Choosing a baseball bat might not seem like a big deal. After all, a bat is a bat, right? Well, you will be surprised by the variety of bats on the market in terms of material, and the guidelines by which a bat is to be chosen. It is very much a numbers game, and pretty much the same principles apply to women as to men. Your age, your height, your weight, and your league all matter in this process. Let’s break down the process in simple terms.
Throughout the history of baseball, the physics of the game have been explored in detail. On that basis, baseball has created a system by which a bat is chosen. One of the things that will surprise you is that there is no “standard” bat in terms of length. In fact, the length of the bat is chosen individually to each player, and players cannot simply swap bats and expect similar results. There is a system, for example, that allows you to choose the right length of bat for you. You need to know your height and your weight. You can find multiple charts online that help you calculate the ideal bat length for your specific weight-to-height ratio. With this information you can go to the store and ask for a specific length right away. However, it is always worth double checking if the bat you are buying is the right size. There are two ways to do it. One way is to put the bat down along your leg with the barrel end touching the ground. If you can easily rest your hand on the knob of the bat, then it is the right size. Another way is to put the knob of the bat on your chest along your arm. If, from this position, you can easily grab the barrel of the bat, then it is the right fit for you. Similar charts exist for child players, but expect to have to change bats as they grow up. In girls, this change will be more gradual, but will come earlier. The general rule is that a kid will need a larger size bat for every 10 centimeters of growth in height.
Another aspect to consider is the weight. Things are not straightforward in this regard either, as the net weight of the bat in pounds isn’t useful information. The weight of the bat is always looked at in terms of the relationship between the length and the weight, otherwise known as the drop. Basically, you need to take the length of the bat in inches and subtract from it the weight of the bat in ounces. That way a 29 in bat that weighs 20 ounces has a -9 drop. This means that the bigger the drop of the bat, the lighter the bat is for it’s length. Most adult bats will have a drop of no more than -3. Drops for kids’ bats go much greater and decrease with increasing age and league of the player.