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Bat Resource Guide

Selecting a Baseball Bat

Adult Bats are maple, birch and ash baseball bats 32 inches and longer.

They are categorized as:

You can use our Bat Recommender to find the type of bat that fits your style of hitting

http://www.xbats.com/product_batrecommender/

Senior League or Youth Big Barrel bats are made for players 13-15 moving up from Youth Bats to Adult Bats. These are made with larger 2 1/2" barrels and in lengths up to 31.5"

http://www.xbats.com/baseball/youth-maple-73bb.htm

http://www.xbats.com/baseball/youth-maple-98bb.htm

X Bats has the largest selection of bats for young players aged 4-12.

The T-Ball bat is made of maple and comes in 24", 25" and 26" lengths in weights as light as -5. The Youth 6 Extra Light is made of ash and is also made in lengths of 24", 25" and 26" but it's weight are closer to -7. These are for very young players just starting in baseball.

The Models 8 (thin 7/8" handle), 10 (medium 15/16" handle), 12 (thick 1" handle for better bat control for smaller hands), 98 (long barrel similar to metal/composite bats with medium 15/16" handle and 73 (medium 15/16" flared handle

X Bat makes three styles of fungoes. A traditional fungo, an extended fungo and a Fungo 73. All come in lengths of 33", 34", 35" and 36". The traditional fungo is made of hard maple and has a short barrel with a long handle. The Fungo Extended is a favorite of pros because of it's long barrel, allowing the coach to drop the barrel on the ball with a minimum of effort. The Fungo 73 has a 73 style large flared knob which many coaches like for comfort and control.

X Bats makes a wide selection of training bats.

The Log is a naturally weighted heavy bat for use in live hitting, Tee and short toss work and overload training. Many players get them in 2 ounce increments up to +8 and gradually work from light to heavy back down to light over the course of the pre-season. The Log is used to develop strength in the hands and forearms. It is also used as an on deck warm-up bat due to the weight being evenly distributed 

The SBT or Short Barrel Training batis used to develop bat speed. It has a short light barrel and is for use in Tee work and short toss drills.

The Shorty is used for both top hand single hand drills, bottom hand single hand drills and live hitting to assist in coordinating the use of the hands in hitting. Most pros use Shortys every day before hitting with their regular game bats. 

The RS Backspin, RS Backspin Shorty and RS Backspin Youthbats are training bats developed by noted hitting guru and 18 year Major Leaguer, Reggie Smith for his Baseball Academies. These are flat sided bats used to groove proper hand position on the bats. When hitting on the round side of these bats with the hands in the proper palm up and palm down position, the bat will come off the barrel like a normal bat. As soon as the hands move slightly away from the plam up/palm down position, the hitter will hit off the flat edge and the ball will go stright up or straight down giving immediate feedback as to the hand positioning on the bat. These are great tools to develop a long smooth path through the hitting zone eliminating dreaded topspin on the ball and promoting backspin for added distance.


  1. Which wood should I order?
  2. How do I determine the right length bat for me?
  3. Few tips to keep in mind when making your selection
  4. So you’ve chosen your bat. Now what?
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Which wood should I order?

We offer our bats in 3 different wood types

  • Maple is the hardest, stiffest wood so it hits further and is most resistant to breakage but has very little flex
  • Birch is a bit less dense than maple and has some flex, it’s performance is between maple and ash
  • Ash is the least dense and most flexible- the grain on ash bats flakes after heavy use and it performs about 15-20% less than maple and is more prone to breakage. Players like ash because they grew up with it (prior to 1998, it was the only wood used to make bats after WWII) 

 

How do I determine the right length bat for me?

Below is a chart that will give you helpful information regarding a ballpark average for your child. Please remember that the chart only gives averages and does not take into account a players personal preferences. Some players may like a longer bat while others prefer a short bat, and some may like a heavier bat or some may prefer a lighter bat. But what this chart does give you is a starting position to begin your search for a new bat.


Height (in inches)
 

(Pounds)

36-40" 41-44" 45-48" 49-52" 53-56" 57-60" 61-64" 65-68" 69-72" 73"+
Under 60 26" 27" 28" 29" 29"



61-70 27" 27" 28" 29" 30" 30"



71-80
28" 28" 29" 30" 30" 31"


81-90 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 32"

91-100
28" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"

101-110
29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"

111-120
29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"
121-130
29" 30" 30" 30" 31" 32" 32" 32"
131-140
29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33"
141-150

30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33"
151-160

30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 33"
161-170

30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
171-180
30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 34" 34"
180+

31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34" 34"
 

Few tips to keep in mind when making your selection

Weight:

As a general rule, bigger, stronger players usually prefer a heavier bat for maximum power. Smaller players usually benefit from a lighter bat that allows greater bat speed. To determine the weight that’s right for you, swing a variety of bats and see how much weight you’re comfortable with.

Length:

Length and weight combine for peak performance. A longer bat gives you greater reach, allowing you to hit balls on the other side of the plate. But remember that a longer bat may be heavier, and the extra weight could slow you down. Like checking the weight, you need to swing bats of different lengths to decide what length best suits you.

League Requirements:

All Adult Baseball Bats are required to meet the BBCOR Certification, which makes the bat approved for high school and college level play. Senior League (Youth Big Barrel) Bats can best be described as: This bat is designed for players between 13 and 15 years of age as well as younger players whose leagues allow bat diameters larger than 2 1/4 inch. While Youth Baseball Bats can be described as: This bat is approved by ALL youth leagues that allow 2 1/4 inch barrel diameters. To avoid costly surprises, make sure you know all league requirements before you go bat shopping.

Feel:

This may be the most important factor. Make sure the bat feels right to you, like an extension of your arm and hand. After all, you’re going to be spending quite a bit of time together.

 

So you’ve chosen your bat. Now what?

You want to be comfortable and confident with your bat before you swing it in a win-or-lose situation, so take it to the practice field or batting cage and get in a few hits. Take a look at our Baseball and Softball Bat Care section to get tips on how to make your bat last as long as possible. Confidence can only come from one thing: batting practice. Whatever bat you choose, put in plenty of practice time, so you’ll be ready when the pressure’s on at the plate.