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Discussion: Bat Weight and Swing Speed

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Aug. 4, 2013
hombre
Men's 60
220 posts
Bat Weight and Swing Speed
This topic has been discussed many times and the general consensus seems to be that to maximize distance, a hitter should swing the heaviest bat he can without losing bat speed. Many have opinions, but has anyone done any actual quantitative analysis?

My question: If a hitter can swing a 30oz. bat the same speed as a 27oz. bat, how much further will the ball travel when hit by the 30oz. bat? Everything else being equal. I'm already familiar with Ray DeMarini's experiments. Thanks
Aug. 4, 2013
mad dog
Men's 60
3936 posts
if you can maintain the same speed thru the with both bats,yes the 30oz will make the ball go farther,how much,who knows...but willing to bet that is not a whole lot more....
Aug. 5, 2013
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2663 posts
bob, it all depends on what you call "a whole lot more" ;)
Hope to see you in Feb!
hombre, maybe you could google something and find a study on this.
Aug. 5, 2013
mad dog
Men's 60
3936 posts
bruce also would depend on the guy swinging the bat...bigger guy prolly more than a smaller guy,i would think....lets you vs kreugs..ya both hit them out...but using same bat he prolly will hit them farther.....there was some study i think,but it was from a pay site if i remember right.....
Aug. 6, 2013
Fred S
Men's 80
93 posts
I would say for me it is about 15-25' more with my 30 oz bats over my 27 oz bats.

I used to swing a 30 oz Toxic vs my 27 oz Toxic and my 30 oz always outdistanced my 27 oz. This year my 30 oz has finally got too heavy to swing effectively in a game so out of some BP with it don't use it anymore

Same with my present bats that I use. A 30 oz PST and a 27 oz PST. My gamer is the 30 oz PST which outdistances my 27 oz.

My problem I have less bat control with my 27's than I do with my 30's and a lot smoother swing with the 30's.

I was always told to swing the heaviest bat that you feel comfortable with and that is my 30 oz PST even with the endload.
Aug. 6, 2013
boogpow44
52 posts
Fred S., you are my hero, 80 years old and swinging a 30oz. Am I reading that correctly. I'm going right out and buy a 30 oz bat. Lol.
Aug. 6, 2013
Fred S
Men's 80
93 posts
That is right. I have tried over the last 5-6 yrs to drop down but never been successful at it.

That PST is like part of me when I am up there at the plate.

It does help to have strong wrist to whip that baby around. Most of my power is in my wrist.
Aug. 6, 2013
boogpow44
52 posts
Your the man Fred S. I'm seriously going to give that a try, can't hurt. What type of bat do you swing, ie miken, reebok, combat. I hope I can still play ball at your age, keep it going strong.
Aug. 6, 2013
Fred S
Men's 80
93 posts
My main bat is a 30oz PST R&B for games and for BP a 28 oz (actual Weight 29.4oz) PST98Z.
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