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Dec. 18, 2014
c.hollis
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Flex

Interesting topic guys. With softball bats, as long as the flex is close to what we are used to it generally goes unnoticed. If it changes one way or the other from what we are use to we generally don't like it. However, my experience is it is easy to overcome as long as you hit it enough to make it feel normal. With a golf club the flex can change the approach of the club face (too early of late) which is not an issue with a softball bat. The Melee Legend has more flex in the handle than your average senior bat at the time it was introduced (remember everyone was swinging a Ultra 2 back then) but not near as much flex as the original Demarini Geezer had when it came out. Back during the testing on the Melee Legend I noticed the flex right away but was told not to mention it to others I had testing the bat to see if they noticed it. Amazingly only about 10% of the testers mentioned the extra flex in the handle. I happened to test some bats for another company that added a stiff handle to the Geezer barrel and it's performance was unreal as the stiffer handle allowed much more barrel flex over the stock model. As a side note, we recorded more swings out of this modified design before barrel failure than with did with the original model design, which surprised me. I remember awhile back I think it was Easton that offered the same barrel on their USSSA bat as their ASA bat with the only difference being the ASA bat's handle had much more flex which toned the bat down to pass ASA's testing. Matter of fact, they called it the "Flex". Back in the day I remember some guys would shave their bat handles believing the increased handle flex would increase the performance of the bat when I think they just ruined a good bat. The bats produced today match the compression characteristics of the barrel together with the flex characteristics of the handle to produce a top of the line product.
Aug. 28, 2012
c.hollis
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a Team and information

Ray, Give me call at your convenience. 904 303-7798
curt hollis
Hollis Appraisals
Jacksonville, Fl.
Aug. 9, 2012
c.hollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers needed for the Dowell family

The Hollis Family offers our prayers for you and your family. Audie and I lost our dad a couple years ago at 84 years old. Go tell him that you love him while you still can, even if you think he can't hear you. I cry inside everyday but I know God is looking over him now and he has the world's best hands. God Bless!
curt hollis
May 8, 2009
c.hollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Calling out the SSUSA staff

Brian, I certainly take you at your word and even offer my apology for thinking otherwise.

Lecak, Oh my, make sure you got screen when you pitch to him. He blew up Brian's pitcher a couple weeks ago! Ya'll have fun!!!

curt
May 5, 2009
c.hollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Calling out the SSUSA staff

Brian,
So what is really bugging you? I don't think it's the SSUSA staff now is it? You have mis-quoted Audie twice now in one thread and he seems to be the subject of your complaint with SSUSA. Tell me I'm reading this wrong.

curt hollis
April 28, 2009
c.hollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Calling out the SSUSA staff

Hey Brian,
No problem. Actually me, Audie and Horace are the only major plus players that were on their roster. The other two guys, Steve and Randy have never played Major Plus to my knowledge. I think Randy picked up to play some major last year. We picked Steve up from a low level FHC team this year to play FHC ball. After me and Audie left Friday Horace was the only major plus player left.

I think Audie was trying to point out in the earlier response that only a few of our FHC guys play major plus on the Hollis Appraisal travel team.
April 27, 2009
c.hollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Calling out the SSUSA staff

Brian

Just for the record, Audie and I played in the seating games on Friday and then we left town. Neither Audie or myself played during the actual tournament.

curt
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