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Discussion: Bat Comparisons

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Dec. 28, 2013
rustoman
2 posts
Bat Comparisons
I recently got back into playing softball. I quit playing 25 years ago and man has the game changed. With the composite bats guys that used to be average hitters with average power seem to now be beasts. I'm in a league with players from 50 to 77 years of age and we have no bat restrictions. I'm pushing for ASA only bats and 52/300 core balls. Will this be sufficient enough to curb the insanity? I would appreciate insight.
Dec. 28, 2013
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2688 posts
If you go by ASA approved bats you will be seeing shaved ASA bats. They are almost impossible to detect with the exceptions for the distance of the shots. My advice is to allow senior bats.
You may want to think about a screen for the pitchers.
Good luck.
Dec. 28, 2013
crusher
Men's 70
403 posts
rustoman - you may have been out to long to play todays game.

The good news is there is day ball where they use ASA bats with the year 2000 and 2004 approved bats. Here in the Dallas area there are several leagues and even different levels using these bats. I play in one of these leagues and can recommend it for you.

There may be some nite leagues that use the prior generation bats, they will be much safer for you to compete in.
Dec. 28, 2013
mad dog
Men's 65
3948 posts
rustoman...just go with the 52-300 ball and the beast mode will be gone.....hr hitters will hit their hr's,but you won't see the mishit ones by guys who never hit them in their life,like you see with the senior equipment we use for the senior org's.....

bruce if the clowns want to spend money to shave an ASA bat for the 52 ball...let them waste their money..won't do them any good...
Dec. 29, 2013
Lefty
Men's 65
498 posts
Mad Dog can you tell me if the new ASA bats like the ultra have 1.21 stamped on it. Are the ASA bats hotter than the senior ultra bats we use. I bought 2 dozen 52-300 balls. Put them on the tee using my combat senior bats. Your right if you mishit this ball your out. But over all I hit great line drives to a 300ft fence. Didn't hit my normal over. I believe I hit 6 out of 24 and that's better than I thought this ball would be. Saying that to me this ball comes off the bat just as fast as the balls we use in ssusa and it's not the rock. I believe the hrs would go down some. I used the dudley syn. 50-300. The other brands might hit a little different as you know. Just my take on this ball.
joe lefty falcon #77
panhandle hitman 65m
Dec. 29, 2013
mad dog
Men's 65
3948 posts
joe from what i have heard the ASA bats are that now,since ASA now will be using the 52-300 ball....hence the reason USSSA doesn't allow them for their assoc.... i don't understand their reasoning for this as USSSA uses the 52-300 ball(classic +) also...they do have the 40-325(classic M) that in cold weather is as good as most balls,but in the heat is a sock

the syn covered ball i have heard doesn't preform as good as the leather or composite covers......as for the ball i like the best ..it is the AD STARR tattoo 52-300 ball as this ball is from the inventor of the ball.....

keep hitting them joe you'll like them.......
Dec. 31, 2013
rustoman
2 posts
Thanks for everyone's input. Crusher overall you may be right about being out too long, fielding skills at the mound have eroded but can still hit line drives. From information provided, the 52/300 ball with ASA approved bats may be our best option. Are the senior bats like the Reebok Melee really that potent? We play on 305 foot fenced fields (about a 318 carry)and the one guy on our team with legit power hits one about 350 right out of the wrapper and then hits two more line drives off the top of the fence his next two trips.
Dec. 31, 2013
mad dog
Men's 65
3948 posts
melee is legit.....also with the 52 ball you can still use the senior bats and not worry about balls flying out of the park...we use this combo for our ASA senior league and have no complaints what so ever from anyone......
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