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Kamloops Softball Retailers:
 Dolson’s Source for Sports – 251 1320 West Trans Canada Hwy  250 372-5531
♦  Players Bench – 451 Lansdowne Street  250 851-0344
♦  Sports Chek – Aberdeen Mall  250 314-1602

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How to choose the best Slo-Pitch Bat:  One-Piece vs. Two-Piece
The biggest dilemma that most players face is whether to choose a one-piece or two-piece. Although the decision might be easy for pro’s, the same cannot be said for new ones or armatures. However, the biggest issue is usually lack of knowledge of the difference between the two. A one-piece bat comes as a single unit, and there is no connection between parts and it is usually more balanced and stiffer. However, it is tricky to control vibrations, and so you should be prepared to take some vibration on a miss-hit ball. A two-piece bat on the other hand, consists of a barrel and handle joined using technology, and it has less vibration and more flex. The downside of the two-piece is that it is end-loaded, and hence, it is heavier to swing than a one-piece.
Although the choice will depend on personal preferences power hitters will benefit most from the two-piece while the one-piece works best for contact hitters.

How to choose the best Bat Weight:  Balanced Bat vs. Endload Bat
The weight of a Slowpitch softball bat ranges between 26 and 30 ounces, but you can still find many that are outside this range. However, when shopping, you should consider the weight distribution and for this, you have to choose between balanced and endload. Weight distribution is vital as it is what determines how heavy a bat feels. Balanced bats have their weight distributed evenly throughout the bat, and so they are suitable for players who want as much bat speed as possible (contact hitters). Endload bats, on the other hand, tends to have most of the weight oriented towards their barrel, and so they work best for power hitters.

Softballs:  COR & Compression / How it works?
Softballs are rated based on two metrics – Coefficient of Restitution and Compression.

COR represents how “bouncy” the ball is. The higher the COR, the more bouncy the ball is and, generally, the farther it will fly. COR is the percentage of reduction in speed for a ball bouncing off a wall. If a ball is thrown at a wall at 80 miles per hour and bounces off at 40 miles per hour, the speed has been reduced by 50%. The ball would be rated with a COR of .50 (referred to as a fifty COR ball). If your league plays with a .44 COR ball, the speed bouncing off the wall would be 35 miles per hour.

Compression is a measure of how hard a softball is. The higher the compression, the harder the ball, and generally, the farther it will fly.  Compression is measured by how many pounds of force are needed to squeeze two sides of the ball in by a total of one-quarter of an inch. If a test shows that it takes 375 pounds of force to squeeze the ball by one-quarter inch, the ball is certified as a 375 pound compression ball. The ASA has only approved two levels of compression 375 pound and 525 pound. 375 pound balls are softer than 525’s. Testing has shown two main things as it relates to softball COR and Compression and on-field performance.

First, a change from a .47 COR, 525 pound ball to a .44 COR, 375 pound ball decreases performance by up to 6%. All other things being equal, this means that a 305 foot home run using a .47 COR, 525 pound ball would be a 290 foot fly out using a .44 COR, 375 pound ball. Second, reduction in compression have a much greater impact in on-field performance than reductions in COR. As a player, you should also be aware that weather has an enormous inpact on the compression of a softball.

Studies have shown that when the temperature is 100 degrees 37c, an average softball looses 200 pounds of compression as compared with the same softball at 60 degrees 15c. This means that a softball that is a 525 pound compression ball at 60 degress may play like a 375 pound ball at 100 degrees. In addition, clouds, rain, and humidity also effect the compression of a ball. 70 degress and sunny creates lower compression balls than if it was 70 degrees and cloudy. Leather balls generally take on more moisture in rainy or humid conditions than synthetic balls. This will generally raise the compression and level of play up to a point, then performance will decline once the ball takes on too much water and becomes too heavy. Keep these factors in mind when deciding which bat to use and when deternining your approach for each at-bat. If it is hot and humid, it may be best not to try for a home run, but instead try for a base hit.

.52 COR 300lbs  Some say the ball negates the shaved bat effects.   Worth Hot Dot

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