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Ken Van Bogaert

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April 7, 2014
bogie
Topic: Bats
Discussion: "The One"

I thought the green model from last year, really rewarded hard hitters who could compress the bat and get great exit speed and line drives. The 2014 Senior Endload is a completely different composition and man, what a bat. This bat is hot quickly out of the wrapper and game ready. The best part is that it outperforms the green one from 2013, and it does not take a strong hitter to flex the barrel. Demarini did a great job on this bat and it has one of the largest endloads in the market, so don't order too heavy. I swung a 30 oz balanced green one, but feel the 28oz endload is enough for me. They also have a balanced model, which DOES swing very balanced.
The new model I think is most similar in feel to the Reeboks. And it won't take forever to break in. I have had no less than 300 swings on these..which I feel is good for a bat that is game ready not too long out of the wrapper...and gets me through the season. As with most senior bats, if you want to use for bp all the time, it will break...but I would rather have a bat that is hot out of the wrapper, and is a game bat... rather than one that takes 300 stiff swings to break in to a hot level.
Feb. 23, 2014
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover #15 up..."Miguels Individual Makeover"

Just click or paste this youtube link. He had a bad body angle and little snap, so worked him mostly on improving those two portions.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsYNY6IPdFg
Feb. 11, 2014
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Review of 2014 Demarini Senior One Endload senior bat

This bat is a new design and totally different than the model last year. Last years model is now the new 2014 balanced model with a few tweaks.
I had a 27 oz endload in Florida in January, and around 24 seniors hit the bat,and we all summed it up as a bat that is as good or better than any on the market. The bat has a great feel and a nice little endload. It lasted 350 swings in the cool weather..and using older balls..so I think that was good considering the conditions. Its performance is amazing and if you havn't been a Demarini Senior lover, this bat definitely will change your mind. I only swung the 27 oz we had and can't wait to see how a 28 or 30oz performs. Well done by Demarini on this new design and endload.
There is a 2 person review at the end of this episode.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKM_S8fsY5s
Feb. 11, 2014
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Slide Tube System of Hitting..Swing Makeover 14..revolutionary in simplicity

Softball Hitting Swing Makeover Series Episode #14 is up. It does a good job of laying our what is a revolutionary method of teaching hitting. its so effective because its correct and so simple..Only 3 drills you can do anywhere. It is what we are teaching in season 2. The slide tube is a hitting simulator you can make for less than 10.00

This also has a review of new DeMarini Senior One Endload

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKM_S8fsY5s
Feb. 1, 2014
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover #12.Using a Double Knobcuff for max power and the 70's Senior Bomb Squad from St. Petersburg, Fl

The Long Haul Bombers before Major Leagues games is cool and impressive, but it would be a good Long Haul episode, ESPN show or preview before the all star game to bring out 10 of the best 70 and older sluggers and give each of them 10 swings. The crowd would be stunned to see them hitting those hot stadium balls out. I'm sure if you start at the younger end with Clatta and end with older guys like 78 year old Crusher Douglas...it would spin their heads. It would indeed be a unique sports show. Perhaps SSUSA with its connections, might someday get a 70s bomb squad in a major league stadium. People were amazed when Bob Woldyk in his 50s, hit one of the longest homeruns in Long Haul history off the slide at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Certainly, its a balanced game of basehitting, and power, but these athletes basehits have a lot of mustard too, ha. As I turn 60 and am lamed up from a lifetime of injuries, I'm in awe of all the 70's and 80's players nationally..especially being in the Midwest, where your expected to be old at 45.
Jan. 18, 2014
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover #12.Using a Double Knobcuff for max power and the 70's Senior Bomb Squad from St. Petersburg, Fl

Ha, never knew it existed..thanks, its worth checking out, especially with the polygamy rule, ha
Jan. 18, 2014
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover #12.Using a Double Knobcuff for max power and the 70's Senior Bomb Squad from St. Petersburg, Fl

Never used turbo slot or thumb protector..but sound like solid ideas..will look them up
Jan. 18, 2014
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover #12.Using a Double Knobcuff for max power and the 70's Senior Bomb Squad from St. Petersburg, Fl

Hank, maybe we should video a segment before Vegas Worlds next October when Im there! You and Matt could assemble a group worthy and Im sure Crusher would come out.
Jan. 18, 2014
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover #12.Using a Double Knobcuff for max power and the 70's Senior Bomb Squad from St. Petersburg, Fl

I used the double knob cuff in asa, and in senior softball all of last year and at Vegas Senior Worlds. I asked an ump and he says he didnt think its in the rule book..no one ever said anything otherwise. I think people would be amazed to see how good of line drive and homerun hitters are in their 70s nationally. Hank Cluess is as good as anyone, just amazing and in great shape as well. Jim Douglas ,the Crusher, I heard hit 2 in the Vegas Championship game and he is now 78. Makes me feel good about myself when I go and pop up twice in a game at only 60 haha. Seems like seniors keep in better shape all the time as each new group hits 70., especially with all the resources. Places like Dynamic Effort Softball at the seniorbatreviews site, are really starting to cater to the needs of senior athletes for training and nutrition...realizing we have different needs than 30 year olds. Here in the north, generally its a different lifestyle than in the south and west because alot of people stay inside and dont walk or exercise much during the winter...and we eat and drink too much.
Jan. 16, 2014
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover #12.Using a Double Knobcuff for max power and the 70's Senior Bomb Squad from St. Petersburg, Fl


Just finished episode #12. We show the use of a double knobcuff. This is awesome for those with both overlap and full conventional grips. It allows more contract with thumb/forefinger parts of the top hand for a stronger position of leverage and control.
Also a short and fun look at 6 Senior Bomb Squad members in their 70's. One guy hit 15 out of 40 on a 300 foot fence. These guys are kind of crazy and amazing to watch.

copy and paste in address bar if clicking does not play

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcGQ3EWAB0k
Jan. 13, 2014
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover 11 up...Transition from working mechanics on your swing, to a pro style single focus

Hey Webbie,
Hang in there, I am sure an athlete like you will make a solid recovery. I would think that going easy on the stride, while still making it a strong positive distance, will keep you from pounding it so much, give you a good brace and perhaps be less high impact. Each of my 6 arthro knee surgeries had a bone face pain for quite a long period...up to a year. Bruce always had great legs and hip rotation, so if he forgot to do it for a period of time after ACL.., someone less athletically inclined will have to really focus on hips and legs. I tore badly and today have no acl in either knee and although I move like a snail, not really any complaints on weakness...just a general feeling of getting slower, stiffer and weaker as I turn 60 ha.
Guys from Minnesota are just tougher and heal up quicker, haha HOpe to see you too this summer.
Jan. 10, 2014
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover 11 up...Transition from working mechanics on your swing, to a pro style single focus

haha...and me more than anyone! Hey Bruce, hope your all healed up finally.
Jan. 8, 2014
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover 11 up...Transition from working mechanics on your swing, to a pro style single focus

While most of us have to work on mechanics of hitting to improve and correct flaws, often we overthink this in games and we struggle. This episode shows a simple drill for transitioning from overthinking to a single focus that triggers a proper swing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exc4rvbSvzY
Dec. 27, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers for Roger "Doc" Clay

Does anyone have the link to Docs obituary?
Dec. 26, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers for Roger "Doc" Clay

A real loss to his family and our softball family. Can't believe it.
Dec. 23, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers for Roger "Doc" Clay

Doc is in very serious condition since his cancer returned. He has not played much in recent years, but was a major player in younger days and is in the Hall of Fame. I know of few guys with such a knowledge of hitting and passion for softball. Im always amazed to see the scope of people he touched. He is on our advisory staff at sportstechnique and has taught me volumes about the game. He is also a great guy and super company.
Rclay9@aol.com is Docs email. He is very tired in intensive care but I know his wife Barb is reading emails, and im sure it would cheer him up to have some.
Nov. 4, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corky

It was always a pleasure to see Corky, and I am sorry to see the truck go. I know it would have been very expensive to run, and a lot of work for Corky and the staff, but I will really miss it and seeing Corky at the tournaments. I hope the SSUSA will be able to have some product for sale at the larger tournaments, and I wish the best for Corky...one of the best ambassadors of softball.
Sept. 30, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: World Masters Updates

Congrats to Crump22 and the Men of Motown. A lot of pride for all of us with your bringing the title to the Midwest.....you also give us all good motivation to try and beat you guys next year. With Reedus and your offense, its going to be a big task for everyone. A lot of us ran out of gas with fatigue and injuries, but you guys proved you could go the distance..with class and a real great group of guys. Nicely done.
Also congrats to Hollis 60's and MTC 55..both very worthy champions as well.
Bogie and the Pope Transport Team
Aug. 27, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: thanks corky and ssusa truck

just wanted to thank corky for the great work he does in providing honest information and opinions on equipment, and for offering such a wide range of services out of the ssusa truck. its awesome to be at the site and see the truck, the new gear, hear the tunes cranking, and see corky himself. A totally cool person, he goes out of his way to help us. if you even want hitting advice, he is a fine teacher and great hitter and will spend time giving some advice. its a tremendous benefit we have for keeping stocked during the season and just wanted to give props to him and ssusa.
Aug. 23, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover 10..Add 50 Feet of Distance and Line Drive Speed by snapping wrists and hips in Sync

yeah, thats a great point webbie...even if a hitter uses an overlap, we can still rotate and line up
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