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Hitting Tips: Key to Making Solid Contact

04-18-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) 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 |  (0) 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

The History of Wood Bats and How They Became the Modern Wood Baseball and Softball Bats

01-23-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Back in the 1840s, long before companies began to mass-manufacture Wood bats, players actually had to make their own bats. Working with whatever wood was laying around, whether it was an ax handle or a wagon wheel spoke, these makeshift bats were known as “striker’s sticks.” Over time, the wagon tongue wood became the material of choice for these bats. Using the spokes of freight wagon wheels that were used during the 1800s, the spoke would be shaped into a flat, hitting stick that was tapered at one end to create a grip. Because wagon wheels were mostly made from hickory wood, which is very hard, the bats were long-lasting and didn’t often need to be replaced in the underhanded pitching games that were popular at that time.

How to Use Wood Bats as Part of Your Youth Training Program

01-17-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

While the traditional method of teaching baseball involves the use of metal bats, the fact is that wood bats are the holy grail of baseball, and the use of a wood bat is where every serious ball player wants to end up.


Ten Ways to Mark a Special Occasion with a Trophy or Gift Bat

01-17-2017  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Baseball is considered by many to be the all-American pastime, and baseball fans are ardent in their devotion to the game and their teams. By the same token, youth across the country are enthralled with playing the game themselves as family and friends cheer them on. Even far into adulthood, players continue to participate in and love the sport as a way to stay fit and active, while pursuing a passion that was likely love at first strike.

Top 5 Tips for a Softball Coach

09-07-2016  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
All softball coaches are the same in certain respects, no matter what their level of experience. You have a deep love of the game, and you love your softball team, too. But lately, they’ve been dragging. Low scores, obvious errors, sluggish play. You want to motivate your kids to play better softball, without breaking their spirit. Whether you are coaching boys or girls, kids or teens, little league or high school teams, here are the top five ways to improve their game, without lowering morale:

How to Help Your Child Develop into a Great Baseball Player

06-27-2016  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Baseball lover that you are, you've done the right thing and signed your child up for Little League, Pony Baseball, Cal Ripken or the local organized youth baseball league. Sure, you have championship dreams, like all the other parents. But are you really giving your child the necessary edge to break away from the pack and become a real star? 

Why Bat Type and Size are so Critical for Young Players

06-22-2016  |  By: X Bats |  (1) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

When a child gets up to bat, you probably don't give much thought to how much the size, heft, and materials of the bat can affect their performance, but the truth is that all of these can have a profound impact on the development and safety of a young athlete. Here's how you can make sure you get the best bat for your child. 

First, you want to be sure that the bat that you have purchased is legal for play. This requires understanding your child's hitting ability and league rules. The bat length, material, barrel size, and knob must all be approved, and the correct specs can vary according to your child's age and league. The BPF (Bat Performance Factor) should be recorded on the bat and considered as well. It's the indication of how fast the ball will come off the bat. If you have two or more children playing in leagues, don't take it for granted that one bat will work for all. You will want to check in with each child's league and coach to make sure that any bat you purchase is legal for p


The Story of Softball

06-12-2016  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Softball was invented on the spur of the moment in 1887. It was Thanksgiving Day in Chicago, Illinois, and members gathered at the Farragut Boat Club to learn the outcome of the Harvard and Yale football game. Yale won, and a Yale graduate threw a boxing glove at a Harvard graduate. George Hancock, a reporter for the Chicago Board of Trade, yelled out, "Play ball!". Someone grabbed a broken broomstick handle, the glove was tightened into a ball, and softball, an indoor baseball game, was born. No glove was used to catch the ball, as it was soft.

Selecting Adult Baseball Bat

05-04-2016  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

Adult wood baseball bats aren’t all the same. Great adult wood baseball bats are made of rock maple because it’s as strong and dense as wood for bats can be, yielding great durability and long life (lasting 3 times longer and performing up to 20% better than traditional ash). With a very tight grain, rock maple reduces bat flaking and splitting problems. It’s hard to go wrong with the hardest wood available for bats—and that’s what most X Bat adult custom pro baseball bats are made of. Major Leaguers know this well.


SB401 training bat

04-28-2016  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

              Allow me to introduce the SB401 wood training bat.  Designed as a training tool, the SB401 mimics the precision required to hit the modern day sweet spot of the shorter barreled bats.  As a former collegiate player and now a collegiate coach for over 24 years, I can appreciate the great strides the sport of softball has taken.  Never in our history has the sport seen so much parody in competition.  Today’s equipment must be cutting edge, durable and purposeful.  The serious player must simply have the best of what the market has to offer.  Corporate America has recognized this demand, dedicating millions of dollars to provide better equipment through persistent research. 



Youth Baseball Bats — Considerations in Selecting the Right Youth Baseball Bat

02-03-2016  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Not all youth wood baseball bats are the same. The best performing youth baseball and training bats are made of hard maple because it’s the strongest and most dense wood for bats today, yielding great pop and long life. Hard maple’s tight grain structure ensures a bat that is less likely to flake or split. All X Bat youth baseball bats are made from the hard maple so many Major Leaguers say is the hardest wood for bats on the market today.

Softball Bats, X Bats

01-10-2016  |  By: X Bats |  (3) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

If you’re a softball player, you want to play to your highest ability, consistentlybe the best you can be, right? If you’re a player, coach, or a player’s parent you want your players to work with gear that maximizes their strengths and enhances their value to the team, right?

Of course! That’s what competitors and sports enthusiasts do. They exert maximum energy to do their best. The object in competitive sports is to play hard, train hard, compete hard, improve their skills and win. A big part of being a strong player in any sport is carefully selecting the gear that works best for you. This means being smart and learning about the gear, the options, what’s excellent, what works and why.