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Jan. 7, 2009
santo
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken ultra II advanced

Shortly 50, I bought the advanced when it came out and ended up giving it away because of the handle. Before you buy, I suggest you swing one first. I could never feel comfortable with that damn handle....
Dec. 30, 2008
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The love of our game

Well, it's almost the New Year fella's. That usually means resolutions. After taking about 2 months off since fall ball ended, I am almost ready to pick up where I left off. Back to the gym, new diet, swinging the bat... Due to unusually warm weather this week, all the snow melted so I decided to take my 2 dogs out for some exercise this morning. I found some softballs and brought them out to my field. I hadn't been there in over 2 months and I immediately realized how much I missed it. It was quiet and very peaceful. It reminded me of why I play the game. Not only the comraderie, the competion, the strive for excellence, but the peace I get inside from playing the game that I love! I also missed the sounds of the game, the guys, the bat hitting the ball....

To every softball nut out there, Happy New Year! I hope that all of you play better than you did last year (unless your playing against my team!) with no injuries and a real respect for the game we love...
Nov. 26, 2008
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: On the DBO rule

How about adding a few safety rules after the DBO rule. If you hit the 3rd baseman, you have to sit out 2 innings. If you hit the 1st baseman, you sit out 3 innings. If you hit the 2nd baseman, you have to sit out 4 innings. And if you hit the ss, you sit out 5 innings. Now if you somehow manage to hit the LF player, your team wins the game!!!!
Nov. 5, 2008
santo
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Macenko Combat vs. gray combat

I used a buddies 28oz EL MM combat last week while playing indoor. This bat is sick. After I swung once and hit the rafters, I actually put it back down for fear I might hurt someone. I really think it might hit better than the Ultra II.
Nov. 1, 2008
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Timing

MMM, So if we could drop a ball from above straight down onto home plate while we were in our swinging position at the plate, and prctice making contact with the ball.........................Eureka!!! another plan for the off season. It will be about my fifteenth Eureka moment! I'm starting to feel like Ralph Cramden and his get rich quick schemes... Still poor, but not as poor as last year!!!
Oct. 27, 2008
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Timing

Thanks guys, I do hit off a tee daily, do the Macenko workout during the off season and everything else I can do alone. I guess I need a pitching machine - or teach my wife to pitch - LOL
Oct. 27, 2008
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Timing

I agree that timing is not as important as fastpitch baseball, but if timing didn't matter, you would never see a foul ball or popup. Seriously, what do you do to increase the percentage of times you hit the ball right on the srews.. When my timing is on, for instance, I can put the ball anywhere I want to. If its not on, I might hit a gound ball to the shortstop or popup. So how do I increase the times my timing is on?
Oct. 27, 2008
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BAN THE ULTRA

GT???? "a ball off a demarini will get to the pitcher as fast a an Ultra??!! No way, No how, never, not in your or my lifetime.....WHat have you been smokin???
Oct. 27, 2008
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Timing

With the exception of live hitting BP, anyone out there have a good excercise or workout that could be done alone that will help the timing of hitting a softball?
April 28, 2008
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Play Down?

I really don't understand why teams want to play down either. At my first Senior Tourney, I felt very fortunate to be part of a team that won a National Tournement (and a ring) in AAA ball. When we were told we would be moved up to Major the following year, I was excited. Not everyone else on my team saw it that way. One big complaint is that there weren't as many teams in Major ball. There is something to be said for winning a tournement in AAA with 15-20 teams vs winning a Major tournement with only 5 teams. Plus it gets a little old seeing the same 5 teams at every tourney. However, after our 2nd year as a Major team, we finally did win a qualifier and our team goal is now to win a National and be moved up to Major Plus. I would rather play, and learn from, the best players in my age group, and continue to improve my game. The answer is to find more Major/Major Plus teams to compete.
Dec. 5, 2007
santo
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Batting practice equipment or trainers - HELP!

You can do many other exercises (in your Cellar or basement as we say in Chicago) during the off-season to increase your bat speed without working on the timing of your swing. Most Pro-ball players have an off-season workout that is quite different from what they do during the season. To me, who just finished shoveling 6 inches of snow off a very long driveway, timing is more imortant as you get closer to opening day. Now is the time to build back the muscle that was lost playing softball all summer. Its also a good time to heal. Get as strong as you can until about March and then start weening yourself off the weights and focus on the timing. Or, I guess we could move to Florida?????
Aug. 24, 2007
santo
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What's a good SPA bat?

I bought a U2 advanced with the funky knob (because they stopped making the regular handle bat). It never felt right from the beginning and I will end up selling it and use whatever I get to buy a new regular knob U2. The Worth Launch and Combat Anaconda (end-loaded) are the other two senior bats that I have swung. Both have more pop than any non-senior authorized bat. If you can, I would suggest trying to swing a bat you are interested in before you buy it. If it feels right in your hands, it will probably be the best bat for you.
March 30, 2007
santo
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for "Clincher" team in Chicago Northwest suburbs

6'5" and 185lbs and your too slow for outfield???? Welcome to senior softball, now run out to left center field. Thats what they told me when I said I played 1st base. Are you anywhere near elk grove village? There is a league on Monday nights. Or how about 12 inch???
Feb. 24, 2007
santo
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: DONT USE MY BAT!!

OK, just one team member can use it. Alright two. Wait a minute, almost my whole team is using my bat! Fortunately this only happens on one of the teams I play on (and not my senior team), but why is there always a guy who shows up with just his glove and shoes and no bat? Then the same guy picks up the brand new shiny most expensive bat and never thinks for a moment to buy one himself. In reality, if it helps us win, use my bat, but come on! With the price of bats going up and durability going down with short or no warranty, what do you say to a team member who would never shell out $300 for a bat but if he doesn't use someone elses, his hitting is less than it would be and the team suffers because of it. I started saying "if you break it, you buy a new one" but no one should play this game without bringing there own equipment. I feel cheap putting my bat in my bag each time I bat. You can use it to see if its the right one for you, but after you find out, Buy one!!!
Feb. 14, 2007
santo
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bat & thowing speed

I agree that doing a long toss workout 15-30 min 3 or more times a week is about the best answer to improving your arm strength and throwing ability. The only thing better is doing it 5 or more times a week.
Feb. 10, 2007
santo
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Balanced vs. End Loaded

One problem that presents itself is that the Ultra II comes in balanced only. In my humble opinion, if you want a senior endloaded bat, you really only have one choice in the Combat da bomb by Anaconda. There are many other endloaded bats, but none other that are only legal for seniors and not legal for USSSA/ASA...(If that means anything anymore). I think the Ultra has more pop than the combat so you do have a choice to make. Hopefully you know someone who has each bat. Try both and pick the one that feels right. I like the endloaded bats, but the ball flys a little farther with the balanced Ulta II.
Feb. 9, 2007
santo
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What Bat Weight is right for you?

OK, I spent most of my career weening myself down from 32oz to 30oz to 28oz to finally 27oz. bats thinking a lighter bat would increase my bat speed. Now, after much debate, I am going back the other way thinking there is a point of no return. A heavier bat with enough bat speed will send the ball farther than a lighter bat at the same speed. I am 220lbs and have seen smaller guys using 30ozs and still killing the ball. I know of many studies, are there any proven facts?
Jan. 27, 2007
santo
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ulta II replacement?

koived,
did you ever swing a virus? if so, how does it compare?
Jan. 27, 2007
santo
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ulta II replacement?

koived,

I'm interested to hear which combat you like better, the virus, or the b1 dabomb from anaconda?
Jan. 26, 2007
santo
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ulta II replacement?

I am currently playing in a senior indoor league outside of Chicago. I have tried almost every bat mentioned above. The Ultra II always had a durability problem, but still swings the best. The Ultra II Advanced does swing better, but it is less durable than the Ultra II. You can still get some remaining Ultra II's but they have increased in price to $279 vs $209 for the advanced. Of all Combats, The Virus swings the best. The Combat Anaconda was close (and maybe not yet broken in), but a close second to the Ultra II and not yet mentioned is the Worth Mayhem Jeff Hall. It hits great, is endloaded and is more durable than both Combats mentioned.
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