No Shortage of Opinions
***NOTE*** I wrote this post in September of 2013. Obviously, models have changed since then. However, there's still good information here that can help you with your purchase. Bat preference is like asking 20 guys what their favorite beer is - Good luck getting consensus.
One of the most frequently asked questions is, "What kind of bat should I get?" My answer has changed several times over the years. When you search the web for fastpitch softball bat reviews or top fastpitch softball bats and find articles you'll find there are no shortage of opinions. There are comments written by parents, coaches and players on many softball bat resellers web sites and softball forums too. Those comments typically range from, "I love that bat! Glad I bought this bat!" to "That bat is terrible. Don't buy it. Buy this bat instead."
You're in for a shock if you are new to the sport and have never shopped for a bat before.
But, My Other Coach Says....
A coach that you take your daughter to for hitting or pitching lessons is instructing your daughter to do something one way, while your other coach is giving completely different instructions. So what do you do?
This may be one of the most difficult and frustrating things you will encounter over the years, especially if all the coaches really seem to know what they are talking about. It's far easier to deal with if you believe one of the coaches to be less knowledegable than the other. However, it can still cause issues between you and your daughter's coaches, especially when you both have strong opinions on the matter.
In either scenario the biggest challenge is deciding how you and your daughter should handle it.
No Time for Breaks?
You and your daughter may have heard this advice from a coach, player or another parent, "If you want to be the best you can be, you've got to practice and put the time in. There's no time for breaks." The problem with this well-intentioned pearl of wisdom is that it is partially true. Your daughter will need to practice a lot to be her best. However, without breaks, she risks becoming burned out or injured.
If you don't believe me, try swinging the bat 100 times off the tee every night of the week and let me know how that works out for you.
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