Softball is a team sport that is a younger relative of baseball. Though the games are similar, there are some key differences such as the Softball Bats are normally made of Aluminum or Composite. The size of the ball (softballs are larger) and the pitching style, which is underhand versus overhand in. At the youth level, there is a huge difference between a Composite softball bat and a Wood or Aluminum baseball bat. For example, A Slowpitch Composite softball bat tend to have narrower barrels and be a bit longer than a baseball bat. When it comes to fast-pitch Composite bat, they quickly taper from the barrel area resembling the shape of a bottle.
Aluminum Bat Era:
Aluminum Slowpitch Softball bats were first introduced in 1970 by bat manufacturer Worth. Shortly after, Worth made the first one-piece aluminum Slowpitch Softball bat and the first little league aluminum Softball bat. In the late 1970s, manufacturer Easton hit the scene with a stronger grade of grade of aluminum Bat. Then in 1995, manufacturers Louisville Slugger and Easton developed the strongest, lightest grade of aluminum Softball bats to date.
In 1993, the Double Walled bat was introduced. This advancement allowed the barrels to be much thinner compared to aluminum and yet still withstand the impact of the ball without denting. In an effort to produce higher performing bats using mainly aluminum alloys, designers started experimenting with barrels that had two or more layers of metal or metal composite hybrids. These are also known as a multi-walled Hybrid Softball bat.
Composite Bat Era:
In 2000, Composite Softball bats made a major entrance into the market, and it wasn’t long before a Composite softball bat was competing with the leading aluminum bat. All Composite Softball bats are the highest performing bats in the game. There are many Composite Bat Companies to choose from for a Composite Softball Bat.Some are made with composite outer shells over aluminum barrels, with Composite handles and aluminum barrels and made of 100% Composite materials. Miken, Worth, Easton and Anarchy are among the top Composite bat makers in 2021.