Your Guide to Buying An ASA Slowpitch Softball Bat
Factors to Consider when Buying a Bat
The Length of the Bat is an essential factor to consider when buying a bat. The notion behind this argument is based on the fact that the overall weight of the holder determines the length of the bat. The heavier the holder of the bat, the longer the bat.
For example, children who weigh 70 pounds can swing a bat ranging between 28 to 30 inches long as compared to children under 60 pounds who can only swing bats between 26 to 29 inches long.
The type of material used to assemble the bat should also be considered.
Bats are made of different materials, and different people can have varying opinions on the suitability of the bat and its consistent usage.
Some of the most common materials used to make bats are such as composite, alloy, and hybrid bats. The composite bat, for instance, has reduced vibrations and less sting as compared to the alloy bats which have more vibration and an intense sting emanating from miss-hit balls.
Apart from this, composite bats have a “crack” of a tree branch sound while the alloy bats have a ping type of a sound when hitting the ball. The handle and grip of bats is another essential factor that you should consider prior to buying a bat.
Bats that have thicker handles offer better stability as compared to those with thinner handles. However, an advantage of using a thinner handle bat is the fact that it allows you, as a player, to move your hands quickly when hitting the ball.
Additionally, thinner and thicker bats must have handle knobs which promote simplified grasping and avoid accidental slipping.
The Difference between ASA and USSSA Bats
The goal of ASA Slowpitch Softball Bats is to have the ball flex at higher rates than the ball.
Both ASA and USSSA bats are designed to allow the player to hit the ball with as much comfort as possible. However, both of these accrediting institutions are different from each other.
For instance, top ASA softball bats that have been approved by ASA must always adhere to the set 98 miles per hour batted-ball speed. On the other hand, bats approved by USSSA can have a higher speed of up to 100 mph.
Another difference that exists between ASA supported and USSSA approved bats is the fact that USSSA bats must have a bat performance of 1.20. ASA men’s softball bats, on the other hand, do not have a BPF specification.
The ASA bat standard is purely based on the batted ball speed (BBS).