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Discussion: My Ultra2 Advance cracked in less than 60 swings

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March 11, 2007
Lefty
Men's 65
452 posts
My Ultra2 Advance cracked in less than 60 swings
I just wanted to take 5 swings with this bad boy. Donít normally take BP with this bat but it just didnít feel like the ultra. It took less than 60 swings for my ultra advance to crack. I did everything right. Temp. was 75 degrees. Used good Dudley advance 375 44 core balls and rotated the bat every swing. The first ball I hit I told my bubby this bat does not hit well at all. For some reason 6 inches on up was dead and it was hard to find the sweet spot. It cracked at the I on the Miken letters. Maybe I just happen to get the bad one out of the batch. I\'ve had my share of Utlra 2\'s in my time and this advance didn\'t swing close to one. I donít plan on buying another one until I hear they have fixed the problem. Lest than 60 swings, somebody is steeling my money. This bank is closed for the ultra advance. Thanks for lessoning. See you in Montgomery this week end.
March 11, 2007
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2584 posts
I'm glad I waited before I bought one. Thanks for the info Lefty.
March 11, 2007
pressguy33
39 posts
Get a Senior Combat and you'll be happy. Just ask Bruceinga.
March 11, 2007
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2584 posts
That's not all you need to be happy, but it is a good start! :)
March 12, 2007
Lefty
Men's 65
452 posts
BruceGa are you guys going to be in the Mongomery Spa Tourneyment this weekend. By the way I do have a Senior Combat and love it. I tried getting an older model Ultra2 but the guy changed his mind at the last minute. So I thought I'd try the new one as you can see that didn't work out to well for me. Sometimes you get lucky sometimes you get a defect. Just bad luck on my part. See you around and have a good year.
March 12, 2007
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2584 posts
We won't be in Montgomery. My league teammates will be there playing with Kayson's 50 or 55 team.
I hope you have great weather. Good luck to all!
March 12, 2007
hombre
Men's 60
220 posts
Yesterday I took some BP with the boys in Chattanooga. It was about 75 and sunny. One of the guys had a new U2Advanced. It cracked. It was the first or second time that he had used it.I told him that I had read some pretty negative stuff on this board about this bat and he said he wished he had read it too, because he wouldn't have bought the thing. He said he wouldn't buy another Miken. Miken, are you listening?
March 12, 2007
Bigun
1 posts
Lefty
I play in the 60's major plus had one do almost the same thing couldn't have had more than 50-60 swings in it, I also think it is on the short side of performance, not out to replace it
March 13, 2007
Rookie 50
5 posts
Same thing happened to me last year. I sent it back to Miken with a nice letter and they replaced it.. My bat was dead out of the wrapper as well. There must be a few duds out there.
March 13, 2007
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2584 posts
I cracked my first U2 that I bought a few years ago with less than 30 swings. I attached a letter to the bat when I returned it for a warrenty return, hoping they wouldn't count it towards the warrenty. Miken ignored my request.
It's always worth a try.
March 13, 2007
armiho211
Men's 70
398 posts
most of the players that i talked to so far, do not like the feel nor the knob on the bat. one guy has already broken 2 of them in the last 2 weeks, i hope he has learned his lesson. "DONT USE IT FOR BATTING PRACTICE! !' WHAT TO DO TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM ; A) DO NOT USE YOUR MIKEN 2'S FOR BATTING PRACTICE, 2) DO NOT USE THEM IN LEAGUE GAMES THAT DONT MEAN ANYTHING, 3) THIS ONE COULD HURT FEELINGS, OR HURT YOUR POCKETBOOK, DO NOT LET THE PLAYERS THAT DONT BRING BATS TO THE GAMES USE IT. THEY NEED TO BUY THEIR OWN, PERIOD. OR MAKE IT CLEAR THAT IF THE BAT BREAKS IN THEIR HANDS,THEY JUST PURCHASED IT. I INTEND TO USE MY OLDER BATS FOR EVERYTHING EXCEPT TOURNAMENTS. THIS MAY BE AN IDEA TO SELL SOME OF YOUR OLDER BATS THAT ARE IN THE CORNER OF YOUR GARAGE ! MY .02C. THANKS
March 13, 2007
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
I like the Ultra II as much as anyone, but I have suggested to all that I would not buy an Advanced. I tell them to get the Senior Combat. I'll be using my Combat at FOD in Palm Springs on Friday.
March 28, 2007
Lefty
Men's 65
452 posts
Sent the Ultra 2 Advance to Miken they check it out and the replacement arrived today fedx. Thanks Miken. I hope this one last a little longer than 50 swings.
March 28, 2007
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2584 posts
Props to Miken!
March 29, 2007
jah#4
Men's 55
551 posts
lefty
you are the lucky one. Miken send two back with no reason for not helping the players with their bats. I hope Miken wakes up before it to late.
Don
March 29, 2007
4x4
Men's 65
590 posts
Hopefully Miken will start paying attention. Since they have started to build in a high failure rate into their bats I have added 3 bats to my bag. All 3 were Senior Combats! There is a huge showing of the Senior Combats this year at tournaments. Considering there weren't many to be seen at the end on last year it's a very large increase. At the TOC the Combat Rep ran out of virtually all the bats for sale while the Miken vendor still had a lot left out on display on Sunday. I started the year with 3 U2's and am down to 1 now (3 tournaments = 2 broken U2's). I had been totally loyal and supportive to Miken in years past however their poor product quality coupled with unsatisfactory cutomer service has driven myself and many others away. Once the Rip-It gets approved Miken will be all but forgotten. Final comment - everyone with the Senior Combat seems very happy.....
April 10, 2007
FreshFish
32 posts
Just because a manufacturer states "No warranty" does innoculate them from a DEFECT in the product incurred during the manufacturing process...Certain States are better than others as far as protecting consumers for just this sort of thing...Each State has an Attorney Generals' office with Website for registering complaints and walking U through the process, kinda like the "Lemon Law" and the right to have certain assumptions pertaining too a particular product...BTW I not a lawyer but I drive by the Holiday Express @ least 2x a day...IAMFISH.
May 13, 2007
RonHarp
Men's 60
7 posts
I have used the advanced 26 oz for about 4 months now. I use it in batting practice, over the line practice and tournaments. This bat has around 500+ hits, shows no wear and will (like the old ultra) allow me to hit the ball 320+. I think it's a great bat and even better than the old because it will allow me to wrap my finger around the end, giving me a 35-36 inch bat. This will increase bat speed.
May 14, 2007
bogie
Men's 55
141 posts
I am an Ultra2 user but I bought a senior combat and an Ultra advanced to compare. My senior combat was 28el but felt very light and balanced to me. If you are swwinging good, it had very good performance. I want to try out a 30el and I think I will like it very much. As far as the Ultra Advanced 30oz...I and my teammates have put over 500 swings on it, without it breaking. However, it does not feel to me, like my other Ultra2s. The sweet spot is much smaller, it has a slightly different sound and certainly does not have the pop or distance of my Ultra2. I think there is a small spot on the Advanced that compares to the U2, but miss it and performance drops...but overall it appears to be a different performing bat than the original U2...IMO..
The combat has a totally different feel to me, much harder, than the Utlra2, but once I get a 30ozer, I think I will like it even more. Its a great bat, and one I will prefer over the Ultra Advanced..., but not quite ready to give up the U2, until I see how a 30 combat performs compared to it.
May 14, 2007
notretiredyet555
Men's 55
30 posts
I hear a lot of praise for the Senior Combat throughout this discussion and was about to buy one until I saw the new one with a 10" barrel that Anaconda has on its website. Has anyone tried this one? I have always liked swinging a shorter barrel, but need some feedback on this model first before I buy one or the other.
May 14, 2007
STONEMAN
Men's 50
535 posts
NOTRETIREDYET 555: I would stay away from the 10" barrel. This 'new' SENIOR COMBAT barrel, is more like the W
May 14, 2007
STONEMAN
Men's 50
535 posts
NOTRETIREDYET 555: I hit the wrong button.....I would stay away from the 10" barrel. This 'new' SENIOR COMBAT barrel, is more like the Worth PST's.

A 12" to 14" barrel, gives a batt' a lil' room 4 error. On a 10" barrel, if, one does not hit the ball just right, the batted ball w/ not travel as far.

Also, I have been informed that the SWEET SPOT, on a 10" barrel, has a smaller Sweet Spot, than a 12" to 14" barrel bat.

GOOD LUCK........... The STONEMAN.....
May 14, 2007
tattooball
602 posts
Stoney,
If you can't hit the sweetspot on the 10" bat you probably should retire.
May 14, 2007
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
notretiredyet555.............some of the guys at softballfans like the 10" Virus. Maybe the Anaconda Senior 10" is the same bat, with different paint. Anyone know?
May 14, 2007
Juno
11 posts
Can someone explain to me what a "Senior Combat" is? I have been to Kelly sports , Anaconda and others, nowhere does anyone sell
"Senior Combats". There are Virus,Anti virus, Da Bomb, etc., etc but no Senior Combats. If I wanted to order one what would I ask for?
May 14, 2007
4x4
Men's 65
590 posts
Click on the link at the upper right hand corner for the "Senior Softball Store" it will take you to Anaconda Sports and then click on the Combat bat. The next page will show you the bat indicating it is approved for SSSUA with the Anaconda name on the label with the 1.2 rating.
May 15, 2007
tattooball
602 posts
The 10 inch is a senior original bat with a shorter barrel, longer handle and whole lot of fun to swing.
It is only available at theseniorsoftballstore.com

Click the link then click the combat original bat, then look at the bats on the left.
May 15, 2007
Juno
11 posts
Thanks Trumpball, it's one that says Original on it I presume and it is not approved for ASA. I hear it is as good as the new Ultra 2, is that correct?
May 15, 2007
tattooball
602 posts
Not asa approved and yes it is a very good bat.
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