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A few years ago, when my oldest daughter was entering 7th grade, she announced to me that she was going to join the softball team. I have played baseball all of my life. My daughter had not played softball a day in her life. No tee-ball. No little league. Nothing. Somehow, she made the team.
One of the things that I noticed during their batting practice was that when they hit the ball, the bat would recoil on contact. That image stuck in my head. Fast forward a couple of years, and my oldest daughter is still playing softball and entering her freshman year of high school. Her little sister is entering the 7th grade and you guessed it she wants to play softball, too. By now, the girls are pretty serious about getting better and I start trying to figure out this bat bouncing off of the ball thing.
When the high school season starts, I realize that even at the high school level the girls are weak at contact. By now my mind is in overdrive. Another year and my youngest daughter is about to play her first year of high school softball and both of them have improved significantly. By the fall of that year, I start researching what I can do to make them stronger when hitting the ball. Then I trip over an article about weightlifting that talked about how weightlifters and body builders used fatter bars to strengthen their hands and forearms. That’s when it hit me. What if I apply this principle to a baseball bat? If I can increase the thickness of the bat handle, won’t it have the same effect.
I remembered that there is a place in town that provides tubes and hoses to the automotive industry. I take my bat down there and ask if they have a hose or a tube that would fit around the handle. They do and I buy a foot of it. I slice an opening in the side and slide it around the handle of my bat. I take a couple of swings and smile. FatBat is born!