As slowpitch softball has gained popularity throughout the country, bat manufacturers are working harder than ever to give each player the best options for his/her needs. Slowpitch softball obviously deals with slower pitch speeds, so it is important to find a bat that will allow you to get some weight behind your swing while providing a ton of pop. In this article, we take a deeper dive into all things slowpitch softball, provide some of the best bats available on the market, and answer some common questions when it comes to selecting a new slowpitch softball bat to hopefully help make this bat buying process a little easier for you. Enjoy!
What to Look for in Slowpitch Softball Bats
In the game of slowpitch softball, you will need to know the rules and regulations of your league when selecting a softball bat. For example, ASA softball bats are not permitted for use in USSSA play and vice versa for USSSA softball bats. However, some manufacturers have bats that carry a dual stamp, (ASA/USSSA softball bats), those bats are permitted for use in both ASA and USSSA play. In addition to the certification of the bat, it is important to select a bat that feels comfortable to you when swinging. You will want to make sure its not too heavy or too light that you will lose power behind your swing.
Best Slowpitch Softball Bat for Power
This bat is not called Texas Strong for no reason. You will experience insane pop right out of the wrapper with little to no break-in needed. Designed with the help of pro slowpitch players, LC Watson, Ben Dunn, and Argen Dodds, Easton was able to construct a bat that provides power like you never seen before. If you enjoy launching balls into orbit, we definitely recommend giving the Easton Texas Strong slowpitch softball bat a try.
Best Slowpitch Softball Bats for 2019
There are plenty of slowpitch softball bats out there to choose from but finding the perfect one for you can be challenging. You will want to look for a bat that has a lot of pop, is easy to swing and will last you multiple seasons. So, based on those things, we put together a list of the top 5 best slowpitch softball bats for 2019. Also, we discuss some of the pros and cons for each bat and go over the certain leagues that each slowpitch bat is approved for.
The perfect combination or power, pop and speed. This bat features a two-piece composite construction for an extremely light swing weight in the handle, and a full one-ounce end-load in the barrel to provide maximum mass and power behind the ball at contact. Additionally, its 360 exact carbon composite barrel allows for 360-degree performance, so you will not ever hit a dead spot on the barrel. With a 13.5-inch barrel design and 2 1/4-inch barrel diameter, this bat is the perfect size for any power hitter looking to add a little more bat speed to their swing.
Full one-ounce end-load for maximum mass and power behind the swing.
- Explosive pop
- Two-piece composite construction for light swing weight
- End-loaded for max power
- Can sometimes take a while to fully break in
New for 2019, the Easton Texas Strong USSSA Slowpitch softball bat is specifically modeled after preferences of pro players, LC Watson, Ben Dunn, and Argen Dodds. Easton is bringing back their popular Fire Flex technology which will deliver explosive pop right out of the wrapper. Constructed with a 13.25-inch barrel and a half ounce load, the Easton 2019 Texas Strong USSSA Slowpitch softball bat is loaded for optimized player weight. Additionally, Easton is introducing an all-new 360 exact carbon composite barrel for 360-degree barrel performance.
Explosive pop right out the wrapper, little to no break-in needed.
- Tons of pop right out of the wrapper
- Little to no break-in required
- BaseballMonkey exclusive colorway
- Has potential to crack with heavy use
FAQs on Slowpitch Softball Bats
Selecting a new slowpitch bat can be difficult if you are new to the sport and are trying to distinguish between fastpitch and slowpitch bats. Below we have answered some of the most common questions when it comes to slowpitch softball bats. Also, if you need any further information, check out our bat buying guide!
What weight bat should I use for slowpitch softball?
The most common bat weights used in slowpitch softball are 26, 27, 28, and 30 ounces. Depending on what kind of hitter you are, contact or power, you will want to choose a heavier or lighter weight. Stronger hitters will typically go for a weight in the middle of the range, this allows them to get more of a whip out of the bat. If you are looking to get a little more power behind your swing, you may go for a slightly heavier bat to provide more weight behind on the ball on contact. At the end of the day it is personal preference, so try out a few different weights and see what is most comfortable to you!
Do aluminum slowpitch bats need to be broken in?
Aluminum slowpitch softball bats almost always come hot right out of the wrapper. This means there is typically no break in period required and these bats can be used immediately. However, hitting a few balls prior to jumping straight into a game never hurts.
Do composite slowpitch bats need to be broken in?
Composite bats, no matter what sport, almost always need to be broken in. Typically, 200 hits is the number to go for to ensure your bat is completely ready to go. Make sure to rotate the barrel of the bat slightly after each handful of swings to break in the entirety of the barrel. Also, it is important to use game balls when breaking in your new composite slowpitch softball bat.
What is the difference between slowpitch and fastpitch softball bats?
The main difference between these two types of bats is the weight. Both types of bat are only allowed a maximum length of 34-inches, but slowpitch bats are designed to be heavier than fastpitch bats to provide for more power behind the swing. Heavier bats are used in slowpitch softball to make up for the lack of pitch speed whereas fastpitch bats are lighter to allow for quicker swing speeds to catch up to faster pitching.