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Discussion: which ASA bat is better? please vote or give comments

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Jan. 19, 2008
snowed-in_new_yorker
Men's 50
15 posts
which ASA bat is better? please vote or give comments
Now that the Combat LV (Lady Virus) has been banned for ASA as of 1/7/08,
which ASA bat do think is better for distance or for line drives?

RIP-IT Senior ASA (slight end-load)
RIP-IT REAPER ASA (slight end-load)
Demarini Juggenaut ASA (balanced)

I used the RIP-IT Senior this morning ( in the gym) with an indoor ball and the 27oz felt pretty nice. I usually swing a 28oz balanced Eaton Synergy2 (also banned this year).

I understand the ASA REAPER is a new bat so i was hoping some of you WARM weather players have used it.

the other difference is the ~$80 difference in the SENIOR to the REAPER & the JUGGUNANT. is it a case of " you get what you pay for?"

thanks for all your comments in advance!
Jan. 19, 2008
JMJIT
Men's 60
35 posts
I am Currently using a Miken NRG 500 fastpitch 34/26.It took me some time to get used to this bat,i am now hitting the ball hard and deep.And for the Money,its ASA who cares....150 bucks shippind inc.
Jan. 19, 2008
softballer
Men's 55
560 posts
i'm liking the asa rip-it the more you hit it the better it gets also try the flex's 07-08 models
Jan. 19, 2008
mad dog
Men's 60
3937 posts
i like the rip-it reaper(haven't hit the asa senior),also the combat anti-virus.the reaper will be my asa bat for this coming yr with the AV as my backup.i also have 4 fast pitch bats(2- 24 oz,1- 25 oz and 1- 26 oz) that will be with me b/c they are lighter and for when or if i get tired and want a lighter bat to swing.
Jan. 19, 2008
Smokey20
Men's 55
102 posts
ASA Helmer
Jan. 19, 2008
bob g
Men's 70
5 posts
I prefer the Miken NRG 500 27 oz. Maxload. I think it's as hot or hotter than the Freak 98.
Jan. 19, 2008
apraisr
Men's 50
14 posts
i have a black mutant and an easton synergy sxc3 extended, both feel good but the mutant was easier to break in
Jan. 20, 2008
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
I go with the MUT98. I really like that bat. I didn't like the handle at first but now I really like the feel of it. Looking forward to getting a JHMUT98 for this upcoming season.

And of course the always popular PST's.
Jan. 20, 2008
azsenior
92 posts
In our league the Reaper is the most used ASA bat. Solid feel and great pop.
Jan. 20, 2008
koived
41 posts
I love the combat anti-virus, I swung kevin's bat from anaconda sports and loved it. I figured his bat was a special bat, but I bought one from him with a nice discount and it took a little while and my bat is hitting as good as his was.
Jan. 20, 2008
snowed-in_new_yorker
Men's 50
15 posts
to MAD DOG = whic RIP-IT bat were you refering to?
the SENIOR or the REAPER? thanks for your reply

I haven't seen many comments on the Demarini Juggunaut
bat.

I understand the Mutant 98 has more flex than a 1 piece constructed bat? is it noticeable or hard to get used to?

for those of you use the Eastom HELMER - is it a balanced or end-loaded bat?

anyone have any issues with RIP-IT's 30 day money back guarantee? I may have to wait until mid- April or May to buy a RIP-IT so i can try it outside with real balls. It's a bitch finding softballs in the SNOW! Especially today when its only 10 degrees outside. thanks for everyones help!
Jan. 20, 2008
monty25
Men's 55
96 posts
For ASA i use the combat anti virus end load ,the ball jumps off extremely well. took very little break in . now have 2 in my bag . not many people here in ala. use ithem , they like eastons and worth.
Jan. 20, 2008
jim16
Men's 65
173 posts
Anti Virus, There is nothing better.
Jan. 20, 2008
mad dog
Men's 60
3937 posts
i like the rip-it reaper(haven't hit the asa senior),also the combat anti-virus.the reaper will be my asa bat for this coming yr with the AV as my backup.i also have 4 fast pitch bats(2- 24 oz,1- 25 oz and 1- 26 oz) that will be with me b/c they are lighter and for when or if i get tired and want a lighter bat to swing.

snowed in,my first sentence from my copied and paste post from above shows the answer to be the reaper,the senior is not legal for any assoc.
jim my AV is ok at the moment,but is taking some time to break in,thats why i'll most likely be using the reaper in ASA this yr.i did hit saturday with the kids in tyler and my AV is starting come around(yeah i know it was only 45 degrees and not good for the bat),but its not as good as my reaper as of right now.
snow,heard the juggy is not to bad either also the helmer ASA is supposed to be a good bat.
Jan. 21, 2008
angus73
Men's 50
97 posts
for ASA i'm using a mutant 98, i'm concerned though about the amount of flex in the handle. I talked to a Miken rep, sence Miken and Worth are buddies, and his comments leaned towards that the flex was to much for a batter with greater bat speed. I do realize that he was trying to sell me a 280 recoil, but I can't help wonder if all my mis- hits are all me.

Any comments on the Recoil or the Dictator
Jan. 21, 2008
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
angus73: Maybe that is why I hit better with a 30 oz Mut than I do with a 28 oz. I have less bat speed with the 30 oz but hit more consistent and have better bat speed with the 28.5 JH but not on consistent as with the 30 oz.

I do get more distance with the 28.5oz but they are few and far between.
Jan. 21, 2008
angus73
Men's 50
97 posts
Fred Sc erra: Do you think there is much difference between the Mutant 98 and the Jeff Hall version ?

Also is it me or does these bats seem to lack alot performance when using softer balls ? I mean more than what you might consider normal when using Crapy softballs.
Jan. 21, 2008
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
Don't use a good bat on a crappy ball, like cork for instance, use a more solid one.
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