How to Pick a Softball Bat

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Choosing the correct softball bat is very important to our success as a hitter. We want to choose a bat that is the right weight and length for our body type. The type of bat that we choose as far as brand goes is really just our personal preference. Almost all bats you can buy today are made very well with a lot of research and technology behind them. Most fast pitch softball bats are anywhere between 28 to 34 inches long, depending on whether you’re a smaller person or a larger person. The weight on them is also important. Typically the largest bat that you can purchase is 34 inches by 26 ounces. That’s the heaviest and longest that most will ever use for fast pitch softball. For our youth, a lot of times we use what’s called something like a 10, 11, or a 12 drop. The drop is the difference between the length and the weight. For instance, a bat that is 33 inches long, and 23 ounces, is considered a minus 10, or a 10 drop.