Saturday, August 6, 2011

4 Steps to Selecting the Perfect BBCOR Bat for the 2012 Season

By Ryan M Davis

4 Steps to help you select the perfect BBCOR Baseball Bat

Step 1: Set a Budget.

Establishing a BBCOR Baseball Bat budget is a good idea as BBCOR bats can be expensive and market conditions may increase prices. BBCOR bats will vary considerably in price from $49.99 to $399.99 with the average BBCOR bat falling in the $199.99- $299.99 price range. BBCOR prices may skyrocket to $450-$500 as demand for popular models will exceed supply. Manufacturers and Retailers are anticipating extended backorders on popular BBCOR models. Having a bat budget can be helpful in an unpredictable market.

Step 2: Select a Design

BBCOR Bats will come in a variety of designs and determining the right design early will help narrow the pool of products to consider for purchase. Popular designs include aluminum alloy, composite, hybrid (alloy & composite) and wood. Each bat design will have pros and cons, so be selective and choice the bat that will benefit your personal strengths and style of hitting. The most common BBCOR design will be a one-piece alloy. Alloy designs will provide the largest pool of bats to choose from and will be the most competitively priced.As a general rule of thumb, one-piece alloy bat designs will be more affordable, while hybrid and composite BBCOR baseball bats will be more expensive.

Step 3 Select a Manufacture

Selecting a manufacture can be difficult as there are many great choices. To simplify the overwhelming selection of BBCOR bats to choose from select a few manufacturers that you know or like. Industry leaders such as Easton, Louisville Slugger, DeMarini and Anderson will provide a great starting point when selecting the perfect bat.

Step 4: Select the Proper Size

All high school and college players have to swing a minus or drop 3. This means the difference between the length of the bat and the weight will be 3. For example, a 32" bat will be 29oz. and a 33" will be 30oz. A standard bat size guide is a good starting point to help determine proper bat sizing. The bat size guide suggest bat lengths based on a players height and weight. Other factors to consider would be player strength, body type, experience, and personal preference.The most common sizes for high school and college players will be 32" and 33"

Be prepared when selecting your BBCOR Bat this season. There are a handful of designs and manufactures to choose from at drastically different prices. Setting a budget, selecting a design, choosing a manufacture and selecting the proper size will help you select the perfect BBCOR bat for the 2012 season.

About The Author: Ryan Davis is a baseball enthusiast and self proclaimed bat guru. His website at offers in-depth bbcor bat reviews, news, price comparisons, videos, products and podcast. Ryan's Free Podcast is jam packed with insightful bbcor baseball related information. Subscribe for FREE at

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1 comment:

Swag said...

Really and truly selecting a BBCOR bat comes down to 2 things. Swing weight and sound. Get a bat that sounds good and has a low MOI and you shoud be on your way.