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Discussion: Introducing the latest technology

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April 1, 2014
Webbie25
Men's 60
1974 posts
Introducing the latest technology
I am happy to announce, in conjunction with Alan Tanner of Team One Sports, the latest innovation in bat technology. After 2 full years of top secret testing it is finally here. We proudly present---The Curved Softball Bat. Like the hockey stick, the curved bat will impart different reactions and different spins on the ball. By holding the bat with the curve to the left for a right handed batter, you can pull the ball stronger than ever. By a simple turn of the bat to curve to the right, you can hit to the opposite field-AND NEVER CHANGE YOUR SWING!! For left handed hitters just reverse the curve. Can't get that low pitch? Turn the curve down and whale away! High pitch a problem? Turn the curve up and Tomahawk with the best of them. Let the bat do it for you. Special notches in the handle allow you to know where you have rotated the bat as you hit so the defenses cannot read the bat curve. It is truly a bat for ALL HITTERS. It is available in 3 and 6 degree 'ARC CURVE'. Our introductory retail is $169.99 and we will ship free to the first 100 customers. It is available from Alan Tanner at Team One Sports beginning today!! Supplies are limited.

DON'T BE LEFT BEHIND!!!!!

Mark Weber
HR Webco, LLC
Albuquerque
weber5069@msn.com

"Adrenaline Produced Results Increase Length Fortuitously, Optimizing Our Long Shots!"
April 1, 2014
Tri18
608 posts
Mark,
The CURVE will bring an added level of excitement to our game. Since several hockey companies became involved in softball we have been able to borrow hockey stick technology and combine it with the latest bat technology to create the CURVE. It's quite amazing to see some of the prototypes being used and it's going to take softball to the next level. It's similar to having different club selections in your golf bag all in one ! We are working on production capabilities now as it does present challenges in manufacturing but it should be available in 14....
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 1, 2014
crusher
Men's 70
389 posts
SSUSA Staff You guys best get ahead of this on Bat Policy Rules!

The first change is a bat curved more than .005 degrees will be limited to 17 inches in length. This should equal the playing field for the defense verses the offense with this 21 century modification.

The old crooked handle bat of the 20th century put the offense at a disadvantage so it went away.

Laugh a lot and enjoy life.

C
April 1, 2014
rightrj1
Men's 55
208 posts
Wow another bat for us OLD guys to try!!! I'm sure I'll get me one.... Webbie I love your Motivation for pumping up the guys and making them think they will be a better hitter if they purchase this bat! Great Sales Pitch!!!

Just remember OLD MEN, If you can't Hit a softball on a consistence bases now, what makes you think you'll be a better hitter just because there's a curve in the BAT? "Its not the BAT its the BATTER".

I know Alan & Webbie to be Outstanding Men, but I guess the LOVE for NEW Toys will keep our interest in the new Technology! Please purchase this bat, knowing that it will NOT increase your production at the plate...WE ARE WHO WE SAID WE ARE!
April 1, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4359 posts
And TH and all will be promoting it on here at the home page according to the note I received form Dave.
April 1, 2014
curveball
Men's 65
400 posts
HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!
April 1, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4359 posts
Look for them at the Reno event in the old truck. Kinda the reverse of the old Easton Zapper bat. Maybe someone will finally get it right let alone market what they 'promote'.

April 1, 2014
softball4b
Men's 60
738 posts
You can sure tell when a guy is laid up and can't play ball. I would maybe believe this if it was coming from Imlay or Bogie, but Webbie. I am surprised it did not have a built in feature to find the nearest beer.
April 1, 2014
softball4b
Men's 60
738 posts
Or Prime rib.
April 1, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4359 posts
Its set up on his smart tv. Auto dial chicken delight or prime rib and beer.
April 1, 2014
Webbie25
Men's 60
1974 posts
Mike, that's what I forgot to add-a GPS that told me where the next beer and prime rib is coming from.

Nobody caught the last line of the post.
April 2, 2014
Omar Khayyam
994 posts
Webbie, of course we caught the last line. It was our April Fool on you not to mention it! On a more sober note, I'm going to rummage around in the garage to see if I can find my old bent handle aluminum from the 80s. I'm nostalgic for it and need to swing it again for old times sake.
April 2, 2014
Webbie25
Men's 60
1974 posts
I had several emails at the house from guys that didn't get it. We had fun with it anyway. I remember the old bent handle bat-do you remember the bat with water in it that was supposed to move to the end of the bat to make it swing like it was end loaded?
April 2, 2014
StevenL.Imlay
Men's 60
71 posts
Three sided bat....I actually liked that bat!!
SLi
April 2, 2014
Omar Khayyam
994 posts
Webbie, I think I remember hearing about the water bat, but the guy who bought the bent-handle bat for the team (yes, about 10 of us used it, some for much of the season) evidently was tapped out and didn't purchase any other innovative bats. Steve's three-sided bat sounds interesting. I was using a thin-wall single wall that was badly dented when I first started playing senior softball but a teammate told me it was illegal. Don't know why since it didn't do much for me.

April 3, 2014
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
610 posts
Coachie was a bat collector. The only one that he ever actually let go was the water bat because he had a friend that really wanted it. I think it was called a Tidal Wave. It froze and broke over a winter in his barn. Now the Broadsider is still here, which is the 3 sided bat. The biggest problem was hitting the ball squarely on a flat side. If you hit it and caught the points, it was not so great. Of course these were aluminum bats. Thank you, Ray Demarini, for shaking up that concept and all of those 36 and 38 ounce bats you guys used back then. I remember having a really hard time finding even a bat as light as 30 which was still way too heavy for me, but I used that Tennessee Thumper for years before Demarini changed the bat world forever, and there were actually light bats available to improve our bat speed when swinging.
April 3, 2014
Webbie25
Men's 60
1974 posts
I saw the 3 sided bat-the one I did see was wood. Nancy, I still have a few of the older bats in my garage-I have a 38 oz brown Louisville with the flat knob, and also a 35 black Louisville. I remember swinging the 35 for the first time and thinking it was too light to generate the distance, and also arguing with a lady at Demarini that maximum bat weight plus maximum bat speed equal best distance. She won the argument and I ended up selling them out of my trunk! But that is why the Pros have the 3 oz rule-a bat cannot be more than 3 oz lighter than the length, and you will probably never see then swing any kind of metal or composite.
April 3, 2014
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
610 posts
Webbie and Imlay, thanks for this mental diversion. Coachie never wanted the curve handled bat. We were sponsored by One Cryo for a couple of years, and it was more durable than the Demarini and had good pop. There are some really old Demarinis in that collection too. The one bat that I could probably never part with is a black prototype EST. We were at a tournament (won't post just in case rep still works for Worth), and Coachie really wanted it. Near the end of the tournament, I was able to convince the Worth rep to sell it to me (at the time I was young, cute, and had cash). Coachie was working at Metro, and the Indiana Worth bat rep and showed him their new EST's which included the blue one with the small knob. Coachie told him that he had a black bat like that. The rep told him that he didn't because there were only a few prototypes made like that, and only the reps got them. Of course he goes to his bat bag in his office and brings it back. The rep wanted to know where he got it, and of course he told him from his wife. That bat is the most durable that I have ever seen, any everyone liked the grip with the small knob. It made it through Red Dots and his A players hitting with it in the Armory in St. Louis where we played indoor, winter ball. The new blue, green, and red ESTs that Worth released that year all really dented easily. The red was my favorite bat ever for me, 26 oz and hit so well. It only lasted because I would not let the boys hit with it. I bought the newer model a few years later, and it was not as good but better than the bats that I had used for years. Steve, if you make it home to Columbus, I will see if I can dig out that Broadsider for us to hit with. Thanks, guys.
April 3, 2014
Tri18
608 posts
Happy Day after April fools !
For you other bat geeks out there like myself:
Bent handle bat was : The Zapper
Water bat was made by Spalding: Tidal Wave
(I was doing some consulting for them back then but I PROMISE I had no input on the Tidal Wave)
Triangle bat: was in fact : the Broadsider

? Of the day...anyone got any more relic bat story's?

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 3, 2014
Mr. Manassas
227 posts
What about the bat with the holes in it to allow it to move through the air quicker???That bat ruined a lot of balls by cutting them up....
April 3, 2014
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
610 posts
There used to be a group in Missouri that challenged others to come to their park and play wiffle ball against them. The design of their diamond was pretty interesting. They could quickly swap backstop with outfield to work better with the wind. We never went there, but they also had 2 models of metal wiffle ball bats for sale, and I bought them for Coachie. After the teams would leave at Metro on Sunday night, we played wiffle ball against each other for hours into the early hours of Monday morning on Diamond 1. One of them was more prone to denting. We had more fun on those nights/mornings, but now I am going to have to look for those bats because I know that he kept everything but the Tidal Wave. Did I mention that he was an only child and a little spoiled by his parents and me?

Best Metro Stadium trivia, when Eight Men Out was filmed, they were at Metro for I think a couple of weeks. The only part that appeared in the movie was the very last scene with Shoeless Joe Jackson (there is about 5 minutes on YouTube). I get sort of choked up when I watch that scene (that is not in New Jersey) because I love that little park. Coachie and I almost lived there for 13 years, and it was there that he saw the NSA senior world series and decided that he wanted to play senior softball.
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