Welcome to Homerun Softball Bats, your brand new home aimed to help you find the best softball bats available. Whether you are a fastpitch or slowpitch player, male or female, young or old, we know that there is a perfect bat out there for you. We hope our website will provide you with all of the information you are looking for. It’s hard to believe than many 2014 models are coming out. If you are still looking for our 2013 list, simply click on this link. Below we feature our top three fastpitch and slowpitch bats released so far. The table below will be updated as more bats are released.
Best 2014 Softball Bats
Our top fastpitch picks so far for the crop of 2014 bats so far are shown below:
Our top slowpitch softball bats include the following 3 models:
Best Softball Bats of 2013
Our choices for the top 3 softball bats of 2013 are included in the table below:
Importance of Softball Bat Reviews
If you are anything like me, you want to break down every single thing before you make a purchase. After all as a consumer it comes down to you to make the best choice possible. To help you with this, we have put together a brand new softball bat reviews page where we look at the top bats available in 2013 and 2014. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- All slowpitch bats feature a 34″ length and a 2 1/4″ barrel diameter. What makes each distinct is the weight, the type of load, and the organization it has been approved for.
- When looking for fastpitch bats, two of the important thing to look for are the length of the bat and the weight. Typically youth players look for a bat that measures 26 to 32 inches in length while adult players stick in the range of 30-34 inches. The other item to look into is the amount of drop. A lower number typcially means a lighter bat, while a higher number is meant for stronger more powerful hitters.
- The ASA standard is widely considered to be the strictest standard for softball play. When your bat has the ASA stamp of approval, you can pretty much guarantee that it can be used in any league you play for. Their rules are constantly changing and you can see a full run down on this ASA rules site
- The last section of our reviews page is dedicated to the bats specifically approved by the USSSA. The USSSA is similar to the ASA with the main exception that they allow for a 100+ MPH batted ball speed.
What you will find on this website
We have divided this website into 4 different sections. We have sections dedicated to slowpitch and fastpitch players along with sections for specific league standards such as ASA and USSSA. Please click on the links below to learn more.
What factors go into choosing these softball bats?
As we mentioned earlier, no two bats are the exact same. As a former softball player, I know how difficult it can be to find the best softball bat. That is why this website was created. As silly as it sounds, I almost compare shopping for a softball bat with shopping for a new car. There are so many different variables to consider and no two people share the exact same tastes. So finding the top softball bats for a group of people is not an easy task by any stretch. However there are certain things we considered when we reviewed the feature lists of all the different bats available. Some of the main decision points included:
- Fastpitch or Slow pitch: some bats have been designed specifically for fastpitch players in that they come in different lengths and drops while other bats are built specifically for slow pitch players and feature the same length in all cases. We believe that our pages dedicated to Fastpitch Softball Bats and Slow Pitch Softball Bats will provide you with enough insight depending on which version of the sport you play.
- Material: how a bat is built goes a long way when making a list of the best softball bats. Composite bats are ideal, but also expensive. Some other regular aluminum bats have proven to be quite strong and high performing providing you with more bang for your buck.
- Performance: This is obviously one of the most important factors. If you are going to buy a new bat, it should perform better than your older one. We look into where the power of the bat is generated from and how much additional distance can be achieved through the barrel and handle strength.
- Organizational Approval: some of the best softball bats that we reviewed were only approved by the ASA association, while others could only be used by USSSA leagues. We believe that our ASA Softball Bats, and USSSA Softball Bats pages provide a great amount of insight about which are indeed the top performers.
- Cost: Let’s face it…many of us are on a budget. Although the $300 softball bats are fantastic, not all of us need one. There is no doubt that bats such as the 2013 Easton Stealth are top performers, but some of us have to be a little more careful with our wallets.
Well there you have it. If you are looking for specific reviews on bats, you can find them on the right hand side of the page as they are sorted by brand name. We hope you enjoy your stay on our best softball bats website and hope to have you come back again.