Choosing the perfect bat is one of the most important decisions in the baseball game.
The ideal bat for you will be of correct length & weight, and it should be in your budget.
If you’re a serious baseball player, then you would not want to pick just any bat which looks good. If you pick a bat that is according to your age, height, and strength, then it’ll definitely improve your hitting skills.
So, let’s find out, what’s the right size for you?
A Few Things to Consider
To determine the right weight, you need to swing a variety of bats and see how much weight you can handle comfortably.
If you pick a heavy bat as compared to your strength, then you’ll not be able to swing it with speed, which results in less power.
A longer bat gives you greater reach. It allows you to hit balls that are far from you.
However, longer bats are heavier. So, if you want longer bats, then you have to adjust the extra weight.
To check the perfect length, swing bats of different lengths, and decide which suits you. There will be a perfect combination of the right length & weight to help you reach the coming balls with the greatest power.
How to Choose a Baseball Bat
Some standard rules of thumb are applied in selecting the best length for you.
This chart shows the most popular length by age. It’ll give you a general idea, but the best length will mostly depend on your body structure.
By Height & Weight
Using height & weight for determining optimal bat length is more accurate than age. Again, it only gives you a general idea.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which baseball bat size is good for kids?
If your kid is between 3’ and 3’4’’, then a 26-inch bat will be good for him. For every 4 to 5 inches your kid grows, increase the bat size by 1 inch. For children, this is the ideal process for determining the best length of a baseball bat.
Every child is unique.
You can also follow these steps which are based on height & weight.
- Measure Height: Measure the height of your kid with his/her baseball cleats.
- Compare with the Bat: Stand the baseball bat up next to your child. The bat should reach the hips of your child, but not exceed. If it exceeds, then it’s too long and will be difficult to swing.
- Measure Weight: Generally, kids having weight less than 60 pounds uses a bat between 26 to 29 inches long. While children who weigh more than 60 pounds uses a bat between 28 to 32 inches long.
What is Drop Weight of a Baseball Bat?
Drop weight is the difference between the length and weight of the bat. So, a bat that is 33 inches long, and weighs 23 ounces, results in a drop weight of 10. It’s denoted by a minus sign. The bigger the drop weight is, the lighter the bat.
What bat size is allowed in Little, Junior, and Senior League?
For the Little League, the length of the bat shouldn’t be more than 33 inches, while the diameter shouldn’t be more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches.
For Intermediate Division and Junior League, the length shall not be more than 34 inches, while the diameter shall not be more than 2 and 5/8 inches.
For Senior League, the length shall not be more than 36 inches, while the diameter shall not be more than 2 and 5/8 inches.
You should know the rules and regulations of the Baseball League in which you’re participating.
What bat size is good for 7-year-old kid?
It depends on the height and weight of the kid. Generally, a 7-year-old kid uses a bat of 24 to 26 inches long.
You can use this table, which shows the most popular bat size according to age.
Thanks for reading.
What size of baseball bat do you use? How do you decide which size is good for you? Please share in the comments.