There are several ways to choose the baseball or softball bat that’s the right size for you or your athlete. One of these ways is to look at the drop ratio of the bat.
The drop ratio is the bat’s weight in ounces minus its length in inches. The larger the ratio, the easier the bat is to swing. For example, a 28-ounce bat that is 34 inches long has a drop of –6.
A popular drop at the high school and collegiate levels is –3
Baseball coach boomer40 recently wrote an online review about the 5150 bat with a –3 drop: “This bat is perfect, it looks great, is well balanced and has great feel for the hitter. I coach a 13-14 year old AA team, and this year they transition to a –3 bat from using lighter bats. It is important to make this transition as the rules get tougher.”
Each league has different rules concerning the drop ratio, so it is important to check your league’s rule book when purchasing a bat.
In addition, Rawlings has tools to help you choose your ideal bat. Sci-Fly
technology have turned selecting a bat into science.
or contact a Rawlings Gear Customer Care representative at (866) 678-GEAR(4327) for more information on Rawlings bats and drop ratios.