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, March 24, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley lighting 26oz balanced

my end cap broke on my first 25 swings....it appeared that the 2 part epoxy wasn't mixed properly and half the endcap remained glued solidly in the bat end...the "glue" was still wet and that told me that it was a 2 part epoxy that wasn't thoroughly mixed....end result was that I got a new bat or new end cap whichever because the bat was so new, I couldn't tell a new one from mine yet...Dudley was good about it...it did take a month because that was the first batch of Dudleys made and they were in great demand
, March 23, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Adidas MeLee 2

Amen to that Fabe....thank you for posting
, March 18, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Achilles Tendon Soreness

do you wear mid or high shoes...I found that the mids would irritate my Achilles usually by the middle of the summer leagues...I switched to lows and will see how they go this year...the Achilles would hurt to the touch...I mean REALLY painful.....I figure I had tendinitis but it last a long time and rest was the only thing that helped
, March 17, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Adidas MeLee 2

I thought this post was a bout the NEW Adidas Melee2.....let's get back to that topic...I had a few guys hit one at a BP session last week and many were astonished.....the ball "jumps" off the bat, the sweet spot is "great" were some of the comments from 6 different hitters...this is all out of the wrapper too.....some say that it take 75-100 swings to break it in, many can't wait for that to happen
, March 10, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

I hit a new Adidas Melee 2 a few weeks ago in florida...after 5 swings, I said "Yup, its as good as my reebok"....just glad that Melees will be available again because when reebok stopped, the world almost stopped....not quite, but finding a 26 ounce balanced Reebok was like searching for Bigfoot.....I think I got the LAST one in the world a few months ago...lol
, March 10, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Adidas MeLee 2

Deep14, buy a Dudley or new miken sr bat....they seem to have solved some durability issues...for the rest of us NON bat breakers, the Melee both the reebok and the Adidas perform great for me....but every player swings differently and what works for one guy might not work for another....my brother hits his driver 250 down the middle, I use it and I pull hook it 8 out of 10 times...is his driver crappy???, no, it just doesn't work for me......same goes for bats....
, March 10, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

seems a pretty simple rule...if you pitch, you wear a mask...I play hockey, I wear a full cage .....I have lost count how many times I have gotten hit by stray sticks, lifted pucks and errant elbows which definitely would have knocked out some teeth or broken bones or blackened eyes...some guys wear 1/2 visors and some wear only the required helmet........I have NEVER seen a guy need stitches while wearing a full cage......sure it is great to skate without a visor or half shield or a cage BUT, bottom line is safety.....I choose full protection......rules are rules...I don't like going 55 on the highway but its a rule...it probably is better for everyone and that's why there are rules...it is a small price to pay for a mask then to see someone get seriously injured playing a game without one....
, March 4, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Your opinion on best Senior Bat

I hit the new Melee and it is as good as my current reebok melee....other than the small graphics with adidas and melee2 on it instead of reebok, it should be a winner
, Feb. 28, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Weather Forecast Spring training 2-26 Vero Beach

Alan.....fantastic job again in Vero Beach....had a great time and it was a good feeling to get on the field again...Davey and Bob were as good as ever both in their hitting prowess and the wealth of knowledge they had...and you, Alan are a great hitter and organizer and instructor...also a great person....thanks again for giving us the opportunity to play ball in the late winter months and taking the time individually to instruct all the participants on different areas in softball.....I had an awesome weekend.....sincerely

Brian in Syracuse
bkb555
, Feb. 24, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Weather Forecast Spring training 2-26 Vero Beach

always has to be some smartass in the bunch...thanks for the help
, Feb. 24, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Weather Forecast Spring training 2-26 Vero Beach

....besides, I am here now in vero beach so I can use local TV news...just wanted to know what to pack...I guessed correctly
, Feb. 24, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Weather Forecast Spring training 2-26 Vero Beach

yeah, weather.com never makes mistakes...we were supposed to have 2 MASSIVE 2-3 foot snow storms the past 2 weeks....guess what...we got 5 inches one day and the other one was rain...ooooops, I guess they were wrong...but really , I was looking for someone who lived in the area and got the local forecast, not some national weather service that speculates on generalities etc....thanks wagon
, Feb. 22, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Weather Forecast Spring training 2-26 Vero Beach

Hi guys, just wondering what the forecast is for this weekend's Spring Training with Alan Tanner and the boys in Vero Beach....thanks, Brian in Syracuse ( snow capital of the country)
, Jan. 12, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is your favorite complex you've ever played at?

there is a complex in Virginia beach that was beautiful.....from afar the fields looked like astro turf...when playing on them, the outfield grass was so smooth, there was no such thing as a bad hop.....now I see how the pro baseball players come up with the ball so easily......on my fields , I feel like a hockey goalie sometimes and just keep the ball in front of me....kick save, glove save, head save
, Jan. 8, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat speed/swing analyzer

Wouldn't it be interesting if softball had the same statistical data in swing analysis that golfers get...what I mean is, I have learned my swing speed, ball speed, angle of attack, back spin, side spin, top spin, maximum height, carry etc.....it seems so easy that golfers get to really analyze all their numbers and pick a club that suits their game, while softball players pretty much trial and error and whatever seems the best gets used......I know hitting a resting ball is way different than a moving target but I know there are machines to at least get spins and speeds and angles etc...in fact I see it during every baseball game when they measure home runs etc....has anybody come across any technology yet for softball players
, Dec. 25, 2015
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

From the story above link......"Anyone who believes they may be a victim of the alleged scheme is urged to call the Orange County District Attorney's office at (714) 648-3615."

I did place a call to Jason (formerly at GSC and his number still working) and he told me that he left the company last July after improprieties that were happening....he was very open but could see the light and left before things got too bad for him....I was amazed at 1) he was still answering his phone and 2) he was open about what happened.....too bad for all involved
, Dec. 24, 2015
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

Titan, I don't think it is too far fetched to think anybody could start a new bat company....Remember Miken??? way back in early 2000's and lately reebok, and then most recently Dudley...sure these companies have deep pockets now but when they jumped into the unknown waters of bats, it was not in their background....shoes, maybe...softballs , yes ...but bats, no way...and they all did pretty good...anyway, to say that the thread is done is a bit premature....I have no stake in GSC nor did I ever but information is always good to hear from all sides
, Dec. 23, 2015
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

Mike...I apologize for copying and pasting your name to that post above....it could have been posted without throwing your name or team in there....I am sorry for that


I am upset that this man used people's trust to gain financially with no regards to people that were stepped on along the way.....many good people were duped and there is a lot of anger and resentment among players and friends and others who enjoy our game

Please accept my apologies and I'd SOUSA deletes my posts above I will have no objections
, Dec. 22, 2015
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

I researched GSC back to January 15th, 2014....it was interesting how many people vouched for the company while others doubted it......here is a copy of one poster who played for a GSC team....I wonder how he thinks now...I did call Jason at GSC and left a message about the bat and its future (if there is one)...here was post

from 2014, January

Jan. 17, 2014
softball4b
Men's 60
828 posts
My bad. Let me rephrase.

For what it is worth, I will manage / play for a team sponsored by GSC this year. So I hope my comments are viewed as biased, but not untrue.

Bottom-line

The people/families at God's Sports Company have a vested interest in the P413 coming to market. This is not just a job for those employed by GSC, but more importantly it is their ministry. Their passion and commitment is real. If this bat never reaches the marketplace then the people involved with GSC will have endured a tremendous loss. The loss can certainly be measured in real dollars to the investors and to those being paid by GSC, but how can you measure the loss of a dream or vision.

Not withstanding to previous monies paid to Bill. Steve will honor that commitment to those who bought bats before he sells a bat to any other person. From multiple individuals within the organization to my ears (face to face). That being said GSC has not turned on the credit card machine so the majority of us are just disappointed that the we can't buy the latest and greatest (insert name here)Iphone, Xbox, whatever.

Lastly,

I don't know for SURE when the P413 will come to market, but I know for SURE they are doing everything they can to make it happen.

Mike Adair
GSC 60 M+

, Dec. 22, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens New Ultra II Black debuts.....

I have used the Utrip versions of Miken's endload and balanced bats (DC-41 and 4 the Fallen).....my observations are, they both have good pop after a 150-200 swing break in period.....the end load had MORE pop compared to the balanced BUT, it had more swings on it, thus better broken in barrel.....now to the "balanced vs. end load" question.....I noticed that as the season progressed and I got worn down from the long summer, my swing was a bit slower getting around....I switched to a BALANCED version of the same bat minus the 1 ounce endload and Voila, my hitting and swing returned to "normal"...I attributed this to an "easier" swinging bat and not having to lug that extra 1 ounce through the hitting zone at precisely the right time....I know it seems minute for that bit of weight but FOR ME, that was my observation.....endload has more momentum through the zone but bat speed is probably less compared to a balanced bat.....maybe this can help someone, it did for me
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