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Thread: Help, I think I did my daughter a great disservice.

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    Default Help, I think I did my daughter a great disservice.

    I will preface this by saying I have no knowledge when it comes to softball.

    My daughter is 12, 5'1 1/2", 96 pounds, all lower body. She has been swinging a 31" 18oz aluminum bat (drop 13). I didn't know any better when I bought the thing, it was for her to use in an in-house league to see if she even liked the sport.

    Fast forward a few months, she killed it in the in-house league and found her way onto a 14u travel team. No, they did not keep everyone.

    She needs a new bat, her cheap aluminum bat is not going to cut it going forward. As I'm looking around, soliciting advice from people, they are recommending a 31/21 drop 10. Im really worried about what going from a drop 13, to a drop 10 is going to do to her. Should I consider starting with a drop 11 for this season, then moving her up to a -10 for next? From what I have been reading, it seems like she should already be at at a -10. I think I unknowingly did her a great disservice by having her use the -13.

    I know mechanics and a proper swing are the most important thing for her to learn right now. She has a hitting coach now, who says the bat doesn't matter at this point, however I would rather move her up to a more appropriately sized bat vs being behind the 8 ball going forward.

    What the heck do I do?

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    I am a fan of -10 or less. -13, urr.

    You are going to sacrifice plate coverage but willing to give that up.

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    Since she is still crafting her swing, is moving from the -13 to a -10 going to mess her up that bad? Or because she is relatively new and still learning, it's better to just rip the band aid off and go for it?

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    Go to a balanced -10 now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAD View Post
    Go to a balanced -10 now.
    Thank you, that is exactly what I was looking for.

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    By the way Demarini's seem to swing light, nice balanced bat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quincy View Post
    By the way Demarini's seem to swing light, nice balanced bat.
    That's what I hear. I have heard the same about the Louisville Slugger LXT. Problem is, I'm not finding any locally in her size to swing. We found a Xeno, but that thing swung heavy. Everything else is a 32" or larger.

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    Try a used cf5,6,7,8,9 etc... whatever you can find a good deal on...check eBay...that way she'll have a good bat while she's learning what she likes and you haven't spent and arm and a leg. My 11yr old beats up a used cf5 31/21 in batting practice and has a 30/20 cfx and 31/21 on the way for games.

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    Went to buy the new Demarini balanced 31-21. The sporting good store let us hit with them and we bought the new LXT (not plus). The rep said all Demarini s are end loaded and said hold the barrel and you can feel how lite it is. I couldn't tell to be honest but My DD hit much better with the LXT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tango View Post
    Went to buy the new Demarini balanced 31-21.The sporting good store let us hit with them and we bought the new LXT (not plus). The rep said all Demarini s are end loaded and said hold the barrel and you can feel how lite it is. I couldn't tell to be honest but My DD hit much better with the LXT.
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