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Best Softball Bat – 3 Tips to Get One for Yourself

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While a softball match is going on, the skills of the players is one of the factors which decides the success or failure of a team. In order to make good hit, players need to use a proper bat which can enhance the speed of their swings. The softball bat is the most effective weapon in the arsenal of a softball hitter. The material, length and weight of the bat are the three important factors which can influence how much impactful a hit can be. Read on to get the most effective tips to choose the best softball bat.

Get one with the right weight

While looking for a good choice, you can find one that is too heavy, too light, too short or too long for you. In this case, you can take the assistance of the store owner to select the best bat for you, particularly in case you are a beginner. This is vital, given the fact that a very heavy bat can slow down your swing speed while a very light one can cause you to swing too much. The weight of a bat is actually dependant on the strength of an individual. However, this hardly means that you will have problems in finding the right one for yourself. A good bat will not be too light for you but you will easily be able to swing it. Go for the bat that you can swing with both hands and not feel strain while doing so.

Get bats made of the best material

The material that goes into the construction of the bat is also important. You may choose from materials like metal mixture, aluminum or composite. Each material can be comfortable for you in a specific weather. Most softball bats are constructed of aluminum but they suffer dents after a few hits. Softball bats made of aluminum are also not ideal for cold weather. It is also a bad idea to use composite bats in cold weather, as these can suffer cracks; they are best used in warm weather.

Choose the right grip

Most softball players choose bats of tapers or handles that are 32/32 inch in diameter, as these can be handled more easily. However, this is based on the weight of the bat. Naturally, the size can be lower than this. You may pick from any of the 3 types of grips which are available – synthetic, leather or rubber. While synthetic and leather allow you a firm grip, rubber allows you to absorb the shocks from hits more easily. You need to go with one that allows you optimum comfort, given the fact that your performance can be better once you feel more comfortable.

By choosing the best fastpitch softball bats for yourself, you will be able to get more comfort and convenience and be able to improve your overall performance. It is best that you try out several bats in the store before buying one that feels right for you. Doing this will help you a lot in choosing the most suitable one for yourself.

Ten of the best

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Despite being a microadventure and taking only 24 hours, Alastair’s Skye triathlon required a range of specialised equipment that would enable him to cycle, climb and kayak his way around the island. Among his most valued pieces of kit were an Osprey rucksack, a Mountain Equipment down vest and an Arc’teryx climbing harness

1. Mountain bike

Trek X-Caliber8

800/14 [pounds sterling] kilograms

The X-Caliber 8 is a reasonably light, responsive ‘hardtaii’ (it has no rear suspension) bike. The 29-inch wheels improve momentum and cornering, and help the rider cope with tricky terrain. Ideal for the committed amateur

2. Rucksack

Osprey Talon 33

85/900 [pounds sterling] grams

A well-ventilated, snug-fitting and lightweight pack with a quick-access hydration sleeve that’s handy for storing drinking water. The adjustable torso length allows you to fine-tune the fit.

3. Sea kayak

2,400/28.2 [pounds sterling] kilograms

A fast expedition boat capable of carrying a heavy load. The handy fourth hatch is easy to open while paddling, making it ideal for storing cameras, snacks and water. The wide hull gives excellent stability. The latest version has extra knee room for taller people

4. Down vest

120/285 [pounds sterling] grams

The most versatile and most-used piece of outdoor clothing I own. The Arete is lightweight, comfortable and very warm, with 95 grams of down filling. The zipped pockets are usefully large. A dedicated women’s version is also available

5. Trail shoes

90/315 [pounds sterling] grams

A durable and versatile off-road trail-running shoe that worked well during my Skye microadventure on the bike, in the packraft and along the ridge. The Roclite 315’s synthetic upper and mesh lining dried very quickly. The outsole provided excellent grip on the technical parts of the climb.

6. Climbing harness

100/310 [pounds sterling] grams

Lightweight and functional, the R-300 features unidirectional mesh that provides bridging support in one direction and flexibility in the other. Conical leg loops provide added comfort

7. Tripod

80/454 [pounds sterling] grams

A flexible, compact tripod that can cope with rough terrain. The aluminium construction can support a DSLR or a video camera. Add Joby’s Ballhead X to give the Focus a quick-release plate, as well as precise pan and tilt controls

8. Trousers

60/370 [pounds sterling] grams

Loose and comfortable when cycling, quick drying in the boat, and durable on the mountains, these softshell trousers offer great climate control and have a UPF rating of 30+. Crampon patches show they’re designed for serious use

9. Waterproof jacket

230/320 [pounds sterling] grams

A lightweight shell made from Gore-Tex fabric that’s specifically designed for fast-moving activities. The fully adjustable hood fits snugly over a helmet. The mesh-backed pockets and underarm pit zips allow you to ventilate effectively while on the move

10. Energy food

14.99/50 [pounds sterling] grams

A tasty, gluten-free flapjack with ten grams of protein per bar. It’s made by a British company that’s focused on creating genuinely healthy food. Available in six flavours–including coconut, berry and raisin–if you’re not a fan of bananas