In order to buy the best softball bat that suits you, you want to think of the following: weight, length, and drop. The distance from the knob to the barrel is the length. Place the base of the bat at your chest, and extend out toward the tips of your fingers. If you can touch the end of the bat, then the bat is a good size for you (to start anyway). Any longer than this, and it may be too long. Conversely, the bat is likely too short if it only reaches your wrist or lower.
The weight of a slowpitch softball bat is more about feel. The bat should be of a weight that you are comfortable swinging, to the extent that you are not sacrificing power. If a bat is too heavy, it will slow down your swing and likely cause a drop that makes your swing not level. It is always better to err on the side of being too light than too heavy. If your swing or strength changes, you can always go heavier at a later time.
The drop of the bat is the difference between the length and weight of the bat. A lower drop usually means you are looking at a heavier bat. A bat is lighter when the drop is high. You should always check your league rules, as there are some leagues that limit the amount of drop a softball bat can have. If you purchase a bat with low drop, you may want to balance that with a shorter bat so that you can retain a quick swing.
Remember that your equipment should fit in your softball equipment bag. Even the best softball equipment bag can only accommodate bats that fit. If you are a youth player transitioning into adult slowpitch softball equipment, you may want to upgrade your softball equipment and look for the best softball bat bag available.
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