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Which Bat Is Right For Me

There are 3 major performance considerations when selecting the size and model bat that is right for you. Those three dimensions are wood type, model and length.

Wood Type

East Coast Bats manufactures bats out of Ash and Maple. Most of the bats manufactured today are made with these 2 woods. Maple is more dense than ash and has a much tighter grain. This creates a smoother hitting surface that many players prefer. Due to ash’s wider grain, ash is more flexible than maple and provides a springboard effect when struck. Both ash and maple bats will break. Ash bats tend to crack along the grain while the maple bats shatter when they break.

Model

Each bat model has a unique set of specifications. The specifications control how thick the handle and barrel are as well as the shape and size of the knob. At East Coast Bats we can replicate any bat by putting it on our computer guided lathe and letting the lathe determine the specifications. If you have a model you have used before and would like us to replicate it please call our toll free number and talk to one of our bat performance specialists.

Size

When deciding the optimal size bat you have to balance three considerations: bat speed, bat density and plate coverage.

Bat Speed

Generating the highest bat speed is the most important component in selecting the right size bat. Consider how far a ball goes when it is bunted versus when a hitter takes a full swing. A bat that is so heavy that it decreases your bat speed is a poor choice. As bats increase in length the also increase in weight. Most wood bats are considered -2 to -3 bats which is weight in ounces less length in inches. A 33 inch bat is usually around 31 ounces, hence, a -2 bat.

Bat Mass

While bat speed is very important, the mass of the bat is also an important component. Consider hitting a baseball with a broom handle versus a baseball bat. The broom handle being lighter will enable the hitter to generate more bat speed but with so little comparable mass the ball will not travel very far. Generally, the more mass in the bat, the more energy that will be transferred to the ball and the farther it will travel.

Plate Coverage

Home plate is 17 inches wide and a baseball is roughly 2.75 inches wide. A hitter needs to be able to hit a ball that roughly 19 inches away from the inside corner. The hitter needs to select a bat that enables him to reach that outside corner with the sweet spot of the bat.

General Guidelines

Ultimately, it comes down to each player’s personal preference and bating style. Hitters want a bat that enables the maximum mass and bat speed while providing adequate plate coverage. Most teenage and adult baseball players use a bat that is between 31 inches and 33 inches. A few college and professional power hitters will use a bat as large as 34 inches. The best way to know the correct size for you is to try a couple of sizes and go with the bat that enables you to put most balls in the sweet spot. If you would like more information on the correct size please contact our hitting specialists at sales@eastcoastbats.com.

General Chart

AgeSize
5-7 24 to 26 inches
8-9 26 to 28 inches
10 28 to 29 inches
11-12 30 to 31 inches
13-14 31 to 33 inches
15-up 33 to 34 inches
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