My dd has struggled a little this year batting. Its been hard to figure out exactly what has been missing as I am the hc of her rec team and have been spread thin, helping everyone and of course dealing with everything else in life. Anyways, she has been using an Aircraft Alloy Easton that is 29 inches and 17.5 oz. She is 4'9, 75's. She begged me to let her hit her friends bat for one practice and I said ok after saying no all year. First half of practice she used her bat, second half she used her friends 30 inch, 20 oz Demarini composite. With her bat she was like she has been all year: timing was a little off. Hit some rips to the outfield, hit some line drives and hit some pop flies and of course missed a few. Probably only hit 6 I would say were really good and 5-6 solid out of the 25 balls. IMO it looked more of a timing issue than anything else. Then with her friends bat.............very first pitch, she hits the ball the furthest she has ever hit in her life. The ball hits the top of the fence in centerfield and bounces back. 2 more inches and she would have went yard. Then she proceeds to destroy about 20 of the 25 balls after that. She missed 2 balls and fouled off a couple.
It was a real head scratcher. Now, we are of course going to do some more hitting with other bats now and see how things look, but is it possible I sabotaged my dd all this season by making her use a bat that wasnt the right size for her? Of course the composite bat is hotter than the aluminum one. I mean its the difference between a $65 bat and a $250 bat, but I dont think it could mean that much a difference and I dont think it could help her get more contact.
It could be possible after that first rip, she just oozed confindence. Maybe thats whats happened.??????
IDK, what do you all think? This is of course a knee jerk reaction, but again it was really weird. Thats the best bucket of balls Ive ever seen a 9 year old hit. Was it luck? lol.