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Discussion: Bat Warmers

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Nov. 26, 2007
AlleninGa
Men's 60
113 posts
Bat Warmers
Are bat warmers worth the investment? I would appreciate any advice anyone can give me on types, experiences, recommendations etc.
Nov. 26, 2007
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2691 posts
Allen, In 2000 while at Bat Wars, I asked the same question of Brett Helmer. He told me that the problem is the cold balls, not the cold bat. Maybe we need ball warmers!
I would think that it would be best to use some Worth Gold Dots during the winter months and leave the Trumps and Dudleys at home till the summer months.
Better yet, Kevin with Trump has some bp balls that should be better!
Nov. 26, 2007
azsenior
92 posts
Funny this should come up. At batting practice today there was a player with a bat warmer and I asked our bat expert, Bill Gateley about it. The answer was the same with a big ‘no’ that they do not work. He said the warmer might heat up a metal bat but by the time you stepped up to the plate it would cool off. Also the same information about the ball. On composite bats the warm do not work, period. Hope that helps.
Nov. 26, 2007
Enviro-Vac
Men's 60
403 posts
Bats don't cool off that fast. I often use the microwaveable version of bat heater in cold weather and can say that when I step into the batters box...my stick is hot.
Nov. 26, 2007
AlleninGa
Men's 60
113 posts
Thanks guys, the information helps a lot. There's so much hype on products and the real truth can only come from "experienced" softball junkies. Players are always looking for an "edge" and ways to help protect our investments in bats, which sometimes makes us vunerable to the "hype". As I plan to play "more" ball before the weather warms up to consistantly 60degrees, I'm trying to learn what the norm is for players accustomed to playing in colder tempratures. I'm hesitant to us a composit and figured on using my Anderson Rocket tech.
Nov. 26, 2007
VegasPaul
Men's 60
30 posts
I purchased a Worth M-7 last year. The following was on a sticker attached to the bat:
"...High performance bats are suseptable to ball denting, especially in cold weather (below 60 F), we urge you to use balls which have been stored above 70 F for at least 8 hours prior to use, and to keep the balls warm between games..."
Vegas Paul
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