Fastpitch Softball Bat
If you are buying a fastpitch softball bat with an aluminum barrel, there is no break-in necessary to get the bat into game ready form. Aluminum bats are usually ready to go and will play to their full potential right off the shelf.The same can not be said for softball bats with a composite barrel. With composite barreled bats, you will have to spend a decent amount of time getting them up to peal performance. Composite fastpitch softball bats generally need around 150 to 200 hits before the material is responsive enough to perform up to the bat’s potential - but many newer models offer better performance right out of the wrapper.
When breaking in composite fastpitch softball bats, it is important to start off at about 50% power and gradually increase as your swing count rises. It is also important to rotate the bat about a 1/4 inch on every swing. This ensures that your bat gets evenly broken in.
Composite Fastpitch Softball Bats and Temperature
The majority of people believe that composite fastpitch softball bats tend to be much more temperature sensitivity than alloy bats. Many manufacturers have their own list of recommended minimum temperatures that their bats should be used in. However, as a general rule, it is recommended that player’s avoid using your bat in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. There isn't a maximum temperature to really consider; however composite bats tend to have slightly increased responsiveness in warmer weather.
Limit the use of your game bat in the batting cage. Save the wear and tear for when it really matters. Do not use dimpled balls. These balls can and will damage your bat.
Do not use your fastpitch softball bat to knock dirt off of your cleats. This can damage the bat. If using a wood bat, swing with the label facing toward you.