Heavier Saftball Bat: In the question about which is better: a heavy bat or a light one, SDSTAFF Ken appeals to F=ma. I strenuously object:
1) F= ma is not applicable here
2) Ken applied it incorrectly
3) acceleration magically becomes synonomous with velocity (ack! choke!gasp)
Yes, application of a bat to a ball will cause a force on that ball, but a lot of that force goes into deforming the ball. (Imagine the differences in batting a rock, a baseball, a tennis ball, and a water balloon. In that last case, the deformation is spectacular.)The baseball will spring back into shape and this whole complex process is what makes the ball switch directions. This complex process cannot be described with the simple F=ma equation. Ken also seems to think that the force on the *ball* is equal to the mass of the *bat* times the acceleration of the *bat*.
Yeesh! This is why we teach freshman to draw plastic bags around their objects. The force on the *ball* is equal to the mass of the *ball* times the acceleration of the *ball*. In Ken’s interpretation, if the bat has zero acceleration (I think this is called *bunting*), then it applies zero force to the ball, clearly absurd.
And last, acceleration is NOT the same as velocity. Acceleration is the change of velocity with respect to time (dv/dt).
The physics that Ken should have appealed to is the impulse (the change in momentum) where the momentum of the bat (its mass times velocity) can be transfered to the ball.(think billiards). What’s weird is that all the rest of Ken’s remarks are correct, namely a heavy bat has plenty of momentum but a light bat swung faster has plenty of momentum too. Ken’s quips about Popeye and robots are far superior to anything I could inject.
Choosing the Right Slow Pitch Bat: Balanced vs. End Loaded
Slow-moving Pitch softball bats are developed in 2 unique weights: Balanced as well as End Packed. Players looking to generate as much bat rate possible will certainly be finest fit to a balanced model.
Call players, likewise referred to as “base hitters,” usually select balanced models for a smoother swing as well as even more bat control. With their weight distributed equally throughout the bat, well balanced designs feature a lower MOI (Moment of Inertia) than end crammed versions. The reduced the MOI, the quicker the bat can be swung.
Well balanced bats amount to weight is evenly dispersed throughout the bat’s length from handle to end cap.
If a player can create high swing speeds already, they might profit extra from a end crammed bat. With even more weight oriented towards the end of the barrel, as well as integrated with high swing speeds, end loaded bats result in even more distance on get in touch with. This layout is the favored selection for many power hitters. End packed bats typically have either a 0.5 oz. or 1 oz. tons in the barrel. Some End Packed Bats may have up to 3 oz toward completion of the barrel for much more whip through the zone.
End loaded bats have weight oriented toward the end of the Heavier Saftball Bat.
End filled bats have additional mass in the barrel, so a gamer can generate even more energy through their swing for more distance on contact.
Your Slow Pitch softball bat selection comes down to what you fit moving. HB Sports recommends assessing your swing during a few rounds of batting method.