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April 8, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Monsta Z-Bra

I thought Monsta Z-bras were worn by Dolly Parton.
March 11, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Talk regarding illegal bats

Hi Brett-We actually have a league where bats are provided. The visitors bat and then the bats are brought over to the home teams bat rack. These are the only bats allowed for the game. I call these bats Wal-Mart bats as they are cheap aluminum bats, and they put the emphasis on defense and safety. Since the outfielders play shallow, there are alot of gappers that go for inside-the-park home runs.
March 8, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Talk regarding illegal bats

I have always used a rubber mallet on a new bat. I roll up a towel and lay the bat head on it and hit the barrel as hard as I can while rotating the bat. I will do this hundreds of times. This is supposed to loosen the bat up. I know that they sell a tool made of a hammer handle with a softball attached to pound the bat with also. Whether this works or not I have no idea, but it makes alot of noise in the garage.
March 6, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing analysis

Many hitters use the overlap grip to give themselves a longer bat and generate more bat speed. You can pull hard with your bottom hand and push with your top hand, but basicly your top hand is just along for the ride, and will come off the bat after contact.
Feb. 23, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bats

Bomani sports research DVD-Mark McDowell had his bat speed measured at 93.3 mph. Then he used a wiffle ball bat and swung it at 121 mph. He suggested that you could improve your bat speed if you used this technique regularly. I normally swing a 32 oz. bat and then a 34" broom stick when training, but I could use any suggestions to make more consistant solid contact at the plate.
Feb. 17, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking to play in L.I. New York

Just google Long Island Senior Softball, and you can find out where the teams are located and the fields they play at. They play double-headers on tuesdays and thursdays, and there are pick-up games mon., Wed. and Fri. at Caldonia Park in Huntington if you are anywhere near there. Good luck.
Feb. 5, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Recommended ASA single wall bats

I have used the Louisville slugger TPS-Advanced player series model sb30-1.20 BPF stamped approved by ASA - C405 plus .this is a great bat if you can find one. Good luck
Feb. 2, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Swing Makeover Series" Episode #4 now available on youtube. Connecting the Hips to the Hands for max power and consistency

bogie-swing makeover series #4 is excellent. By coiling the hips and taking a longer stride into the ball seems to ad distance as well as working as a timing mechanism for better contact. Looking foward to episode #5. Thanks-Bud
Jan. 21, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Glove Off Season Care

I use ArmorAll leather care gel. Its not sticky or greasy. It cleans,conditions, and also protects from UV rays.You can get it at most any auto parts store. I also use a leather Rawlings glove.
Jan. 18, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Cerce-the Tobay Indians finished in second place last season in Div. 1 with a record of W-44 and L-20.
Jan. 18, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Hi Cerce-I am familiar with the Tobay Tigers. They were in Div.2 last season and w31-L33. Why not play Div.1 ? TThe Glen Cove Vikings won Div.1 with a W-52 L-10 record. You would probably have more fun playing against them. Good luck.
Jan. 17, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Hi JAC-Thanks for the info. do you know Joe Cataldi from the Streaks? I am playing his team tomorrow. Also, on that team is Ev Arnold, a member of the Suffolk Co. HOF as well as the National HOF. Ev played for the Glen Cove Vikings. Great hitter! So long.
Jan. 16, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Hi JAC-I played 4 years of senior softball in Suffolk Co. My home field was by the Babylon town hall. The fences were at 250' . I thought most of the other fields were too. Been in Florida the last 8 years. Alot of long Islanders down here in The Villages. We have 92,000 people here. 2500 softball players. Many travel teams. Great Soft ball facilities. Are the guys still playing at Caldonia Park?
Jan. 16, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Hi Cerce-I've played senior ball against some of the best teams on Long Island, i.e. Glen Cove Vikings and the Streaks from Suffolk county. They use single-wall bats and the fences are 250'. When you start pitching in tournaments around the country, you will be facing alot of great hitters with Mikens,Reeboks, and Combats. If you don't wear a face mask or shin guards you might consider doing so. Good luck.
Jan. 14, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: bursa sac

Prepatellar bursa is an inflammation of the frontal knee cap. It can be treated with ice, rest, an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofin, or can be drained with a syringe. It is a good idea to wear a knee pad to pro tect it when playing softball. Good luck.
Dec. 20, 2012
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What did you do in your last at bat?

My last at bat in 2012 was a line drive base hit in the sixth inning of the semi-final game of the Dan West Memorial tournament. My team lost 19-17. I had played against Dan West for years and he was an excellent softball player. More importantly, he was a great guy. Having a tournament in his honor says it all. Before the final game,each player was introduced and came out of the dugouts with a rose that they presented to Dan's widow Brenda. What a special day.
Dec. 19, 2012
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Funniest Softball Stories

A few seasons ago, I was playing in the rec league and a team mate hits a home run over the 300' fence. As he rounds third base , he high fives the third base coach and misses third base. After he touches home plate, the other team appeals and he is called out. We're playing on the same team this coming season and I can't wait to remind him. Now we have hit and sit after an over the fence home run so I guess he is safe for awhile.
Dec. 18, 2012
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting

If you don't mind traveling an hour, you are welcome to practice with my team on Fri., jan.4 , 10-noon at the saddlebrook softball complex in the Villages,Fl. . We also have open practices on 8 fields on every Sunday all day long. The Villages is north-west of Orlando. Bud-((352) 753-4840.
Dec. 14, 2012
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Swing Makeover Series" Episode #3 is up..using Pipe Drills,for maximizing hip power and we check 4 of our athletes progress

bogie-enjoyed your "swing makeover series #2. Many of the tips you gave were also in your 2006 northstar DVD ,which is still the best DVD I've seen.(Blasting bombs and spraying singles) I greatly improved my hitting by using a tee, and also by getting the weight more on the back leg and driving off it. Thanks-Bud, the villages,Fl
Dec. 3, 2012
BudLeftField
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Which Bat should I use?

BudLeftField- A number of my team mates use bat warmers. This might keep your game bat from breaking in cool weather.Good luck with the wounded warriors project. Go Army !
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