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July 23, 2015
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: End Cap for reebok Melee

looks like I got a bunch of great leads....thanks guys...and I hope I responded to all who emailed me...if not, thank you to you also
July 23, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley ... Reebok

LeeLee.....I am working on end cap....found one for 35 but seems kind of high.....as for durability on Reeboks, I am not a masher, just a hard hitter...I weigh 180-185 so I am not generating tons of force on the bat.....I hit my Dudley inside over the winter and the ball was smoking off the bat...it just seemed different when I got outside.....still hit hard but Reebok just crushed them....bkb
July 22, 2015
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: End Cap for reebok Melee

Does anybody know where I can find a reebok end cap....My bat (back up Reebok) sounded like a rattlesnake shaking a baby toy when I took swings with it....I researched how to get the cap off but I messed it up......they had generic end caps on other sites but the reebok cap is way different......it is a balanced model...any help would help....bkb555@verizon.net.......thanks
July 22, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley ... Reebok

I will add my 2 cents to the discussion...I have both the Dudley balanced and Reebok balanced...both feel identical in swing weight but after all is said and done, the REEBOK is the best bat for me......the Dudley scorches the ball but the Reebok just crushes it.....so for me, the decision is not close....now, the reebok has about 2 years extra "experience" on it than the Dudley and maybe it has spoiled me BUT as of right now, it is my go to bat......if the reebok breaks, I will instantly go to the Dudley because it is a great bat too......but for me, Reebok is the king right now
May 26, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Whats Best

Melee and Dudley can't go wrong....each has a personal preference but most senior bats will perform well...Miken also has very good senior bats
April 24, 2015
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WOODLAWN HITTING CLUB?

I have been to Woodlawn 4 times....Pops is one of the best guys I have come to meet and hit softballs......all the guys are great.... The breakfast get together after puts the hitting over the top......if you can make it DO IT.....you will not be disappointed.... Brian in syracuse
March 29, 2015
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Training in Vero Beach, FL March 27-29

Just finished spring training with Alan and the guys and it was fantastic...weather was very cooperative for the most part and the company was great...the advisory staff was top of this world not only in knowledge and experience but just A-class people all around...My hat goes off to Bob O'Brien, Jason Kendrick, Davey Reed, Carlos and of course our gracious, well spoken host Alan Tanner......we learned as much on the field as we did off with exercise ideas and training techniques that will likely prolong our careers so we can still play when we are Davey Reed's age....I wonder if I could sneak him into my league a few times....hmmm.....but again, it was a great experience meeting fellow devoted softball players like myself and picking up big and little tips from all walks of softball life.....Thank you again Alan and the staff...A++++ all the way...Brian from Syracuse
March 21, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning 12" barrel

troung....try some lock tite on the knob...or some super glue......I am sure there are great products that can lock the threads .....the 3M marine glue will definitely make it permanent
March 16, 2015
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Required Face Masks

I disagree Benji....if the league says they are mandatory, then they should be...I play hockey, helmets are mandatory but not cages or masks....... I wear a mask, some guys wear visors, some guys wear nothing...I have NEVER seen a guy break his nose or split a lip or lose a tooth wearing a cage after getting hit by a puck or a stick or an elbow......we are mandated to wear hockey helmets, WHY???? because it protects not only the player but the players around them and also the rink and any other liable institutions.....the same goes with softball, if you don't like a rule, then it is time to move on to a different league...I am sure there are leagues out there with optional mask rules but in the end, the safety is most important with our current equipment....you only get a few chances if you get struck in the head with a ball.....if you don't bleed or get concussed or split open consider that your lucky day and get a mask and helmet....I got LUCKY 15 years ago with a puck to an unprotected, unmasked, uncaged eye......I considered that my one break in the sport..... now I don't have to worry about it and haven't since then.....signed, masked and caged bkb555
March 15, 2015
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Required Face Masks

kind of a no brainer on wearing helmet and mask combo...we use U-trip bats in our senior league and have seen pitchers hit by balls at very fast speeds ..i can only imagine same scenario with a senior bat....most pitchers wear masks now but there are a few strays out there......only smart way is to wear one
Feb. 13, 2015
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Hyper Z pretty impressive!

I agree with Paco's first post above....another bat that is better than the _______________ (fill in your greatest bat ever here).....we have 3 feet of snow on the ground, it is 20 below zero and softball is only a dream right now.....and NOW I hear about another greater than the greatest bat ever bat being made now......we should all be hitting over 500 feet by now....my drives in golf are up to 600 yds because I keep buying clubs that will add 40 yards to my drive....my seven iron goes 285 because I added 13 yards every time I switched to a club......so we get it, I have one question, does the original poster sell? these bats by any chance.....just wondering
Jan. 30, 2015
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shoulder Pain

overuse injuries are very common at our age....we think more is better and will keep us in shape BUT, the tendons and ligaments get less flexible as we age and don't bounce back like they used to do.....I did extensive research on shoulder injuries and aside from serious tears which need surgery, cutting back on over use activities or activities that aggravate the area are reduced to a minimum......I work around the area and do things that don't hurt or twinge the area.....teammate had rotator cuff surgery last year and this spring will be first test on it.....there are three tests to see what is the problem, neer test, Hawkins test and drop test....look these up on you tube and the Hawkins videos are extensive and informative......you and other will learn a ton of info
Jan. 30, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Endload or balanced?

I have used balanced for the past 10 years...I got a jeff hall legit that had 1/2 ounce end load and also Miken DC41 that has 1 ounce end load....I found the balanced swings quicker for me thus my bat of choice, but if we are winning big or haven't had good swings with my gamer, I try something different like the endload....but generally speaking, I am balanced...I think it is 50/50 on our 50's team
Jan. 15, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Gloves

Don't know about Miken but Vinci has done me well for some time
Jan. 13, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Do you use senior bats in non tournament games/leagues?

thanks for all the input guys....we will NOT be using senior bats in our league this year......probably more of a safety concern than anything...oh well, lots of gappers for inside the park HR's and lots of extra bases....outfielders, get your running shoes on and cut-off men, get ready for long relay throws......loosen up those legs and arms, because there will be lots of long runs and throws this season
Jan. 9, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Do you use senior bats in non tournament games/leagues?

so for the guys who use a screen and senior bats, what is the rule when you play...is it in play, an out, a dead ball......???....is there a homerun rule? we are moving to a different field and the fences are 15-25 feet farther than our past fields.....we used U-Trip bats and there were occasional HR's....with the fences that much farther, I doubt the HR rule will even come into play unless there is a 25 mph wind blowing out (it hardly does that).....any input will help us decide...thanks for the help
Jan. 7, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning 12" barrel

Oz

Mine took a loooong time because it was the first public batch that came out.....production was low and demand was high...i think they have more onhand now so turnaround might be quicker....mine was almost 3 months though...dudley was good with email response also
Jan. 6, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Do you use senior bats in non tournament games/leagues?

In our senior leagues we do NOT use senior bats at all.....I was wondering how many guys out there use senior bats for their leagues and if it is a good or bad idea to use them in non-tournament situations.....obviously, there are all talent levels at local leagues and if because of this fact, safety is top priority for not using these bats......in reality, out tourney team plays 3-4 tourneys a season and occasional end of season BP and exhibitions but otherwise, we use U-trip bats or any bat of your choice not senior approved....thanks
Jan. 6, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning 12" barrel

it took some time for my replacement to come but it did come eventually....I think it was just poor mixing of the epoxy on my bat....the cap cracked in 2 and one part was still solidly stuck in the barrel, glued like it was supposed to be done.....if end caps are falling out or breaking, maybe there was a batch that had the same glue and obviously defective...performance wise, it was spectacular....for 25 swings....now it is winter and 10 degrees in the northeast
Dec. 31, 2014
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning 12" barrel

My end cap cracked and half flew out to shortstop..the other half was glued solidly still inside the barrel....it looked like the epoxy wasn't mixed fully because the broken part was still shiny and wet.....I sent the bat back and got new one.....I am sure if i had the marine epoxy and the cap wasn't broken, I could have repaired it......it was the balanced model and was hitting bombs...I hope the new one hits as well
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