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Jan. 31, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Team 1 Sports Miken bat testing

Don't think I aimed a pot shot. Simply asked an honest question and received an honest answer. The 27 was purchased early on and stiffness might have been the problem as to why it took so many many hits to get results.
Jan. 30, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Team 1 Sports Miken bat testing

Be honest guys:

You say the 27 2 piece is hot out of the wrapper. I bought one and after 100 or more hits, it was a bust. I traded it for a 28 oz 2 piece and it has been great. The guy I taded with was getting good results after ?? amount of hits.

My question is: Is the 27 really that good or are you dealers stuck with a bunch of 27s and trying to get rid of them????
Jan. 27, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: super bowl tickets

With the current price for super bowl tickets at $3000 ea.

Even if our average team entry cost was $500 per tournament this upcoming season, One SB ticket would enter my team into "6" tournaments.

Lets see, playing in "6" tournaments or freezing your ass off in the cheap seats at the SB with a bonus chance of being mugged in the parking lot.

Hard decision.
Jan. 27, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting to RF by a RH batter

Thanks guys-gives me something to try
Jan. 27, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Info needed

Just got a call from a relative. He is joining a very restrictive league.

What are a couple of the best single wall aluminum bats out there???
Jan. 22, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting to RF by a RH batter

In all our games at the Florida Winter Nationals, the wind was blowing out hard to RC and Rt field. Now, me being a pull for the last 50 years, I thought what the hell, I will try and go with a wind this strong. I had "9'
hits in the 13 times I tried. Some might say, that's not bad. However, only two were solid liners with the other "7" being, you can't be serious bleeders. The "4" outs were a pathetic waste of a time at bat.

How about some tips on being a good RF hitter.
Jan. 20, 2014
garyheifner
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

What is the difference as to how much tape you put on a bat handle. This might go back a year or two, but I remember one of the guys who are into formulas, bat head speed etc. said that the more weight in the handle area the slower the bat head speed. So wouldn't a lot of tape on the handle be
a negative.

I have enjoyed meeting and hitting with bogie. He, at least,
has opened a whole new discussion for the Staff.
Jan. 20, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mask or Pitcher Protection Screen

While in Florida, after the Winter Nationals, I played 4 days in a T-Th pick up league. Intermixed ages with many 50s big time power hitters. They use screens. Ball hits screen-do over. At most, the screen was hit 1 or 2 times a game. I found it not to be a disraction or did it cause it not to be senior softball. I liked it. Even with the screens, the pitchers made some very good defensive plays.

Now, on the other hand. I play in a Tuesday pick up league in Joliet Illinois. I have a screen my tournament team bought for batting practice. I offered to bring it for these fun games as several of the pitchers had taken some hard shots. After 2 days, the organizer told me guys were bitching about the screen and not to bring it back. The next set of games the pitchers had some hard shots at them and were bitching about hitting the middle.

I pitch and play outfield. I can go with either the protective gear or screen. For total protection, the screen makes more sense.
Jan. 17, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home Run Rule

Once you get to the 70s you always get your 11th defender regardless of any level situation etc.

Major teams are almost always superior over the AAAs. So your a major and you play a AAA at the 65 level or lower. You get reduced to 3 HRs. Now you take away their choice of either the 5 runs or 11th defender. You pound them by 15-25+ runs and your victory average goes way up. Now, on Monday morning you get the message, wecome to major plus.

All this stuff only applies to qualifers. You know, practice tournaments. It's where guys can try different swings, stances grips, play different positions. Who gives a rip. All you usually get is a freggin left over tee shirt from last year if you win.

None applies in the big ring tournaments when you are paired with equal level competition.


Jan. 14, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting deep

I just got the senior newspaper. Great article on where to strike the ball to drive it deep. I gathered some info on the same idea before last season.
In our 1st tourney that I tried this in Milwaukee-Day one, Had only 2 or 3 hits. Popped up to the catcher twice, pitcher once and 3rd once along with some weak flies. Day 2, went back to hitting the ball in the middle and finshed strong.

Question: With ball dropping down in its arc, can you guys really see and hit the bottom half of a softball? If so, how much practice does this take?
With us Chicago area players our season is only from May to Oct and good lord I hate to waste at bats.
Jan. 14, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Team 1 Sports Miken bat testing

Most of the big bomb stuff is by the younger animals who might hit one with a broom stick.

Think back a decade or more.

Aluminum-to get pop thinner walls. Dented easily. I would go through 5 or 6 a season.

Wood-They break. I used to order a case of 12 at a time. Usually used them all by November.

I am still amuzed by guys I know who complain about only 300 or 400 hundred hits out of a bat, but will lay a hundred dollar bill on the bar at a tourney and buy until it's gone and not blink an eye.
Jan. 14, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat experts-I need advice

A young man that works at my health club has put together a team of young 20s from his baseball and college days and they want to enter the world of 12" softball. He asked if I could recommend a few bats. I said I would check with the experts.

What are the one or two best bats that would:

1. Be legal in ASA

2. Be legal in USSSA
Jan. 13, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

For the what it is worth discussion:

The way I now deal with the rubber.

I always back peddle after release. I now back peddle at a 45 degree angle so only my glove is now beind the rubber-not my body. I field the true hops and bad hops go over the glove. So far so good.
Jan. 13, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why are teams not rated the same in USSA SPA ISSA

P.S.

The above was refering to the Championships in Dalton
Jan. 13, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why are teams not rated the same in USSA SPA ISSA

I think part of the problem is that SPA is almost non-existent in the midwest-upper midwest. They don't get to see us play. They can only guess after making a few phone calls and asking people about teams. My team was rated AA the past two years in SPA and as it turned out was properly rated with 4th or 5th place finishes. I will say, we did play some pretty powerful talented teams that were also in AA. Be honest, rating teams is the hardest thing that the associations have to deal with.
Jan. 10, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

If you remove the rubber-I have seen at a number of fields small plug like things placed in the ground that have kinda of a feather look sticking out of the ground. The grounds crew can groom and find the holes for the bases. They don't come up. The would easily establish a pitching area.

Re: batters boxes, they don't matter. All batters must defend the black mat. Who cares where you stand or how far off the plate. You still have to defend the strike zone and mat. The only line you need is the front line and if a batter moves up to the front all the pitcher has to do is go high and deep.


Jan. 8, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Real simple guys. I wear the helmet, mask, cup and shin guards. Can see the ball clearly. The only times I have had a problem, got hit-65 level, was bad hops off the pitching rubber. Get rid of it. Just moved up to the 70 level in Ft. Meyers. We now have the middle fielder behind the pitcher. Had only two balls hit at me in all the games I pitched. In the last three seasons, 65 level, I hit into one double play. Between Ft. Meyers and 4 games in a pick up league in Florida, I have hit into 5 double plays. The middle fielder is a nightmare for middle hitters. Where do you think I am not going to hit the ball this season. I will be dead pull or go to right. Simply allow the middle fielder in all age groups and the number of middle hit balls will be few and far between.
Dec. 29, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shaved Bats

As I posted sometime back, heard two guys talking during the prelims and one asked if the other was going to bring out the "special" bat? The guy said no, not until championship bracket play.

Another possible indicator is the opponents are killing the ball, they have several dozen bats lined up in the dug out and 6 or 7 batters in a row are using the same bat????????

I still think that a player caught with an altered bat should get a life time ban. Don't agree the manager should get suspended also. Since most teams are made up from a large area, he has no control over what an individual player does away from a tournament.

For those of you who haven't hit an altered bat: I was playing in a early morning pick up league. Didn't want to use my tournament bat. Asked a guy if I could borrow his U2.

1st at bat hit it out. 2nd at bat 1 hopped the wall. I am no longer a HR hitter. When I said to him later, wow that bat is hot, he said well it is special. Altered bats change the game.

I do wonder when a player shows his championship ring to his grand children, won using an altered bat, is he really proud of himself? And, what if it came out later that grandpa was a cheater??????!!!!!




Dec. 25, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

As I said on another post, if you don't like the bats and rules and start your own association and maybe a bunch of teams will join yours.
Dec. 25, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams leaving SSUSA?

Don't like the rules or way things are done, gather up the teams that don't like them and start a new association. I think you will have trouble pleasing everyone.
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