What is a Drop? And Other Common Baseball Bat Questions

As we have had close contact with the industry for nearly 20 years, we tend to get asked the same questions time and time again. This article intends to answer some of the most common bat questions. We are hopeful this list will serve some answer to those looking for information on baseball and softball bats. Common Bat Questions Questions What is a Senior League Bat? Technically, there are two types of Senior League bats. The first is a 2 5/8 travel ball youth barrel bat. These 2 5/8 barreled bats come in a variety of drops that range from 5 to 13. The drop, you will remember, is the numerical difference between the length of the bat in inches and the weight of the bat in ounces. The second Senior League bat is a bat made for a slowpitch softball league. That league is usually meant for older players and the bats tend to be hotter than the standard USSSA or ASA softball bats. What is the best bat for baseball? We answer that question on this site. Or, at least, we hope to. Of course, the best bat for some is not necessarily the best bat for all. As such, we caution you to be weary of bat lists which claim to know the best bats and do not admit they may very well be wrong. The best bat for baseball is dependent on the type of hitter you are and how much money you want to spend. As well, the right bat size should be considered too. Not all bats come in all sizes so be aware of that before becoming dead set on a certain brand or model. What is the drop on a baseball bat? The drop of a baseball bat is a reference to how much the bat weighs in relationship to its weight. It is, technically, the numerical difference between the length of your bat in inches and the weight of your bat in ounces. Do not confuse the drop of a bat with the bats swing weight. MOI, or swing weight, is not the same as the drop and bats with similar drops can have wildly different swing weights. What is a BBCOR bat? BBCOR stands for Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution. It is, in short, a measurement of how a bat’s barrel responds to impact with a ball. Or, how a bat’s barrel restores after impact. As such, a BBCOR bat is really a .50 BBCOR bat. And a .50 BBCOR bat is the maximum allowable trampoline effect legal bats in Highschool and College can be. There is a huge market for BBCOR bats as this is what highschool and college players use. They are also drop 3 bats and all BBCOR bats are required to be a drop 3. What is a composite bat made of? Composite bats are made out of a plastic material. A more technical term for some plastics is composite. Engineers change the fiber structure in […]

Baseball Softball Holiday Gift Guide

Well, somehow the holidays are upon us once again. It’s time to make your list, check it twice, and decide who gets the best gifts. Unless, of course, they are a US Senator. We’ve looked, read about and tested hundreds and hundreds of baseball and softball related gear this year. We also have children, lots of them. Such elements are the perfect combination for determining the best gifts for baseball and softball related gear this holiday season. Baseball & Softball Holiday Gift Guide Under $20 Lizard Skin Grip Lizard Skin grips are super soft and tacky. They are also super popular. We suggest the 1.8mm version for just about everyone. If you want an athletic tape type feel then feel free to go to the 0.8mm or 1.1mm. These grips improve the hitting experience and customizes a player’s bat for something close to $12. ProHitter Thumb Guard The ProHitter is another rock solid gadget every player needs. That is, they need it once they know it exists. Look closely, and you will see that close to 50% of MLB players use the thumb protector. What is the ProHitter? The ProHitter closes the gap between the natural shape of the top hand of your grip with your bat’s knob. In turn, better contact increases grip strength and means less pain on mishits. As well, some argue, the little item can help with more consistent swings. And $12 later, you’ve got yourself the perfect gift for the baseball or softball player. Especially those who thought they already had everything. $12 Wilson Premium Glove Oil What says “I Love You” more than helping a player protect their $400 glove? Take it from us, everyone knows they should be conditioning both new and old gloves with oil to both work in and protect it, yet few really do it consistently. There are a lot of other oils on the market and we suspect some may be similar in premium quality. But, none we’ve ever seen also use a clever spray bottle like the Wilson Premium Glove Oil applicator. This Wilson Premium Glove Oil is the best applicator on the market and, at less than $10, makes the perfect little gift for any baseball or softball player, coach or parent.  $10. Boombah Baseball Face Guard When we were kids, a face guard on your helmet meant you had some problems. But, ever since Stanton and Baez in the pros got their own version of helmet face guards, the market has seen a steady rise. We are in love with Boombah’s new face guard. It is meant to attach directly to their helmet but, we have found it does work on several other helmets too. The three holes usually line up. If your helmet only has two holes it might still work too. And, for all of $10? This may be the easiest gift on this entire list. $20 to $50 Performance Batting Gloves Almost any quality batting gloves will price you out between $20 and $50. Ones we like to recommend […]

Top 10 Boombah Baseball Bags

Baseball, slow pitch and fast pitch are awesome sports to participate in during the summer. However, they do require a large amount of gear, some quite awkwardly shaped. Boombah is a brand that goes hand in hand with quality and the authority in baseball bags. But, they only sell their bags directly. That is, you need to to their website. However, we have learned one trick. It is not uncommon for us to find bags on eBay searches like this. In your search, below, we’ve profiled the best Boombah bags for lugging around your gear! Beast Baseball Bag You may have wondered at what point in your search for a good Boombah baseball bag do efficiency, durability, and fashion meet. The birth of the Beast baseball bag marks the end to a search of quality and fashionable baseball bags. The bag comes with high-quality wheels to ensure it can carry all your baseball accessories and resist tear and wear. Besides, the customizable and detachable flap makes the bag quite fashionable and your number one choice. Besides, the bag comes with a separate glove compartment to ensure they are not damaged and carry up to 8 bats making it one the biggest baseball bag you will very have. Additionally, the bag comes with reinforced hooks making it easy for you to hang your bag on the fence. Brute Rolling Bat Bag Here is another masterpiece of efficiency and made with the high-quality 600d fabric resistant to tear and wear. The bag is carefully designed and the fabric skillfully tailored to ensure the magnificence of the bag is not compromised under any circumstance. Additionally, the bag comes with a handle on each end to ensure you have an easy lifting of the bag into a vehicle or when hanging the bag on a fence. What is more, the bag comes with ample compartments to ensure you can a carry your shoes and helmet for the game. The central compartment is spacious enough to ensure you can carry catchers and other equipment you may require for the match. Finally, you will be happy to note the bag comes with a set of two sturdy wheels and plastic runners to support the bag and ensure all your equipment is safe. Rolling Superpack The rolling super pack was initially used a traveling bag by baseball players who appreciated fashion. However, with time the bag was renovated to make it one of the best baseball bags ever offered in the market. The super pack comes with double attaches to battling gloves while you are on the pitch. Besides, the bag has compartment dedicated to carrying your shoes. Side bat compartment comes as a standard feature in all the rolling super pack bags and can hold a maximum of four bats. The wheels are heavy duty just and a telescopic handle for easy handling of the bag while on the move. Rolling Superpack Camo The rolling super pack camo is a bag previously used by both slow-pitch […]

Top Quality Bamboo Bats

There are many types of wood bats and composite bats available on the market, including maple wood bats, ash bats, white ash bats, hickory bats, and composite wood bats. If you are unsure of which quality wooden bat fits your needs, bamboo wood makes a great choice for amateurs and professional major league baseball players alike. There are some helpful tips and ideas that can guide you through the selection process. First of all, bamboo wood bats are designed by pressing bamboo strips together to form a single billet and come with numerous benefits. One of the main benefits of bamboo wood bats is that they possess more tensile strength than other woods and even steel. Secondly, bamboo bats offer a lightweight swing with different barrel diameters and are made from composite wood which is mostly bamboo or single bamboo piece wood. They are suitable for kids, amateurs and professionals alike. Bamboo bats are commonly used for practice in bat houses and in college and high school baseball leagues.If you already know the type of bat you are looking for, you can browse through a collection of bats available on this site and then buy online or visit a physical store. How to choose the best quality bamboo bats for your needs1: Consider the turn model. You should keep in mind that the turn features of a bat can determine how easy or difficult the bat may be, in terms of weight, swing, and feel. If you are finding it difficult to choose the right turn model, you may want to consider the barrel diameter of your favorite bamboo bat which could measure between 2 ½” and 2 ¾”. The 2 ½” barrel diameter bat seems to be the best for swinging and holding firmly in the hand, especially for amateurs. 2: Consider the handle thickness. Ideally, the handle thickness should be around 1” for effective holding and swinging of the bat under different conditions. Aside from kids who may require a slimmer, lighter bat, your average amateur or professional baseball player can control their bats much better when the thickness of the handle is around 1”. If you are new to bamboo bats, a thick bamboo bat should add to your bat’s durability in addition to being comfortable in your grip. The 110 model series is a bamboo bat that has a once inch thick handle and is the key reason why it is so popular, even among professionals looking for additional bat speed, especially when they are in the hitting zone. If you still can’t feel comfortable with the thickness, you may go for slimmer models that come in 15/16” or 29/32” handle thicknesses. 3: Type of bamboo bat body. In most cases, you may want to consider the ash-wood bamboo bat, as it is the lightest you can find on the market. Due to its relatively light weight, batters love the speed and comfort it brings to the game. The bamboo has a wider grain structure than most other […]