How Do You Determine the Correct Size Baseball Bat?


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Determine the best size baseball bat using your height and weight to read an online sizing chart from baseball-focused sites such as Slugger and Home Run Monkey. To verify you have the correct size bat, put the bat by your side with the handle facing up. If your palm reaches the handle, you have the correct size.

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Baseball bats are available in a variety of sizes and materials; most are made of metal alloy or wood. Consider the time needed to break in the bat, the sound and vibration it makes, and the weather conditions you play in to decide which material is best for you.

To select the best bat size for a child, start with a 26-inch bat and increase the bat 1 inch for every 4 to 5 inches the child grows. To verify the bat is the right size, stand the bat up next to your child and confirm the top of the handle does not go past your child’s hip. A bat that reaches past the child's hip is too long for the child to swing. Verify which types of bats are allowed in your child's baseball league before purchasing a baseball bat. As of 2015, premium bat prices range from $50 to $300.

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