Selecting the Right Fastpitch Softball Bat
Last Update: 12/16/2013
Always remember, it’s all about how fast the ball leaves the bat. Therefore, the Fastpitch Softball Bat’s physical construction and the player’s ability to generate appropriate bat speed are the key elements.
If at all possible, “test” the Fastpitch Softball Bat out before you buy – against live pitching if you can but at least have the player swing it to get an idea of whether the bat is too long or too heavy. Also, before selecting or purchasing a Fastpitch Softball Bat, always check with your governing association to make certain your bat is on the current, up-to-date “approved” bat list. Finally, make certain you understand the manufacturer and vendor’s return policy – it will save you grief and problems if anything goes wrong with your purchase.
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Important – COLD WEATHER/EXTREME HOT WEATHER:
A Fastpitch Softball Bat made of composite materials or amorphous alloys may be damaged if you play fastpitch softball during cold weather (i.e., under 60 degrees) or during extreme hot weather (i.e., over 110 degrees). While these Fastpitch Softball Bats cause the ball to quickly “leap” off the bat and add a great deal of distance to hits, you don’t want to take a chance that these very expensive Fastpitch Softball Bats may be damaged. To protect your expensive Fastpitch Softball Bat if you are playing in cold or extremely hot weather, switch to a Fastpitch Softball Bat that is aluminum or graphite/titanium-lined Fastpitch Softball Bat until the weather improves.