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Trophy and Gift Bats

10-05-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
A bat can represent much more than tool used for hitters.  It can be a mark in time, a representation of an event or team accomplishment, a memento of sorts, or even just a personalized gift for the avid baseball fan.  Whatever the case may be, customized bats provide a fun, personal, and one-of-a-kind experience for those special fans and baseball enthusiasts.   
 

Unique set of bats tailored to the youth baseball player

10-02-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

X Bats has introduced a unique set of bats tailored to the youth baseball player moving from -12 and -10 bats to -5.   That weight difference can severely alter the original swing developed over the previous years and many youth players find this to be a difficult transition. 

Each bat carries with it certain characteristics that cater to the individual hitter.  This is important for you to know as you pick the bat that is going to work best with you and for you. 

 

Best wood bats on the market

09-26-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Sometimes in baseball, you just need that one little thing to give you the edge you need over the opponent.  Sure, skill is the most important thing in determining who comes out on top, but sometimes, all it takes is the perfect equipment to put you over the edge to succeed. 
 

Let your bat make you the best hitter you can be

08-29-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
I had always thought that any bat I swung would be as good as any other. As I moved from metal to wood bats, I had to adapt my swing and stance and grip and timing, so I became accustomed to adjusting what I did to suit a given bat. There were, of course, bats that I liked more than others, but I couldn’t really tell if my liking a bat honestly translated into better hitting – because I always felt that  I could (in fact, any good hitter could) change his swing to fit the bat. 
 

Choose the best softball bat for your swing

08-06-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Softball is highly competitive, and there are so many athletes trying to find a way to get ahead. Naturally, fielding, base running, and throwing are vital to any team and are requirements for any athlete to pursue, but hitting is what really separates a special player from his teammates. One of the most effective tools for improving your hitting is having the right bat for your swing and for your hitting style. Unlike youth baseball bat purchases which are purchased by a parent, slow pitch softball bats are most often purchased directly by the player. While there are many excellent bats available on the market, it is crucial to find one that can be designed specifically to take advantage of your strengths and to minimize your weaknesses as a hitter. 
 

Axes, nails, bananas, and bottles: strange baseball bats

07-08-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

Before formal MLB regulations were introduced, baseball bat styles were almost as diverse as the players’ personalities and hitting styles. It seemed every player became an experimenter in an attempt to create the perfect bat, the bat that might make them legends.

Whether players wanted power-hitting sluggers or high-accuracy hitters, the goal of any bat type was to, as Wee Willie Keeler would have said, “hit ‘em where they ain’t”.

 

Landing a Baseball Scholarship: What Are the Odds?

06-16-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

What are one’s chances of landing a college baseball scholarship?

Well, let’s look at a few inconvenient truths that many people don’t examine... Very few players actually make it to the big leagues (NCAA Division I). You can study a sport your whole life, even in college, but it’s not easy to get recruited, much less noticed, by the right people. It’s not impossible, but the odds are certainly against you.

 

Slow-Pitch vs Fast-Pitch Softball

06-02-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

Baseball and softball combined is the most popular participation sport in the US, with nearly 25 million enthusiasts who played in 2016, according to an annual report published by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA). That’s almost three times the participation numbers seen in football!

SFIA’s findings also reveal an 8.1 percent increase in overall and a 12.4 percent rise in casual slow-pitch softball participation. It’s no surprise that slow-pitch softball is one of the most popular recreational sports, as it is easily accessible to people of all ages, genders, and skill levels.

 

Three Signs Your Child’s Coach is a Fanatic

05-17-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

Have you ever had a teacher that was overbearing, skittish, or tended to focus too much on the negative? People like that bring us down as children, and cause hurdles in our learning patterns and self-esteem.

The same goes for coaches. Children that play baseball are likely to learn strength, endurance, critical thinking, teamwork, and above all, confidence granted they have the right people on their side, but if their coaches spend too much time on the sidelines screaming at them when they make a mistake, that’s a bad sign. A fanatical coach is likely to destroy your child’s love of baseball, learning, and even themselves.

 

Why Playing Baseball is So Important for Children

05-10-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

Why should children play baseball?

Perhaps more than most sports, baseball requires an intense level of concentration that will teachyour little ones to focus and visualize their objectives beforehand. Henry Kissinger once remarked that baseball was “the most intellectual game because most of the action goes on in your head,” and boy… Was he right.


 

How a Wood Bat Teaches Children to Appreciate Baseball

05-03-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (3) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

Let’s start by saying there’s nothing wrong with aluminum bats. They are very light and help players who would not otherwise be able to compete play youth recreational baseball.

But a wood baseball bat prepares your young player for so much more. If they’re serious about the sport and they’ve got what it takes to be the next Babe Ruth, wood bats offer incomparable advantages for your little slugger.

 

Hitting Tips: Key to Making Solid Contact

04-18-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (1) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

In order to hit like a pro, you need to get tips from a pro.

20-year Major League Baseball veteran and famed batting instructor Reggie Smith has written out some hitting tips for us to share with you:

Staying “On-Plane” Key to Making Solid Contact

 

How to Find the Perfect Baseball Bat for Your Child

04-11-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

Baseball is a great sport for children to get involved in. Not only is it a good source of exercise, but it is fun too!

If your child is new to baseball, it can be difficult to know which bat to buy. There are so many different types of bats to choose from. Each child has different needs when it comes to bat size. That is why it is so important to make sure that those needs are met when shopping for a bat.

If your child starts out with a bat that does not fit their needs, they will most likely begin to create bad habits that will be hard to correct in the future. Taking the time to make sure that you find the right bat for your child will help your child develop good technique, which they will need for their future baseball career.

 

Swing training-specific tools from Xbats

03-10-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (1) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Have you had a hard time in translating the power you feel in your swing to the long floating fly balls that either scrape the wall or carry out of the park entirely scoring runs for your team? Don’t worry – everyone who has ever stepped into the box or a cage has been baffled by both how to add power to his swing and how to make the ball carry. Luckily, X Bats has designed hitting tools alongside legendary major leaguer Reggie Smith that support exactly the kinds of training necessary to teach you how to improve the power in your swing, the specificity of your grip and the sought-after backspin that wafts fly balls over the heads of back-peddling outfielders.
 

Baseball Training with a Fungo Bat

02-26-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Among the many different types of bats that have seen renewed popularity in training for baseball play, the fungo bat has been resurrected from the dusty annals of baseball practice to once again help develop solid players. Regular practicing with a fungo bat can do a lot to improve play, and it’s a technique that has fall to the wayside in many amateur leagues. Fungo practice can really give a team an extra edge during actual game play