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Questions and Answers for Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst Youth Baseball Bat: YB13C
What would be the best bat length, weight, and bat itself for my 11 year old? He is about 54 inches tall and weighs 74 pounds.
We can estimate the length of bat your player would need based on height and weight but the weight they should use would be based more on their strength and what size they have been using in the past and the specific bat they would need is more based on preference and the other size factors that we would have to figure out. Based on height and weight, we would suggest a 29 inch youth bat like the Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst Youth Baseball Bat (YB13C).
What do you think is the right size for a 7 year old who is 54" tall and 73 lbs.? Also, last year I got him an Rawlings 5150, 28" 16 oz. Is this a better bat?
The Rawlings 5150 Youth bat and the Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst Youth Baseball Bat (YB13C) will both be very popular models. The Catalyst will be 100% composite, while the 5150 will be 100% alloy. Both have great performance and a balanced swing weight. The best size in the Catalyst for your son will be a 29" 17 oz.
Do You have this bat in 28 inch
Unfortunately, the Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: YB13C Youth is a discontinued model. Therefore, we only have limited sizes available.
what is the break in period for this bat?
We would recommend a break in period of about 150 to 200 hits of soft toss or tee work with the Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst (YB13C). During those hits, we recommend rotating the bat head a quarter turn between each hit. This allows the barrel to be broken in evenly around the entire surface area.
My 9 year old son has this bat and will not use it due to stinging his hands. Is this a common problem with this bat? Would changing the grip on the belt help?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: YB13C Youth is a one-piece composite design and hand stinging occurs more in a one-piece bat compared to a two-piece bat. Changing the grip on the bat might help reduce some of the stinging slightly, but it will not make a drastic change. All bats are susceptible to stinging regardless of the design.
Is this a 100% composite bat or mixed with alloy?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: YB13C Youth is a one-piece composite bat.
Can a swing trainer be used for part of the break in or does it need to be with leather?
I would not recommend using a swing trainer on the Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: YB13C Youth as the denser balls will damage the composite.
Is this bat a big barrel bat, does it have a 2 1/4 inch barrel diameter?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: YB13C Youth bat is a youth model bat. It features a 2 1/4 inch barrel diameter.
How much break-in will this bat require? Thanks.
We recommend taking 100-200 swings off a tee or soft toss. Rotate the barrel about 1/4 of an inch each swing. We also recommend not to use the Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: YB13C Youth in batting cages that use yellow dimpled balls.
Is this end loaded at all? My son is 8/9 yrs old 65 lbs. Do you recommend 28 or 29 inches?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: YB13C is a balanced bat. Our Bat Coach is a great tool to help determine what size is best.
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