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Discussion: Cold weather and senior bats

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Dec. 17, 2013
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Cold weather and senior bats
Merry CHRISTmas everyone!
I have had a lot of inquiries lately on the topic and it's also been mentioned on the board so I thought I would just go over a few things to benefit all the senior players.... (Even though I sell bats ! LOL)
1. Temperatures below 65 are not recommended for senior bat use, period. If you do choose to use the bat below 65 degrees, you are causing damage to the bat and decreasing its life. If you aren't a "bat breaker" you may get away longer with it than other guys but it's still not recommended.
2. If you do choose to use a senior bat anyway...a well broken in bat will be the one to break first as it's lifespan is already on the downward slope.
3. If you do choose to use the senior bat at least don't hit it in bp. Invest in a ASA or USSSA bat that has a warranty and save your senior bat for the games.
4. Bat warmers do slightly preserve bats but what about the ball you are hitting? The ball is also adversely affected by cold and becomes Harder and thus, creates more potential damage to your bat.
5. Senior bats that are known to be very hot quickly and generally don't last as long as the other choices will be the first to explode in cooler weather.
Another important note...! As we know, senior bats do NOT have a warranty with the exception of Mikens new Triad Blackout. However, some companies do extend a replacement if a bat breaks quickly or by a defect. AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, a bat company is going to research where you live and the temperatures associated with your area before even considering a replacement. Most of the time, a bat will not be considered if you live in a cooler weather area. So smart with your bats.
Last....good discussion on senior bats on previous threads but consider this. If you break bats regularly, ONLY US THEM IN A GAME. let's do some easy math. Even on the low side most guys that break bats can still get 250 hits on a good senior bat. At an average of 4 at bats per game you can still get over 60 games out of a bat. At 5 games a weekend, that translates to 12 tournaments which is what an average player might expect to play. So now you are talking about 1 bat per year which is a reasonable investment to enjoy softball like we all do. Again, get a good quality ASA or USSSA bat for bp and league games that comes with a warranty for your other days. Remember,,,,these are averages and there are certain guys that break bats more frequently. If you can't afford to keep buying senior bats, make an adjustment so that you can still enjoy the game. Another consideration is Mikens new Triad Blackout that comes with a warranty and has proven to be highly durable while providing good levels of performance.
I am happy to help you with any questions you have.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Dec. 17, 2013
81 posts

Great Information......

Especially the part about BAT WARMERS not really doing anything significant for the bats in cold weather!

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