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Choosing Baseball Bats

Although not much equipment is needed to play baseball, everyone who has ever seen or played the game knows that baseball bats are crucial. Baseball bats have really changed over the years of the game’s development. In the past, when the game was first gaining in popularity, the baseball bats were cruder in design and form. They were only made of wood and little thought was probably put into their making. A bat was a bat, and that is all there was to it. Now, however, the importance of bats cannot be overestimated. If you enter a sporting goods store today, you will probably find a selection of bats so large that it is hard to make a decision. You have the option of both metal and wood bats, but size, weight, cost and other factors must also be considered.

Baseball Bats: The Considerations

One of the first things to consider when buying baseball bats is for what kind of play they will be used. Most levels of play, especially when playing for teams other than community or little league teams, have restrictions on the weight and type of bat allowed. Professional players are only allowed to use wood bats, although aluminum bats are generally more popular at other levels due to their light weight and durability. Light bats are often preferred over heavier ones because they allow the batter to gain greater speed during the swing.

It is important to remember that when buying a bat, the batter needs to be present and cost is not always an indicator of quality. Bats are being affected, like all things, by increasing technology, and many people feel that the more expensive bats must be better than cheaper ones, but this is not necessarily the case. Batters should primarily be comfortable with the bat. Practice swinging it a few times before you buy, and if you have the opportunity to try out a bat in an actual game, it is the best way to determine if you like it or not.

Appropriate bat length is usually determined by the height of the batter. Short players will need shorter bats and taller players longer bats. Make sure that whatever the weight and length, the bat can be easily swung by the player. There is no universal perfect bat; it all depends on each player’s individual taste.

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