You know what to buy your youth baseball player this holiday season: a brand new baseball bat. They’ll love it, cherish it, get plenty of use out of it; thatis, if you buy the right one. There are several things to consider when buying a new bat for a youth baseball player. Make sure you make the most out of your time spent in the crowded malls and shops this holidayseason, and get the best bat the first time around.
How to Select the Right Baseball Bat
So, what do you need to consider when choosing a baseball bat for your youth baseball player? There are several factors to look at. Remember this when shopping for your new bat:
- Barrel: This is important for many reasons. First of all, there are league regulations to consider. Make sure you are familiar with your league’s regulations for barrel size. Next, you have the functionality: the bigger the barrel, the more ‘bat’ there is to hit the ball. The smaller the barrel, the greater the speed. So, do you want a bat that helps your youth player hit more balls, or hit them faster?
- Length/Weight: If a bat is too heavy or long for your youth player, it won’t be comfortable for them to use, and they won’t be able to play at their best. Generally, the longer the bat, the heavier it is. Usually, having the player try it out is the best way to know whether or not the bat is a good fit. However, if it’s a surprise present, you may have to try other methods. Asking the coach, or knowledgeable store employees, is a good place to start.
- Grip: Another comfort feature, the grip absorbs vibrations and shock. Have you ever hit a ball with a baseball bat, only to feel a splitting pain in your hands? A poorly-suited bat will be uncomfortable, especially if the grip is not up to par.
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