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Dec. 15, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Weight Transfer, A Mistunderstood Key to Explosive Hip Rotation" Swing Makeover 22

Just to clarify........I'm taking my top hand off the bat almost immediately after I make contact with the ball, not after I've finished my follow through, and the hand comes off the bat.

What I more alluding to was the fact that the harder I swung, I wasn't hitting the ball as well as when I took something off my swing. Less bat speed=harder hit balls.

I suppose I'm referring to the Charley Lau hitting technique that many of the Royals players used back in the George Brett days. I'm picturing more of a Tony Gywnn, or Rod Carew swing if you will.

When I'm on, I'm hitting line drives up the middle, sometimes in that gap one hopping the fence. Mostly my power now goes to right center.

I used to use a pronounced open stance, and pull the crap out of everything. Just hit it hard, and make them catch it was my mantra. Injuries over the last three years have more or less forced me to redo my whole approach to batting.

I've been able to work on my health issues this off season. Perhaps I can experiment with different techniques, and get my timing down to be more pro-effecient.
Dec. 15, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Weight Transfer, A Mistunderstood Key to Explosive Hip Rotation" Swing Makeover 22

Question. Does anybody work with taking the top hand off the bat as they complete their swing?

I've worked with it some, and I seem to hit the ball harder, but I don't swing as a hard as usual when I do it.

My problem is I just don't stay consistent with it. Perhaps I'm over swinging by increasing my bat speed at times.

Anyone have anything to add to what I'm doing?

I moved down from the heavier 29 and 30 bats a few years back, and have used the 27 exclusively.

I've hit with Corky Pellan a couple times. Now that is one person who uses rotational hitting. He about screws himself into the ground.

Guess that's why they call him Corky, short for corkscrew...........:)
Dec. 13, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Weight Transfer, A Mistunderstood Key to Explosive Hip Rotation" Swing Makeover 22

How about something for guys that aren't 6'5" 274 lbs. plus? I understand the mechanics if you're more of a power hitter, but all that hip rotation is hard on the back.
Dec. 13, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best turf shoes out there

FYI ~ If you take a lot of BP, SN Kid, that will make your toes hurt. The running only aggravates it.

Just saying.
Dec. 13, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Equipment

Clean the pads of the masks. That will help preserve the leather. Dirt, and sweat are tough on those things.

Dec. 13, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best turf shoes out there

New Balance has a turf shoe out. They are supposed to be good. Buy 1/2 size bigger though.

I've worn the Adidas Turf Hog for ages. They hold up good.

I would suggest physical therapy for plantar fasciitis. Very simple exercises you can do sitting on the couch. Stretch the tendon by moving your toes. Put your heel on a softball, mash and roll to break up the calcium formation.
Dec. 1, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Equipment

Just speaking from experience, Bobby. Most anything with swell, or contract with weather changes. Just look at door jambs when the weather changes for example.

Years ago, I had a pair of Air Nikes in a car, and one of heals blew out due to the excessive heat.
Nov. 29, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: courtesy runners

I didn't read the whole thread, but only two players should be designated to be run for at the beginning of the game. The player who runs for them should be the last batted out.

If you can play in the field, you can damn sure run to first base.

You can do some modifications as the game goes on as long as both coaches agree to same. There are obvious times when a player gets hurt during a game, and needs to be run for, but just putting a faster runner in for the hell of it only takes away from the skill of the game.

Nov. 29, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: chief99 has just moved back to dallas

chief99,

Here is link to day ball. Depending where you live. Just stay with the A League.

We should could use some players in Lewisville.

email me @ wlangley88@msn.com

I can probably help find you a team on Monday night DH's in Grand Prairie.

Probably Tuesday & Thursday in Richardson.

http://www.dfwseniorsoftball.com/teams.cfm
Nov. 14, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: chief99 has just moved back to dallas

Lord.......not Clinton........lol Played with him, and against him.

I will get you some information on some contacts. Just look on this thread shortly. I have to retrieve some of it, and write it down first.

Take care,

Wayne
Nov. 12, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: chief99 has just moved back to dallas

Day ball, tournament, or rec team? Age group? Position?
Nov. 4, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Equipment

The excess cold will make any joint contract on masks. It will also make some brittle. Excess heat will melt some of the masks, and they will not back into the place they were before.

I'm not talking anything extreme, just enough to damage the integrity of the mask. I got my info from a sporting goods store owner, who got it from his distributor.

Fred S, you don't hit with your senior bats do you? I've often kept my broken bats to hit BP with in colder weather.
Nov. 2, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Equipment

I don't know about others, but I like to keep my equipment stored at room temperature during the offseason. Excessive cold in my opinion is more brutal on bats than excessive heat. It will also compromise most pitchers masks from what I've seen.

Anybody else feel this way?
Oct. 11, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO ARE CURRENTLY THE MOST POWERFUL HITTERS IN SENIOR SOFTBALL

Personally, I've seen senior players walking around at various tournaments that I would bet dollars to donuts were PED users.
Sept. 28, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: Bats
Discussion: the new bat "Nightmare"

Thanks for the info guys. That is all I was looking for. I'm more of a novice player today, but I do like to read, and share some of the information for my own personal use, and to pass on to others.

Just like grayhitter59, I was given a Dudley Lightning to use. It too seems to be comparable to the Nightmare in pop, and durability.
Sounds like the bats are similar.

I know most of y'all are more up to date on the going on in senior softball. That's why I posted, and hoped to get feedback. Just puzzled why SSUSA would remove the thread.

FYI ~ I not upset with anybody on this site. It is pretty much "free flow" from everyone. I don't post a lot, but will read more. Like I said previously, I value the information on bats especially.

Hope everyone is well, and healthy after the long season.

Thanks to all,

Wayne Langley (Wayne 37)
Sept. 27, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: Bats
Discussion: the new bat "Nightmare"

Bruce,

I Googled it, and found AD Starr manufactures the bat. Dudley is more well known for making softballs also.

I'm sure the Nightmare will be selling like hotcakes at the Nationals, and Worlds coming up seeing how it is now approved for senior play.

Just smells [sniff, sniff] kind of fishy that the bat is being promoted by an individual, as in "advertising a commercial product".

I don't run in the clique, so I wish some could be more specific. I'm not a person who hauls several bats around with me.

Like I said earlier, I've hit with the Dudley Lightning balanced bat, and I think it performs exceptionally well. Know a person who hits with the end load, and they are outdoing past performances. I have swung the end load. However, I never swing an end load bat, so I feel that point is moot coming from me. Just passing on some information if people are void of information concerning the bat.

I started a thread earlier...and it gets taken down when I have no vested interest in said bat, nor do I aspire to. I haven't a problem with the Nightmare thread. Just the criteria why it stays up, and mine comes down seeing how Dudley has a banner thread on the site.
Sept. 27, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: Bats
Discussion: the new bat "Nightmare"

I have no problem with anything........except I started a thread about the Dudley Lightning bat, a company who does advertise on this site. They sold a limited few @ Dalton, GA.

I conveyed my experience hitting with the bat, and the experiences of others who hit with the bat, and give it a high rating. SSUSA staff seems it disappropriate for reasons unknown.

As stated by HJ, I have no financial interest either. Just trying to share information, and get some feedback from others. I would like to at least have some discussion come back my way.

Why is that so hard to understand?

Thank you,

Wayne Langley

P. S. I don't even know who makes the Nightmare, or if it a new bat company. No ones' said.
Sept. 26, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: Bats
Discussion: the new bat "Nightmare"

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Just saying.
Aug. 31, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Jose and Ozzie Canseco looking to play 50 and over together in Las Vegas September tournament

Sorry already picked up Mark McGwire, and Barry Bonds.
Aug. 30, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher does what?

Webbie25 ~ You don't have to move off the base.

Most F5's I know will get excited, and touch the base first. I'm standing on it. Might as well try to lead to confusion if I'm going to be toast.....LOL
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