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Aug. 26, 2007
mtman
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reaper bat ?

We notice those facts when we play in the desert and then return home. Thanks for the information and taking the time to post it. Our fences are 290 and we can hit many over here but when we play at lower altitude levels it seems to only go about 270. Now we know why.
We had a chance to hit 49/525 balls with that yellow senior bat here at Big Sky and wow, did they ever fly. Some of our guys hit about 330 but the Rip It guy hit some over 400 into the lake. So all you have told us is true.
Aug. 26, 2007
mtman
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum U2 ???

Need you help to win a six pack of beer. My friend Bob says the bats used in the old days before composite bats came along there where a few aluminum bats that could hit like the U2. I say no way, the U2 or alike models are far better in performance than any aluminum bats. So the questions to you bat guys is this:

Is it even possible to make an aluminum bat equal to a U2 or alike bat that is composite ?. If so was there ever a aluminum bat that could, if so what model was it ?
Aug. 26, 2007
mtman
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reaper bat ?

Our field here in Big Sky (Montana) is about 7000 ft. It is fun to watch our senior bothers come up and play. They start run to first, a little slower to second and by the time they reach third grasping for air. Most of the time they just forget about running home. On the other hand the ball travels so well you can get it over and not run at all.
Aug. 25, 2007
mtman
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reaper bat ?

I was told that both composite bats and softballs are affected by the heat. On a visit to Palm Desert this summer (my first grand daughterļ) we played some ball at 90 + heat and noticed even the new balls where mucky. A friend stated that at high temps composite bats do not flex well. We have Reapers up in Montana and the bat is great, actually becoming the bat of choice with seniors in my area. But down in the desert it was hard to get it to perform as well. I understand the altitude affect on the ball but it was the bat that seemed a little off. Once back home it was back to normal. So the moral of the story is all senior ball should be played at 75 decrees and 5000 ft.

PS: our group now has nine Reapers and so far so good.
Aug. 15, 2007
mtman
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reaper bat ?

End loaded but swings very smooth.
Aug. 13, 2007
mtman
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Senior and ASA bat

Grew up in Marin – San Jose State and then to Stanford. So the 9’ers are my love. Wish I could tell you more about the bat but I am like most on this board and just a regular joe when it comes to hitting. I can say that most if not all the guys at the field think the bat is better than most if not all. For me it gives me more distance and feels very smooth. Some of our guys can now hit a few over but I think it might have more to do with the excitement of a new toy than anything else.

PS: The guy that gave the hitting lessons here in July - you left your fielding glove in the dugout. I put in at the front desk at Mountain Inn.
Thanks again for the clinic. We had a fun time and by the way, the lake is just at 400ft so that was impressive.
Aug. 13, 2007
mtman
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Senior and ASA bat

I live in Big Sky and just got mind from Rally time.
I says Reaper ASA, is black with a shull on the barrel. Just what I need (age 78) is the grim reaper looking at me everytime I bat.
Aug. 9, 2007
mtman
Topic: Bats
Discussion: American pasttime made in China @#*!

Miken, Worth and a host of others now all made in China. I understand our reality of the bottom line and do not blame the poor souls that have to answer to the share holders. It is just sad to see the production leave.
On the other hand it seems the quality has gone down the toilet. More and more reports that Easton, Miken and Worth are having issues with cracks, bats breaking in two and also trying to keep product in stock.
Who knows what’s next.
July 23, 2007
mtman
Topic: Bats
Discussion: DVD on Hitting

PS: This guys was young. About 55 or so. He was hitting BP at the field when our teams showed up to play. Our fences are 290 and he was hitting balls about 380ft. This is in Big Sky. I looked on line but could not find the DVD.
July 23, 2007
mtman
Topic: Bats
Discussion: DVD on Hitting

Met a guy here in Montana that has or is doing a hitting DVD. I think it is called 'still got it'
The guy put on a hitting time up here and I would like to get more information. I guess it has warm up, get ready and hitting tech for senior players. Not just the hit the ball hard stuff. I found the clinic very informive.
Sorry I don't have a name.
Can anyone help ?
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