So you wanna start playing softball? Like any other sport, there are a few things to know that will help you get started. From knowing the best way to break in your glove, the right kind of exercises to improve your coordination, to knowing the proper equipment to use to improve your game. Before you get to swinging, pitching and living the game, here’s a thing or two about softball bats; one of the three most important things you need to play the game along with the glove and the ball.
Choosing the right bat from the start is one way to progress faster in the game. However, getting the “right bat” is not just about the bat itself, but the technique you use when swinging. In theory, you can use any bat. Throughout time, your brain and body will get use to swinging it. But the problem here is that practicing with a bat that doesn’t suit you the best will train your coordination the wrong way. This is especially true since there are bat requirements for the different leagues. If you train with a bat that’s too short or too long, or too light or too heavy, then you might have difficulty hitting the ball in an actual game.
So how do you know the best bat for you?
It’s basically a mix of two things. The first one has do with you, and the other one has to do with the technicality of the league or game. First, you use the bat that you are most comfortable with. Swing a bat a few times and get the feel of it. The best thing to do is to choose which bat you can swing comfortably but do not select the lightest one. From a set of options that you feel comfortable with, select the heaviest one.
Selecting the heaviest bat would strengthen your arms and it can help you adjust to lighter bats, when the time comes. The stronger you are, the quicker you can hit a ball. Though using a lighter bat will not necessarily make you swing faster after practicing with heavier one, starting out with a comfortably heavy one will set you up your basic speed. Many bat makers advertise that lighter bats are better, but actually, having the best bat has a lot to do with how the player’s body reacts to it.
The technical aspect is simple. All you have to do is look at the standards of a league regarding their bat ratio requirements, which involve the length and weight of the bat. These standards are also adjusted according the height of the player, with taller players typically having longer bats.
Again, having the right bat is a matter of having the right technique as well. There is a “golfer syndrome” among many beginners, who think that the best bats are the most expensive ones. This isn’t true if it isn’t used in the right way by the player.