If you play
baseball for a sports team, you’ll need to make sure that you have all of
the right athletic equipment to play your best. The baseball bat is one
of the most important pieces of sports equipment in baseball and softball,
so it’s important to know how to choose a bat of the correct size.
Continue reading for more information on how to choose the correct sized
Choosing the Right Length
The easiest way to choose a baseball or
softball bat of the correct length is to determine if it feels comfortable and natural
when you swing it. If you would rather choose your bat length more accurately,
you can measure from the middle of your chest to the end of your index
finger, while your arm is sticking straight out from your side. You can
also consult a bat chart that corresponds your height and weight to the
length of baseball bat you should buy. When you buy a new bat, you should
never buy one that is more than ½ inch longer than the bat you
previously used, to avoid affecting your swing negatively.
Choosing the Right Weight
Players who are bigger and stronger typically choose heavier bats, so that
they can maximize their power when they swing. Smaller players generally
want a lighter bat, so that they can swing faster. As bats become longer,
they also become heavier, so once you know what length of bat you should
choose, it will help you pick a bat weight.
In general, the standard barrel diameter for ages 12 and under is 2 ¼
inches. Some Little League and Dixie Youth use bats whose barrel diameter
is up to 2 ¾ inches. For high school baseball or softball teams,
the maximum bat diameter size is 2 5/8 inches.
At Efinger Sporting Goods, we have the largest selection of
sports equipment in Bridgewater. We’ve been selling sports gear, athletic apparel, and camping gear
to the community since 1909. Stop by our store today, or call us at (732)
356-0604 with your questions.