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Discussion: End Load vs. balanced.

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April 6, 2014
hombre
Men's 60
220 posts
End Load vs. balanced.
If all else is equal, does an end loaded bat give you more distance than a balanced bat or is it just a matter of comfort and preference? Thanks
April 7, 2014
Adiktiv6
Men's 50
66 posts
Yes and Yes

A dik
April 7, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
I'd agree IF you can keep the same bat speed.
April 8, 2014
Adiktiv6
Men's 50
66 posts
hummm, I was under the impression that the end load bats created more bat speed through the ball......but, what do I know!!

A dik
April 8, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
Mass, energy, velocity. Albert Einstein knew.
Personally I prefer balanced bats, but do use on occasion some el's. Depends on how much EL and bat weight.
Like everything, its personal, with no one size fits all.
April 8, 2014
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
Check out this page though it's BB and FP primarily same forces apply.

http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/bats/batw8.html

There are many others out there as well.

Comes down to heaviest without loosing bat speed IMO.
April 8, 2014
HJ
Men's 70
442 posts
A fun thing to do is to get different bats with different weights and balanced and end loaded and then time your batspeed. The results are not always what you expect. Hombre, generally a balanced bat swings faster because the balance point on an end loaded bat is closer to the barrel end of the bat. Generally a bat swings faster if the balance point is closer to the knob. The formula for calculating force uses the square of the batspeed so generally the end loaded bat
puts more mass on the ball (good) but at a lower batspeed (bad) and vice versa. And just to really confuse things, hitting the ball slightly below center imparts backspin which creates an aerodynamic effect which gives more distance. If you can, borrow lots of bats and determines which bat gives you the most consistency hitting the ball hard. Unless you are an effective HR hitter, consistently hitting the ball hard will make you an effective hitter irrespective of distance.
April 8, 2014
Az Iz
37 posts

From what I am seeing at different tournaments, is there are just as many Reebok Melee Red bats are being used as the Yellow version. Also the Miken UII Ultra black balanced bat (probably the most popular senior bat of all time) is still very popular. So whether balanced or end loaded both are about equal in popularity. It's just a matter of preference.





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