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Discussion: Ultra II bats...may they rest in piece

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Feb. 19, 2013
cheezhed1
Men's 65
18 posts
Ultra II bats...may they rest in piece
I have been an ultra II user for 15 years. I used the black balanced bat for a long time and switched to the red end loaded two years ago. I am not a power hitter but occasionally will take 1 or two out per tournament. I just cracked the third red bat after 6 tournaments. I only used the red bats once a month in FHC tournaments. When one would crack I would use it for BP trying to extend the life of the new replacement bat. I will no longer buy Ultra II's. I am ready to make the switch to the Centenarian. Which bat, the black or the white, is the best choice and why?
Feb. 19, 2013
ju25
Men's 55
139 posts
If you like a nice end load and can hit with a 10" barrel I would go with a White Centenarian. If you prefer a longer barrel and a balanced or slight end load feel I would choose a Black Centenarian. Black takes a little longer to break in, but for me both are durable and perform well. Personally I would choose the Reissue of the Original Gray Combat(If they are anything like the Original?) or a Reebok Meleee Legend. Proper break-in then game use only for any senior bat has worked for me.
Feb. 19, 2013
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
418 posts
I am working on my fourth black Centenarian. We hit every day that weather permits and that's pretty often here in TX. I probably got in excess of 2500 swings on the first three. The fourth one is new. I am not a masher, but I have been very pleased with the durability.

I initially bought a 27 oz balanced model because I, too, was accustomed to the balanced Ultra II. After comparing the balanced model to the 27 oz end load, I switched to the end loaded model. It's not an extreme end load, but it just feels like I'm putting more bat on the ball than the balanced model.

I occasionally hit some of the newer bats brought out by others in our group. I think the Centenarian compares well with the best of them and the durability is much better for my purposes.
Feb. 19, 2013
OZZIE#8
13 posts
Been hearing that alot about the ultra 2's
Feb. 19, 2013
miken44
78 posts
had a new ultra 2 red max load hitting indoors 70 degrees 44/375 balls bat shattered 75 swings just bought a new 28 oz end load ambush from alan have a 28 oz balanced ambush like it alot but wanted something a little heavier will never buy another ultra no matter what it may be
Feb. 19, 2013
Webbie25
Men's 60
1967 posts
Cheezhed-I have 15 broken ultras in my garage from just the last 3 years. I am looking hard and may have found a good bat in the new Dirty by Combat. Stay in touch on this.
Feb. 19, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
997 posts
I broke a red one in 50 swings,, in 70 degree weather with 44 375 balls.. never again would I buy one..
Feb. 20, 2013
Tri18
608 posts
Cheez,
Sorry about the Ultra issue. I've mentioned before about swing speed, technique, and strength....some guys that hit the ball more flush have issues with the Ultras more so than some other senior bats.the Centenarian is a good choice for a durable bat that stills performs well as is the Ambush. I am happy to help you if you have questions about any of the senior bats.
Alan Tanner 561-718-7504
Team 1 Sports
Feb. 20, 2013
tinman
Men's 50
75 posts
I purchased my Black Centenarian in the fall of 2011.It is my gamer and has over 1000 swings on it in all weather conditions.It is as live as any bat in my graveyard which includes Red Mikens and Yellow Reboks.My White Centenarians have had paint issues but break in quicker.
Feb. 20, 2013
Webbie25
Men's 60
1967 posts
Alan-great observation. I have known that I have one swing that just caves a bat-and Steve Imlay has begun to recognize it while watching me also. I caved his Demarini One this last weekend with that swing and he knew it right away. However, the bat did have over 1000 swings on it.
Feb. 20, 2013
cheezhed1
Men's 65
18 posts
Thanks to all for your response in regard to my choices. Please bare with me in the following comments. I am no different that every other senior who plays softball in that when I purchase an item for $200 I would like some kind of assurance that the product is worthy of that investment. We, as seniors, have allowed the bat manufacturing companies to prosper by continuously shrugging our shoulders when a bat breaks too soon and turning around and purchasing another one because there is no warranty. I understand the use and abuse bats take depending upon who is swinging it. Wouldn't be nice if just one of the bat manufacturers offered a limited warranty. Example: 90 day return policy with a new replacement bat. 6 month limited warranty with a $50 certificate or discount toward the purchase of a new bat. 1 year limited warranty with a $25 certificate or discount toward the purchase of a new bat. If just one of the bat manufacturing companies would consider some kind of an assurance that their product is a good investment and they stand behind it, the rest would soon follow. Remember when bats were $300 and came with a 1 year warranty. All bat manufacturing companies offer 1 year warranties with the exception of senior bats. I would gladly pay the additonal $100 knowing that the company stands behind their product rather than paying $200 for a bat and in 6 months I will have to pay another $200 and still have no guarantee how long it will last. Okay I'm done venting, but dammit aren't we, as seniors, supposed to get smarter as we get older????
Feb. 20, 2013
crusher
Men's 70
388 posts
SENIOR BATS --- My observation is most senior bats lasts Most Senior Players several years. Playing league and tournaments I see 15 or so Ultra II and a smathering of other senior bats in the dugout. And, have only seen 1 bat actually break during a game.

This is watching AA and AAA. Now a MAJOR or + player with the big swing, I DO AGREE that may be a very different story.

All the guys with 3-5 years on their bat do not bother to post any complaints, probably because they do not have any complaints.

C
Feb. 21, 2013
Silk11
Men's 50
41 posts
Cheezhead1... Just used the Combat Ambush at the TOC. Teammates were telling me how hard the ball was coming off the bat, I could not tell. Thats because their is no vibration. Excellent POP!!!
Feb. 21, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
997 posts
Crusher, my Barons team now the North Cal Warriors break a ton of bats during a season... last year I went through four bats breaking one Reebok one MM Yellow and one black Centenarian and one Blue MM that never made it to a game.. had 75 practice swings. Other players on my team have similar results.. knowing this going into the season I have 4 Reebok's in my bag..
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