3) How to determine the right Weight
Most bats are also weighted in ounces
Manufacturers have done a great job in balancing the bat's weight to its
Many bats have a weight-to-length ratio, often shown as -4, -6, etc.
This basically means a 34-inch (86.4 cm) bat with a -6 ratio weights 28
ounces (794 gr).
Selecting weight really depends on two critical factors -- your strength and
your hitting style
It also depends a lot on your personal preference in weight and length, so
the following are simply guidelines to follow:
Bigger, stronger players generally prefer a heavier bat since they
get the benefits of both the heft and swing power
Smaller players with less strength should consider a lighter bat to
generate a quicker swing
Younger players, too, should consider that a lighter bat increases
control - great for singles hitters, while also reducing the risk of
4) About the Technology of a Bat
Bat technology may seem a little confusing but it's not rocket-science. There are
three essential elements to a bat: barrel size, bat taper and grip.
This includes both the length of the barrel - top part of the bat - and its
The longer the barrel, generally, the larger the sweet spot for hitting the
As for diameter, the standard is 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) but many players
prefer a smaller barrel that lightens weight and provides more swing speed
This is the diameter of the bat's handle
Standard bats are tapered 31/32 (78.7 - 81.3 cm) of an inch but can be
slightly larger or smaller depending on whether you want a lighter or
You may prefer the feel of a bigger bat taper, which can also reduce the
sting when a ball isn't struck on the sweet spot
Some players like a narrower taper for the lighter weight and to rotate
their wrists faster when hitting.