If you are a casual GA baseball player, you may think that the only choice you have to worry about in a baseball bat is between wood and aluminum. When you want to start taking the game more seriously then you will have to get a little deeper into the details.
For instance, here are a few things that you may not have known about bats:
- Only the pro baseball players and hardcore nostalgia fans prefer the wooden bat to a aluminum or composite.
- Composite and aluminum bats are stronger and lighter than a wooden style.
- A heavy bat will not help you to increase your power. If you really want the ball to pop off, you should get a lighter model that will let you increase the speed of your swing.
- To choose the right style you need to take into account your level of play, height, comfort and how much you want to spend.
When you are ready to begin your search for the perfect bat, you should probably start with how comfortable it is for you to swing. Comfort is the single most import factor to look for when choosing. A baseball bat needs to feel like a natural extension of your arm. When you find one that you think you like, take a few practice swings with it. The best place to try out a wide variety of models is on the field.
The next step is to head to the sporting goods store. Keep in mind that each level of play has a different set of regulations regarding materials and sizes. You do not want to waste money by purchasing a bat that you will not be allowed to play with. Once you have a handle on what types are available at your level, it is time to choose the proper length. In general, the taller you are the longer you will need your bat to be. Most athletic stores will have a length chart and employees will be glad to help you find the correct length for you.