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Aug. 13, 2008
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Senior bat.

I assume it comes in the same weights as the senior
Combat but you would have to call Kevin at Anaconda 1-800-327-0074 ext 210 for that information and cost.

The bat is yellow and white.
Aug. 13, 2008
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Senior bat.

Joe,
Kevin is a very good friend of mine but I am not working for him. I have just been lucky enough he picked me to help him with the testing of the softballs. In talking to him about the balls he told me about the new bats and since I love the senior Combats I bought a couple of the new ones when they came in.

I will say this Kevin is one of the best and most honest person I have ever met. He is a very good friend who has helped me out more than anyone will ever know. But with that said I would not talk good or bad about a product just because Kevin is making it. I am just telling how the products I have tested and bought are performing.

Now I let some guys use the bat last night in our senior league and it started breaking in. Everyone was very happy with the performance and I believe Kevin will have a few orders from some KC after this weekend.
Walk
Aug. 12, 2008
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Senior bat.

Joe,
I have found that for me the Combats hit any of the balls out just as good as any senior bats. I love the end load and it fits my swing very well.
Walk
Aug. 12, 2008
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Senior bat.

I just hit the new senior 30 ounce FL Combat from Anaconda. It is like the Gear bat from Combat only with the senior shell. I have the 13 inch model and I am going to get the 10 inch model very soon. The end loaded model has a nice end load and with this end load the bat swings really nice.

I have around 150 swings on it as of today and I expect it to take another 150 swings to get hot. Even as new and stiff as it is the bat was still hitting the ball out of the baseball field we practice on without any trouble into the wind.

The balls used were a mix of 44/375 and 47/525. These softballs are 3 years old and we keep them in the cars because they are bp softballs. The field is 325 down the lines and 385 to the power alleys. It was in the upper 80's today with a 15 to 20 mph wind blowing in from left. At first we hit a bunch of linedrives but after awhile we started hitting the ball up and they started to fly.

The bat has a yellow barrel and white handle. If you buy the bat and give it time to break in you will be very happy. I am told the durability on this bat is very good. Some who have tested this bat have put 3000+ swings on one bat.
Walk
Aug. 11, 2008
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has this been happening to you?

Joe,
Des Moines was a fun tournament and thanks for the kind words. Watching my sons play and before the knee surgery playing with them was and is amazing.


As for the balls I have be able to test the new USSSA 40/325 softballs and these crappy ASA softballs and I can tell you Kevins new softball puts these balls to shame. With his softballs you still get the distance but the batted ball speed through the infield is safe. With these other softballs you get nothing but crap as you experienced.

The seniors are not going change as far as I know but if they are considering a change down the road I hope they go with Kevins new ball instead of the Worth Gold Dots or those 40/325 softballs. Here in the midwest the heat kills those softballs and has little affect on Kevins new ball.

Honestly I hope the seniors never change their rules as they are right now.
Aug. 10, 2008
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has this been happening to you?

Joe,
My son has to use those balls in his Sunday afternoon ASA league. Well to make a long story short I went to watch him play today and it was hot and the balls were not good. Everyone complained so much that the umpire got very upset.

I suggested they use some of the new softballs Kevin sent me for their second game. The umpire and both teams agreed and in the end everyone was very pleased with the ball and the game. There were two homeruns hit, good defense, and many base hits. The game ended with my sons team losing 15-13 and while they won the first game 9-8 they said they enjoyed the second game more.
Walk
Aug. 1, 2008
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The new Trump softballs

MD the video will explain how to take care of that. I did not do the video.

Joe thanks for the putting me in the same sentence with Mike. He is the legend I was just pretty good for around the KC area and senior softball.

Guys this ball is not being pitched to any senior association by Kevin or Trump and I am not pitching it as a change. I am just letting everyone know how it hits and its good and bad points. We are going to test it more on Sunday but since it has caused such a problem on here I will just let Kevin know my findings.
Walk
Aug. 1, 2008
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The new Trump softballs

Dirty or Gary I am not here to blow my own horn that was not the point to this at all. The point of this whole post was to tell the seniors how these new softballs work. Kevin gave me the chance to do so and thus I reported the outcome.

Not everyone will like the new softballs and many will not care either way about the ball. With that said I do remember how some people on here where upset with the fact we seniors need to buy so many different bats to play in all the associations. Here is a ball that allows to use any bat, a ball that is easy on bats, and brings the game back to where it was. Once again I am not saying this ball is for seniors but I will say it is ball that I would not have a problem using.

If you played baseball then you are already cutting the ball and no one is saying anyone needs to change their swing. All that is being said is that cutting the ball the way we did in the 70's 80's and 90's is the best way to hit this ball or any ball.

I will put this in cap so everyone who is against this ball will understand. THIS IS NOT A SENIOR BALL!!!! IT IS A BALL THAT ASA MAY USE AND IF YOU PLAY AT THE SENIOR ASA WORLD YOU MAY RUN INTO AND THUS YOU WILL KNOW ABOUT IT. THE SSUSA IS NOT NOW OR EVEN IN THE FUTURE AS FAR AS I KNOW IS GOING TO THIS SOFTBALL!!! JUST FYI.
Aug. 1, 2008
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The new Trump softballs

Mad dog e-mail me at home and I will forward you a video that will help a lot. The Evil balls do help and once you learn how to spin the ball it makes hitting the balls used today even better.

Joe I am not trying to do anything more but report what some senior players did with this balls. Nothing more than that. I am not saying it is for everyone but if ASA goes to this ball then I would assume it would be at the ASA senior worlds in the future which means those seniors that go to that tournament will have some knowledge on how to hit the ball. It really is nothing to be worried about.

The idea behind this ball is that you can use any bat you want. We have tested these balls now with everything from wood bats to Ultra 1's and found the balls fly if you cut them, the linedrive base hits are still base hits but the batted ball speed through the infield and at the pitcher is nothing they cannot handle.

Today we tested these balls with young players and senior players. Some had no problem with the balls and some did not like them but what else is new. We used a wooden bat, an old Steele bat, a Easton Ti. bat, a Ritches bat with an 10 ounce end load, Ultra max load, Ultra 2, Virus Enhanced, Titans from Worth, Ultimate Weapon, and todays senior bats and the findings were about the same as stated in my first post. I will tell you this (because if I posted everything we did it would be the post from hell) the longest ball hit and we used today's 44/375 in comparsion was with the new softballs and the senior Combat. I hit this one but the second longest was hit by a younger guy.

The weather is hot and humid again. 93 degrees with about 80% humidity. We have an ozone alert here today so that is why we went in the morning.

Walk
July 31, 2008
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The new Trump softballs

Taits,
Yes I am back in Missouri and have been for awhile. I got a transfer so I came home. When I talk about hitting in the face I am talking about hitting the ball square.

I believe they are but Kevin would know more about that than me. But I am sure that is what he said these balls are for. I am not doing bad. I can't run yet and it makes it easier to cut the ball when you really cannot use the front leg like I did in the past. I think this is making me a better hitter.
Walk
July 31, 2008
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The new Trump softballs

I was given the honor of testing the new trump softballs that Kevin was talking about on here. Kevin sent me 12 of these softballs and today 2 of my friends hit them with me.

Now my one buddy who is 60 and is scheduled to have his hips replaced very soon was the first to hit these softballs. He is a base hitter with a little power. He cuts the ball real well and had no trouble hitting line drive basehits and two 305 homeruns. He used the senior Combat and the red senior Combat. I swear he was 18/24.

My other friend hits the ball in the face and he could not hit these balls out of the park but he did hit some wicked linedrives.

I hit last and used four bats and hit six balls with each bat. My first three swings I hit in the face and the last 3 swings I cut the ball. I did this with each bat for a total of 24 swings.
Now remember I just had my left knee replaced May 22 so I am not totaly back to normal.

Black and Blue Easton connexion with the mother load.
First three swings linedrives that went about 280 feet.
Second three swings I cut the ball and hit one about 320 and two others that hit in the 340 range.

Senior grey Combat and Red Combtat. I will combine these two bats because they both did about the same.
First three swings with each bat I hit in the face. 5 linedrives the went 280ish and one that did get out and went about 310.

Second sets of swings. I cut 5 out that went 360 to 400+ feet. The one that went 400+ was with the red Combat. The other hit was a pop up.

Last bat was a prototype bat for Combat.
First three swings I hit in the face. Two line drives about 280 and one linedrive that hit the fence at 300 feet.

Second three swings I cut and hit three homeruns with two going about 360 and one hitting about 380.

Now before anyone start to go nuts we hit on a 300 foot fence and used a 300 foot tape to mark cones at 280, 300 (the fence), 320, 340, 360, 380, and 400. The edge of the road behind the fence is 403 feet from home plate. The one I hit that I said was 400+ hit in the middle of the road.

Weather HOT and HUMID with no wind. It was 88 degrees with about the same amount of Humidity. We are going to test again tomorrow with more guys different bats and weather that will be hotter.

I am not posting to start the problems again I am just posting to let everyone know that if ASA goes to this ball it can be hit without problems you just have to cut it and take a nice easy full swing.
Walk
July 28, 2008
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: knee replacement

Charlie,
Long time no see bro. It is still up and running but it is a YUKU board now. E-mail me.
July 27, 2008
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: knee replacement

Jeff33,
I had mine done May 22 2008 and walked out of the hospital without the help of a walker or a cane. I started hitting again within a month and I am walking 2 miles a day.

As stated before you must keep working out and try to keep the weight off. The only problem I have right now is the quad has to heal before I can play ( I can't run yet but it has only been two months since surgery.) The pain from the surgery was not even as bad as the pain I was going through. I am also having the right knee done in Dec.

Good luck and I hope your surgery goes as well as mine.
Walk
Feb. 21, 2006
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PALM SPRINGS

Monta,
It was great to meet you also. Tell you brother he needs to get his butt back in the game.

It was a good weekend to play and I think the colder weather made the balls better. Lots of fun.
Walk
Dec. 6, 2005
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PALM SPRINGS

Fran,
It was a good rumor about two months a go but not it seems the only associations that will allow players to play are going to be
SSWS, USSSA, ASA, NSA, Huntsman, and the new WSA.

Nothing is final yet and there is still hope the SSWC and the SPA will jump on board (one player on a major plus team cannot hurt anything) but that will not be decided until after the first of the year.
Dec. 5, 2005
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PALM SPRINGS

I am waiting for the final death sentence to be passed formally but my source is usually right on. Even if one association allows the one player pick up it does not mean all will.

The elite idea is great.
Walk


Dec. 2, 2005
Walk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PALM SPRINGS

Hold a bunch of tournaments and do not restrict players. I am told that once again next year people like me will not be able to play so allow Major Plus teams to pick up one or two players from outside their area.

This hard headed stance by these senior associations is doing nothing but killing the game. We seniors should be allowed to play.

44/525 softballs, 1.20 bats, Major Plus level 7 homeruns then 1 up with singles, Major 5 hr's then 1 up with singles, AAA, 3 hr's then 1 up with singles, AA 1 up. 7 run limit on innings except the last with a chance to tie in each inning.
Nov. 23, 2005
Walk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WSA Senior Softball Winter Worlds

Gary I understand what you are saying but in the seniors that is the best way to get things started.

Chris and the WSA are bucking the big boys and until he can build a good team base from all over the country this is how he will have to do things. The hardest thing for the WSA is to get teams to stop doing the normal thing and try something new.

If the WSA catches on then in a few years many of these associations will start worrying because he does what many do not. He listens to the players and runs a fair association. No regional rules, good softballs, good bats, great rules, and good umpires. Plus he plays at the BLD parks. No buddy buddy crap. Softball being played the way it use to be.

As I said if I had a team or the money I would be at this tournament. I have seen his prizes and they are great.
Walk
Nov. 22, 2005
Walk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WSA Senior Softball Winter Worlds

Gary,
The USSSA, NSA, ISA and I believe the ASA does not have qualifiers for their end of the summer World tournaments. Those associations that are not big into senior softball only hold world or national tournaments.

In fact the SSWS World tournament in Sept can be attended by any team that did not go to a qualifier or qualify by just paying an extra amount with the entry fee.

Chris is not Scaming anyone. He is doing what the LVSSA did their first year which is hold a world. He has designed some great rings for his worlds and the man holds some of the best tournaments in the country at the younger level.

As was stated in another post we seniors should look at the WSA association because unlike other TD Chris will listen to the players and do his best to give them what they want. If I had the money or a team we would enter the tournament.
Walk
Nov. 18, 2005
Walk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Menifee, CA Tournament in December

Is the SSUSA in charge of this tournament? Or the SPA? Just trying to find out what the rules are on out of region players. I could come out with a Major Plus team from CA if it is allowed.
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