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July 29, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning test results

Number 3,
The Dudley's won't be available for most likely 2-4 weeks. If I read your post correctly you will be needing something before that. The Big Cat is certainly worthy of consideration and I am glad to discuss your swing habits and help you find the best bat that will serve you well. Feel free to give me a call anytime at 561-718-7504. Thank you,
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 29, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning test results

Perl,
I forgot the second part of your question. Senior moment I guess!
Another thing that impressed me with all 3 models of the bat was the weight distribution. Each bat that I felt and swing seemed very true to weight and swung as it should. When I weighed several different bats, they were all very close to the advertised weight. Ie.....within .1 ounces which is good. I swing a 28 el usually and the 28 12" was dead on it and it actually felt slightly lighter during the swing. Overall though, the bats swing pretty realistically to what they weigh so no adjustment in weight is needed for this bat when you choose one. Another "good job" to the engineers in this department and also for making 3 different shells. I think these 3 choices can pretty much match this bat comfortably into most players hands. Remember, we are fortunate now to have several "top tier" bats to choose from. The one that feels the most comfortable and gives you "at the plate confidence" is most likely the best choice for you. And for the guys that like to have more than one bat in the bag....this one should be considered.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 29, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning test results

Perl,
That is an excellent question. Because I received the 12" end load first that was obviously the bat I did the most work on initially. (On a side note: I personally prefer 13" bats over 12" bats but that is JUST ME) with the side note on my personal preference in mind, I did adapt to the 12" rather quickly and enjoyed it's feel and performance. On my second day of testing I used the 13" barrel too. I had taken app. 100 swings with the 12" before I hit the other bat and of course it's a hot, humid South Florida day. Even at that the 13" performed along the same lines as the 12" and I did not notice any real difference any way with the results. In fairness to your question...I could arrange a "swing off" taking 15 swings at a time and alternating bats from the start and get a better determination but.....I think each one will probably turn out to be very similar and for you balanced bat guys: the balanced bat was darn good too! Hope this helps...
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 28, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning test results

Mr. Hemi,
Dudley is a newcomer to the senior game and trust me the Lightning will make a big splash in it. But...years back Dudley was in the competitive softball game when it was first purchased by Spalding. In fact, one of the first projects I worked on was with Spalding/Dudley back then. Dudley came out with the Dudley Thunder bat back in the day which was pretty good back in the single wall alloy days. Of course their softballs have been used for many years and now they are venturing back to the competitive softball arena with this bat along with a very nice fielding glove line among other products. As soon as the new Lightning lands, you well see them all over the US. If you need information regarding the bat you can call or email me.
Thanks,
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
July 27, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning test results

Webbie,
You know that's a VERY special edition that only comes out once a year on April 1st! Lol
Just for further clarification after a lot of phone calls and emails....
The Lightning comes in either a 12" or 13" end loaded model or a 13" balanced model. Generally speaking the 12" end load FEELS a little more end weighted and the balance point is slightly different than the 13" model. The 12" end load feels a bit like the Reebok MeLee end loads while the 13" model that has the end load feels a bit like my Combat Ambush in weight distribution. The balanced 13" is just that, very balanced but...very lively especially for a balanced bat. If you have more questions or need more help in selecting the bat that matches your swing give me a call.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 25, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning test results

Hey guys,
I've now been testing the new Dudley Lightning for the past week or 10 days. I was pretty excited about the bat after the first day but wanted to give them a full going over before I posted anything. First a little background: the bat is a one piece design and the lead engineer is the same person who worked with Reebok in engineering and developing their MeLee which we all know to be a very good bat. The Lightning will be available in 3 different designs: a 12" barrel with end load, a 13" barrel with end load, and a 13" balanced model. Each of those versions come in 26,27,28, and 29 ounce models so pretty much every player will have a good choice here. It has "grip spin" technology which is a tacky substance built into the barrel which assists in spinning the ball better. Let me tell you the bat spins the ball well.....and far!
The first time I swung the bat was in extreme heat and humidity on a baseball field. 6 of the first 10 pitches I hit went out and these were beat up bp balls from a buddy of mines bag. My interest was peaked from that point on. Without a doubt one of the best out of the wrapper senior bats that I hit this year. Reeboks Barrage was close but the problem there is that we starting breaking them right away but the Dudley's stay together and keep getting better. The second days testing utilized a baseball field at 325' down the line and 350' to center and we used 4 dozen game used 52/275 balls and 2 dozen 44/375 balls. The 12" 28 that I swung started at 50 swings and I put another 100 on it. We had no problem hitting either of the balls with regularity 375' or more. I did have two balls measure 430' and 419' during the last round. I also hit a 13" 27 ounce model with the same results....high batted ball speeds and regular long distance shots. Durability testing is ongoing but a majority of the bats are turning in 800-1100 swings before failure. Add that up and we have a sure fire winner on our hands for consideration. It certainly is one of the top combination of performance and durability senior bats out there at this time. If you want more in depth information feel free to call me as this is a quick summary so you can see what's up. The bats were used over the past 2 weeks in tournaments as a few have been given out to players for assessment. Every single player that I have spoken to about the bat that has used it, loves it and is continuing to use it.
There are a few coming in soon so if you are needing a good bat and want to be able to get one get in touch with me. I will be happy to help you out. Another fine choice for us as senior players.
Hit em deep!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 22, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Senior Bat

Festus,
There are 3 that really stand out. Mikens new one piece Freak 52 or DeMarini makes the Aftermath and Juggernut which are 2 piece models. Coming in a close 4th and a great bat for the money is Mikens Psycho which comes in both balanced and end loaded. The top 3 that I mentioned are all end load models. If you need help obtaining one or have more questions feel free to contact me at 561-718-7504.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 13, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Red Miken Maxload

Larry,
If you try one of the limited edition TOC bats in 30 oz it will feel just like the red old red version . ( because it is) also, the TOC edition will last longer than the previous red one. It will just take a few more cuts to open it up. there are still some floating around and I can help you if you need to get one.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
July 12, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: MY White Combat Cent. broke...............

OV,
Just got back in the country . Get with me I may be able to help you out.
Alan
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 1, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: BEST ASA BAT

Antle,
I have to agree with Fred (since I sent those Freaks to him, lol!) the Miken Freak 52 is super good. The DeMarini Juggernut and Aftermath Flipper are also excellent choices in the top tier of ASA bats this year. Keep in mind these 3 bats were engineered specifically to provide excellent performance with the 52/275 ball. If you are lucky enough to play in a league or tournament that still uses 44/375 balls.....sit back and watch them fly! They REALLY hit those crazy good. The Miken Psycho is pretty close as well. I'm happy to help you out with your decision as I have them all and have tested each extensively.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 1, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: MIKEN TRIAD BLACKOUT SEHIOR BAT

0,
You bring up a good question. The Senior Blackout may not be for everyone but their really isn't one size fits all in senior bats. It may not be the answer for you but for a guy who breaks a lot of senior bats this could save him a lot of money over time. The big thing for you and everyone to consider is this: am I willing to give up some bat performance by using a USSSA bat that gives me a year warranty or do I assume the risk of a shorter lifespan with better performance? Remember, the Triad maybe isn't quite as hot as several senior bats but does eventually get to that level later on in life and it will outperform a overwhelming majority of USSSA bats. My experience in selling thousands of bats in senior, USSSA, and ASA models tells me probably less than 5% of senior tournament players use a USSSA or ASA bat instead of a senior model. So, hopefully this information can help guys make the best choice for their situation. If you need help please contact me.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
June 30, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: MIKEN TRIAD BLACKOUT SEHIOR BAT

Hey guys,
All of you put up some good information. The Triad Blackout is definitely a workhorse...no doubt among the top 3 senior bats in durability. It is not a hot out of the wrapper bat and has to be hit on extensively to get into acceptable senior bat performance levels. Don't give up on it just keep hitting it more than you ever have with a senior bat. Generally speaking it won't deliver the top performance you get in a relatively short time compared to the TOC limited edition or the new Big Cat. Both of these bats will really deliver in 75/100 swings and change personality from there. The 2 piece max load and the black 1 piece break in quickest of all and don't take long to get the ball moving quickly and...far! Mikens 2 piece balanced will take a bit more work,,,,usually 100 swings and sometimes 125 to reach good performance levels. This should give you some idea on break in for the Miken lineup this year. I have them all and hit with them extensively so if you have questions feel free to call me at 561-718-7504. I will be at the field breaking some in for clients tomorrow!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
June 20, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mike Macenko Ultra 2

Mighty Mike,
The bat is testing and hitting very well. I am
Glad to hear you are in the process of getting fixed up. We all look forward to seeing you back out on the field soon. I will be praying for a quick recovery from your procedure. See you soon.
AT18
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
June 17, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat Bag

Reggie,
Good choice. Definitely a Top quality bag along with Mikens championship . I sell a lot of both.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
June 17, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage

Reebok has a couple of customer service numbers you can now try if necessary. Don't forget to return the bat with your receipt from an authorized Reebok dealer. More and more companies are refusing to consider ANY returns unless the product was purchased directly from an authorized dealer. Maybe you can or maybe you can't save $5 on ebay but consider the potential issues that could lay ahead and the lack of customer service....there are several very reputable guys around the country that you are much better off dealing with. Myself, Mike Macenko, and Ed Andrews I think are all sold on helping our customers getting the best product they need at competitive pricing. It's worth speaking with a knowledgeable , honest bat rep as compared to not knowing what you get elsewhere. (Is that considered a shameless plug ?) :) !
I'm happy to help when I can:
Reebok Customer Service
1-855-770-1743
1-888-242-1332

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
June 16, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra II TOC Limited Edition Senior Softball (ULTTOC-UII Slow Pitch

No problem Jerry. Glad to help you out. Let me know how you like it. It's definitely one of the top performance bats out there and is very durable as well. Certainly a winning combination for a senior player.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
June 13, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Solving Cramping Issues

Surf,
It's on my website and you can go to salt stick.com for in depth analysis.
Alan
Team 1 Sports
June 12, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Solving Cramping Issues

Actually, I have used this for night cramps and restless leg syndrome due to excessive exercise. While long term exercise certainly contributes to the situation, exercise periods for as little as one hour with burst type explosive efforts can cause the same results. The whole idea here is to do as much BEFORE you step on the field to PREVENT this from happening. Salt Stick coupled with sound nutrition and hydration strategies severely limits the chance of cramping issues. If you become acutely cramped, the pickle juice remedy will work a bit quicker as it's more easily transferred throughout the body and it's systems. Remember this....your digestive tract is the first thing that your body shuts down while under undo stress especially from heat. This can cause bloating and gastric distress. Be careful and hydrate properly before you begin exercise. HJ, YOU BROUGHT UP A CONDITION KNOWN AS hyponatremia which is directly correlated with excessive consumption of water which leads to sodium depletion in the body. Very dangerous scenario. Answer for that? Mix in some sports drink like Gatorade with your other fluid intake not just water and DONT over hydrate. The bottom line is....learn your body and do what's necessary with supplements and hydration BEFORE it becomes a problem
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
June 12, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra II TOC Limited Edition Senior Softball (ULTTOC-UII Slow Pitch

Jerry,
Thanks for getting with me. It's all taken care of.
Alan
Team 1 Sports
June 11, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Solving Cramping Issues

Hi Guys,
It's interesting to see and read about cramping issues in the "kids" game, senior softball, and....the NBA. I am a certified endurance sports coach and work with hydration and nutritional issues with many athletes. This time of year as it gets hotter, the issue always comes out. I won't bore you with long scientific explanations as some of the issues are covered in other posts but the fact is cramping is a widespread and serious issue that accelerates as we age. Let me point out that in severe cases, the result can be organ damage, failure and even death. Nothing to mess around with. Lots of home remedies out there but here is something you can do to PREVENT them from happening. Those of you who are more profuse sweaters are more succeptable but anyone can fall prey in the summertime. With myself and my Ironman athletes we do sweat rate testing to find out how much fluid we need to take in before, during, and after exercise. Along those lines the first rule is to hydrate WELL beginning the day BEFORE you are going to play multiple games with some sports drink like Gatorade and of course water. Watch your caffeine intake as this can tend to dehydrate you....

During my first Ironman race I did everything according to plan. It turned out the weather that day was crazy hotter than normal with temperatures in the mid 90's. I did the 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles on the bike and set of on the marathon. 9 hours into the race on mile 12 of the marathon my system started to shut down and severe cramping set in. I could barely walk and when I tried running I got about 10 yards in and my whole body seized up. I beg and stumbling ahead doing anything I could to finish the race. I was walking with my head down when God looked down on me and....I found an electrolyte pill someone had dropped in a crack on the road. I took it and went on and eventually finished the marathon. I was immediately put in the med tent and they put two bags of IV fluid in me to stop the shaking and spasms. Not a fun day and I was an hour away from being put in the hospital as my vitals were not good. This experience led me to try numerous products and finally find one that works. So well so that most pros use it and pay for it. It's CHEAP at only $20 a bottle but I did over 70 races using it without ever having a cramp again. It's called Salt Stick and it was developed by a scientist who broke down human sweat in the lab and recreated it in capsule form. I have put out hundreds of bottles of it over the years and everyone who uses it reuses it. I thought I would share this as I have experienced these issues in severity first hand and seen literally hundreds of athletes on stretchers with IV fluids going in bringing them back from cramping. It's easy to prevent and something to keep in the bat bag. Glad to help out anyone needing help with this or other issues.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
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