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Learn About Slowpitch Softball Bats


Slowpitch softball bats are specifically crafted for the dynamics of slowpitch softball, a variant of the game where underhand pitches are thrown at a slower speed, emphasizing the batter's ability to generate power and control. These bats differ from other softball bats in various ways to cater to the unique characteristics of the game. Slowpitch bats typically have a larger barrel diameter compared to fastpitch bats, which allows for a larger hitting surface. This design enhances a player's chances of making solid contact with the ball, crucial in a game where pitch speed is slower, and hitting for power is a priority. Moreover, slowpitch softball bats are heavier and have more end-loaded options because they are intended to be swung by adult athletes.


How to Choose the Right Slowpitch Softball Bat for You


Selecting the ideal slowpitch softball bat hinges on choosing the appropriate length and weight. Ensure you consult our Slowpitch softball bat guide to guarantee the right bat length. Once you've settled on the length and weight, opt for a swing feel that suits your preference. Generally, slowpitch softball bats are categorized as balanced or end-loaded. Choose the one that aligns best with your playing style.Additionally, you'll need to decide on the material for your bat. You can choose between an aluminum or composite bat, available in either one-piece or two-piece construction. One-piece bats provide a more rigid feel upon contact, facilitating greater energy transfer but may transmit more vibrations to the hands. In contrast, two-piece bats offer some flex, providing more whip on contact and effectively reducing vibrations.There are also options for single-walled and double-walled slowpitch bats, each offering distinct advantages. Finally, consider the regulations of the league you're playing in. Determine whether they adhere to USA, USSSA, NSA, or ISA bat guidelines. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each aspect and select the option that best suits your playing style.


Slowpitch Softball Bat Sizing Chart


With all bats at 34in. in length, the difference between bats will just be the weight. Depending on your size, these bats should be lighter if you are smaller or larger they will be heavier.


PLAYER SIZE/WeightXSSMALLMEDIUMLARGE
34in./25oz.34in./25oz.34in./26oz.34in./26oz.34in./27oz.
34in./26oz.34in./26oz.34in./27oz.34in./27oz.34in./28oz.
34in./27oz.34in./27oz.34in./28oz.34in./29oz. 

Slowpitch Softball Bats FAQ


What are slowpitch bat drop rules?

There are numerous Slow Pitch Softball leagues, but your particular league will follow the rules of one of these major softball governing bodies: ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA, ISF, SSUA. Check with your league to learn the drop rules for your league.


Can fastpitch softball bats be used for slowpitch?

While it is possible to use a fastpitch bat in slowpitch, this is not recommended. Although fastpitch and slowpitch are both versions of softball, the pitching speed changes the game significantly. Slowpitch bats are designed to hit balls traveling around 25 mph. Fastpitch bats are designed to hit balls traveling at excessive speed. Slowpitch bats are better suited for the slower pitch speeds and power-hitting emphasis of slowpitch softball, and using one can help improve performance in that specific format of the game.


Can you hit baseballs with a slowpitch bat?

You should not and cannot use a softball bat for baseball because a bat is crafted specifically for the sport it will be used in. Slowpitch softball bats also are constructed differently in terms of weight distribution. This causes softball bats to break more frequently, especially if used with a ball (such as a baseball) that the bat was not designed to hit.


How do you break in a slowpitch bat?

If you are buying an aluminum Slowpitch bat, there is no break-in necessary. Aluminum bats are as hot as they are going to get as soon as you take them out of the wrapper. With composite barrel bats, you will have to break them in. Composite slowpitch softball bats require around 100 - 150 hits on them to start performing up to their potential. It is also important to rotate the bat a quarter turn on every swing. This ensures an even break-in.


How many swings does it take to break a slowpitch softball bat?

Composite slowpitch softball bats require around 100 - 150 hits on them to start performing up to their potential. It is also important to rotate the bat a quarter turn on every swing. This ensures an even break-in.

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