Slowpitch Softball Bat Guide

A lot of people think that all they need to do when it comes time to buy a slowpitch softball bat is watch what everyone else is buying. In some cases, this can help you find out what the hottest bats are, but in reality, the best bat for you depends entirely on you. Your size, your style of play,  and your swing are all important factors that need to be taken into consideration when the time comes to buy a bat. In the future, all you’ll need to do to pick out the best bat for you is to follow this Slowpitch Softball Bat Guide.

Size

Here’s a secret a lot of smaller players haven’t been let onto yet. If you are barely reaching 150 pounds, this should be your first clue as to why you shouldn’t use a 30 ounce bat. Ideally, you are going to want to swing a bat that fits your size and style of play. If you are a line drive hitter, you are going to want to swing a bat that you can get through the zone quicker.

Another myth about slowpitch softball is that the bigger and stronger you are, the more likely it is that you need a 30 ounce bat yourself. In some cases, this is true, but for the most part, you get most of your power in slowpitch softball from your hands. if you can get your hands through the zone quicker, you will be able to get more power on your swing with each bat.

End Loaded / Balanced

This section is directly linked to the one above. When you swing a bat that weighs 28 ounces, but is considered end loaded, it will feel like it weighs 30 ounces. For those that used to the heavier bat, this shouldn’t be a problem at all, but for those are on the team solely for their ability to  be smart and get on base, this could cause severe problems to your swing.

Material

Across the country, there are more and more recreation leagues switching to wood bats. This just means that the game will be more about defense than just hitting the ball 400 feet, which for many people, makes things a bit more interesting. That being said, the material of the bat is important when it comes to what is legal in your league. U-Trip players will use all-composite bats, while many basic ASA sanctioned leagues will only allow half and half bats as long as the barrel is all-aluminum.

Take the Price Seriously

Here’s the deal. I will never tell you to buy a $400 bat just because it is $400. Nor will I ever tell you to go to WalMart and buy a $40 bat. I will however tell you to be smart about your money. There is a solid middle ground that features countless top bats that you can use like the Easton L7.0 Raw Power or like most DeMarini Steel bats (that are quickly disappearing from shelves everywhere).

Rip-It Drop Ten Air Fastpitch Softball Bat Review

We here at The First Pitch understand that our readers don’t only play and/or watch baseball or slowpitch softball. We understand that fastpitch softball is just as important to some of our readers. With that said, here is the first fastpitch bat review here on The First Pitch.

Rip-It Drop Ten Air (-10)

Rip-It is one of the up-and-coming companies in baseball and softball bats and this bat is helping them continue to move up the ranks. The Drop Ten Air was built using thin layers of R2 composite material in the barrel, giving you incredible performance and durability. With extra layers of composite, you will be able to get more from each swing. When you make solid contact with this bat, you will notice a certain frequency that will is common with a composite bat.

With the AIR technology, this Rip-It bat will allow for faster and more balanced swings, which allow for better control with each swing and even allows for added power for those who need it the most. The bat comes in five different sizes ranging from 30 inches to 34 inches, all of which come with a -10 oz. weight drop.

One popular aspect of this bat that doesn’t seem like a big deal to some is the memory foam-type material on the handle of the bat. The ridge grip has ridges that mold to the shape of your hand and allow for you to maintain the same grip with each swing.

Overall this bat, which retails for about $300 would be a great addition to you bat bag. There are other models that are cheaper that may come close to the quality of this bat, there aren’t many available that do as well as advertised like the Rip-It Drop Ten Air.