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Heavier Bat for 12" softball?

Monday, June 02, 2008 by Anonymous

My 10 yr old daughter is playing up and has to adjust to the 12" ball rather than the 11". She was always a power hitter but had her 1st practice yesterday and couldn't hit the ball past the infield. Since the ball is bigger and heavier, should I get her a heavier bat?


June 29, 2009 at 8:16 PM

Frozen Ropes Staff says:

The 12 inch ball should not effect your daughters swing. Give her some time adjusting to playing up a level. You may want to check to make sure her bat weight matches her overall strength and ability to control the barrel during the swing. The heavier bat, (assuming she is on time with her swing) will generate more bat speed which will help in driving balls into the outfield. Don't confuse bat speed with bat quickness. Many young girls with bats too heavy create significant bat speed but are consistently late because of their inability to start the swing on time. As illustrated in the hitting video we will release this Fall with Team USA Olympian Jessica Mendoza, tell your daughter to swing with maximum effort and hit through the ball at all times.

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