A Primer On Softball Bats
Posted by cfn3055 on May 25, 2016
The topic of softball bats is a heated one, man.
Honestly, it’s incredibly competitive and matters a great deal to some. There two kinds of bats out there: the fastpitch bats and the slowpitch bats.
Each have their own purpose within the hemisphere of softball bats. Each, incredibly competitive.
The slowpitch bats are typically designed for pure power. The goal is to make the most potent bat possible to crush those damn yellow spheres over the fence.
Fastpitch bats are typically more closely related to the baseball bats and have certain performance standards.
These are generally used in college ball or in softball leagues where they throw gas.
I partake in both – so I have my say in the matter.
For the slowpitch bats, I prefer to go Miken. Namely, the 2016 Freak 30 has been performing real well for me.
I’m not your typical power hitting slowpitch bro, but I can swing the stick. And the Miken has really allowed me to leverage and reach my full potential of 3 home-run’s per season.
Also the Freak Black is very powerful, albeit not as much.
On the other side of the spectrum – fastpitch bats tend to be better on an overall performance better.
Meaning – they can be utilized for a variety of things, not just crushing balls. Their versatility ranges to bunting, hittin’ and running, power, contact and much more.
I’d rather go here with either the Mako, the CF or the Worth 2 Legit.
Either way, the choice is yours. Let’s talk about success in softball hitting now: what it really comes down to.
As Teddy Ballgame said in his book – hitting mostly comes down to getting a good pitch to hit. And what that stems from is setting yourself up in a position where you CAN get a good pitch to hit.
For instance, getting up on the count and not letting the pitcher sneak one by you.
There are some elements at bat here such as your order in the line-up and the likes, but usually you’ll want to NOT wait for the first strike as common knowledge would have it.
The reason here is that it automatically puts you on the defensive and at a major disadvantage. You want to stick to being aggressive.
Swing at the god-damn first pitch if you have to. Just don’t let the pitcher beat you because you beat yourself.
Be aggressive at the plate and stick to your guns. Sometimes it’s best to wait for the first pitch, such as if you’re the absolute first hitter. Or if the pitcher has been kind of wild, but ultimately in the majors – pitchers have incredible control and this strategy is futile.
Be aggressive and on the offense and you’ll also give yourself a much better chance at succeeding than if you didn’t.
Another major factor to ponder upon is: how close should you stand to the plate?
The legendary Ty Cobbs said that whenever he used to get in a slump, he’d stand really close to the plate to get a better feel for the strike zone. This is a good tactic to try and might prove fruitful in your career.
Either way, good luck out there and kill ‘em!