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Oct. 11, 2010
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Our Choice is Gates

I truly do not believe there is a bad senior bat on the market. I did have a chance to hit the new Reebok and it is really a great bat. I like the sound as the ball jumps off the bat.
I am also a big fan of Combat as they make a long lasting senior bat with good customer service.
Miken U2 is classical and will always be the bat of choice.
With all these great bats the choice is hard or easy depending on what is important to you. For me and most of my team we are going with Gates Veteran GBA. My GBA has over 500 hits and going strong. My friend got one and it cracked in 80 hits. It seems there was a bad batch and Gates shipped out a new bat which is holding up well. We like the ‘God Bless America’ on the bat, we like the personal customer service with the company owner and we like supporting a USA based Mom/Pop company that is working hard to provide a great product. We support the expertise Gates has in bats and we support know-how on how they deliver. For us it is not about the best bat which I think they are all about the same. It is a choice of support.
Sept. 13, 2010
Topic: Bats

I am a new member here with no history on the board. In fact I only started reading this section about three months ago. I thought it would be of interest to get a review from someone outside of the reader base. I live in Marin Country just north of San Francisco and play in NorCal Senior Softball. Age is 61 and can still hit ok for an old fart. Heard the buzz about this Veteran bat and ordered one about two months ago. It performed well but for me did not give me the distance the U2 has. It did in my opinion close to the yellow MM Combat. Two weeks ago I received the Veteran God Bless America model and have been hitting three days a week. May I also point out that I have cracked six U2 bats in the past 14 months and have not got more than 300 hits out of any of them. My yellow MM has done ok but the last one had a end cap problem but overall it has done well and hits great. I use my white Veteran bat for bp and have at least 800 plus hits with normal marks on the bat. Truly a tank of a senior bat.

In terms of the GBA Veteran I would have to say it feels very strong and at 150 hits is outhitting the U2 but by only by a short amount. I do like the feel of the swing it seems to get more bat speed but I cannot say for sure. The sound is odd but after awhile I got used to that. My GBA has well over 300 hits and looks new. Last part of the this review is the fact that I could talk to the company one on one. It is a small outfit out of Arizona and very easy to reach and talk to. I hope they do well and with God Bless America on the barrel they are off to a great start.

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