You’d be surprised to hear how many parents are actually clueless when it comes to such a simple question…
Fret not, this guide is supposed to help you find the best bat for your kid.
For instance, DeMarini’s specialty is producing immense power bats with their Paradox +Plus and double wall construction barrels.
On the other hand, Louisville Slugger is renowned for being one of the most strongest alloy bats in the industry.
Each one of these elements make up the company’s brand and it’s best to stick to what they do best.
Easton has been stirring up the industry with their TORQ handle which is still cause for much discussion nowadays.
Would a TORQ handle be beneficial to your kid? Perhaps.
Or maybe your kid would be better suited with an end-loaded Voodoo bat, or perhaps the swift swinging Marucci Cat 6.
It all depends on the play style and the type of hitter your kid is.
End loaded bats should be used by heavier hitters as to provide them with more momentum at contact and launch the ball to farther distances.
Hybrid bats such as the Voodoo, the Select, or the Speed should be used by contact hitters not looking for overpowering power at the plate, but also like the benefit of faster bat speed and control through the zone.
Usually #2, #3, #6, #7, #8 hitters should be using these hybrids.
Whereas #4 and #5 should be using the power series.
#1 and #9 should stick to the alloy construction one-piece bats for maximum bat speed and control at the plate.
With that said, these are just some suggestions and you may do with them as you like.
The point I’m trying to make is to find your kid’s playing style and find a bat that matches him best on that level. It’d be foolish to buy a kid of a relatively slim frame a heavier bat and expect him to drop some bombs.
Unless you’re Dustin Pedroia.
But that dude’s insane.
If I had to pick 3, I’d say your kid should be prioritizing these things for maximum hitting potential:
- Bat Speed
- Swing Weight
- Weight Transfer
- Solid Hitting Position at Contact
The bat speed and swing weight being one of the most critical factors believe it or not.
Depending on the swing weight index, a lighter bat can actually feel heavier than a regular bat if it has a 0.5 oz end-load. Conversely, a heavier bat may also feel lighter if it has a middle balance point.
Don’t make the same mistake I did, I used to use an end-loaded bat in high school and it felt weird and my performance suffered as a result.
I practiced with a low M.O.I bat and had the most success with these types of bats. However, whenever I’d switch the stick I was swinging my performance plummeted.
So your bat choice is as imperative to your success as how often you practice. Proceed with care.