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Discussion: New Senior bat technology and performance insights
|Nov. 8, 2018|
|New Senior bat technology and performance insights|
I am answering more and more questions on these topics so I thought I would share a little information to help you learn a little on these newer generation senior bats. One question that keeps being repeated is: Do senior bats wear out or just break? Great question and I have a new answer based on new technologies that most of the manufacturers have gone to. If you remember in yesteryear....you knew when your bat got REALLY hot and you also knew in 20-50 swings it was probably going to break! But those last swings FELT really good! Let’s give Dudley the credit for designing the first LONG lasting senior Bat about 4 years ago that had good performance too. The other companies went back to the drawing board and quickly came out with similar technologies. If you notice on a lot of the newer bats, many times they don’t “shark tooth” and break after getting that softer broken in feel. Soon many players like that feel and think their bat is super hot and it might be....for a short time. This is when the new information comes so listen up: Many players are now using bats that have become so soft (but not broken yet) and they love the feel but.....they potentially are ROBBING THEMSELVES of additional batted ball speeds AND distance because the bat has gotten SOFT (not broken) and is ABSORBING ENERGY instead of trampolining the ball off the bat. You see these new bats have different materials, lay ups and resins that are giving us more durability but depending on your bat speed and technique your bat may FOR YOU be worn out. Give the bat to a player with lesser bat speed and swing ability and it may be OK for them but you have worn it out. A great example of that was when my bats were compression tested at a National tournament and they were among the very HIGHEST compression of any player there. I know from thousands of hours of experience with every bat on the planet that when my bat falls below a certain level of compression (usually 190 or so) I’m cheating myself of bat performance. Now there were PLENTY of bats at that tournament testing at 160 or below.....(remember , the LOWER the number, the hotter the bat is......TO A POINT) There are even some new bats that break in extremely quickly and get the soft feel within 75-125 swings but be careful....bats like that will have less durability and will actually WEAR OUT quickly for ALOT of hitters. The trick is to build a bat that takes some break in time, gets to and HOLDS AN ACCEPTABLE HIGH PERFORMANCE level for a long time BEFORE getting too soft. This is the design and production technology in my new Worth Wicked XL and the new line of Miken 2019 bats. So....a little education is good for everyone which is why I shared this. There’s ALOT more to it but hopefully I’ve explained so you can get the new knowledge on these new technologies. If you have more questions feel free to call me at 561-718-7504.
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