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Discussion: Balanced vs. End Loaded

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Feb. 10, 2007
skywarrior
24 posts
Balanced vs. End Loaded

I have been playing in the senior league for a few years and am considering getting either an Untra 2 or Combat for the upcoming season. I am not a big power hitter. Tall and lanky, fairly strong for my age. Hit mainly hard line drives but occasionally surprise myself with some power. Anyway, can someone please explain the differences and advantages of end loaded compared to balanced. Any help would be appreciated.
Feb. 10, 2007
tattooball
620 posts
If you are tall and strong the endload will help you keep your bat speed up on impact.
Feb. 10, 2007
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
For me an end loaded bat slows down my enough that I hit the ball in the heart of the hitting zone for max distant and consistency.

With a balance bat for me I catch the ball at the front of the hitting zone which gives me no power behind the ball. I hit the ball well but nothing behind it. I try being more patience but without enough success to make it worth while.
Feb. 10, 2007
santo
Men's 55
41 posts
One problem that presents itself is that the Ultra II comes in balanced only. In my humble opinion, if you want a senior endloaded bat, you really only have one choice in the Combat da bomb by Anaconda. There are many other endloaded bats, but none other that are only legal for seniors and not legal for USSSA/ASA...(If that means anything anymore). I think the Ultra has more pop than the combat so you do have a choice to make. Hopefully you know someone who has each bat. Try both and pick the one that feels right. I like the endloaded bats, but the ball flys a little farther with the balanced Ulta II.
Feb. 10, 2007
4x4
Men's 65
595 posts
While we're on this subject here's my question. After using the U2 both 27 & 28 oz. I decided to try an end loaded bat and bought a Senior Combat 28EL. The bat feels good and solid however I feel that it has quickened my swing too much. I'm watching others smaller and not as strong as me have good success swinging the SC EL in 29-30 oz. I'm wondering if a step up to this weight would be a better match the mechanics of my swing. I've no problem producing long line drives with the 27-30 U2 balanced and have used the lighter weights in the theory that is makes the swing a bit quicker. I'm now wondering if I've taken the wrong approach.
Feb. 12, 2007
tattooball
620 posts
Bat weight is a tricky thing to determine what is best for you. 1. you should always swing the heaviest bat you can swing fast. 2. you should swing a bat with the most weight past the bats impact area that you can handle.
That being said, not every one can swing a 28-30 endload bat but most every one could if they practiced.
Take a tennis ball and a baseball, they are about the same size but not the same weight. Yet everyone will be able to throw the baseball faster than the tennis ball. The heavier ball will put resistance on the muscles and make them work at a higher rate. The same holds true for a bat, if you have the right amount of resistance in your swing your bat speed will increase. To light of a bat will swing fast to the ball but with little resistance your muscles cannot continue to keep the speed up through the impact. (inertia) Plays a big part of swinging a bat also. The heavier object will continue to swing at a higher speed.
If you swing a 26 oz bat at 90 mph and a 30 oz bat at 88 you will have better results with a 30 oz bat. The question is how heavy can you swing fast?
Feb. 12, 2007
4x4
Men's 65
595 posts
Thank you Trumpball. I'm getting ready to head to the Curt Hollis spring training. My guess is there will be an array of bats to tinker with to get a better idea. I'd always used heavier bats with good results but switched down to 27 and think maybe heavy is best for me. We'll see this weekend (I hope).
Feb. 12, 2007
tattooball
620 posts
Pete,
When you get there talk to Mike Macenko. He will be able to help you out with some tips and bat weight. I can't make this I will be in Auburndale at the half century tourny. Mike has my cell number if you get to that art of Fla give me a ring.
Feb. 12, 2007
mad dog
Men's 60
3937 posts
hey pete i'll see ya there,also will have some bats to look at for ya.
Feb. 13, 2007
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2665 posts
I'll be there also. I am suppose to be getting my Sr. Combat at that time. I should be able to break it in by the next weekend for the TOC.
See you there!
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