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May 24, 2013
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Is it legal

The OG Synergy = SCX2 is legal. Durability (to me), is about the same with the OG U2 (ASA stamp). The reissue U2s is a crapshoot on durability.
May 15, 2013
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA bat

Bob: I believe that the MV-3 is a USSSA bat. I forgot to mention that Eastons from last year & this year are good with the 52s. Also, newer bats with the 44/375 balls may have durability issues.
May 15, 2013
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA bat

A lot depends on the balls being used. If 44/375 then older pre-abi bats: easton...SCN3, SCX3, miken...Recoil, NRG500,many other choices. If the 52/300 balls....Demarini...Flipper, J3A, TPS...Z-1000, Z-2000, Miken...ASA U2, Triad, etc. Then, it's all about feel...endload vs. balanced; stiff vs. soft barrel; one vs. two piece again many factors to consider. what did you swing before ? Too broad a question without specifics.
Feb. 21, 2013
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bats

Kevin: thanks for taking the time to submit very useful information on bats.
Dec. 19, 2012
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Funniest Softball Stories

This happened in late October this year in a tournament in NJ, in the 70+ division. I am blessed to still have decent speed; and, I leadoff the inning with a clean hit. I see that the OF is taking his time getting to the ball. Thus, I decide that I am going for two.

I head toward 2nd base and slide simultaneously with the ball arriving at the bag. However, the second baseman takes the throw, and lunges his glove at air (about chest high). At this point the second baseman has this look of bewilderment, wondering where is the runner. I yell up to him, hey I am down here (at the bag). I guess he's not used to seeing 70+ guys slide.
Nov. 11, 2012
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ***IF YOU ARE NOT A VETERAN, PERHAPS YOU WOULD LIKE TO PASS THIS ON TO SOMEONE YOU KNOW WHO IS!***

Without soldiers, we would not be here. My praise and thanks to all who have served. Happy Veteran's Day.
Nov. 2, 2012
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: what kinds of bats?

Abig factor is the ball being used. If the 44/375; then, the better composites generally. If the 52/300; then, the newer comps (Z-1000/2000), Easton line, etc. I find that stiff walled, end loaded, heavier bats work better with the 52s.
Sept. 7, 2012
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: asa spirit bat by gates

Larry Carter.
Aug. 11, 2012
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hamstring Pull

HJ thanks for the link, it worked. Some really beneficial info. Especially needed for spurt sports such as SB. When I was younger, and played racquetball, I used to jog several times around the court to warmup. Which the article advocates, among other dynamic stretches. Thanks again.
Aug. 7, 2012
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers needed for the Dowell family

Thoughts and prayers to your relative Dave; and, you and the family.
Aug. 7, 2012
zonk
Topic: Product review
Discussion: New Combat AMBUSH break in tips (and other senior bats)

5Tools: If this is shot at me, I have been playing SS since 1993. I have been using composite bats since 2001. I had a senior moment; and, skipped over Alan's suggestion of rotating the bat. If not meant for me, cool. Even if meant for me....cool.
Aug. 7, 2012
zonk
Topic: Product review
Discussion: New Combat AMBUSH break in tips (and other senior bats)

Just saw your rotation suggestion, sorry.
Aug. 7, 2012
zonk
Topic: Product review
Discussion: New Combat AMBUSH break in tips (and other senior bats)

Great info Alan, thanks. Would like to add: distribute hits along the whole length of the hitting barrel. Constant pounding to a concentrated spot can cause weakness, especially in the break-in process.
June 4, 2012
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Comparison

I see that Bob about the no warranty. i was just pointing out for historical; and, FYI references. Oddly, Demarini has a "new" senior The One bat just released. As you say, Miken, Combat, Worth, (I'll add Reebok), have the large market share on senior bats. Obviously, you like Combats. It is good that you found a brand that works for you. I hope other seniors take the sound advice of trying teammates' bats; then, choose wisely for their purchase.
June 4, 2012
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Comparison

Bob: you are correct about the OGU2 being warrantied. However, the Legacy ang Geezer also had a guarantee. I believe that the Demarini The One for a short time had one too. I use the U2 and the yellow MM Gear (EL). Both work well.
March 6, 2012
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bats

mad dog: Could have been a bad pair. I use the high tops. I have had none of the problems that you did. I get at least one season ~ 250 games from one pair. Since the Mizunos work for you, obviously go with them.
March 6, 2012
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bats

mad dog: Could have been a bad pair. I use the high tops. I have had none of the problems that you did. I get at least one season ~ 250 games from one pair. Since the Mizunos work for you, obviously go with them.
March 6, 2012
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bats

I can vouch for MrBill. Been using the REV-D since they came out in 2007, excellent shoe.
Feb. 7, 2012
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Car Lovers

Got 96%, missed 2 on the custom cars, set 11.
Nov. 16, 2011
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Bats

OG means original, as in the OG Synergy blue & grey from 2006. This is an Easton bat (Flex); and, the model # is SCN3. There also is a red & grey = OG Easton Extended, model # SCX3.
Faulkner, there is no simple answer to your question. There is a current situation in the ASA, where there are pre-ABI (after break-in), and post ABI = after break-in. There are many bats from pre-ABI, 2009, that are good bats. LeeLee mentioned some. You can add the Mikens: Recoil, Velocit-e, Demarini: juggernaut, Easton: SCN8, SCN9, Worth: Mutant98, JH Mut98, Rawlings Rush98, Mizuno Crush, TPS SB206, Rip It reaper2 from 2008, etc.
Post ABI, the Easton Speed line, TPS Z-1000, Anderson Nanotek, Demarini one.12, the one, Worth 454 line, Miken FX700 line.
There are many choices. Go to a shop and dry swing as many as possible, also try your teammates' bats. Balanced vs. endload, stiff vs. flex barrel, one piece vs. two piece, 12" sweetspot vs. longer sweetspot, are other factors. The ypes of ball used is also important. If the 52/300 balls, the post ABI bats are tuned better fot the softer balls. ABI= the ASA rolling and testing a NIW bat 3X.If the bat exceeds 98MPH, it will be banned. The whole hitting barrel is tested. Usually, the pre-ABI bats have a longer break-in. Sorry about the War & Peace answer; but, it is a complex issue.
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