As the baseball itch starts to set in for baseball fans around the world, we start to hear from parents asking about the best tee ball bats.
This year is no different, so we are putting together our list of the best tee ball bats for the upcoming season.
We put a lot of consideration into our recommendations to ensure you are getting the best possible tee ball bat for your hard earned money.
We have put 4 kids through tee ball and we know how important the budget can be.
One of the most important things we have learned over the years is that the most expensive tee ball bat is not necessarily the best tee ball bat.
We have decades of experience with baseball and softball bats, and we make it our mission to rid ourselves of all the hype when putting together our recommendations.
Below you will find the best tee ball bats that we feel give you the best value and ensure that your slugger has the best possible bat when they take the field this season.
Tee Ball Bat Buying Guide
Before we jump into our top recommended tee ball bats, I want to take a minute to discuss a couple of things that you should consider before you make your purchase.
As with any purchase, setting a budget before you buy can save a ton of time and arguments!
Buying a tee ball bat is something I looked forward to with the utmost excitement.
While we all would love to have an unlimited budget when we’re looking for baseball equipment for our kids, we all have some kind of budget to keep in mind.
Setting a clear budget is going to make the process of buying your kid’s new tee ball bat a much more enjoyable experience.
Tee ball is an exiting time in a baseball family’s life.
It’s the first time that your kid gets to take the field and experience first hand the greatest game on earth.
You want to make sure that when they step up to the plate, they have the proper size bat.
Most tee ball bats will be 24″, 25″ and 26″.
The best way I have found to determine the proper length is to have your kid stand straight up.
- Have them hold their hands straight down next to them
- Measure from the ground to the center area of their palm
This should give you the correct length of the bat to buy.
Another method is to measure from the center of the chest to the center of the palm.
Most tee ball bats come between a -10 and -13 drop.
The drop is the bat’s length minus the the bat’s weight.
Example: If you have a 26″ bat with -11 drop, you have a 15 ounce bat. The bigger the drop, the lighter the bat.
The drop will play a big role in determining the bat you choose for your kid.
Let’s say you did your measurements and determined to buy your kid a 25″ bat.
The next thing we want to consider is the drop.
Here’s my thoughts:
If you feel your child is strong for their age, go with the lowest drop you can get. Going with the lower drop will give you a heavier bat, which can produce further distances when hitting the ball.
If your kid has a hard time swinging a bat, go with the highest drop you can. Going with the higher drop will give you a lower weight bat, which will allow for a faster swing and good distance off the tee.
If your kid is somewhere in the middle, go with either a -11, or -12 drop for the best swing results.
Of course, adding the benefit of an “all composite” bat allows you to go with the biggest drop, while still producing the greatest distance off the tee.
O.K. Now for the fun stuff!
Now that we have confidence in deciding how to determine the proper size tee ball bat, it’s time to take a look at our top tee ball bats for 2018. 🙂
Best Tee Ball Bats – 2018
#1 – Easton Ghost X
As a coach and as a family, we have trusted Easton to produce top quality baseball and softball equipment for the past 20+ years.
When we began our quest to find this years best tee ball bats, it made perfect sense to start with Easton.
What we found is exactly what we had hoped to find… Another top quality bat with top notch innovation and materials.
Let’s unpack this baby and see what the Ghost X is packing under the hood!
- -13.5 Drop
- X-tended Barrel
- 29/32″ Handle
- Sticky Grip Handle Wrap
- One Piece Composite
- Meets Most Recent USA Bat Standards
- 1 Year Warranty
Remember the drop?
The Ghost X features a -13.5 drop!
The -13.5 drop allows the batter to produce massive speed through the hitting zone and is available in the standard 24″, 25″ and 26″ sizes.
If you order the 25″ bat, the weight is only 11.5 ounces!
The -13.5 drop is one of the biggest drops available on the market today.
Easton’s own extended barrel design gives the Ghost X one of the biggest “sweet spots” you can find on a tee ball bat.
The “sweet spot” is the part of the barrel that produces the most power when making contact with the ball. By extending the sweet spot, the batter has a better chance of hitting the ball a further distance.
Think about watching a baseball game. If you’ve ever seen a grand slam home run hit during the game, you most likely heard the announcer say “he caught that one right on the sweet spot!”
Easton has extended the sweet spot to the max limit set by USA baseball regulations.
Super Thin 29/32″ Sticky Grip Handle
The super thin handle gives a great, super comfortable grip for young hitters.
The handle comes pre-wrapped from the factory with a sticky, cushioned grip for ultimate comfort and control.
The grip virtually eliminates any sting created from making contact with the ball.
One Piece – All Composite Design
I f you have done a little bat shopping in the past, you have most likely heard people raving about composite bats.
While the distance created by hitting the ball ultimately comes down to the skill of the hitter, nearly every hitter I coach can produce greater distance on a consistent basis with a composite bat.
And the best part about a composite bat is the more you hit with it, the greater the distance the ball goes.
The hardest thing for me to get used to was the dull thud sound the bat makes when you hit the ball, instead of the ping I was used to.
While I still have, buy and love aluminum bats (and always will!), the future lies in composites.
Meets USA Bat Standards
Bat regulations change frequently.
The Easton Ghost X meets all new regulations and is legal for use in all major leagues including:
- Little League Baseball
- Babe Ruth Baseball
- Cal Ripken Baseball
- Dixie Baseball
- Pony Baseball
- AABC Baseball
For the latest on USA Bat standards, check for updates here – USA bat standards
The Ghost X is up to code and ready to go!
If you’re looking for an all in one tee ball bat that delivers the fastest swing speed and the biggest hits, then the Easton Ghost X is the bat for you.
Best Tee Ball Bats – 2018
#2 – Easton Beast X
Sticking with Easton’s commitment to innovation and quality, enter the Beast X tee ball bat!
This bat is one of the best designed all alloy bats Easton has ever produced.
Let’s take a look at some features of the Beast.
- -13 Drop
- 2 – 1/4″ Barrel
- 29/32″ Tapered Handle
- ALX50 Aluminum
- 1 Year Warranty
Watch The Drop – And The Barrel!
This bat features a super light, super fast swing.
Combining the 2 – 1/4″ barrel with the -13 drop gives the Beast X one of the quickest swings through the zone you will get with an alloy bat.
The loud “ping” you get when hitting the ball speaks of power, and that is exactly what the Beast gives you…Power.
The ball is going to jump off the tee when your youngster connects with the Beast, and you will love the sound it makes!
Thin Tapered Handle
The thin 29/32″ tapered handle fits perfectly in their hands and provides a comfortable grip.
The handle is wrapped in a cushiony, tacky all sports grip for max control.
The backbone of the Beast is a super strong, military grade aluminum.
This is what gives the Beast X it’s massive pop and the dynamic sound the bat produces when making contact with the ball.
Let your slugger swing away with complete confidence, knowing that this military grade hunk of aluminum is backed by Easton’s full 1 year warranty!
Remember The Sweet Spot?
With one of the longest available aluminum barrels available, the Beast X has a huge sweet spot.
The huge sweet spot gives young hitters a much better chance of hitting the ball with the part of the barrel that matters most…The sweet spot!
Meets USA Bat Standards
Just like the Ghost X, the Beast X meets all current USA bat regulations.
If you are looking to save a little money over the price of an all-composite bat, but absolutely refuse to compromise on quality, then the Easton Beast X tee ball bat is the perfect option for you!
Best Tee Ball Bats – 2018
#3 – Louisville Slugger Prime 918
When you see us on the field and we’re not slapping the ball around with an Easton, you can be sure you will find us with a Louisville Slugger!
One of the highest rated tee ball bats of 2017 makes it’s return this year with some new improvements.
Let’s have a look.
- 1 Piece Performance Alloy Design
- 2 1/4″ Youth Barrel
- New Fade Synthetic Grip
- -12.5 Drop
- 1 Year Warranty
The high strength performance alloy gives the 918 it’s great pop when making contact with the ball.
Other than the Beast X, this bat gives the best distance and aggressive sound when your slugger hits the ball.
The full 1 year warranty ensures you will not have any problems, even after thousands of hits.
The Barrel, The Drop & The End Cap!
Featuring a skinny 2 1/4″ barrel and a -12.5 drop, the 918 brilliantly brings them together to produce a truly balanced swing with plenty of power.
The light weight end cap is new this year and makes the swing even quicker and better balanced.
New Fade Synthetic Grip
The new fade synthetic grip does a good job of reducing the sting hitters feel when making contact with the ball.
The synthetic material of the grip gives the batter good control of the bat and reduces the chance of the bat slipping.
The Louisville Slugger 918 basically gives new young hitters everything they need to be successful in the beginning of their baseball journey.
Control, power and balance.
The 918 from Louisville delivers all 3!
Whether you decide on either of the Easton bats, or decide on the Louisville Slugger, we have no problem recommending any of them to you.
We feel like these are the absolute best tee ball bats for 2018 that will give you the best value for your hard earned money and more importantly will give your young slugger the best chance for success when they step up to the plate.
Since we are discussing the “best” tee ball bat in this article, that honor goes to the Easton Ghost X.
We believe the Ghost X delivers everything your kid needs to perform at their very best.
With it’s -13.5 drop and all composite design, the Ghost X gives you the best swing speed through the hitting zone and the most pop upon contact that only gets better the more you use it.
We hope you enjoyed reading the article.
If you have any questions about any of the bats reviewed in this article, or anything else we can help you with, please leave a comment in the comment section below and we will get back with you asap.
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Now you know what the best tee ball bats are! We would love to hear some of your tee ball stories this year. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by ~Jeremy