But How Do I Break in My Composite or Softball Bat?
The process of how to break in a composite bat is simple. If you follow these easy steps when you first get your bat, you’ll be ready to go when the season kicks off. Depending on your stamina, this process often won’t take any more than an hour to complete. You’ll need to put in anywhere from 150-200 swings to properly break in your bat, so you may want to have some teammates around to help.
To break in your bat, you’re going to:
- Hit the ball off a tee
- Soft toss against a fence
- Have a teammate pitch to you
Most bats have a rotation index on them that’ll serve as your guide during this easy 3-step break-in process. In most instances, you can use the logos on your bat to break the barrel up into four parts:
1. Hit regulation baseballs off a tee about 100 times - remember to rotate the bat a ¼ turn with each swing, and don’t swing at full power at first. Increase the power level as you get more swings.
2. Next you should take about 50 swings of soft toss or front toss, while again remembering to rotate the bat a ¼ turn with each swing.
3. To complete the break-in process, face live pitching with a pitcher who is throwing at least 40 miles per hour. Take 50 swings of batting practice and rotate the bat a ¼ turn with each swing.