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No matter the softball league you play in, buying a bat is a personal decision. New technology has delivered bats
that not only enhance performance but also are tailored to an individual player's strengths. It is essential that you
select a bat that fits your unique body configuration and skill level--height, weight, and hitting strength.
The world of bats now offers a large variety of choices in materials. These can be broken into two primary
categories--aluminum and Graphite/Titanium lined. Virtually no
softball bats are made of wood any longer. Each provides its own unique characteristics.
This has been a player favorite for several years now
Aluminum bats provide a lighter weight for increased control and bat speed
Aluminum and the other metals also offer durability
Despite generally higher costs, players can save money since the bats are extremely difficult to crack or
Aluminum bats come in a variety of alloys, each with a different weight. Generally, lighter aluminum alloys are
thinner and more durable. These lighter weights also increase the "sweet spot," the hitting
zone on the bat's barrel that gives the maximum place to put metal to ball.
Aluminum bats, and those enhanced with other alloys, also come in single-layer or double-layer construction
Double-layer bats offer more durability and power, since the ball rebounds off the bat with more authority
Technology has enabled bat makers to use lighter, stronger materials. Graphite and titanium are just two of
Both are usually added to thinner-wall aluminum bats, enabling bats to be lighter and increasing a player's
These materials also increase durability and the batter's sweet spot
Graphite and titanium also help reduce vibration and the sting of ball shock, the tingling feeling sent to the
hands usually when you miss hitting the ball in the bat's sweet spot