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Discussion: What is best bat available that is ASA compliant for 2008

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March 3, 2008
Bob50
Men's 55
238 posts
What is best bat available that is ASA compliant for 2008
Now that ASA will no longer allow the old Miken Freak to be used in 2008 I would like to buy a new bat that will be compliant for this year. Our leagues start in eight weeks. Any suggestions? How do the new bats compare to the original Freak?
Bob Schulz
Travelodge
March 3, 2008
SCRAPPY6
55 posts
I JSUT RECEIVED MY NEW COMBAT ANTI-VIRUS COMPOSITE BATS.
I HAVE A 29OZ BALANCED AND A 28OZ FL (END LOAD). BOTH WERE INCREDIBLY HOT OUT OF THE WRAPPER FOR AN ASA BAT.
WANTED TO GET THEM BEFORE THE NEW ASA RULES GO INTO AFFECT JULY 1ST.
I HATE TO PLAY ASA BECAUSE OF THEIR DICTATORSHIP OF BATSBUT HAVE NO CHOICE AS OF NOW. WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO TALK THE LEAGUE INTO GOING WITH USSSA OR NSA BAT STANDARDS.
THE ANTI-VIRUS HAS A GOOD FEEL, THE BALL JUMPS OFF IT WELL, AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO WHEN THEY GET BROKEN IN.
I USED WORTH MAYHEMS IN THE PAST AND SO FAR PREFER THE COMBAT ANTI-VIRUS.
SCRAPPY 6
March 3, 2008
Bob50
Men's 55
238 posts
I have an Anti-Virus. I was hoping there was a new bat that is possibly better. Its not bad though and I will probably use that one if nothing better is available.
March 3, 2008
CRUSADERVB
Men's 65
272 posts
HEY BOB WHATSUP? TELL SHERI HI AS FAR AS THE ASA BATS, I HAVE A COMBAT ANTI-VIRUS IT IT FEELS VERY GOOD, A STEP BELOW THE FREAK. CLIFF JUST BOUGHT ONE TOO, HE SEEMS TO LIKE IT, GIVE HIM A CALL.
March 3, 2008
snowed-in_new_yorker
Men's 50
15 posts
which bat would you use for ASA? any comments are appreiated on these 3 bats! THANKS
Combat Anti-virus
RIP-IT Senior
RIP-IT Reaper
March 3, 2008
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2581 posts
I bought an organge Mayhem about 18 months ago at a great price. It finally loosened up about 6 months ago and now it's hot.
I also have a Rip-it Senior and after about 300 swings it loosened up. It's only 26 ounces but still hits good. A couple of months ago you could pick them up for a deal!
I don't think there are any ASA bats that are head and shoulders than most others, imo. Of course, there are ASA dogs out there.
March 3, 2008
Bob50
Men's 55
238 posts
Hey Ronnie. Say hi to Danna. Cliff told me he bought an Anti-Virus. We are playing in the ASA National so for league we want to start using the best bat available in order to get ready for later in the year. I need to make sure my bleeders still get thru the infield.
March 3, 2008
wagon487
Men's 50
505 posts
I've had all three bats. Just got the reaper (used), sold the senior and will be swinging the AV to start in ASA.
AV is my first choice. You can't go wrong with any of them.
March 3, 2008
doker
Men's 60
168 posts
hey bob...the new miken recoil is really good too....i think a little too expensive but it is good right out of wrapper....doker
March 3, 2008
Bob50
Men's 55
238 posts
Does anyone know how the Miken Recoil compares to the Ant-Virus?
March 3, 2008
floo56
Men's 50
37 posts
Here is my list:
* OG Easton Flex (2006 model)
* OG Easton Extended (2005 model)
*
March 3, 2008
floo56
Men's 50
37 posts
Sorry computer got jumpy...my last choice
* 2008 Easton Stealth
Good luck...Aloha, Fabe
March 3, 2008
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
Bob50,
I have the Anti-Virus and the Miken Recoil. IMO , Recoil is the better bat, I am not a HR hitter, but I believe the ball comes off the Red ASA recoil better. With bats costing $150 -$300 and more you want the best for yor buck , for ASA play, get the Recoil. I still use the Ultra2 for tournaments, good luck and hope you have a GREAT SEASON.
March 3, 2008
Bob50
Men's 55
238 posts
The following bats have been banned according to the ASA website:

Miken NRG600 Pro-Series 600 Maxload-MSNRGM-6
Miken NRG600 Pro-Series 600 MSNRGM-6
Miken Orange Recoil DFR 180
Miken Orange Recoil DFR 250

Are these the recoils that Doker and #6 are referring to? If so, bad news. You can't use them to play ASA.
March 3, 2008
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2581 posts
The NRG 600 is the Utrip bat. The NRG 500 is the ASA model. I don't know anything about the Recoil.
March 3, 2008
azsenior
92 posts
All the bats listed above are great however none are 2008 compliant. They can be used yes, but not made anymore.
March 4, 2008
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
azsenior, the RED RECOIL is still mader and can be purchased.It is ASA approved.
March 4, 2008
Bob50
Men's 55
238 posts
I have found a Miken Red Recoil for $329. Does anyone know where there might be a better deal?
March 4, 2008
bob g
Men's 70
5 posts
Our league complies with ASA and the bat most used is the Miken NRG 500 balanced or Maxload. It's as good or better than the Freak 98. The second most used is a DeMarini aluminum, different kinds. No one likes the Juggernaut. That's my 2 cents worth. Keep the change.
March 5, 2008
diehard
Men's 55
245 posts
Bob50,
I searched everywhere for the best price on the Red Miken Recoil, but never saw a price lower than the $ 329. that you stated. However, if you log on to www.kellysultimatesports.com, thay have a number that you can call and make them an offer. Plus it's a good website to go on to get bat reviews.
March 5, 2008
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2581 posts
Check out softballfans.com's sell forum. There are a few there, ranging from $200 to high $200's. You might also try the buy/sell forum at mohrsoftball.com.
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