According to the American softball association, a best softball bats should be broken by hitting at a half speed from a tee followed by full speed swings repeated 200 times. Any one who has played with composite bat knows the reason why they need to break it in Its improvement varies but most composite bats tend to improve with number of times it is used So for better performance this is the best procedure for breaking-in your bat.
Confirm if its really needs a break-in. Bats with alloy barrels don’t need break-in. The bats we are talking about here are composite which are not as hot as they appear, not until something like one hundred shots. These composite bats are made of carbon fibers that need to be loosened before the it reaches it’s maximum performance. There are many myths surrounding composite bats break-in, and most of fast track players will not use a new composite bats in the middle of the season.
Break it in with leather softballs
In case you hit had things like trees or mental with your bat, the warrant for you bat will be nullified. It only covers playing with soft balls. Don’t even think of breaking you ball in a cold weather because the moist will damage your bat before it is broken in properly.
Use a batting tee when hitting the balls.Just like American softball association suggests, it’s better you hit 50 to 60 number of balls at half a maximum force. The way to go about this is by hitting on a batting Tee rather than some body pitching for you As you are hitting, rotate the bat to ensure proper breaking-in of the entire barrel. This makes the neglected part also to go along with the already broken-in parts. Keep some body besides you to put the balls on the tee.
Always use the correct form.Through the process of hitting 50 to 60 balls on a tee, you will be using half of you normal energy. So as you are almost approaching 100 hits, the bat gains momentum in breaking-in. You can go beyond 100 hits if you have interest and power but keep in mind that going fast to full swing speed can damage your bat.
To make it perfect hit the first regular 50 at a full speed. Keep doing this until you fell like its the one meet for you At first it may not work well but keep going.
Play and play again with the bat
This does not mean you make it a team bat. Different hands handle things differently. I mean the only way you are going to break in that bat is by play with it and mastering you grip. You should make it work for you. There are other modifications you can do to you bat bat but the association doesn’t allow this.
Some people add water to the barrel of the bat, others cork it’s barrel. Others will go to the extent of hammering it. There reasons people do this Some like Fat grip while others want skinny grip. All these are considered illegal by a number of leagues i know.