Weight is possibly the most important factor to consider when choosing a bat. A bat that is too heavy is harder to swing, causing a loss in momentum, reduced distance or a miss altogether. If a bat is too light for a player, the player could miss out on the extra force they could generate from a heavier bat. Most slowpitch bats weight between 26 and 30 ounces.
A factor you may not see, but will definitely feel is the swing weight of your bat. Bats can fall along the swing weight spectrum, from light to balanced to end-loaded. End-loaded bats shift extra weight toward the end of the barrel, creating more whip-like action on a player’s swing and generating more power. Balanced bats have a more even weight distribution, allowing for potentially greater swing speed for many hitters. This is preferred by contact hitters who want more control of their swing.