Fastpitch Bats

Softball Fastpitch Bats

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How to Pick the Right Fastpitch Softball Bat

Alloy Fastpitch Softball Bats

Comprised of rigid alloy metal (typically aluminum), this type of bat is a one-piece commonly favored by those who swing for the fences.  The truly elite alloy fastpitch softball bats are highly responsive and have comparably more weight and mass than regular composite fastpitch bats.

Hybrid Fastpitch Softball Bats

Hybrid bats were once characterized by their alloy barrel and composite handle.  This design ensured the bat pleased all softball players.  Nowadays, hybrid fastpitch softball bats are typically made of full alloy along with a composite cap at the end.  Though this is not a true hybrid design, it still technically qualifies as a hybrid.  However, the bat-makers behind these hybrids are willing to admit the two-piece design of yesteryear has given way to contemporary one-piece designs.


Composite Fastpitch Softball Bats

Comprised of composite materials such as metal matrix composites and carbon fiber, this variety of fast pitch bat is typically quite light in weight.  Though composite softball bats are light, they are built to last.  The composite fastpitch softball bats of considerable quality flex for improved bat whip.  Furthermore, this variety of bat is crafted to minimize the sting of contact with the softball.  If you have a fast swing and strive for a high average as opposed to power, you will likely be quite happy with your composite fast pitch softball bat.

End Loaded Fastpitch Softball Bats

The end loading of a bat means there is additional mass and weight placed toward the barrel’s end part.  Those who try to “go yard” as frequently as possible are on the prowl for truly elite end loaded fastpitch softball bats.  The additional weight really does help power hitters launch softballs with additional carry.  The only downside to an end loaded bat is it is comparably heavy toward the end so you’ll have to give it your all at the plate unless you are particularly muscular.

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