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Bat & Glove Advice

Softball Bats

We carry a large range of Softball bats, from Louisville Slugger, DeMarini, Baden and Miken. All bats listed on the site are in stock in our UK warehouse for quick dispatch and delivery when you need it most.

All bats sold by the store carry the required certification for USA Softball (previously ASA) and meet the required standards for play in the UK.

Composite bats are by far the most popular models in the UK - these models include the latest Bat technology to give you great performance at the plate.

Slow Pitch bats are all 34" length, and most models are available in different weighting. There are also options of balanced and end load models to suit a player's individual swing.

Fast Pitch bats are available in different lengths and use a length to weight ratio. Though designed for Fast Pitch play they are certified for use in Slow Pitch and this gives slow pitch players lighter weight options.

Selecting the right bat for you

A bat is a carefully engineered tool that allows players to get the most out of every swing. Every component of the bat, from the knob to the end cap, is designed to maximize every ounce of performance. There are three main technical components you need to know for your bat; Material, Construction and Weight balance.

Material - non-wood bats are built from either alloy, composite, or a combination of the two

Composite bats are made with layered material (often carbob fibre) that is easy to distribute, giving bat makers the ability to make bats with a variety of swing weights, from balanced to end load. They help to minimize the sting from a mis-hit ball by reducing vibration to the hands. Due to the engineering method they often have larger sweet spots than alloy models. The composite fibres also help to produce more a greater trampoline effect when making contact.

Alloy bats are usually a mixture of two metals, and has been commonly used in softball for years. The material gives a stiffer feel and are more durable than a composite model.

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Construction - bats can either be designed as one-piece or multi-piece design

One-piece bats are a complete piece of composite or alloy for both the barrel and handle. These types of bats tend to have a stiffer feel

Multi-piece bats are comprised of two seperate parts; the barrel and the handle. The two pieces are connected by a transition piece in the taper area of the bat, this type of design helps minimize vibrations (sting) on mis-hit balls. These types of bats tend to have a flexible feel.


Swing weight - a factor you may not see, but will definitely feel is the swing weight of a bat. The swing weight of a bat is determined by how a bat's particular weight is distributed along the bat's length. For example, you can have two bats that weigh 26 ounces but have different swing weights because the 26 ounces is distributed differently in the bat, Bats tend to fall into either a balanced swing weight or end load swing weight.

End Load bats shift extra weight toward the end of the barrel, creating more whip-like action on a players swing and often generating more power

Balanced bats have a more even weight distribution across the length of the bat, helping a player to generate greater swing speed.

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Still note sure...

Not sure which what for you? Please contact us at sales@thesoftballshop.co.uk or 0800 458 2442

We also offer a demo bat program at events and tournaments that we attend throughout the country to help you try before you buy

 


Softball Gloves

Softball gloves come in a variety of styles, colours, and sizes... so how to pick the one best suited for you?

Price

As a general rule - the more expensive the glove, the better the leather and the more padding it has. A lower price glove will have a lower grade of leather, less padding and therefore take less breaking in. A higher price glove will have better quality leather, and additional padding and will require some break in before ready to play.

Field Position

An important aspect of picking the right glove is your position on the field.

Infield - An infield player will usually select a glove 13" or smaller. With the speed of play for an infielder a smaller size glove will have a smaller pocket making it easier and quicker to transfer the ball from glove to hand

Outfield - An outfield player will usually select a glove 13" or larger. This gives a player a much larger pocket, and therefore catching area to snag those balls dropping out of the sky

It is also important to note a glove size does not define the actual fit of a player's hand inside the glove - therefore a larger size glove will not fit a larger hand.

Glove Differences

Web - the web design is more of a player's personal preference. Each type of glove; infield, outfield and pitcher, does have some specifics designs of web that are more suited to the position, but the actual choice of web design is more a player's choice

Size - Softball gloves generally are between 12" to 14"

Please see below some helpful glove size chart guides from Wilson

 

  

 

Batting Gloves


Measuring your hands for batting gloves

Whether you're buying new batting gloves in-store or online, knowing the proper way to measure your hands is essential to finding a pair of batting gloves that fit perfectly. Below we have provided the steps to measuring your hands in the efforts to make finding the right sizes batting gloves a little easier

Step 1: Place your dominant hand palm side up on a flat surface, with your fingers straight and firmly pressed together

Step 2: Using a tape measure or ruler, measure from the base of your palm to the tip of your middle finger,

Step 3: using the masurement you got from measuring your hands in step 2, determine your batting glove size by comparing that masurement to the sizes in the size chart below:

 

Size

Men's

Women's

Youth

X-Small

6 3/4" - 7"

5 3/4" - 6 1/4"

5 1/2" - 5 3/4"

Small

7" - 7 1/4"

6 1/4" - 6 1/2"

5 3/4" - 6"

Medium

7 1/4" - 7 1/2"  

6 1/2" - 6 3/4"  

6" - 6 1/4"

Large

7 1/2" - 7 3/4"

6 3/4" - 7"

6 1/4" - 6 1/2"  

X-Large

7 3/4" - 8"

7" - 7 1/4"

N/A

XX-Large      

8" - 8 1/4"

N/A

N/A

     



Batting Helmets

Getting the right size and fit of a helmet is important - a badly fitted helmet can negate the reason for wearing it in the first place.

Please find below a helpful guide to getting the right size:

To get the proper helmet fit, you need to know how to measure your head. You’ll need a tailor’s measuring tape to get a good measurement. All you need to do is measure the circumference around your head. To do this, measure around your head above the tip of each ear. Aim for the widest part of the head when you measure.

Once you have your head circumference, you can look at a baseball helmet size chart below. All you need to know about the baseball helmet sizing chart is that your head circumference will line up with a helmet size.

Here at The Baseball Shop / Softball Shop we currently stock the latest in EvoShield Batting helmets. Please find below a size guide:

 

BATTING HELMET SIZE GUIDE

 

Helmet Size CAP SIZE Circumference Inch Circumference CM
XVT Models      
YOUTH 6 1/2" to 7" 20 1/2" to 22" 52cm - 55.8cm
SMALL / MEDIUM 7" to 7 1/2" 22" to 23 1/2" 55.8cm to 59.6cm
LARGE / X-LARGE 7 1/2" to 8" 23 1/2" to 25" 59.6cm to 63.5cm
       
XVT Luxe Models CAP SIZE Circumference Inch Circumference CM
X-SMALL 6 5/8" to 6 3/4" 20 7/8" to 21 1/4" 53cm to 54cm
SMALL 6 7/8" to 7" 21 5/8" to 22" 55cm to 55.9cm
MEDIUM 7 1/8" to 7 1/4" 22 3/8" to 22 3/4" 56.8cm to 57.8cm
LARGE 7 3/8" to 7 1/2" 23 1/8" to 23 1/2" 58.7cm to 59.7cm
X-LARGE 7 5/8" to 7 3/4" 23 7/8" to 24 1/4" 60.6cm to 61.6cm