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Choosing The Right Practice Batting Cage

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English: The batting cages for the Colorado Ro...

English: The batting cages for the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many parents, coaches, amateur adult players and pros wonder what the best dimensions are when they are looking to buy a practice batting cage. Most good batting cages are a minimum of 70 feet in length, 12 feet in height and 14 feet in width. This allows both left-handed and right-handed batters to use the cage in comfort without having to move the plate around. Players also don’t have to worry about injury on the back-swing or about damaging the net during practice.

When you want to choose the right size for mostly personal and family use, measure the distance between the plate and the mound for the different people who will be using it. You don’t have to make this a complicated process either. If you start to feel overwhelmed, just ask your customer care agent for recommendations. Pro mound to plate distances are often as small as six inches. For amateurs, you might want a bit more distance, like anywhere from 38 inches to 60 inches.

For baseball and softball batting cages, 70 feet is a good length. This will give you room at the pitcher’s end, where you can store equipment like ball carts, machines and portable mounds; and give you a lot of room to comply with the distance regulations for space between the batter and the pitcher. Standard width range is good at 12 to 14 feet.

For kids and players shorter than 6 feet tall, you can go with a smaller width of 12 feet. However, just keep in mind that with teens and junior high school aged players, arm lengths can vary significantly, and bat lengths can as well.

Buying the Best Softball Bat

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Buying a Softball Bat

Several factors come into play when you’re ready to buy a softball bat. Each bat is designed for either a fast pitch or a slow pitch ball, so select a bat for the kind of ball you play. Next, consider your height and weight, both of which help determine the length and weight of your bat. Height and weight charts for purchasing softball bats are available online and in sporting goods stores. Referring to a chart is a good place to start.

Another factor when considering the weight of your bat is how hard you hit the ball. Stronger, more powerful players generally want a heavier bat.

Once you have decided the best weight and length for your bat, you have more decisions to make. It is time to consider the barrel size. A longer barrel provides a larger sweet spot, which is desirable for making contact with the ball. However, a shorter barrel is lighter and provides a faster swing speed.

Another decision concerns the diameter of the handle, called the bat taper. The taper can vary and affect the weight of the bat. If you prefer a lighter weight, you may want a narrower taper, which will allow you to rotate your wrists around the bat more quickly when you hit. Next, decide which type of grip material you prefer on your handle.

Today’s softball bats are made of aluminum and come in different weights because manufacturers mix the aluminum with different alloys. Aluminum bats can be lined with other materials, such as graphite and titanium, which make softball bats stronger and lighter and reduce the sting when you hit the ball outside the sweet spot.

As you can see, you will need to weigh several factors when purchasing your new softball bat. However, somewhere, out there, is the bat just for you.

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