Chelsea Stinson 2015-11-24 04:17:39
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to bring back the Worth Fastpitch Experts Bat Guide to help you pick out the best bat for under the tree. For any of you who have read this article, I hope it is helping, and to those of you that haven’t, we’re glad you are now. This is a compilation of all the questions we are asked when it comes to buying bats. The two most common bat questions asked are “What size bat should my daughter use?” and “How can she get more power?” This guide will walk you through the differences. Let’s start with sizing. Before getting into materials, there are two key points in picking out the proper bat: length and weight. We have a quick test to help determine what length best fits a hitter. Have her stand with her arms at her side and the end of the bat on the ground. A proper bat length would rest the knob of the bat at or no more than two inches above her wrist. To test the bat weight, have her grip the bat handle with her dominant hand, palm flush with the knob. Have her hold the bat straight out in front of her at shoulder height, with her thumb facing the ceiling and her fingers wrapped around the grip. Now, ask her to try and write Worth in the air as though it was a pencil. If she cannot write Worth without straining, the bat is too heavy. This test is simple enough to be done in a store, but it isn’t exactly complete. When possible, it is best to get in a couple dry swings, making sure that the bat is controlled from the shoulder to contact. The bat shouldn’t drop or “lag” behind like it’s hard to swing; it should have a nice, strong 45-degree angle towards contact. Now let’s focus on fitting the equipment for the specific type of hitter. The difference in equipment can be the difference between a ball that gets through the infield or over the fence, or a ball that the defense can get to and make a play on. So what makes the difference? A lot is going to depend on the type of she is. Is she a slapper who relies on her speed? Does she hit for power? Let’s look at both types. For a slapper: The key to slapping is placement, making sure the ball is out of a defender’s reach long enough to hustle down the line. To ensure the ability to place a slap, control of the bat is key, and a more balanced, middle-weight bat is perfect. Any bat in a -9 or -10 oz. drop is ideal, and in the length appropriate for the player. Hitting for power: The key to any swing is control from the shoulder to contact and then extension through contact. But what turns singles into doubles is weight. A bat that is more end-loaded, a -8 oz or -9 oz drop, is carrying itself through the bottom of the swing, therefore creating more drive and lift. For players that can control a heavier bat, it is much more advantageous to swing a bat that is endloaded; however, every swing comes down to proper mechanics, control and contact. The last note on choosing a bat is its materials. Yes, a higher-priced bat will make a ball travel farther. High-priced composite bats create more “trampoline” effect and therefore the ball will go farther. Believe me when I say there is a ton of technology in more expensive bats to ensure performance. Now it’s time for you to pick out the best bat for you. Keep in mind that our 2Legit has a 30-day Performance Guarantee that gives you the chance to purchase the size you think is right, hit it in practice and games, and if you think you need a different size or just aren’t sold, you can get a full refund. I’ll note we’ve only had a handful of returns… girls dig this bat. Any questions or comments? Email us at email@example.com, or find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @WorthFastpitch. See ya out there!
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