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July 25, 2013
boston
306 posts
USA U2 snapped
Gentlemen: I was taking bp yesterday and a teamamtes USA U-2 snapped at the handle. This bat was NIW when he started hitting. it could not have been more than the 20th swing. We used senior trumps and classic M's for bp. I have never seen this before with a composite, has anyone else.
July 25, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4396 posts
I had a U-2 1.20 do this last year while in Reno. Snapped at the 5th or 6th knuckle area from the knob. About 45 on it.
July 25, 2013
ShaneV
Men's 55
382 posts
Saw one do this in Spokane in 2011. Corky checked it
but did not replace it. Very strange.
July 25, 2013
HJ
Men's 70
443 posts
I have no idea if this would have made a difference but there is a protocol posted here by
Alan respecting the proper way to break in a new bat. By memory it is like 25 swings at 1/2 speed,
25 at 3/4 speed and 25 at almost full speed and rotating the bat after each swing. At 20 it should have still been at 1/4 speed. If your 20 count started after a reasonable break in that is a different story.
July 25, 2013
crusher
Men's 70
403 posts
Breaking-in a bat has nothing to do with a bat snapping at the handle. The break-in is for the barrel.

Big strong guys break a bat at the handle.

C
July 25, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1006 posts
I agree with crusher.. the handle snapping is a defect in the bat and nothing to do with break-in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
July 26, 2013
boston
306 posts
The player swinging the bat is about 6'1" and 210. Not big by any means compared to some of the guys I've seen in senior ball. I have to agree with Crusher as well. I can't see how anything but a defect would cause a bat to snap at the handle. It was fortunate we were in a cage and not on a field where the bat could have nailed someone.
I'm going to have him take pics so we can show people in Prescott this weekend. It's a clean break.
July 26, 2013
4x4
Men's 65
597 posts
Although I no longer swing them (durability) I've seen this happen with other players 3 times. Never an old bat always almost new....

It's always in the same place on the handle.

One time two guys split the cost - bought on off the truck at game time - and 4 swings later - broken at that same spot on the handle - looks like cut off......

They went back and the vendor would not take the bat or replace.....I told them to call the credit card company and stop the purchase figuring that would get a result for them somewhere....don't know if they did that or not - they were amazed/perplexed/smokin' mad all at the same time....

There is a factory - manufacture problem there.....
July 26, 2013
curveball
Men's 65
404 posts
Fragile Senior bats in general don't like wet and heavy or just heavy balls. Cage balls are great way to ruin your bat, the balls are generally very heavy.
With 20 swings on it, send it back, I'd be surprised if they didn't warranty it.
July 26, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1006 posts
I tell you what.. if I had a handle snap on me early on and the company didn't make it right.. That would be the last bat I would buy! I understand about no warrantee, but the handle snapping near the hands? Come on, I know some stand on their bats to loosen up the handle but this puts the stress in the middle of the bat.. more likely to break near the start of the taper towards the barrel. IMO
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