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July 4, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: what's the best senior bat, gave up on the gsc promises.

oh...my bats of choice are Worth 454 Legit balanced for USSSA and Reebok Melee 34-26 for senior tourneys.....thanks alan Tri18 for the heads up on these babies...good advice and for others who may need a bat, Alan is a good guy
July 4, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: what's the best senior bat, gave up on the gsc promises.

so...for the past 20 years i have been using a 26 ounce bat...i guess in a 4 at bat game a heavier bat might generate a few extra feet but over the course of a weekend tourney where you play 6-10 games possibly, mechanics will break down as the body tires and bat speed falls as you continue to use a heavier bat....
July 4, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: what's the best senior bat, gave up on the gsc promises.

I will refer this to the technology of golf where technology is first and foremost on ball striking, club speed etc.....the faster the swing speed the farther the ball will travel...of course most of the numbers use consistent clubs and weights etc...when you throw in the differences in bat weights and swing speed, there is a formula to calculate distance...I am sure something like mass times velocity (momentum) will play a huge part...but the thing to remember is that the only way to test these things is to actually get three different bats and go hit them...but also take into consideration of pacing yourself i.e. hitting only 5 balls before moving onto the next bat size to keep from tiring out thus changing things like bat speed and mechanics of swing...I am sure "somebody" has conducted this experiment but back to my original idea, I think bat speed is the key to distance and a lighter bat might generate that faster whip..jmo though..bkb555
July 1, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Slowpitch, US National team vs US Futures team on ESPN2 at 8:00pm or ES2HD

WHO is Jim Rome??????lol
June 30, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Slowpitch, US National team vs US Futures team on ESPN2 at 8:00pm or ES2HD

I must say, it is alot more fun playing in a game like this than watching it...I played with Helmer (syracuse area) in early 2000's and he is a terrific guy...also had Jeff Wallace on our team...it was just a rec team but these guys were so good with the other players and just wanted some swings during the week before the big games on the w/e....also saw Steele's come to Syracuse in early 80's to play our "all stars" from our classic league...they won 45-3 I think...but the big thrill was going to the Van after the game and thinking if you wanted to spend $35 for a Steele sports 34 inch-38 OUNCE bat...thirty five bucks couldn't buy a bat bag today but it was a TON of money to spend for a bat back then......they were just way ahead of their times....one thing I did notice about these guys is, they pack on the pounds....or really fat guys to be blunt...i guess if I weighed 240 instead of my 180 solid steel and sex appeal body (lol) I would be hitting the ball about 350 ...but it is fun to watch them hit...I am so glad to be back to fundamental, fun softball again playing senior ball


June 30, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Slowpitch, US National team vs US Futures team on ESPN2 at 8:00pm or ES2HD

I must say, it is alot more fun playing in a game like this than watching it...I played with Helmer (syracuse area) in early 2000's and he is a terrific guy...also had Jeff Wallace on our team...it was just a rec team but these guys were so good with the other players and just wanted some swings during the week before the big games on the w/e....also saw Steele's come to Syracuse in early 80's to play our "all stars" from our classic league...they won 45-3 I think...but the big thrill was going to the Van after the game and thinking if you wanted to spend $35 for a Steele sports 34 inch-38 OUNCE bat...thirty five bucks couldn't buy a bat bag today but it was a TON of money to spend for a bat back then......they were just way ahead of their times....one thing I did notice about these guys is, they pack on the pounds....or really fat guys to be blunt...i guess if I weighed 240 instead of my 180 solid steel and sex appeal body (lol) I would be hitting the ball about 350 ...but it is fun to watch them hit...I am so glad to be back to fundamental, fun softball again playing senior ball


March 11, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Composite Bats

I used a tri-shell connexion (that I still have) and the age of recertification nightmare started......after sending in my 26 oz. Tri-Conn bat and getting it back at almost 31 ounces, i was Livid...easton at the time had a chat board that I rode for about 3 weeks solid complaining about $300 bats that were ruined because of all these "hot" bats and now I have a log...well, after about the 3rd week of ripping easton, one of the VP's who I won't mention sent me an email and told me to contact him...he told me if I stopped all the chatting, he would send me this new easton Synergy composite bat...I said, "yeah, ok"...not knowing what I possessed, I went out and started hitting major bombs.....otherwise called a 1st batch Synergy, it was the hit of the team.....until next season when it got banned...Easton was nice enough to replace it with Syn 2 which couldn't hold a candle to the 1st batch but THAT is where softball is today....I never owned an Ultra because to me, it was just plain ridiculous...Bruce in GA, YES!!!! I hit with POP44 in Tampa in the early 2000's with Hacker52 and a few of the Boys on the thursday AM hit club...Pops (dave) is a great man....still have the shirts he gave me from the 4-5 years they made for their hitting club...NoW I am a senior player (1st year) so I get to play with all these hot bats again...woohooo, i think...I can still run, so maybe that will be my saving grace...grew up on MOHR board and we were so FAR ahead of the times in softball equipment, we were just ahead of our time...met lots of great people on that board
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