Before you choose the baseball and softball bats, you should to know this basic but vital information about these bats in general:
What is a Single Wall Bat?
Single wall bats are constructed in such a way that their barrel comprises of a single wall. Compared to double or multiple-wall barrels, a single-wall barrel offers less trampoline effect but is a lot heavier to wield and therefore gives a player advantage in terms of speed and the accuracy of swing timing. Single wall bats are typically constructed from aluminum which gives them good durability.
What is a Double Wall Bat?
A double wall bat is one that carries a barrel with reinforced walls. This means that inside the primary layer of the barrel with which a player hits, another layer of manufacturing material has been used to reinforce the structure of the barrel.
The key advantage a double-wall bat offers is that it comes with a greater trampoline effect compared to a single-walled bat. Greater trampoline effect means that you are able to channel more of your hitting force into the incoming ball and hit it farther. However, compared to a single-wall bat, a double-wall bat is heavier.
What is a One Piece Bat?
A one piece bat is constructed in such a way that the handle as well as the barrel of the bat is manufactured in a single, continuous piece. This also means that the exact same material is used in the construction of the entire bat, making it a uniformly constructed bat.
An identifying feature of a one-piece bat is that it is harder and stiffer so that the handle flexes little or not at all when you hit the incoming ball with the barrel. While such a stiff handle may not suit some players, it is perfectly suited to power hitters who rely on their swinging force to hit the ball into the distance.
A slight disadvantage of a one-piece bat is that due to its stiff construction, its handle may register significant feedback.
What is a Two Piece Bat?
A two-piece bat is one which is constructed so that the handle and barrel are manufactured separately and then bonded together in some way. In such bats, either the handle and barrel may be of the same material or they may have been constructed from different materials.
A major feature of a two-piece bat is that since the handle and barrel are not constructed in a single-piece, it allows a player to add more trampoline effect when hitting by utilizing the whipping effect of the handle.
Due to the flexibility of the handle, it is able to aid in the speed of the barrel in the hitting zone. Another advantage of a two-piece bat is that its handle registers little to no vibrations or feedback when the barrel makes contact with the ball.
What is a Balanced Bat?
A balanced bat is one in which the weight of the bat is distributed evenly from the barrel to the knob at the bottom of the bat. This makes it possible for a player to swing this bat with balance, without experiencing a tilt towards the barrel or handle.
A balanced bat is most frequently used by players simply because it is predictable and controllable. A player can control the swing momentum of such a bat as well as the placement of the incoming ball upon the barrel.
What is an End Loaded Bat?
An end loaded bat is a bat in which the weight is not evenly distributed and some extra load, typically half ounce or one ounce, are added towards the barrel-end so that the bat is barrel-heavy.
The advantage of using an end-loaded bat is that for a power player who can perfectly and confidently control the swing of the bat, swinging an end-loaded bat offers greater momentum and power through the hitting zone. An end-loaded bat, if wielded well by a player, typically hits longer shots than a balanced bat.
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