Softball Bat Types

Improved technology has allowed manufacturers to create softball bats that enhance the player’s batting abilities and improve hitting results. Softball bats were originally made from wood, but now most are aluminum. The highest performing bats utilize the durability of aluminum and the strength of other materials. Learning more about the different types of softball bats can help players decide which type is best for them.

Single-Layer Aluminum Softball Bats

Single-layer aluminum softball bats are lightweight and durable. Aluminum bats are a favorite among softball players because they are easy to swing fast and control. Bats constructed with single-layer aluminum tend to be heavier, while those made with a thin layer of aluminum weigh less but dent easily.

Double-Layer Aluminum Bats

Double-layer aluminum bats are more durable and powerful than single-layer aluminum bats. The two thin layers result in a lightweight bat with a greater rebound effect, resulting in hits that are more powerful.

Graphite/Titanium-Lined Softball Bats

Graphite/Titanium-lined softball bats are aluminum bats with an inner lining of graphite or titanium. This inner layer is extremely strong, yet very lightweight. Graphite and titanium also vibrate less than aluminum, resulting in less amount of sting when the bat strikes the ball outside of the “sweet spot” (the preferred area on the barrel to hit the ball).

Wooden Softball Bats

Softball players rarely use wooden softball bats today. Proponents of bats made from wood claim the bats help improve hitting skills by improving the swing and strengthening the wrists. However, wooden bats are usually heavier and less durable than aluminum bats.

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