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How To Measure for a Baton

Twirl Planet has been selling twirling batons since 2002 and one of the often asked questions is, “What size baton should I buy?” Twirl Planet’s owner, Cindy Hamilton, is a former state and regional twirling champion, and she has taught baton twirling throughout the U.S. and in Europe. She understands the importance of selecting the correct length of baton, particularly for the beginning student.

Selecting the perfectly sized twirling baton is easy!  A baton that is the correct length for the student or performer will help guarantee fun and great success.  Here’s how to do it!

What size of twirling baton should I buy?

Twirling batons come in a wide assortment of lengths, to suit any child or adult. It is important to select the correct length of baton for ease of handling, and for an optimal visual effect. A baton that is too long will get caught on the twirler’s body and feel uncomfortable. (In addition to causing many more head “bonks” than necessary!) A baton that is too short will create an odd appearance and be awkward to handle.

Professionally manufactured, good quality twirling batons are typically available from 16 inches (41 cms) to 32 inches (81 cms). Batons are made in 1 inch increments, so a good fit is easy to achieve. A few baton styles may not be available in the very shortest and very longest lengths, but you may be surprised at the wonderful variety of baton styles available in the size you need. There are batons to fit the littlest toddlers just starting out, as well as tall adults with wonderfully long arms and legs!

How to measure for the correct baton length

It’s easy! Have the person stand erect and extend one arm straight ahead, parallel with the floor. Use a tape measure or yard stick. Measure from the base of the neck just above the shoulder, out to the tip of the middle finger. If the measurement is between baton sizes, choose the larger measurement…or in other words, size up.

It’s best to be measured by another person if possible. Trying to measure your own arm may give you an inaccurate result.

But what if I can’t take a measurement?

Is this baton going to be a gift and you don’t want to spoil the surprise? Is that twirler sound asleep and you really need to order the baton tonight? Well…you can certainly make a guesstimate!

Based on age, here are some good estimates for selecting the best twirling baton length:

Age 1-4 – 18 inches (45 cms)
Age 5-7 – 20 inches (51 cms)
Age 8-10 – 22 inches (56 cms)
Age 11-12 – 24 inches (61 cms)
Age 13-14 – 26 inches (66 cms)
Age 15+ – 28 inches (71 cms)

If the person is tall for their age, add 1-2 inches. If they are small for their age, subtract 1-2 inches.

This approach won’t provide the accuracy of taking an actual measurement. So be sure to check the return policy of your vendor in case you need to make an exchange for the correct size baton.

Listen to your baton twirling coach

Of course, if the twirler is working with a baton teacher or coach, be sure to consult with her or him about your baton selection. If the baton student is a beginner who will be taking a class, ask the teacher for specific recommendations, if possible.

Otherwise, just follow the simple guidelines above and you are on your way to a fun, satisfying twirling experience with a baton that fits well!


5 Comments so far ↓

  • Angie Taylor

    Do you sell youth-sized drum major batons?

    • admin

      Hi Angie,

      Thanks for the question. We don’t currently carry drum major batons, but may be adding them soon.

  • Amber

    Whould you happen to know a store that sells Batons or Drum Major Batons?

    • admin

      Hi Amber,

      We sell a wide variety of twirling batons. You can find our online store at (or just click on our logo that’s at the top, right of this page).

      If you do a Google search for drum major batons, you will find them also online.

      Hope that helps, and thanks for the visit to Twirl Planet’s blog!

      Cindy Hamilton

  • Hannah Heying

    This really helped me I bought a baton for Christmas and it felt weird to hold an I found out it was too short from this thanks.

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