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Discussion: Combat SEN-GR2-E Bat

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April 6, 2012
cheezhed1
Men's 65
18 posts
Combat SEN-GR2-E Bat
First, Thanks for all of your comments in regard to the comparison of the Combat Centenarian and the Reebok Melee. Since then I talked with a friend who is well known in the Senior softball circuit. He's tested many of the bats we use and his opinion is held in high regard. With that being said, he agrees with most of us that the Ultra II is the leader of the pack in distance but lacks durability. I told him I was considering buying the Combat Centenarian. He rated it at third in the pecking order of senior softball bats. He recommended the 2012 Combat SEN-GR2-E Senior Gear bat(blue barrel-Mike Macenko model). In his personal testing and comparing all aspects of the Combat Gear 2, in his opinion, it was a very close second to the Ultra II in distance and has a longer life span. I bought the Gear 2 and just received via UPS today. I will give updates as far as my thoughts in the future. I truly trust this man's opinion and feel very comfortable with his recommendation. Has anyone else tried the new 2012 Gear 2 or have any comments about it?
April 8, 2012
swing for the fences
Men's 50
998 posts
I had the blue one and it never made it to a game last year... had about 75 swings on it.. the Yellow Macenko was a better bat. I have 4 guys on the Barons that were swinging the yellow one and would go to them if they still had them in production.. I know for a fact the Blue one is not the Same as the yellow bat.. My yellow bat had rings around the barrel that you could see... I swung the yellow one in the snow and it held up.. Anyway, that's my opinion on the blue model combat!
April 10, 2012
leftyfalcon
Men's 65
158 posts
I use my blue one for bp only. Not a gamer for me.
April 10, 2012
dano911sc
47 posts
Back in February I posted the same discussion... after Mesquite, NV Tournament I said I would post my feedback on the Combat Gear 2 Endload and here it is, the bat performed better in BP with the wrapper still on! With well over 100 swings the wrapper was removed at game time and the bat just didn't cut the mustard it felt flat with no pop... used my back up Yellow Macenko Endload which out performed the Gear 2. The Combat Gear 2 will be used for BP only until something happens, maybe it's still not broken in or it needs the wrapper lol.
April 10, 2012
batter4u
Men's 65
76 posts
I would agree that the Ultra II is the best bat for distance but the blue Macenko is close behind. my current blue Macenko has lasted since I bought it last sping. In comparision my last red Ultra II was cracked in less than 50 swings. I m more that willing to give up a little distance for durability, a 305ft hit or 320ft hit is still over a 300 fence.
April 10, 2012
swing for the fences
Men's 50
998 posts
get's frustrating when they have a great Yellow bat and then they follow it up with a Blue dud....I have 4 guys that were swinging the Yellow Macenko on the California Barons and we all loved the performance and durability of that bat... I believe we all had a year on all are bats...some had two years.. We all cried when they broke.. I found two bats reboks on Ebay that I picked up for 130 a piece.. I would go back to the yellow Combat in a heat beat. I am only using the reboks in Tourneys.. I am hoping to get a in a 12 tourney schedule for the year in the two bats.. we will see!
April 11, 2012
LeeLee
86 posts
I had 3 of the yellow combats, 1 broke and the other 2 I traded away don't ask me why. I wasn't patient enough with the last 2. I have since bought 3 blue combats and love them. I broke out the first blue 1 in Reno last year in the snow and swing all weekend actually I even used it againist you the Baron's LOL. It did finally break in August. I have been using the seconded one since then and just unwrapped the third one and starting using in BP for about a month now. I also own a Centurian and it sucks it is durable with a very small sweet spot. It is 20 to 30 feet shorter than my blue ones. I went through 6 U2's in a year and half prior to buying the combats. I am not a very big guy either 5-6 170lbs. If I were going to buy another bat I would buy another blue combat and it would be endloaded. The believe the secrect is too break them properly, I put about 400 to 500 hits in BP with all of mine and I rotate it after every swing. I would rather pay 190 bucks for 1 blue combat than 180 bucks for 3 or 4 U2's.
April 13, 2012
swing for the fences
Men's 50
998 posts
Hi LeeLee, that was the first time I played in the snow LOL.. Anyway, I am glad your Blue MMs are lasting... I wish mine did.. I had about 75 swings in BP and it broke for me... I wasn't to happy about that...My Yellow MM had about 200 swings before I took it to a game. Then It didn't break until the last Tourney of the year! Anyway hope to see you out there this year.. I play left Center for the Barons!
April 13, 2012
LeeLee
86 posts
This year I am playing CF for MTC, we already played you guys in Fremont. I got you guys your new pitcher so you can thank me with a cold one at the next tournament.
April 13, 2012
swing for the fences
Men's 50
998 posts
Should of played with us Leon! !!!! I will eat all the lumpia supp supplies!
April 13, 2012
swing for the fences
Men's 50
998 posts
We are on for a cold one! Leon!
April 13, 2012
Doorman
35 posts
I have swung my blue Combat SEN-GR2-E Bat for about 6 months and I am not impressed. The endcap popped off after less than 30 swings. It took about 100+ swings for the bat to start breaking in and the bat handle still feels stiffer then other bats. There is not nearly as much pop off this bat compared to the older Combat Dabomb (grey), the Reebok bats or the Miken bats. I only use this bat on cold days and batting practice. In my opinion it is a below average senior softball bat and I would not buy another one.
April 14, 2012
LeeLee
86 posts
Doorman what weight do you have? I might be interested in buying it or maybe even trade for it if your interested.
April 15, 2012
Doorman
35 posts
LeeLee, My bat is the blue 27oz EL. I have about 300 swings on it, mainly BP. The edges of the endcap are a little wavy because it has popped 1/2 way off 3-4 times, then hit the ground. If you are interested in buying, I am interested in selling. I dont know what it is worth, make me an offer...if you are interested.
April 15, 2012
LeeLee
86 posts
I am interested how do I contact you?
April 15, 2012
Tri18
608 posts
If you guys need any new Combats, I have them in now. Tricoach18@att.net
April 15, 2012
LeeLee
86 posts
Thank you but I will stay with the Blue combat. My Centurian just isn't even close to MM.
April 15, 2012
LeeLee
86 posts
Thank you but I will stay with the Blue combat. My Centurian just isn't even close to MM.
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