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Bat Resource Guide

Training Baseball Bats

LOG

The LOG is a heavy maple bat used for overload training.  The Log can be used to warm up before practice or in the on deck circle before batting. It is used to build strength i the hands, wrists and forearms while hitting in normal practice situations. Many pros use a series of Logs at diminishing weights to build strength during the offseason, using a 34/40 for a week, then a 34/38 the next week, then a 34/36 the next week, then a 34/34 the week before starting games. Logs can be ordered in the same range of colors as all of our custom bats in weights up to +8.



SBT

The SBT is a short barrel training bat used for underload training. The SBT is used to build bat speed with it's lighter than normal bat weight. The short barrel helps hone the player's swing due to it's smaller sweet spot. Used primarily for short toss and tee drills, the SBT is a valuable tool used both in season as well as the off season. It encourages a short direct swing, keeping the hands inside the ball to encourage confidence in hitting the ball where it is pitched to hit to all fields.



Shorty

The Shorty is primarily used for one hand drills. Players typically use the Shorty in each hand to build strength in each hand, wrist and forearm and encourage proper palm up, palm down hand positions. The Shorty is used in both short toss and tee drills.



RS Backspin

The RS Backspin training bat was designed by 18 year MLB veteran and renowned hitting guru Reggie Smith. The RS Backspin has two flat sides and a small rounded edge to hit the ball. If the hands are in the proper palm up, palm down hitting position throughout the hitting zone, the ball will be hit square on the round side and come off the bat like a normal bat. If either hand moves slightly so the hands are in the incorrect contact position, the ball will strike the bat on the edge of the flat side and go straight up or straight down giving the player immediate feedback on his hand position and swing. The RS Backspin encourages a strong hitting plane throughout the strike zone. The RS Backspin can be used for both live hitting as well as short toss and tee drills. See Reggie's video on our website or on You Tube explaining the use of the RS Backspin.



RS Backspin Shorty

The RS Backspin Shorty training bat was designed by 18 year MLB veteran and renowned hitting guru Reggie Smith. The RS Backspin has two flat sides and a small rounded edge to hit the ball. If the hands are in the proper palm up, palm down hitting position throughout the hitting zone, the ball will be hit square on the round side and come off the bat like a normal bat. If either hand moves slightly so the hands are in the incorrect contact position, the ball will strike the bat on the edge of the flat side and go straight up or straight down giving the player immediate feedback on his hand position and swing. The RS Backspin encourages a strong hitting plane throughout the strike zone. The RS Backspin can be used for both live hitting as well as short toss and tee drills and for regular one handed drills on the tee or with short toss. See Reggie's video on our website or on You Tube explaining the use of the RS Backspin Shorty.



RS Backspin Youth

The RS Backspin training bat was designed by 18 year MLB veteran and renowned hitting guru Reggie Smith. The RS Backspin has two flat sides and a small rounded edge to hit the ball. If the hands are in the proper palm up, palm down hitting position throughout the hitting zone, the ball will be hit square on the round side and come off the bat like a normal bat. If either hand moves slightly so the hands are in the incorrect contact position, the ball will strike the bat on the edge of the flat side and go straight up or straight down giving the player immediate feedback on his hand position and swing. The RS Backspin encourages a strong hitting plane throughout the strike zone. The RS Backspin can be used for both live hitting as well as short toss and tee drills. See Reggie's video on our website or on You Tube explaining the use of the RS Backspin.



Fungo

The Fungo is a traditional maple fungo in 33 to 36 inch lengths for coaches to hit both infield and outfield. Typically the shorter lengths are used for hitting infield and the longer lengths are used for hitting fly balls or outfield practice.



Fungo 73

The Fungo 73 is a traditional maple fungo but with a large flared knob in 33 to 36 inch lengths for coaches to hit both infield and outfield. Coaches love the 73 knob for comfort in hitting for long stretches and for balance making the bat feel very light. Typically the shorter lengths are used for hitting infield and the longer lengths are used for hitting fly balls or outfield practice.



Fungo Extended

The Fungo Extended is a traditional maple fungo but with a long barrel in 33 to 36 inch lengths for coaches to hit both infield and outfield. Typically the shorter lengths are used for hitting infield and the longer lengths are used for hitting fly balls or outfield practice. The extended barrel makes the bat head heavier making it easy for coaches to hit balls for longer periods without fatigue. The coach needs to just drop the bat head on the ball and let the bat do the work. We've seen coaches in their 80's hitting fungoes in Spring Training without over exertion as the bat does the work instead of the coach with lighter regular fungoes. This bat was designed by 18 year MLB veteran and renowned hitting guru Reggie Smith for use at his baseball academies. See Reggie's video on our website or on You Tube explaining the use of the Fungo Extended.


  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.