So you’re wanting to go down to your local baseball batting cage and have a few swings, but you’re unsure what bat will be best for you? Then this article will hopefully help you out.
There are many things to consider when choosing the right bat for you. The first thing to think about is whether you want the bat to feel heavy or light. Some people feel that if a bat feels heavy to swing, it packs a punch. Others may feel that if they can swing a light bat, they’ll be able to exert more force in their hit. There is no right or wrong answer, in the end it comes down to comfort. The next thing to consider is your age, height and weight. These are obviously an important factor to choosing a bat as someone who is only 5ft tall is not going to swing 34” bat with ease. Below is an excellent chart that can help you size up your perfect bat:
The next thing to consider is what material you want your bat to be made out of; whether it be aluminum or wood. Still the most common and preferred bat amongst baseball players is the wooden bat especially if you desire to play at a professional level. White ash being the preferred wood used as it is a sturdy wood and is more resistant to cracks. White ash also has a light feel to it so it does not add any unnecessary weight which allows you to swing it nice and fast and still make it possible to achieve a big, solid hit. Another plus to having a bat with this sort of weight is when carrying to the cage and back it will not be so heavy.
However if wood is not your thing aluminum or composite bats also do a great job while being in the baseball batting cages. This bat again is also light in weight and very durable with a larger sweet spot than wood bats. Another nice feature about an aluminum bat is that it makes an amazingly fulfilling sound when the ball does hit the sweet spot. One negative point though to aluminum or composite bats is that the technology has improved so much that some leagues have disallowed certain ones, so if you are in a league you may want to check with a club official if they allow the bat that you want to use.
Another thing to consider is the type of balls the batting cage uses. Generally they would be leather cover solid baseballs (which are good) but you may want to check first. Some bats do not handle other types of balls well.
One more thing to check on is the credibility of the brand of bat you are purchasing, and the credibility of the store you are purchasing it from. If you have friends who play or know of some other people that are knowledgeable about this area, it wouldn’t hurt to get their advice on this matter.
The bottom line to choosing a bat is how comfortable YOU as the user feels while using it. There is no point purchasing a bat that has been deemed ‘awesome’ if it feels horrible when you use it.
This is my quick guide to choosing a boomer of a bat for some practice in the batting cages. I hope it has helped you decide or helped you come closer to making a decision on a bat.