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March 16, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: miken Freak Black ASA maxload 2016

...to add onto Alan's comments, I hit a Miken Freak ASA with .44 balls and cracked the bat after 120 swings...sure, the ball flew but it only lasts for a short time...I would say 1 swing with a .44 ball is probably equal to 8 or 10 swings with an ASA ball in terms of durability and maybe more
March 16, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: replacing bat caps

i have a few broken bats lying around...what kind of bat was it
Feb. 26, 2018
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team 1 Sports Spring Camp

Agree 100%...this also was my 4th spring camp and every time I come away with something different...Alan and the guys are so knowledgeable and there is no question they won't try to help you with the answer....new comer instructor Brad Stillwell was a great addition and gave tons of advice in all aspects of the game...Roger, Davey and Bob O'B were excellent as always.....and of course the ringleader himself, Alan Tanner is top notch....look forward to the coming season and returning for my annual pilgrimage to Vero...thanks guys....brian from syracuse
Feb. 24, 2018
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WOULD YOU QUIT PLAYING?

meant to write "would NOT quit playing ever"
Feb. 24, 2018
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WOULD YOU QUIT PLAYING?

no, I would quit playing ever if I didn't like the ball....it all evens out in the end...the power guys are going to hit them far and the other guys are not.....it isn't a bad thing to bring defense back into the game either....we all love to hit and if everybody gets to hit the same ball, what difference does it make....so the 350 balls go 320 and the 250 ones go 220...adjust your game and keep playing
Feb. 24, 2018
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it time for Full Time Screen?

over the winter I have been involved I a lot of BP sessions and just finally got outside to play some softball.....I have come to the conclusion that a pitching screen should become a full time addition to our game....I have seen balls hit the screen, whizz by the screen and fly by the ears of slower reacting pitchers that if the ball were 6 inches to the right would have hit the pitcher right between the eyes...I know many pitchers wear masks and shin guards and other protection but it is only a matter of time before we start reading more about very serious ball/pitcher collisions....I know some old schoolers will object but it really doesn't hurt the game as bad as I thought it might.....the pitcher is safer, the hitters are smarter and the games are just as good......one amendment I would make to some rules already in place would be that the pitcher could field balls as long as he/she was behind the screen.....I know many leagues are halfway there already but in the interest of pitcher safety, I think this is a positive step in the safest direction
Feb. 20, 2018
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BP in Jacksonville Florida area

I will be in Jacksonville FL area Feb 21-28 and if anybody knows of any BP going on, can you let me know.....thanks

bkb555@verizon.net
Jan. 17, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken Senior line for 2018

every player looks to improve his game one way or another....of course every item we use is attempted to be made better over the previous model....why else do we put model years on new vehicles, they are all the same right???...I get "sucked" into this "trap" every year when all the new bats are released...but you know what???...They ARE better....I don't hit 400 feet but if I go from 300 to 315, that may make the difference between a ball by the short stop a little faster or a gapper between the outfielders....I like Alan and he gives great information...he has never steered me, personally, in the wrong direction with equipment and I respect his opinions on equipment...I will never blame my equipment for being responsible for poor playing no matter what sport I play and I take advantage of all the best in softball, hockey and golf....that way, I know my equipment is at it's best and the rest is up to me.....I never leave the field and say, I wished I had used another bat.....Alan is just passing the information onto us and I, for one, appreciate any input to excel in my playing ability....just my opinion
Jan. 17, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

besides all the engineering marvels of the new bat, I must say that the bat has all the pop of all the other Melee editions...you will not be disappointed if you are used to the Melee performance plus the added end load and longer barrel than the 12 inch model...something for everyone here.....i would go to the lesser weighted bat than your normal weight....i.e 26 ounce regular user, go to a 25.5....it will feel like your regular bat swing-wise but have the added endload through the hitting zone...but that is just my opinion
Jan. 14, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

This is older and Miken bay but it had to be somewhat similar

https://youtu.be/wMEBhv07lPU
Jan. 13, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

cyborg...I agree with your statement, the lightest weight bat HAS to have the most end load.....that is assuming that ALL the end caps are weighted the same.....i have seen a balanced end cap and an end loaded end cap from a Reebok Melee and they are way different...the end load has a bunch of epoxy and pellets floating in it...unless the manufacturers have 4 different end caps, it is probably easier to just put different weighted rods in the handle.....we probably have enough broken bats from members on this board to get enough samples...lol
Jan. 13, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

there is a great article about Physics of softball and here is a link to swing weight (end load, balanced, etc) and how it affects how a bat feels in your hands

http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/bats/bat-moi.html


Jan. 13, 2018
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing in different classes

thanks
Jan. 13, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

here is a question...if the bat is end loaded 3/4 ounce, it seems like a production nightmare to make different end caps and different rods in the handle to get the desired weight of the bat...So, like the above poster asked, if end caps are the same does the 29.5 and the 25.5 have different rods in the handle? Thus, neutralizing the end load in the heavier bats???....i remember the re-cert aluminum bat debacle that happened in the early 2000's where the bat companies put a slug into the handle to neutralize the excessive end load in the bat....the weight of the bat went up 4 ounces and took away the end load....Lee, do you have any ideas on this?
Jan. 13, 2018
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing in different classes

In 2018, can a player be on one team rated AAA and one Team rated majors in the same age bracket...and if not, how can a player play on 2 different tournament SSUSA teams not necessarily in the same bracket i.e. 50s and 55s?
Dec. 13, 2017
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: diference between melee 2 bats

I have the reloaded 26.5 and it smokes the ball.....however it is just a bit heavy for me...if anyone is interested in this email me bkb555@verizon.net
Dec. 7, 2017
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Worth Wicked

it is a good senior bat...for me, it did not match my Adidas Melee but I could feel it getting more pop with each swing...i would say 200 good swings made it feel good for me
Nov. 1, 2017
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: worth wicked

I have hit this bat right out of the wrapper...I wouldn't go so far as to say it was the "hottest bat out of the wrapper" but after a few hundred swings I could feel it open up.....it was very durable in those 200 swings as no cracking or spider webs formed at all...in a 100 more swings, it should be game ready
Nov. 1, 2017
bkb555
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Evil B.P. 52+ Softballs

wow...I searched this ball issue and it goes back to 2003 and before.....can't we all get along?
Oct. 9, 2017
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching machine

After 2 solid weeks of Hitting, the Nkue Flame is a resounding success....we have had 15 different hitters use it and all said how great it is to just hit...there aren't a lot of good BP PITCHERS on our teams, so they aren't really as productive as they could be....i would say if 1000 pitches were thrown by the machine, 980 were hittable pitches...to replicate that success with out pitching would be impossible plus each round per batter can pitch 30 pitches in 5 minutes...thats a lot of good productive BP and a lot of happy players
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