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Slow Pitch Softball Bats
Posted 27 January 2010 - 10:49 AM
Ours have to be single wall, and I need some pop in mine, as I'm fairly small, and might hit the wall on a couple hops if I'm lucky!
I'm thinking of a 34"/26oz -
Posted 28 January 2010 - 08:27 PM
Posted 28 January 2010 - 10:34 PM
Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:03 PM
Some Miken models are banned, but some are approved. Freak 98 is one of the approved ones.
You may be thinking of MSF Freak, which is banned.
Posted 30 January 2010 - 12:38 PM
Posted 30 January 2010 - 05:21 PM
Posted 01 February 2010 - 03:07 PM
Posted 02 February 2010 - 08:39 PM
It's a 2010 bat, and just came out last summer, so I don't think that would be it.
Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:15 AM
It's amazing the lengths people will go to in order to play with an illegal bat. Sanding them down, painting them, bashing them against telephone poles. I still don't quite understand what that last thing does but it gives it an amazing amount of pop.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 01:07 PM
I'll see people going through a couple of bats a season, because they are looking to always use a broken in bat. The problem is, once the bat is broken in, it is more likely to crack, especially in cold weather.
As a pitcher who is standing only 50 feet away from the 280 pound guys swinging doctored illegal bats, I wish they would just go back to wood.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 02:36 PM
That's what crazy. Even with "legal" bats, I feel like the pitchers and, to a lesser extent 3B, are facing an enormous amount of danger standing in there.
Over the last several years, I've seen a lot of pitchers get pretty severe injuries.
The fact that there are assholes out there who ignore the huge safety risks to others, all just to get a little extra pop on their bat, is unconscionable.
Posted 27 February 2010 - 11:08 PM
Posted 02 March 2010 - 05:57 PM
We first got some at the very end of the 2008 season, broke them....broke their replacements, 1 new one and ITS replacement in 2009. So unless they really, really improved...I'm skeptical.
Posted 04 March 2010 - 10:22 PM
You might be thinking of the original Juggernaut, which was an 08 bat and had some significant durability problems in some runs. We broke a few (usually, the barrel piece would "spiral" from the handle - the composite would almost burst). It's a big problem in cooler weather, in particular.
Currently, in our composite leagues, I hit a 27oz Freak98 that has a couple thousands hits on it, and a 27FL Combat Anti-Virus that's just breaking in. In our single-wall/metal-only coed league, I have 2 DeMarini Vexxums (which is allowed because it's a single-wall barrel, even though it's a 2-piece), one in 28oz and a fastpitch model in 24oz that some of the women use, and a Louisville Slugger Ritch's Superior CU31 28oz.
If you're looking for awesome single-wall bats, the Ritch's Superior are great ones, but they're pretty hard to find - they haven't been made in like 12 years. The other "best" single-wall bats people usually talk about include the Anderson Rockettech and Pyrotech (which are total tanks), Worth Carl Rose Supercells, DeMarini Ultimate Weapons, and the like. If allowed, the old Easton Reflex C- and Z-Cores are great bats too, and total tanks.
Posted 28 April 2010 - 02:39 PM
Edited by Bongorific, 28 April 2010 - 02:40 PM.
Posted 07 May 2010 - 03:48 PM
The 375 is a metal barrel with a composite handle (I believe) - softball bats can be made of two materials: alloy, or a composite (carbon-fiber-type) material.
Aluminum bats require essentially no break-in time (some exceptions exist, such as those with a composite handle may require a little time, or 2-piece bats). Dents in an alloy bat are a bad thing for certain - they reduce structural integrity, and can affect performance (the 'flex' when the ball meets bat, is designed with a fully-round barrel in mind).
If the dent is bad enough, it's grounds for a return. If it's an ASA/ISA/USSSA league, eventually the dents will cause the bat to fail the ring test and it'll be ineligible for play. Dents tend to lead to more dents, as the bat is compromised - Demarinis aren't known for durability, particularly in cold weather, but they're great with returns.
"Breaking in" a bat refers to how composite bats actually require hits on them to reach full performance levels. The composite material "stretches", cracks, and etc. to create a higher batted-ball speed off the bat as it is used. Bats have wildly different break-in periods - many Mikens or LS Catalysts take a thousand or more hits, whereas many Combats (or the new-standard ASA Eastons) take a handful. Essentially, every hit with a composite will increase how "hot" the bat is, up until the bat breaks, but many players feel there is a 'threshold' where the bat shows marked improvement - that's the "break-in" point. Whether this is true or not, there is no doubt that composites (excluding new-standard ASA bats) will improve performance over time.
In short, aluminum bats don't "break in" in the traditional sense - the only way dents are good for performance is if they create enough of a flat spot to give an (illegal) advantage. Think cricket bat.
Hope that helps?
Posted 14 May 2010 - 03:06 PM
Hope that helps?
Thanks a lot for the info AO. We'll keep an eye on it and see if it needs a return at some point.
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