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Discussion: New Stote softball

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Nov. 7, 2018
Dirtball
Men's 65
12 posts
New Stote softball
Playing in Ft. Myer's with the new ball. Temps upper 80's, 90% humid, 70 dew. NOT impressed with it over 7 innings. Ball does not carry very well, cover seems to get a little loose over 7 innings. Played 2 games on Tuesday, same thing in both games. We will see in todays games. looks like 3 games today.
Nov. 7, 2018
jfsully
52 posts
Just curious: Are you seeing a lot of movement on the ball.

Examples:

An inordinate number of knucklers hit and/or line drives to the outfield that seem to hook then slice(or the opposite)?

Inconsistent bounces in the infield not caused by field conditions?

Balls that seem to float and/or change directions as they come down on high flies to the outfield?


Balls seeming to pickup excess spin when hit off center?
Nov. 7, 2018
mck71
145 posts
Dirtball - but is it better than the old ball? And if it's getting loose after 7 innings then probably need to throw in a new one around 4th or 5th inning when you get to the elimination games! :-)
Nov. 7, 2018
DaveDowell
Men's 65
2527 posts
Dj vu all over again ... Looks like the annual "..let's change the ball.." proposition is starting a bit early!
Nov. 7, 2018
NCS13
Men's 50
12 posts
Dave,

You guys do a great job at SSUSA. I've really enjoyed playing in your organization over the last decade and I find your team to be very good at customer service. This new ball is definitely more responsive than the old one, and I liked the that old Trump ball. I still have a bunch of them in my bp bag and they are going strong with thousands of hits on them in all kinds of weather. You can't please everyone, so keep on doing what you've been doing. Your organization doesn't get near as much credit as you deserve for putting out a great product to us old timers reliving our glory day.

Sean Morgan
Aftershock
50 Major+
Nov. 7, 2018
raiderman66
52 posts
Kudos to the new ball, it is much better in every way then the old ball. The balls fine in hot weather and really is a very good ball. Anyone who thinks this ball isn't good isn't realistic. The ball holds up well in the heat, lasts and is much better then the old ball.
Nov. 7, 2018
birdie
Men's 70
761 posts
We played today in Naples and had 4 guys hit the fence at 320 or 325 at Collier field. I would say that the new ball is just fine. The weather was high 80s to low 90s. Oh by the way it was the opposition. Thanks #20 NVF
Nov. 7, 2018
Dirtball
Men's 65
12 posts
Played 3 more games with the new ball, we also are playing in Naples 65 AAA. On first touch of the ball, the cover only, is a little spongie, not has hard as the last years Stote. The ball holds up to the humidity. We hit the fence a couple of times, and in the late innings. Its just the cover that feels softer. The core of the ball never changed. We are still playing tomorrow, so now all of our balls are used so we can see after a few more games how the ball holds up. Since I play infield and outfield I did not notice more knucklers, bad hops or weird things.
Nov. 7, 2018
k man
Men's 65
255 posts
Dirtball, check with Tim at Naples, if I remember correctly from past tournaments when you exceed 5 games they are to give you a new ball for each game played. We also played at Naples had no issue with the new ball but unfortunately didnt make it to tomorrow. Good luck to those who are still playing
Nov. 7, 2018
jfsully
52 posts
Dave: I hope you didnt think I was questioning the slection of the "new" ball.

We just have seen some of the extra movement in our games over here on the east coast of Florida and we were wondering if others have seen the same
Nov. 9, 2018
BruceinGa
Men's 70
3180 posts
jfsully, I only saw one shot that had a lot of movement. We were watch the game between Team Florida and the NJ Hitmen and a long line drive was hit down the left field line. It started to curve to the left and all of a sudden it moved right about 60 feet. Everyone got a chuckle!
Nov. 12, 2018
Perl
194 posts
Bruce, so whats your take on the new SSUSA ball performance wise?

How does it compare to the ISSA Tattoo?

Nov. 12, 2018
BruceinGa
Men's 70
3180 posts
What's up Pearl?
Without hitting the balls side by side I really couldn't tell you which one is better.
I can say that the Stote isn't a bad ball. It seemed to have the same type cover as the Micro Cell balls (It might have had a MC cover). I didn't notice the cover or stitching getting loose.
Nov. 12, 2018
Perl
194 posts
Thanks Bruce. The Team One ball is very good. Word is the new SSUSA ball is very similar to that ball.

A lot of people post on ball performance. I know your going to judge the performance fairly and know what big hitters, which Im not, expect from a good ball.

See you soon
Nov. 12, 2018
Fabe
Men's 60
401 posts
We hit some in Tropical humidity n the ball responsed well..it held up for an entire game...much better than the old model that wuz used at the TOC! Aloha, Fabe
Nov. 14, 2018
BruceinGa
Men's 70
3180 posts
Perl, we use the Team One ball in our league at Bishop. I don't know if there is a ball that flies further. The only caveat is that it reads "min 44/375".
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