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Discussion: Hitting THE DIRTY

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March 3, 2013
softball4b
Men's 60
768 posts
Hitting THE DIRTY
Ed Jones and I got to swing THE DIRTY. The bat was too light for he or I. It was a 28 oz balanced and we were hitting 44/375 Thrump and Evil balls. There are 4 videos at the website listed below. There must have been something wrong with the camera because I think it added about a 100 lbs to my image instead of ten.

Seriously though, I am a Reebok guy. I have had some very good success with both distance and durability with my bats. I won't even touch a Miken.

THE DIRTY seems to be a very good bat. We took about 250 swings overall and the bat performed, end of story. Is it better than the Reebok, I don't know yet. I like the way it looks and I would have no problem swinging it in a game. Especially since it wasn't a weight or balance that I usually swing. If you are happy with what you are swinging, my suggestion is don't switch. Otherwise this bat deserves a look.

I don't sell bats, I hit them. Contact Kelly Sports for any questions you may have.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUPdCIAZwXZbb19eTpQ1JBeQ

Mike Adair #35
Joe Brown AllStars 60 Major Plus
March 3, 2013
softball4b
Men's 60
768 posts
For those of you that have less than stellar batting practice pitchers, invest $190 bucks and get a louisville blue flame. This pitching machine ios spring operated and will throw between 10-11' at 50-55 feet. The only time balls change distance is related to theior weight and direction when the legs move some.

I got it so I would not have to hit off of Bob "legend" Castro, Lord knows he needs helping pitching.
March 3, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1010 posts
I hit the Dirty with Joe Ranaldi, and I would say it wasn't the weight I swing so it was two to three ounces lighter than my preferred weight, however the ball was jumping off it... It had about 130 swings on it, I believe it was on par with my Reebok which I swing..
March 4, 2013
PJ3P
Men's 50
78 posts
I second what softball4b says about the blue flame. Using identical balls it will hit the mat 95%+. I use spikes to hold all three corners down and it is remarkably consistent. I also put a 2x4 across the front with spikes through it to get a little extra heighth. It really allows you to get into a groove. Here it is in action with a low arc...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVtJz9DAfY4
March 4, 2013
hombre
Men's 60
220 posts
I've had a Blue Flame for about 2 years and it saves so much time due to wasted pitches. Putting more body weight on the spring pedal and gently pulling the release bar, instead of jerking it, will also improve consistancy.

I would also suggest getting the pitching screen. It is made specifically for this machine and can be found for $80. Even with the screen, the ball can come back through the hole, hit the machine,and bounce into the pitcher. This has happened several times. You can purchase the machine on Amazon.com for $170.

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