Baseball Bat Sizing Guide

I’m sure you know that having the right baseball bat can improve your swing and your performance overall.

There have been many innovations in technology, especially where it concerns baseball bats and softball bats. All these changes have happened over the past 10 years.

Today bats are no longer just made of aluminum, they can now be made of composite. composition material is known for making a ball jump off the bat more efficiently when hit.

It is important to be aware of the types of bats that are allowed to be used for specific occasions.

Age and players are the two things that determine the baseball bat that can be used.

The information we provide below will make buying and sizing your baseball easier.

Sizing Your Baseball Bat Yourself

It’s always best to end up with a bat that is the most comfortable when you swing it.

When choosing a bat you should not go up more than an inch. This is helpful because it ensures you don’t have to change your swing too much.

You can follow the steps laid out below if you are new to sizing your baseball bat:

Step One

To begin the measuring you have to start from the center of your chest to the end of your index finger.

Your arm needs to be straight out as you take this measurement.

 

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Once you have taken this measurement you can use the chart below:

 

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For an in-depth look at all the bat sizes for youths and adults continue reading…

When you have taken your measurements and determined what bat size should be for you, there are also other things you can do to ensure the bat is the right size.

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Step Two

The next step is to put the bat down by your side (*as you can see in the picture below). If the bat is the right fit it should reach the palm of your hand.

 

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Step Three

You should again put the top knob against the center of your chest and if you’re able to grab the barrel of the bat this means it’s the right size.

Measuring A Baseball Bat For A Child

If you’re buying a bat for a child, the measuring process changes slightly.

If the child is between 3’ and 3’4” in height, you will need to start with a 26-inch bat and add an extra 1 inch for every 4-to-5 inches that they grow.

Measuring A Baseball Bat for a Bigger Child

Step One

When measuring the height of a child you will need to ensure that they are wearing their cleats when the measurement is taken.

Step Two

Use a bat as a guide by standing it along side the child. The bat should not go past the child’s hip, but it should reach the hip. A bat that reaches past the hip will be too long.

Step Three

Next you will need to weigh the bat to get the best fit possible. The best combination of weight and height will ensure the child gets the best swing possible from the bat.

Some General Rules for Bat Weight

A child that is less than 60 pounds is usually best swinging a bat that is between 26 and 29 inches long

A child that is more than 70 pounds in weight, is best using a bat that ranges from 28 to 32 inches in length

Choosing the Best Weight For a Baseball or Softball

When choosing the weight of a baseball bat there are some things worth understanding.

What’s Drop Weight Mean?

The minus or drop weight is how a bat is measured. The drop weight is the difference between a bats length and weight.

So for example if a bat is 25 inches long and has a drop weight of – 5, it will weigh 20 ounces.

The higher the minus drop weight number the lighter a bat will be in weight.

*Important Note:

High school baseball bats and college bats are not permitted to have a drop that is less than – 3

It is not uncommon for a batter that feels they are stronger to want a heavier bat, but this is a myth. The idea is to have a bat you can swing which generates the right amount of requirement in the batting zone.

It may sometimes take a bit of time to find the right balance for your bat, but once you do you’ll be hitting the ball farther than you may have first thought possible.

When you have your bat length it’s essential to then take into consideration weight of the bat.

If the bat is for youth baseball and softball, a taller child will require a longer bat. Because of their age chances are they’re not strong enough to have a bat that is too heavier, which means they would require a bat with a larger weight drop.

Finding the right balance between length and weight is important because it will effect the physics of the batters swing.

Some Things To Consider:

What is Inertia?

Inertia is the resistance that a baseball bat has. The inertia will increase the heavier the bat becomes. So what that means is, if your bat is heavier it will be harder to swing, because of wind resistance.
The upside is that a bat that has weight will make you hit a ball farther, if you can swing through. Check out the video explanation of inertia below:

Long And Short Bats

A longer light bat can be swung faster, but it will have less inertia behind it.

A short bat that’s heavy will mean a slower swing, but much more inertia.

The bat that is chosen is always going to come down to personal choice like picking any other equipment. Too make the best possible decision you should combine comfortability as well as the style of player you are.

If you feel like you are good at making runs, you might not be overly concerned with losing inertia when you swing,

If your game is more based around wanting power and you want to hit home runs, a short heavier bat will have the inertia you are looking for.

If you already have a bat and drop weight, that’s great you can find the perfect bat at the best price on Amazon.

If you don’t have a bat size yet, you can go to a local bat store to get measured, and then check online to find the best deal. Happy bat hunting!