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 need a new bat for my 13 year old
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ranger32

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Posted - 03/25/2012 :  23:55:01  Show Profile
can anyone tell me the drop for a 13 yr/old and what seems to be a good bat for this age. thanks for your input.

in_the_know

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Posted - 03/26/2012 :  08:28:00  Show Profile
I would recommend using -5 if he can make the transition now. -8 at the most. Most organizations require -5 at 14u, so the sooner you can make the transition, the better. I think you'll find the majority of 13u (at least at the major level) swinging -5 at this point.

That said, not all bats are equal with respect to balance and feel. Some are end loaded, others more balanced. I recommend that you go to a store that has a swing speed monitor available and swing 3 or 4 different brand/models and find the one that feels best and provides the highest swing speed for your son. Don't pick a bat based on the paint job.
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bulldogbaseball100

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Posted - 03/26/2012 :  10:53:37  Show Profile
Try the Marucchi CAT as part of the group you test swing with. It is very well balanced and seems to help the kids making a transition to a heavier bat. Eastons seem to be very end loaded and harder to get around but the bigger, stronger kids get good results. Demarinis are good middle ground
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