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Discussion: HAS ANYBODY TRIED THIS?

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Aug. 10, 2013
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86 posts
HAS ANYBODY TRIED THIS?

Just Curious....

I have heard of guys "breaking in" their new bats by various means other than hitting balls.

I was told that hitting the new bat against an old car tire covered with a towel works real well.

Has anybody tried this?

What were the results?

Any thoughts or opinions?

Aug. 10, 2013
Fabe
Men's 50
220 posts
Never tried it, but would not be good for bats known to break at the taper area. Invested in a special mallet....endloaded and made with a softball on the end, seems to work for me. Aloha, Fabe
Aug. 10, 2013
crusher
Men's 70
395 posts
I use 2 BP sessions of 30 swings each.
This gets me in tune with the new bat and breaks in the new bat. Plus the swing reps helps my timing.
Aug. 10, 2013
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2665 posts
Bp only, breaks in your bat and tunes your swing. Why do it any other way?
Aug. 10, 2013
cyborg45
82 posts
Use a rubber mallet up and down the barrel at first. I think this breaks the bat in evenly. After several sessions, then batting practice.
Aug. 10, 2013
Tri18
625 posts
There are various methods that you can use but generally speaking you can tune your swing to the bat and break it in by following the instructions that I list on the front page of my website. It also helps to add to the longevity of your bat.
Alan Tanner
www.team1sports.us
Aug. 12, 2013
softballnuts
79 posts
Tri18

When you talk about these numbered hits do you count balls that are hit off the handle and end of the bat or just balls hit off the sweet spot?


Aug. 12, 2013
softballnuts
79 posts
Tri18

Oooooops

This is the edited version....

When you talk about these numbered hits to break in a new bat, do you count balls that are hit off the handle and end of the bat or just balls that are hit ON the sweet spot of the bat?







Aug. 12, 2013
JamesLG
303 posts

I thought hitting a bat with a rubber mallet or any way except hitting balls was against SSUSA policies. Is hitting it with a rubber mallet as you rotate it much different than rolling it? I don't think so.

Thanks:

James
Aug. 12, 2013
Tri18
625 posts
Unless you are really off mark all the hits count. Remember, it's not an exact science as each player is different in swing speed, technique, and strength but....this method will work to help the bat beak in the way that compositites were designed too. Rubber mallets, trees,telephone poles, rolling, ummmmm
Not so much !
Best of luck to you,
Alan Tanner
561-718-7504
Aug. 12, 2013
mad dog
Men's 60
3937 posts
jamesLG....yep ....tri18 all of those(Rubber mallets, trees,telephone poles, rolling)will get a bat to be consider to be altered by the assoc's....check their rules.....the way i look at it,is if you have to do this to break your bat in..your way to lazy and why play....take the bp, break you bat in the proper way...hey it might even help your swing.......
Aug. 12, 2013
HJ
Men's 70
442 posts
It is my understanding and I am not sure if it applies to all associations, but I believe it is considered illegal to break in a bat by any method other than hitting a regulation ball with the bat. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Men's 55
100 posts
Fabe: Hope you will notice this request. The wife & I are planning another HI vacation and I would welcome an opportunity to perhaps get together and discuss some possibilities that might be positive to both sides regarding your club.

If you would be kind enough to contact me ( grm.phd@gmail.com ) at your earliest convenience, I would greatly appreciate it.
Aug. 15, 2013
Fabe
Men's 50
220 posts
Sparky great to hear from you! Note was sent...hoping to see you while you visit! Aloha, Fabe
Aug. 15, 2013
Snot Nose Kid
41 posts

I agree that the best way to break in a bat is to take BP with it.

Sometimes that is easier said than done.

A few weeks ago I ordered a bat to replace a bat that broke.

The bat was supposed to arrive on Wednesday, but UPS delayed delivery to about 7:30 Thursday evening. Too late for the Thursday BP. Thursday evening I had to pack my bags to prepare for a weekend tournament.
Friday, I had to work and drive 5 hours to get to my hotel. Saturday morning I got 8 swings (Why do they always come up with the number of pregame swings at 8?) So to make a long story short I ended up using the bat without any real break in period.
Aug. 15, 2013
Mario
Men's 50
381 posts
When I first started senior ball I broke bats like glass. Then I heard about taking 25 1/2 swings, 25 3/4/swings, then 25 full swings and put it away for games. This has worked so well for me that I am swinging last years bat still this season. And it is hot, hot ,hot!!!! Im at about 800 swings on my end load Reebok Melee. Ive never gotten this many swings out of any senior bat.
Aug. 16, 2013
stick8
1298 posts
Dale, I kind of thought it was because you were implementing more of base hit swing into your game!! lol
BTW, that 25 slow, 25 medium and 25 full swings on all points of the reebok bat that you showed me does work. Once the bat is broken in, NEVER use it in bp.
Aug. 16, 2013
mad dog
Men's 60
3937 posts
mario are you sure your not using a telephone pole...LOL......

stick..mario and base-hitting in the same sentence doesn't sound right....LOL.....
Aug. 16, 2013
stick8
1298 posts
I wish I had 1/10 of Dales power!!
Sept. 12, 2013
phantomf4j
21 posts
mad dog- just this week I saw a guy buy a brand new bat, right out of Corky's truck, bring it to the nearby practice field and start banging away on a telephone pole. He was not tapping, he was taking a 1/2 swing. I have seen several guys in this area do the same thing. I am sorry, but I cannot bring myself to do this. A bat just has so many contacts in it to begin with. Why waste those contacts on a telephone pole?
Sept. 12, 2013
J R
182 posts
I hit off a tee that way you can rotate bat. Also wrap bat with tape.Then go to .batting cage and hit.
Sept. 20, 2013
grd8sbnut
Men's 50
14 posts
Mario where are you boys (OKI) staying in VEGAS this year ??
Sept. 23, 2013
B1GPAP1
Men's 50
8 posts
I used the TP. Telephone Pole. Medium taps from about 18"-24" away, up and down the barrel, rotating 1/2 inch, up and down the barrel, rotate, repeat. Worked great. I've had the same bat three seasons in. (Reebok Melee).
I don't discount or frown upon any break in methods. If I needed a bat for a same day tourney, and just got it, I just might be agressive at the TP as well.
But at least I'm not sending my bat to the Gillette Doctor.
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