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USABat Swing Weights

USABat Swing Weights

October 11, 2020 | by | @BatDigest

We’ve measured the vast majority of USA swing weights since 2018.

Swing weights are a measurement of how difficult it is to swing a bat. Bat’s with the same stated weight (like all 30/20s) do not feel the same. What controls the degree of strength required to swing a bat is how the weight of the bat is distributed along its length.

A bat size chart is also a good place to start. But, remember, the stated weight of a bat is not the same as its swing weight. Bats with the same scale weight can be upwards of 10% different in feel.

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We can measure the difficulty required to swing a bat. It is a function of the bats balance point, total weight and a physics principle called pendulum period. Those variables determine the swing weight.

Swing weights are the most determining factor in predicting exit speeds. More critical than barrel performance, model, or brand, the swing weight is what allows players to get the most mass to the ball at the right time. If swing weight isn’t right, the player is leaving distance on the table, or too late to make any impact.

The trick to successful bat buying is to find the bat with the right swing weight. The good news is that many bats have, roughly, the same swing weight. You can find the bats in the same grouping of on our swing weight charts.

Q: How Do You Measure Swing Weight?

It’s not very simple, unfortunately.

Ultimately, you take need to find the balance point, pendulum period, and scale weight of a bat. Then, you use a physics formula to calculate the swing weight. We have a tutorial on how to do it here.

Q: Is Swing Weight the Weight of a Bat?

No.

Swing weight is a physics measurement that determines how difficult a bat is to swing around its knob. This depends on the bat’s total scale weight, but more so on the distribution of that weight within the bat. Bat’s with very similar scale weights can have very different swing weights because one might have the weight focused around the knob while the other has it in the end cap.

Q: If I Don’t Know My Ideal Swing Weight, How do I Decide?

If you are not sure of the bat that fits your swing best (therefore making the swing weight charts unhelpful), we suggest you start in the middle. Find a bat in the middle third (we call these balanced). You’ll need to try it out somehow–borrow a friend, buy a cheap one or use some type of testing program. Once you have a feel for the type of bat you like you’ll be much more equipped to dial in the perfect swing weight for you.

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Brian Porebski
Brian Porebski
2 years ago

I have two questions where would the Easton Beast X drop 10 fall on this swing speed list also can I use the same logic on the 28 in versions of these bats or would it be different

Mingen Lin
Mingen Lin
2 years ago

Would it be possible to include Axe bats, specifically Axe Element and Axe Origin to the list? Thanks.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Would it be possible to include Axe bats, specifically Axe Element and Axe Origin to the list? Thanks.

Shane
Shane
2 years ago

For some reason I cannot subscribe to see the results…. Tried email… Facebook…. And Google…..it hates me…. I hope this stays updated as the newer bats get tested. I’d also like to view it.

Brian Holzmacher
Brian Holzmacher
1 year ago

Have you completed swing weights for 2019 USA bats?

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

What about the Rawlings Threat?
Thanks

Rob
Rob
1 year ago

Do you know the swing weight of the 2018 Louisville Slugger select 718 -5? Trying to determine if this would have a lower swing weight than the solo BBCOR (-3). Thanks.

Jon
Jon
10 days ago

Looking at the Louisville Slugger Omaha 29/19 for my son in 8U. What are your thoughts or things I should look out for?

Jon
Jon
10 days ago
Reply to  Brian

THANKS! I am looking at that size based on the LS size chart. It’s the 2020 Omaha. The price point seems fine and we are looking for a bat that is our first step up for travel baseball. Would you say it would be heavier or lighter on the swing scale?

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