Softball is a sport enjoyed by millions of people each year and the equipment involved in the game is just as important as the skills of the player. Whether you or your teenager have chosen softball as your sport, you will need to carefully select the best slowpitch softball bat to ensure a comfortable and rewarding experience throughout the season.
With this in mind, we have gathered not only information but also a few selections of bats that you may find useful. Take the time to read through our guide and familiarize yourself with the different features of each bat and how they may be the right selection for your needs. Also, keep in mind the physical needs of the sport in order to select a bat that will complement your specific case.
Once you have determined your exact needs, refer to our chart to see which bat will be the best choice for you.
Top 10 Best Slow-Pitch Bats (2017)* editor rating based on quality and value
|(4.7 / 5)|
Combat Derby Boys ASA Softball Bat DBSP7
|(4.7 / 5)|
Easton SP16S300 S300 Slowpitch Softball Bat
|(4.8 / 5)|
DeMarini 2015 Ultimate Weapon Slowpitch Bat
|(4.7 / 5)|
Easton SK38 CYCLONE Slow Pitch Softball Bat -6
|(4.9 / 5)|
Derby Boy G3 Slowpitch USSSA Bat 34 in L 26 oz
|(4.8 / 5)|
Louisville Slugger Z4 USSSA Balanced Softball Bat
|(4.8 / 5)|
2015 Miken Freak 12 Maxload USSSA
|(5 / 5)|
2015 Louisville Slugger Vapor Slowpitch Softball Bat
|(4.8 / 5)|
Easton Maple Slowpitch Softball Bat
|(4.6 / 5)|
Things to consider when purchasing a slow-pitch softball bat
While most teens will automatically lean towards that bright, shiny bat on the shelf and swear they “must” have it to succeed, it may not be the right bat for their needs. Research is the best bet before purchase, as the bat they want may be unsuited to their swing, strength and overall playing style.
There are several types of bats on the market, each with its set of features and composition, making the task seem to be a tedious process of elimination, but this does not need to be the case.
Here we have outlined some key points to consider in your purchase that could make all the difference in their success, at least where their equipment is concerned.
A few questions to ask yourself include:
- How tall is my teenager?
- How large are my teenager’s hands?
- Does my teenager have strong wrists?
- How serious is my teenager about this sport?
- How much weight can my teenager swing comfortably?
These are all key questions you will have to answer before selecting a bat for your teenager as it will play a strong role in your teen’s gameplay. Take a moment to determine the answers and then continue, as we will explain the how different features can affect how you play.
How does the weight and length of a bat affect your swing?
When we swing an object like a bat, the weight and length create a pulling sensation. This is due to the effort our muscles must put out to complete a swinging motion. And when you swing it, your fingers, hands, wrists, forearms, upper arms, shoulders and even our back are using every muscle and tendon.
Therefore, if the bat we choose is too heavy, we are unable to swing it effectively, making it more difficult to play well. This is all tied to balance, which must be achieved for better gameplay. A poorly balanced bat can affect our swing as well, making the length and weight even more important in our selection.
Can the bat design change how it feels when the ball connects?
When the ball connects with the bat, we often experience a stinging sensation in our hands, wrists and sometimes even further into our shoulders. This is due to the vibration created upon contact. The design of the bat can indeed affect how strongly we feel this vibration and should be a key factor in our selection.
Pain is a sign that something is wrong. If we’ve chosen the incorrect equipment, it makes the process of correction more difficult, as we must decide whether the equipment or our position and swing are at fault. If we select a bat appropriately, this can help to quickly correct the problem and leave much more time to enjoy the game instead.
How can handle wraps affect my play?
Handle wraps are actually a useful feature on any bat.
These wraps help to minimize the impact of contact vibration on your hands and wrists. This, in turn, can help to lessen the fatigue experienced throughout the game and improve your overall performance.
While this feature is not the only solution to contact vibration, is can be the defining feature for your specific selection depending on your needs. If you experience a lot of pain in your hands from contact vibration, you may want to consider this feature when selecting your bat.
Now that you have had a chance to read a bit about how different features can affect your gameplay take a moment to look at the chart we have provided, which shows a selection of bats that you may want to consider. Remember to think about how height and weight will affect your swing, as well as the “sting” factor of contact vibration and select a bat that will appropriately suit your needs.
The bat you choose may be based on your or your teenager’s level of play, intention to play the sport for a long period, and specific physical needs. All of these are important and when taken into consideration will help to ensure a great experience out on the field.
Our personal selection, after considering all of the available features, is the 2015 Miken Freak 12 Maxload.
The Triple Matrix Core and Flex 2 Power features, when added with a good handle wrap, have created an outstanding option. This, combined with the Aerospace Grade fiber construction made it a solid choice for our teen, as it helped to lessen the contact sting and seems to offer a bit more power to his swing, which was an area in which he needed a bit of help.
This bat may also help you or your teenager to excel in a sport they love if it is well-suited to your specific needs as it was to our own.
The important part is to have fun and enjoy the game, and we hope we’ve helped to make at least one part of your decision easier so you can spend more time out there playing.