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Discussion: Warm up bats, heavy or light

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July 5, 2009
seniorsbfart
45 posts
Warm up bats, heavy or light
I hear two sides on this issue. For a warm up bat should you use a heavy bat or one lighter than your game bat ?
Thank you for your reply and advice.
July 6, 2009
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2698 posts
Here's a link to a study on using a heavier bat for warm ups:
http://www.asbweb.org/conferences/2005/pdf/0808.pdf

It's says a heavier bat doesn't give higher batspeed with your game bat.
While searching for that I came across a website for Coach Nemo. He advised working out with a lighter bat. Try a Google search on his name.
Let us know what you find.
July 6, 2009
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
When you watch the major league players in the warm up area swinging, they usually are swinging a lot heavier steel warm up bar, must be a reason for it.IMHO
July 6, 2009
Dbax
Men's 60
1294 posts
There is a difference between swinging to warmup before an at bat, and swinging to increase bat speed.
To warm up before your at bat, a heavy bat is used. When swinging to try and increase your bat speed, a combination of heavy, light and your own bat are used.
July 6, 2009
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
Dbax,
I agree for bat speed, but seniorsbfart ask should a warm up bat you use be a heavy bat or lighter one.I believe before an at bat, you should swing something heavy then swing your bat.
July 6, 2009
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
612 posts
I am a big Ray DeMarini fan, and he said that the best bat to use is a Wiffle ball bat for warming up.

Since he got men that swung 36 - 40 ounce bats in the 80s to 26 - 30 ounce bats today, I believe him. It is too bad that he never got to play senior softball.
July 6, 2009
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
#6 is definitely on to something. I have yet to see a wiffle bat in an MLB on-deck circle.
July 6, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4396 posts
You might want to read a post by bashbro1 on this. Posted on Jan. 8, 2009
bashbro1

Many good points are covered. Many more are out there on the web as well.
July 7, 2009
the wood
1087 posts
You should swing whatever type of warm up bat that works for you. The whole idea is to be 'prepared', mentally and physically, when you enter the box. Over the years I have seen many different kinds... barbell bars, bats with plastic wings, weighted sleeves, weighted donuts, short heavy bats, multiple bats, etc.
This subject has as many answers as 'which car is the best to drive to the park'. To say that one is better than another (for the masses) is a gross over simplification.
BW
July 7, 2009
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
wood, good point but those are all versions of a "heavy" bat. None are a wiffle bat.
July 7, 2009
the wood
1087 posts
whatever works for someone is what they ought to use... if it's a feather duster or the bell from the Notre Dame tower or anything between...
I personally wouldn't consider a wiffle bat but that's just me.
BW
July 7, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4396 posts
Not that would be a special bat. Wiffle up everyone.
About the only one not mentioned was the Demo chute.
July 7, 2009
GeHall44
Men's 55
92 posts
The most intimidating thing I saw was this big old mountain boy wearing jeans and swinging this huge sledge hammer in the on deck circle. I think he once brought a big heavy ax out there also. League player and he could hit a ton. No one messed with him. Wiffle ball bat would not have had the same effect.: )
July 7, 2009
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Geeeeeeeeeee,
How you doin'?
I got mixed feelings about playing against you next weekend in Turlock.
I always like seeing you but you just about pulled off a Rinaldi on me
in Oakdale, i.e.
hitting it out to all fields in one game.
You was crushin' it against me, G.
See you in Turlock.
July 7, 2009
GeHall44
Men's 55
92 posts
Joey - I'm doing good. Thanks for the compliment. Funny, I had forgotten about the " Rinaldi" without you around to remind me of it. I don't think I have ever seen it done, so I will ask you now to serve me up one fat inside pitch, one right over the plate and one slightly outside in Turlock. I'll ask our pitcher to do the same for you, ha-ha.
July 9, 2009
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
612 posts
Bob, very well thought out comments. I know that most associations only really allow the Powerwrap on the diamond. I have made guys with the chute go to the other side of the fence.

Joe, see you at midnight Sunday for our senior coed wiffle ball league. I have some metal wiffle bats that I got from a group of guys that welcomed all takers to come to St. Louis and play them, but that is a different story. ;-)
July 14, 2009
seniorsbfart
45 posts
I talked to a college hitting coach (retired) and he said what many of you have stated. On deck swing your game bat and to warm up before the game starts swing a heavy bat or two bats. On deck you should swing as fast as you can two or three times.
Also he said to not be concerned with MLB players and what they do. Their swing is light years from what we do and we should not try to copy the routine of a player that advanced. Thanks for all the feedback and I can see why players like this board so much.
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