How To Choose a Baseball Bat

How To Choose A Baseball Bat

In a few short months, the spring season will be upon us and that means one thing – baseball and softball are back in. As your child grows it is important to outfit him or her in properly fitted equipment. One of the most intimidating tasks is How To Choose A Baseball Bat. That’s where Bolt Athletics comes in. We will go over the three primary attributes to consider when deciding on

wHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A BASEBALL BAT:

  1. Length – A player’s height is a significant factor when choosing  bat length. Although a longer bat provides more plate coverage, as the length increases, the weight usually follows, which can slow your bat speed.
  2. Weight – Weight, also referred to as a bat’s “Drop Weight” is the second factor to consider. A bat’s drop weight will be printed on the side of the bat’s barrel in the form of a negative number (i.e. -8 or -10, etc.). The bat’s actual weight in ounces is calculated by taking the difference between the bat’s length and its drop weight. For example, if you’re holding a 28” bat with a drop weight of -10, the bat weighs 18oz.  Younger players typically prefer lighter bats to generate more swing speed. However, heavier bats will create more power.
  3. Barrel Size – Most youth leagues allow a maximum of 2 ¼” diameter barrel, while senior league, high school, and college require a 2 5/8” barrel. Regardless of brand (Easton, DeMarini, Louisville Slugger), choosing a bat is based on these 3 factors. The charts below serve as a general guide to choosing a baseball bat length based on the player’s age, height, and weight. The heavier the player, the more likely he or she can swing a heavier bat (one with a lower drop weight).

Your Height (Inches)

36-40″ 41-44″ 45-48″ 49-52″ 53-56″ 57-60″ 61-64″ 65-68″ 69-72″ 73″+

Under 60 26″ 27″ 28″ 29″ 29″

61-70 27″ 27″ 28″ 29″ 30″ 30″

71-80   28″ 28″ 29″ 30″ 30″ 31″

81-90   28″ 29″ 29″ 30″ 30″ 31″ 32″

91-100   28″ 29″ 30″ 30″ 31″ 31″ 32″

101-110   29″ 29″ 30″ 30″ 31″ 31″ 32″

111-120   29″ 29″ 30″ 30″ 31″ 31″ 32″

121-130   29″ 30″ 30″ 30″ 31″ 32″ 32″ 32″

131-140   29″ 30″ 30″ 31″ 31″ 32″ 32″ 33″

141-150     30″ 30″ 31″ 31″ 32″ 33″ 33″

151-160     30″ 31″ 31″ 32″ 32″ 33″ 33″ 33″

161-170       31″ 31″ 32″ 32″ 33″ 33″ 34″

171-180           32″ 33″ 33″ 34″ 34″

181 & More             33″ 33″ 34″ 34″

Most Popular Length By Age

Age 5 to 7 8 to 9 10 11 to 12 13 to 14 15 to 16 17 & up

Length 24-26″ 26-28″ 28-29″ 30-31″ 31-32″ 32-33″ 33-34″

Comments

  1. Thanks Nelson!

  2. Choosing the best baseball bats is not easy. There are many types of bat and brands out there. The parameters about length, weight, barrel size are useful. They are really good for me and for any beginner. Thanks so much Mate.

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