to reach about your wrist. For kids, this can differ depending on the size of the kid.
Next is the weight of the bat. Do a gentle practice swing. Are you or your child swinging it comfortably or are you feeling strain on your wrists?
You would not be hitting home runs if you are putting stress on your wrists in order to make a swing even though a heavier bat has more power.