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I play slowpitch softball and am looking to buy a good bat. But before i spend a lot of money ...




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Old 03-21-2014, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I play slowpitch softball and am looking to buy a good bat. But before i spend a lot of money i want to get your opinions on what bat weight i should use. My natural body weight is 145-150 and i'm 5'6". Recently i've been hitting the gym and my body weight is around the 170lb range. I've never been a homerun hitter. I've always been a base hitter and used my speed to get on base. Anyways having said all that i do want to hit the ball out of the park, but i know this is probably a unrealistic goal for me, so i've decided on a balanced bat. i still want to hit it far though, so if anyone dissagrees with that please say so. my biggest concern is the bat weight. I was leaning towards a 27 ounce bat, but am now thinking 26 ounces. What weight do you recommend??




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Old 03-22-2014, 01:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Based on your post, I'd recommend a 26 oz bat. When you get your bat speed above 85 mph, then think about going to a 27 oz bat.
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I have seen guys your size hit their fair share of home runs. All in the swing mechanics.
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Im old school. Hold the bat by the end of the handle parallel to the ground with an out stretched arm. If you can hold it without shaking your good.

I'd swing the heaviest bat I could without sacrificing mechanics. its all about maintaining bat speed after contact & swinging all the way thru
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i appreciate all the opinions... thanks
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end load or balance/ weight to be honest is a personal choice, I dont like balanced bats or anything under 28oz also personal choice. As a fellow height disadvantaged individual at 5'6" my advice is borrow alot of bats until you find one you like then buy that one or one like it if possible.

As far as weight I second Fuzz but then I'm old, and love the old school 32-34oz bats that you can not find with a new stamp on them.
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