Step to the Plate Confidently Swinging a Miken Slowpitch Softball Bat
Because of the way softball bats are made, over time they gradually lose some power and responsiveness. Many players elect to add a new Miken softball bat every season to up their confidence when they step to the plate. With a fresh line of Miken bats ready for the new season, now is the time to browse eBay for great savings.Important specifications of a legal slowpitch softball bat
There are hundreds of different models of slowpitch softball bats. Miken is an industry leader. You can choose among different materials, but every legal softball bat must meet these general specifications:
- Bat length – Few associations permit players to use bats that are any length other than 34 inches.
- Bat weight – All major associations specify the weight of a softball bat as 26 to 35 ounces. Some associations restrict bat weight to no more than 34 ounces.
- Barrel size – All softball bats must be 2 1/4 inches in diameter at the barrel. The barrel length must be between 12 and 14 inches total.
- Handle size – The bat handle must be at least 10 inches from the knob of the bat but no farther than 15 inches. The knob must be half an inch larger in diameter than the diameter of the handle.
You want to choose your Miken softball bats to improve your style of hitting. There are some simple tips to follow that will help you get the right bat. Bigger players may want a heavier bat. Power hitters can benefit from more bat weight as well. Control hitters might lean toward bats weights of 27 to 28 ounces. Getting the feel for the right softball bat benefits from experience, so many players carry more than one model in their bat bag.Are all softball bats legal in every association?
Each of the governing bodies for softball associations has different guidelines for rating and certifying bats. The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) has the most rigid set of guidelines. If the bat you prefer is on the ASA-approved bat list, then it is probably legal in every association. There are a total of 13 Miken softball bats on the ASA list. The Freak ASA and the Freak Maxload are two solid Miken softball bats that are legal in all softball associations. You can also browse Miken softball bats on eBay to find items not allowed by ASA but legal in other softball associations.