If you want to hit your best this year you’ll need one of the best BBCOR bats.

There’s a couple things you need to keep in my mind when selecting a bat and I’ll show you what’s most important when making your decision – after you’ll see my top picks for the year.

I’m sure you’ll see a bat that you love by the time you’re done reading.

Ready?

How To Choose A BBCOR Bat

There’s a few thing to think about when selecting this type of product and the top things to consider are:

  • Make sure it has a BBCOR stamp
  • Pick the right length and weight
  • Decide which bat material you want (alloy, composite, hybrid)

First and foremost, the bat you purchase has to meet BBCOR standards and have a BBCOR stamp of approval on the bat.

It looks like this:

A BBCOR bat must be between the lengths of 31 and 34 inches and the weight can’t be less than minus 3 ounces from the length. So if you buy a bat that’s 32 inches it must be 29 ounces or more. Also, the barrel can’t exceed 2 and 5/8th inches. If a bat meets all these standards it’ll get the stamp above.

Next, you have to get the right length and weight. Here’s a video that’ll help you out:

Pretty simple, right? Basically it all comes down to your height, weight and what you’re comfortable with. Taller, stronger players should go for heavier and longer bats while shorter, contact hitters should go for a shorter, lighter bat. Basically every bat on this list comes in all lengths and weights so you’ll get all the options in the world.

This chart will help you pick the right length and size too:

Lastly, you need to decide on bat materials. There’s three choices and each has their benefits, which are:

  • Composite: Composite bats tend to be the highest performing and have the largest sweet spots – they’re the most expensive too and can cost between $200 and $400. These bats limit painful stings on miss hit balls and tend to be the most balanced. Before you can use a composite bat in game it needs to be broken in and this takes about 150 to 200 hits to do.
  • Alloy: Alloy bats have smaller sweet spots than composite and there’s the risk of painful stings when you miss hit a ball. On the plus side they’re more durable than composite bats and they can be used in game right away – there’s no need to break in alloy bats. Also, they’re less expensive and they’re more durable than composite bats.
  • Hybrid: Hybrid bats combine both alloy and composite materials – the barrel is alloy and the handle is composite. This means you get a durable and game ready barrel and a handle that lessens painful stings. These products aren’t as quality as composite but they’re more quality than alloy. They cost in the middle of these two bats.

If you want to know more about choosing a baseball bat, click here.

Now that you know what to look for let’s take a look at my top picks.


Louisville Slugger Prime 918 *Top Pick*

Company: Louisville

Price: $$$$$

Rating: 5/5

The Louisville Slugger Prime series of bats is universally loved and many people think this is the best bat lineup – I tend to agree. The 918 is the newest of the bunch and not only lives up to the high standards of previous Prime’s but surpasses them. This bat is HIGH QUALITY and will have you hitting your absolute best.

Don’t take my word for it, though. Watch the video below to see it in action:

and here’s another video of a high schooler putting them over the fence with the Prime 918:

As you can see this bat performs.

Some top features include:

  • 100% Composite Microform barrel feels extremely light and you’ll be able to whip this bat through the zone.
  • TRU3 Construction ensures miss hit balls won’t cause painful stings to your hands.
  • Custom Lizard Skin grip is meant to improve how this bat feels and allows you to rip it.
  • Extremely balanced and has a swing weight score of 1.7.
  • RTX End Cap means you get a longer barrel and you’ll get a larger sweet spot because of this.
  • Multiple sizes and weights from 31 inches to 34 inches and weights from 28 ounces to 31 ounces.

This bat isn’t cheap, though, and it’s going to cost a little extra. I personally think it’s worth every penny, though, and you get a full 1 year warranty. This gives you piece of mind that you won’t get screwed over if you purchase.

If this bat is too expensive there’s other products on this list that’ll fall into your price range.


Rawlings Velo

Company: Rawlings

Price: $$$$

Rating: 4.8/5

Here we have another quality bat from the a well known company – the Rawlings Velo may not be quite as good as the Prime 918 but it’s in the same stratosphere. It costs a lot less too.

One thing I really like about this product is the Comp Lite End Cap. Many people don’t pay attention to this part of the bat but you should. The Comp End Lite End Cap makes this bat extremely balanced and helps you increase your swing speed.

Some other aspects that I like are:

  • Hybrid construction means you’ll get the benefits of both alloy and composite. You won’t get painful stings to your hand and you’ll get that sweet “ping” sound when you make solid contact.
  • Precision pOp 2.0 technology improves pop and bat flexibility. It does this by etching a laser grove into the sweet spot.
  • Synthetic grip is long lasting and makes sure you have the best feel possible.
  • Multiple sizes and weights. It even gives you .5 options like a 32.5 length and this gives the absolute perfect bat.

I mentioned this bat costs a lot less than the Prime and that’s true. This is even better when you consider it comes with a 1 year warranty too. You won’t have to worry about flushing your money down the toilet if this bat cracks.


DeMarini CF Zen

Company: DeMarini

Price: $$$$$

Rating: 4.9/5

The DeMarini CF Zen is well known and this version is the new 2018. One thing you’ll love about this bat is the the Paraflex Composite barrel.

This barrel is 22 percent stronger than other composite materials on the market. You know what this means for you? It means you’ll get more power and distance on your hits. This is the kind of bat that turns singles into doubles and warning track shots into home runs.

If that’s now enough, this bat comes with:

  • 3Fusion End Cap gives you complete control over this bat and improves the overall durability of the CF Zen.
  • Very large sweet spot and has one of the largest sweet spots of any bat on the market.
  • 3Fusion handle ensures you won’t get painful stings on miss hit balls and transfers energy back to the barrel. This is another reason the CF Zen helps you smack the ball around.
  • Very balanced swing weight and you’ll have a hard time getting a smoother stroke from another bat.
  • RCK knob allows this product to sit perfectly in your hands and is built for comfort.

The CF Zen is another bat that’s going to cost a good amount of money. Some might consider the price a lot for a bat but this one performs at a high level and you get a full one year warranty.


Easton Mako Beast

Company: Easton

Price: $$$$

Rating: 4.8/5

The Easton Mako Beast is another bat that all high performing high school and collegiate players should consider purchasing. It excels in basically every way imaginable.

The main reason for this is it’s made from composite materials. When you purchase a composite bat you’re getting top of the line. You’re getting a humongous sweet spot and a product with a lot of pop (just remember to break it in before using in game!).

Some other top features include:

  • HYPERSKIN grip gives you a good feel and ensures you hold onto the bat, no matter what the weather is.
  • TCT Thermo barrel is 1.5 inches longer than previous Mako bats. This means a larger hit zone and improves your odds of getting on base.
  • ConneXion technology and 2 piece design provides maximum energy transfer for more power.

This bat isn’t cheap but I wouldn’t really consider it overly expensive either. The price for me is more than fair for everything you’re getting. The Mako has a ton of reviews too and most are very positive. If you want to see what other customers are saying about this product, click below:


Marucci Cat7

Company: Marucci

Price: $$$

Rating: 4.8/5

The Marucci Cat7 is one of the better alloy bats on this list. Although I don’t think alloy bats perform as well as composite bats, there are some benefits to owning an alloy product.

First off, you won’t have to spend time breaking the bat in before using it in game. The second you get the Cat7 you’ll be able to step into the batters box with it and help your team put some runs on the board.

Also, alloy bats tend to be more durable and you’ll get more use out of them. You’ll get a lot of swings with the Cat7 and you’ll be able to pass it down to a friend or little brother.

If that’s not enough you’ll like that it comes with:

  • One piece construction ensures you get a traditional and classic feel.
  • Larger than average sweet spot and the sweet spot is more than double the Cat6.
  • Ring-Free Barrel Technology means all dead spots in the bat are eliminated.
  • AV2 Knob limits any vibrational feedback
  • Very balanced design makes sure you get a smooth swing each and every time.

This is one of the more expensive all alloy bats on this list too. If you compare it to some of the more expensive composite bats, though, it’s not that bad.


Easton Beast X Hybrid

Company: Easton

Price: $$$$

Rating: 4.8/5

Here we have another top of the line alloy bat and one that any slugger will love to have in his arsenal. It won’t quite give you the pop of a composite barrel but you’ll still be able to drive the ball and get very solid contact using the Easton Beast X.

One of my favorite features of this bat is the Dynamic Feel System. What the Feel System does is it makes use of a hybrid design to give you optimal feel – it has a durable alloy barrel and sting resistant carbon handle. You’ll really appreciate this combination if you decide on the Beast X.

Some other benefits that you’ll like includes:

  • X-tended barrel design ensures you get the largest sweet spot possible. This means you’ll get hits even if you don’t hit it squarely.
  • ATAC barrel is slightly end loaded and this makes sure you get perfect balance in your swing. The ATAC barrel scores well in longevity and power too
  • Multiple sizes and weights so you get the perfect bat for you.
  • Z-core internal technology is another reason this product has such a large sweet spot.
  • Hyperskin grip is extremely comfortable to hold and and provides a good amount of cushioning.

The best part is this bat isn’t too expensive either. You may not get the same performance as you would if you purchased the Prime 918 but that shouldn’t deter you from considering. The Beast X is still a very good product.


Louisville Slugger Omaha 518

Company: Louisville Slugger

Price: $$$

Rating: 4.7/5

The Louisville slugger Omaha 518 is the second Louisville bat on this list and it won’t be the last. There’s a reason for this too – Louisville Slugger makes really well made bats.

The Omaha 518 isn’t quite on the same level as the Prime 918 but you should still think about purchasing it if you’re on a budget. The 518 performs on a high level and won’t break the bank.

Some top features include:

  • Large sweet spot for an aluminum bat. Also, the aluminum construction gives this product a stiff, traditional feel.
  • Very durable and you won’t have to worry about the 518 cracking any time soon. Your covered with a 1 year warranty in case anything does happen.
  • Lizard Skin Bat Grip is a delight to grip and one that helps you in terms of overall feel.
  • 6 Star Premium end cap provides balance and is another reason this bat has such a great feel to it.
  • No need to break the 518 in and you can use it in game the day you get it.
  • Great pop and you’ll be able to launch the ball with each swing.

I mentioned this bat won’t break the bank and I meant it. For all that you’re getting this might be the best value on this list.


Rawlings Quatro 

Company: Rawlings

Price: $$$$

Rating: 4.9/5

The last few bats you’ve seen had alloy barrels and now it’s time to get back to composite. With composite you’re getting a lot of pop, a large sweet spot and harder hits – all power hitters should own a composite bat.

The only downside with this type of bat, and this applies to the Rawlings Quatro, is you have to break them in with a couple hundred hits before using in game. Because of this you’ll need to purchase the Quatro before the season begins or quickly get your swings in before a game. If you don’t you won’t get the pop you desire right away.

If you’re fine with that, you’ll like that the Quatro comes with:

  • One of the lightest end caps on the market and this means less swing weight and more control.
  • VDT technology (Vibration Dampening Technology) ensures that you won’t sting your hands on cold day or when you miss hit a ball.
  • Tru-View technology gives you a 100% carbon composite construction.
  • Ultimate flex design makes sure you get faster bat speed through contact.

This Quatro is the kind of bat every player wants to use if they can afford. The price can be an issue for some and this product costs a little extra. There’s plenty of other options if this bat is too much but if you can shell out the cash needed you’ll love playing with the Quatro. It delivers in every way possible.


Mizuno Covert 

Company: Mizuno

Price: $$

Rating: 4.7/5

Let’s say you’re on a really tight budget this year and can’t afford to spend more than $150 on a bat. Where do you turn? One possible solution is the MIzuno Covert.

The Mizuno Covert is a very affordable product that still performs in game. Plus, it comes with both an alloy barrel and composite handle. This means you’ll get the durability of alloy and the feel/elimination of painful stings with the composite materials.

Some other top features include:

  • CORTECH materials ensure you have a very large sweet spot for better contact. In fact, Cortech gives you a sweet spot 35% larger than similar bats.
  • Speed Helix Grip provides a ton of comfort and is extremely durable. You won’t have to worry about it tearing or anything like that.
  • Balanced swing weight means you get the fastest swing as possible.

I’ve mentioned a few times this product isn’t expensive and I think you’ll agree once you hear the Covert’s price. You even get a full 1 year warranty with the low price too.

It’s not on the same level as some of the more expensive bats on this list but in the right situation it still has a lot to offer.


Easton Ghost X

Company: Easton

Price: $$$$$

Rating: 4.9/5

The Easton Ghost X isn’t a budget bat by any means necessary and is a product that’s designed for high performers who have a little extra to spend this season.

Do I think the Ghost X deserves to be one of the most expensive? Absolutely. This is the kind of bat that turns warning track power into home run power and miss hit balls into singles – that’s the type of performance you’ll be getting.

If that’s not enough you’ll like that the Ghost X has:

  • Hyperskin grip provides a ton of cushioning and makes this bat extremely comfortable to swing.
  • X-tended barrel design means this bat comes with the longest barrel of any composite bat. This means a larger area to make solid contact with:
  • Dynamic Feel system improves, you guessed it, the overall feel of this bat and your swing.
  • Composite materials through out the bat ensure you won’t be stinging your hands when the temperature dips a little.
  • CONNEXION+ technology extends the life of this product and you’ll get a lot of swings with this bat.

Like I said up top, though, this bat isn’t cheap. It basically comes down to this: If you have extra to spend and you want to hit at your absolute best you should definitely consider it. If you don’t have the extra to spend you can still find a bat on this list that’ll work for you.


Demarini Voodoo Insane 

Company: Demarini

Price: $$$$

Rating: 4.8/5

The Demarini Voodoo Insane is a bat that I would describe as middle of the road – it’s not quite on the same level as some of the top performing bats on the market but it’s certainly better than some of the cheaper bats.

Part of the reason for this is the Voodoo Insane comes with a hybrid design that makes use of an alloy barrel and a composite handle. This isn’t quite as good as an all composite product but it’s definitely a step up from an all alloy design.

Some other top features include:

  • DFusion end cap improves control and durability. You’ll easily get through the season if you decide on this bat.
  • DFusion handle enhances energy transfer back to the barrel for more pop and it ensures you wont get painful stings to your hands.
  • RCK knob is another reason this bat is so comfortable to hold.

Because it’s a middle of the road product it comes with a middle of the road price which is fair for what you’re getting. I’m sure you’ll agree once you try out this bat.


Mizuno MAXCOR

Company: Mizuno

Price: $$$$

Rating: 4.9/5

The Mizuno MAXCOR is another hybrid design and this is one of the better ones on the market. The MAXCOR has an alloy barrel but it performs like composite. That’s because it comes with CorTech technology and this gives you the largest sweet spot possible.

When you have a large sweet spot you get a ton of benefits and the most obvious is more hits. Even if you don’t hit dead center you’ll still be able to drive the ball. Home runs are nice but so is hitting on the end of the bat and still getting a standing double.

Some top features include:

  • Supra-Helix Grip enhances the overall feel of this product and makes sure you can hold tightly for maximum swing power.
  • Viscoelastic Polyurethane puts more backspin on the ball and leads to longer hits. You’ll appreciate this when you put one over the fence that otherwise would have been off the wall.
  • Composite handle reduces sting and gives you the best overall feel possible.

How much is this bat going to cost? A lot and it’s one of the most expensive hybrid BBCOR bats. You’ll get your money’s worth, though, because you get a full year warranty. You don’t want to crack the barrel two months after purchasing and you won’t have to worry about that here.


Easton Z-Core Hybrid

Company: Easton

Price: $$$

Rating: 4.7/5

The Easton Z-Core is a nice budget bat and one that performs better than its low price tag. Like a few of the bats you read about already, the Z-Core is a hybrid design.

There’s a lot to like about hybrid designs and my favorite is the fact the alloy barrel means is ready to use in game, right away. You won’t have to spend your time perfectly breaking the bat in. This saves a little stress.

You’ll also like that it comes with:

  • Composite handle means this bat works well when the temperature is low (you won’t have to worry about stinging your hands).
  • HYPERSKIN grip ensures this product is a delight to use and you won’t have to worry about it slipping out of your hands.
  • Very long barrel allows for more room to get solid contact.
  • ConneXion technology improves energy transfer and this means a better feel and more hits.

The price is definitely a plus and it’s definitely budget friendly. You know what’s so great about that price? It comes with a full 1 year warranty. If anything happens with the Z-Core you get a replacement, no questions asked.


Rawlings 5150

Company: Rawlings

Price: $$$

Rating: 4.8/5

The Rawlings 5150 is a one piece, alloy bat. I’ve gone over the advantages and disadvantages of an all aluminum bat already but it’s worth mentioning again.

Compared to a composite bat, alloy doesn’t have as much pop and the sweet spot tends to be a little smaller too. But you do get more durability with alloy and you won’t have to spend anytime breaking the barrel in – it’s game ready the day you buy it.

If you’re alright with that, you’ll like the other top features of the 5150, including:

  • pOp 2.0 improves the sweet spot and ensures you get good contact for an alloy bat.
  • Synthetic bat grip gives you a lot of control and makes sure you always have a firm grip.
  • 1 year warranty shows how well made this bat is and how durable it is.

The price is very good too and it’s not too low or too high. This makes the 5150 perfect for people that want good performance and are on a tight budget.


Easton S500

Company: Easton

Price: $$

Rating: 4.6/5

If you’re an extremely high performer chasing a scholarship in high school or you’re already playing college ball, the Easton S500 shouldn’t be your first pick. In fact, it really shouldn’t be in your top 10 choices.

The S500 isn’t a terrible bat but it’s not really made for the highest levels. It’s a good bat to practice with and excels in situations like that.

If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll like that this bat has:

  • A very balanced design and this ensures that this bat feels extra light and lets you swing at high speeds.
  • Made from the same alloy used when building aircrafts. You’ll get durability because of this.
  • Thin handle is easy to grip and works perfectly for smaller players.

The reason I added this product is because it’s so cheap and is the cheapest on this list. Not everyone can shell out a couple hundred for a new bat and I understand that. If you’re in a situation like this you’ll appreciate the S500. It actually gets pretty good reviews too, which you can read by clicking below:


Louisville Slugger Select Hybrid 718

Company: Louisville Slugger

Price: $$$$

Rating: 4.9/5

Here we are with another Louisville Slugger bat and like the ones you’ve already seen, the Select 718 is one all ball players should consider. This bat delivers on the field and will help you crush the ball.

One of my favorite features is the TRU3 Connection and this improves the overall feeling of the bat. You know when you make solid contact with the ball and it doesn’t even feel like you hit it? It’s such a square hit the bat doesn’t slow down after contact and the ball flies and carries off. TRU3 helps you get that more often.

Some of my other favorite features include:

  • Hybrid design means you get the best of both worlds – the durability and game readiness of alloy and the sting reducing composite handle.
  • Speed Ballsitic End Cap lengthens the barrel and makes sure the 718 has a large sweet spot.
  • Custom Lizard grip ensures this bat is easy to hold onto and easy to swing.
  • Made for the 3 through 5 hitter and delivers for power hitters.
  • Full year warranty protects you if this bat cracks or anything like that.

High quality bats are always going to cost extra and that’s the case here. If you’re looking to put them over the fence this year, though, you need to think about this bat.


Adidas Aeroburner

Company: Adidas

Price: $$$$

Rating: 4.8/5

Adidas is a well known sports company but you don’t really see their gear on the diamond too often. They make some great gloves and bats, but you usually see other companie’s names out there.

That’s a shame too, especially when you look at some of their equipment like the Adidas Aeroburner. This bat is completely composite and delivers in the batters box.

That’s because it comes with:

  • Lightweight end cap ensures you can swing this bat as fast as humanly possible.
  • Energy recoil system keeps this bat stiff and this maximizes energy transfer. You’ll get harder and farther hits because of this.
  • EQT grip tape is long lasting and helps you grip this bat tightly.
  • Slightly end loaded which means you get a little more bat behind each swing. This is especially good for power hitters.
  • Extended barrel enlarges the sweet spot of this product and you’ll get better contact because of this.

How much is the Aeroburner going to cost you? A little extra. Do I think it’s worth that? Absolutely and I know you’ll come to same conclusion if you decide on this product.


Easton S200

Company: Easton

Price: $$

Rating: 4.6/5

Here we have another budget friendly Easton Bat. Like the S500, I wouldn’t purchase the S200 if you’re an elite level player. If that’s the case go for one of the better bats on this list.

I would personally get this bat as a backup or something to do your training with. Like if you want to extend the life of a more quality bat and practice with the S500. In this role you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. In a pinch the S500 will work in game too.

Some top features include:

  • Evenly balanced makes this bat feel light which leads to faster swings
  • Thin handle is built for comfort and makes swinging this bat enjoyable.
  • Made from durable aluminum materials and you won’t have to worry about replacing this piece of equipment for a long time.

When I mentioned this product is budget friendly I meant it – it comes at a price that everyone can afford. As long as you temper expectations and use this bat in the right way, you’ll like what you get.


BBCOR Bat FAQ’S

1) Question: How much do BBCOR bats cost?

Answer: Bats are pretty expensive but not every single one will break the bank – it really depends on the quality, materials used and the brand you get from.

For instance, when you get a composite bat, like the Prime 918, it’s going to cost you a little extra. There’s other bats from different brands that’ll cost this much too.

Alloy bats and hybrid bats tend to cost less, though. Do I think it’s on the same level as the bats that cost twice as much? Probably not but I don’t think the performance gap is too wide.

If you’re a good player you’ll hit well if you buy the expensive bat or the cheaper bat. But the first option probably takes a warning track shot and puts it over the fence; the sweet spot tends to be a little larger too.

2) Question: Can I buy one of these bats online?

Answer: When you’re spending a few hundred dollars on a bat, you usually want to purchase it in person. This way you can feel it and see if it’s the right fit for you. Also, you can get the right length and weight too.

But not everyone has access to a sporting goods store like Dicks and some people might have an issue with transportation.

If that’s the case it’s perfectly fine to purchase a bat online. If you take this route you must do your homework and read customer reviews on the product you’re considering.

Most large retail websites let you read what other customers have to say about various bats. When you see a high rating and everyone giving glowing reviews, you know you’re going to get a quality product.

Also, most of these sites have reliable delivery and they have an awesome return policy. If you have an issue with your bat you can easily return and you’ll get all of your money back. That should give you a little peace of mind that you’ll get the bat that you want.

3) Question: What are the top brands?

Answer: There’s many different brands that you should consider and the top are:

  • Louisville Slugger: Louisville Slugger is a company that all baseball players have heard of and if you purchase from them you know you’re getting high quality. There’s many Major League Baseball players that use bats from them including Jay Bruce, Starlin Castro, Adam Jones, Evan Longoria, Justin Upton and more.
  • Rawlings: Rawlings is another company different athletes have heard of and they make very well made bats and other baseball gear. Rawlings was started in 1887 and they’ve really fine tuned their gear since then.
  • DeMarini: One newspaper called DeMarini the “Mercedes of baseball bats” and I’d have a hard time arguing against that. They make some of the best bats available and you can find their gear on college campuses across the country. In fact, they’re the team bat of Oregon State University, who won back to back College Baseball Championships in 2006 and 2007.
  • Easton: Easton actually is a large company and has over 1000 employees. They’re well known in several sports including baseball. Their top bat is the Mako Beast and there’s plenty of elite level talent swinging this product across the country.
  • Marucci: Marucci isn’t the oldest brand on this list and was founded in 2003. Despite this nearly 1/3rd of MLB players use this companies bats when they step to home plate. That’s pretty crazy! Some of the best players on earth swing their products too.
  • Mizuno: Mizuno is one of the few brands on this list that isn’t American and they were founded in Japan over 100 years ago. This shouldn’t scare you, though. They make high quality gear and you’ll appreciate how their bats perform.

There’s other brands and companies out there but these are the most well known.

4) Question: What does BBCOR stand for?

Answer: BBCOR is essentially a safety certificate for high school and college bats and stands for Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution. Every metal bat has a trampoline effect and in order to be BBCOR certified it has to be under a certain value, which is .5 (this is just over what the trampoline effect of a wood bat is).

There’s a few other factors that a bat must fall under to pass the safety tests and the barrel of your bat can’t be larger than 2 5/8 inches. Also, the weight and length can’t be more than 3 apart. So if you have a bat that’s 34 inches in length your bat must weight at lest 31 ounces.

Lastly, the product you choose to swing can’t be longer than 36 inches.

5) Question: What length and weight should I get?

Answer: Of the two, I think getting a bat that’s the right weight is more important than getting the right length, although the two are generally related.

When I was growing up I once tried out for an all star team that was for players a year older than I was. I didn’t own my own bat, however, and usually just used the bat the team provided.

But since the kids were a year older and a little bigger than me, the bat was designed for them. When it was my turn to take a few swings in the try out, I grabbed the bat and knew immediately it was too heavy for me.

My strength was bat speed and the heavy bat took that away from me. Because of this I couldn’t get any good hits and could barely get the ball out of the infield. I learned the importance of getting the right bat that day.

If you want to see which weight you should get, based on your height, check out the chart up top in the “how to choose a BBCOR bat section.”

6) Question: What are the benefits and downsides of an alloy bat?

Answer: Of the three types of bats you can get, alloy tends to be the cheapest. There’s a few reasons to choose an alloy bat besides its low price too.

One of the top benefits is you won’t have to break this product in. Some bats you have to hit a few hundred times before you can use in game but that’s not the case with alloy – you can buy it and use it the same exact day.

Also, alloy is a material that performs in any kind of weather. So if you’re in the Northeast or somewhere where March is pretty frigid, it may pay to have an alloy bat on hand.

On the downside, these bats tend to have the smallest sweet spot and they give the most painful stings on miss hit balls.

7) Question: What are the benefits of a composite bat?

Answer: Composite bats are usually the most expensive and for good reason – they perform the best. They give you the best pop and they give you the largest sweet spot too.

Another aspect that’s a plus is composite materials lessen painful stings to your hands. If you’ve ever miss hit a ball and had to deal with that pain, you’ll appreciate this.

The only downsides is you have to break this bat in with a few hundred hits before it’s game ready. Also, it’s not recommended to use this bat in weather under 65 degrees. So Northeast players will want to hold off until May to swing this bat in game.

8) Question: What are the benefits of a hybrid bat?

Answer: A hybrid bat costs in between an alloy and composite bat. These bats have a composite handle and alloy barrel, which has many benefits.

Since it’s an alloy barrel you can use it any weather and it’s game ready right away. Because you get a composite handle you won’t get painful stings either.

The only downside is you still have a smaller sweet spot when compared to a composite barrel. Still these products are definitely worth considering.

9) Question: How often should I buy a new bat?

Question: How often you should buy a bat depends on the material of the bat your purchased – alloy barrels tend to last longer than composite barrel.

But eventually bats die and lose their pop. Once this happens you’ll have to buy a new bat. How often will this occur?

It really depends on how often you play. If you’re a very serious player and hit every single day, you’ll probably have to buy a bat every year.

If you have a team bat and every single person swings with it, the bat will probably only last a few months before needing to be replaced.

10) Question: How do I maintain a bat?

Answer: There’s a few things you can do to ensure you get the most out of your bat. The first thing you can do is to make sure you own a bat bag and to keep your bat in their at all times.

The reason for this is a bag can protect your bat from cracking and chipping.

Also, you never want to store your bat in the trunk of your car and this is especially true over night. Bats should be stored in warmer temperatures and leaving a bat in your trunk overnight can harm it. This is true for your garage too.

You should definitely never just leave your bat outside either. Here’s a video that explains how to remove scuffs and marks from your bat too:

It’s pretty easy!

11) Question: What’s the benefits of a one piece bat?

Answer: A one piece bat tends to be a little stiffer and feel very balanced. The only downside is these types of bats do tend to sting your hands. So if you miss hit the ball, you’re probably going to get some pain. Singles and doubles hitters appreciate these kinds of bats the most.

12) Question: What the benefits of a two piece bat?

Answer: A two piece bat is a little more flexible and causes less painful stings to your hands. Power hitters will like these products the most and should help you put them out of the park with more ease.

Swing For The Fences This Year!

Having the right bat can make all the difference in the world. With the right bat you’ll step to the batters box with confidence, ready for the pitcher’s best. With the wrong bat.. not so much.

No matter your skill level, needs, or budget you can find a product on this list that’ll work for you perfectly.

If you have any questions you can comment below and I’ll make sure to respond as quickly as possible. You can search around the baseball section up top for more tips and gear reviews.

Are you excited to try out your new bat?

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