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Discussion: Swing Weight: Miken Big Cat vs Dudley EL 13

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June 28, 2015
ChiPrimeMarty
Men's 60
97 posts
Swing Weight: Miken Big Cat vs Dudley EL 13
I was having great success with my 27oz Big Cat, but it broke after 4 Senior tournaments. As a replacement, I'm considering the Dudley Lightening EL 13" barrel in the hope it will be more durable. The larger sweet spot is more important to me than the slight distance advantage I might get with the 12" barrel.

I started this thread because I have 2 questions:

1) Is the Dudley more durable?

2) What weight in the Dudley 13" is comparable to the 27oz Big Cat?

I know the Big Cat was a full 1oz EL, and the 27oz BC was a good weight for me. What about the Dudley EL 13" -- would a 28oz be comparable to the 27oz Miken Big Cat?

If I go with the Dudley EL 13, I'm trying to decide between 27oz or 28oz.
June 28, 2015
DOERBAUM
Men's 55
82 posts
Took me about 50-60 swings to blow up my big cat. Took 80+- to blow up the freak black I had. Love Mikens pop,hate thier durability. Bought a Dudley 12 and 13 both in the same weight as the Mikens (26oz). I have 500-600 swings on the 13 and love it. Once I get a chance to break in the 12 I'll probably like it even better as it swings a slight bit more like the Mikens. I also bought a Nightmare from kevin. If you like end loaded make sure you check one out. I don't have mine even close to broke in (25-30 swings) and it's starting to perform very well. As far as the weight comparison, I think the Dudley 13 swings a hair lighter than the miken but not enough for me to go up an ounce. The 12 is almost dead on and I don't think the sweet spot is really any smaller than the 13. The nightmare swings heavier but it's a "good heavier". Both Dudley and nightmare light years ahead in the durability dept. Hope this helps
June 29, 2015
Perl
199 posts
I have had 3 Big Cats and currently have 3 of the 12" Dudleys.

The Big Cats have great performance but I've never gotten over 200 cuts one on. Miken was kind enough to replace one that busted.

The Dudley has less pop,IMO, but the durability is fantastic.

If you swing a 27oz Big Cat I'd go with the 27oz Lightning even though it will feel lighter than the Miken.
June 29, 2015
ChiPrimeMarty
Men's 60
97 posts
Thanks DOERBAUM and Perl, that info is helpful. It confirms what I've heard from other sources regarding durability.

As for sweet spot, the Senior Bat Reviews web site ranks the Dudley 13 with the best while the 12 isn't included. I'm a gap hitter not a HR guy, and I think my AVG will be better with the 13.

The Dudley 12 is ranked the top Senior bat overall with the best handle flex.

I'm definitely leaning towards 27oz with the 13.

Here's the web site for reviews:
http://www.seniorsoftballbatreviews.com/reviews.html
July 1, 2015
Mario
Men's 50
451 posts
ChiPrimeMarty I can hook you up. Give me a call 317-670-0257.
July 1, 2015
ChiPrimeMarty
Men's 60
97 posts
Ordered a 13EL 27oz this morning, thanks.
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