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Discussion: break in for senior bats ?

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March 11, 2009
Sundevil2
17 posts
break in for senior bats ?
Questions:
1. why does it take so long to break in a senior bat ?
2. seems it takes 300 hits to get it (yellow combat) to work well and then it is only good for a short time ?
March 11, 2009
SCRAPPY6
55 posts
MY COMBAT MM TOOK ABOUT 100 - 125 HITS TO BREAK IN AND IT IS STILL GOING STRONG. I USUALLY GO THROUGH ABOUT 2-3 ULTRA II'S IN A SEASON AND THIS COMBAT MM HAS HELD UP GREAT. GOING ON 2ND SEASON.
THE REASON IT TAKES A LITTLE TO BREAK IN THESE BATS ARE BECAUSE THEY ARE COMPOSITES. NATURE OF THE BEAST.
SCRAPPY6
March 11, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4251 posts
As I see it, two big factors: User and type of bat. Maybe three, the ball.
User, does he hit hard (his power to go yard) & how often.
Bat, there are so many here it will vary according to that bat with that user.
Ball, the better the shorter amount of time overall.

If you hit hard, some bats are "hot" as they say, out of the wrapper.
If you are a singles hitter, it will take longer. You may want to consider letting power hitters use it (?) & help you out.

As for MM bat, I've seen them go over relatively new, and also players who have had them for a bit and have not or will not ever go yard.
March 12, 2009
Sundevil2
17 posts
There was a bat out at the fields today that needed no break in at all. A player had a new one in the wrapper and took it out, stepped up to the plate and hit a monster shot with it. I did not hit it but most of the guys did and liked it. My point is it did not need a break in. Note that it is composite. So it is clear that some bats do not have break in period.
March 13, 2009
softball4b
Men's 60
706 posts
There are some MM's hot out of the wrapper, if so they will not last long. In the technology of producing composite bats there is a fine line between performance and longevity.

The best case scenario for the manufacturer is to produce a bat with productivity and a reasonable life. Worst case unbelievably hot,but dies in 200 swings or less or never breaks and the ball dies after 200'. Either scario and he consumer will not buy the bat.

Anderson spent 3 years producing 30+ variations and lots of man hours testing the bats to produce the Matrix. I hit over 5 different models. ASA changed the way they tested for certification and the last time I spoke to them they were no longer investing in developing a composite.

Point being even with a huge investment of time, money and energy, manufacturers are not always assured of satisfactory results. With 97% quality assurance there are still bats off the line that are either below or above specifications.


March 13, 2009
SLOBALL1
Men's 50
173 posts
I have a brand new in wrapper grey senior combat (balanced).165.00.Let me know if anyone is interested
March 13, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4251 posts
softball4b,
I went through that w\Anderson on the RocketTech and TechZilla's which are still good alloy bats.
I hear through the grape vine, that Rip-It gave up on their new one that supposed to be out last year or even before that.
A costly process for them all to go through and fail.
March 13, 2009
softball4b
Men's 60
706 posts
Yep love Anderson bats. Still swing in Single Wall and Double Wall Leagues.

One thing about an alloy bat, can't shave it. There are kids playing in my Tuesday night league, I just laugh when they hit their Easton's because I can tell they have been shaved.

March 13, 2009
JamesLG
295 posts

I just hit my Superfreak max load for the first time and it definitely needs a break in. It was only 45 degrees but this bat will need a few sessions to soften up. I had a Freak Plus that I hit a good 350 times and it never did soften up much. I hit the ball square most of the time, I don't cut the ball. The U2 I bought last year was ready to go in less than 100 swings.

Thanks:

James
March 13, 2009
SOFTBALLGRAMPS
Men's 55
98 posts
SLOBALL1,what size is it?
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