How to Break-In a Slowpitch Softball Bat

In the past, softball players have been able to purchase a softball bat that was ready for use immediately. With advances in modern softball bat technology, some new model bats now require a break in process. Bats that are created out of composite materials will need a break in process, while alloy or aluminum bats will be ready to use at the time of purchase. It is often difficult to tell a difference between an alloy/aluminum bat and a composite bat.Football Betting Online. Rules, Types and Strategies

The bat should be clearly marked on the label, whether it is made of alloy or composite materials. When in doubt ask the person selling you the bat, the type of bat it is. If your bat is composite, it is time to start the break in process. In simple terms, using your bat is the most effective way to break it in, but we will give more detail on how to do this in a way that makes your bat last longer and be more effective sooner. You will need a few things: your new composite softball bat, real softballs (not rubber or softer training balls), another person, a softball field or baseball field and a pitching screen (optional).

To begin, set up the other person sitting on a chair or bucket in front of the pitcher’s mound and behind the pitching screen if they choose to use one. Get the person to underhand, softly toss you pitches over home plate. Use your new softball bat to swing at each pitch. Use about half of your normal swing power with each swing and rotate the bat a quarter  bintang 4dof an inch in your hands between each swing. The bat rotation will allow the bat’s barrel to be broken in evenly. If you only hit on one side of the bat during the break in process, then your bat will crack on that side quicker than you would like. Hit fifty to one hundred pitches in this way and rotate your bat barrel between each swing. It is best to focus on contacting the pitch on the composite barrel each time. You may want to take a break or pitch to your partner for the next round of pitches.

For step two, the person that elects to pitch should now stand up and try to duplicate a softball pitch seen in a game. Move the pitcher and the screen if it is being used to the actual pitching rubber. The pitcher will pitch the batter the ball over home plate. Now the batter, still using the new composite bat, will swing at the ball with full power swings. Like in step one; the batter should rotate the bat a quarter inch in his or her hands before swinging again. Use the bat to hit fifty to one hundred pitches at full power. At this point, you should be feeling more effective launch of the barrel of this bat. However, if the bat does not feel fully broken in it is acceptable to repeat step two until it feels ready for game play. When your bat is fully broken in, you should discontinue using it in batting practice sessions and save it for game play. This will slow the inevitable of your composite bat’s barrel breaking. Use this process to start the break in process correctly. Happy playing!

 

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