How to Break In a Baseball Bat

You can also follow this same process if you’re trying to learn how to break in a softball bat. Be sure to keep the following in mind when you’re breaking in your bat

You can also follow this same process if you’re trying to learn how to break in a softball bat. Be sure to keep the following in mind when you’re breaking in your bat

You should never swing a composite bat unless it’s at least 70 degrees - you risk denting or breaking your bat by doing so.

You should hit regular baseballs or softballs when breaking in a bat - rubber balls found in batting cages won’t have the same effect and may even damage your bat.

If you miss-hit a ball off the handle or hit a weak foul ball, don’t rotate the bat and don’t count this swing in your count.

Should I - and Can I - Ever Roll My Bat?

If you’re at the fields enough, you’ve probably heard about bat rolling. Bat rolling is when you place your bat in a rolling machine to compress it. Rolling your bat creates a trampoline effect when contact is made. A trampoline effect means that when your bat makes contact against the ball, the ball will jump off much quicker than with an un-rolled bat. Not only is bat rolling considered illegal, but it will also void the manufacturer’s warranty and isn’t worth the trouble

If you’re playing in high school or college sanctioned leagues, you should be aware that bat rolling is illegal. Most of the past decade, the use of doctored bats has been on the rise, causing a danger to the health of all players, especially pitchers. It’s easy to detect if a player is using a bat that’s been rolled. You can simply take a piece of paper, wrap it around the bat, and actually feel the lines in the barrel.

And there you go! Hopefully your new composite bat is good to go. But if your current bat lost all it's pop, you can always get a new baseballfastpitch, or slowpitch composite bats from baseballmonkey.com. Also, be sure to check out their glove break-in guide to get your glove in top shape.

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Baseball Monkey is a leading retailer of baseball and softball equipment for all ages and experience levels. Our expert team worked together to build a resource hub of information designed to help players navigate through the many questions that come with gearing up for the baseball season.

MonkeySports, Inc. has been serving athletes around the world since 1999. We offer expert customer service and product knowledge that comes from employing players who are passionate about the game, the gear and the customer. MonkeySports, Inc. has six established brick-and-mortar stores and six websites. Our online stores operate under the banners hockeymonkey.com, goaliemonkey.com, lacrossemonkey.com, baseballmonkey.com, monkeyteamsports.com and monkeyapparel.com.

Baseball Monkey is a leading retailer of baseball and softball equipment for all ages and experience levels. Our expert team worked together to build a resource hub of information designed to help players navigate through the many questions that come with gearing up for the baseball season.

MonkeySports, Inc. has been serving athletes around the world since 1999. We offer expert customer service and product knowledge that comes from employing players who are passionate about the game, the gear and the customer. MonkeySports, Inc. has six established brick-and-mortar stores and six websites. Our online stores operate under the banners hockeymonkey.com, goaliemonkey.com, lacrossemonkey.com, baseballmonkey.com, monkeyteamsports.com and monkeyapparel.com.

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