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Discussion: Mikens

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Sept. 5, 2019
garyheifner
636 posts
Mikens
Any reviews out yet for the 2020 Miken line of Senior bats.
Sept. 8, 2019
Tri18
352 posts
Gary,
There are a few of the new Miken and Worth acts being distributed now so Im sure you will hear from a variety of people pretty soon because....they are REALLY good. I have a couple of informational videos on you tube now that you can find by putting in Alan Tanner Softball in the search box. I have worked on and hit every model of the Miken and Worth 2020 Senior bats including my own signature model...the AT18. Here are some important characteristics that you will find up and down the lineup:

1. Out biggest accomplishment is the quick and easy break in as compared to our last couple of years of bats. I have literally had some that I broke and were game ready in under 75 swings. Remember that each player is different so it may take you a few more or a few less but I would say that almost anyone can have these at high performance levels in under 150 swings and....they continue to get better. Our velocity and distance levels at 100 swings are comparable to last years bats at 400-450 swings and again....they get better from there.
2. Our sweet spot remains the biggest in the industry. Almost all of the hitting surface gets lively at break in. Its hard to miss hit these bats unless you really miss the ball .
3. The feel and sound of our 2020 line is substantially improved especially the barrel feel at impact. After break in you will feel the softness of the barrel at impact and literally sense the trampoline effect as the ball leaves the bat which creates velocity and distance.
4. Our durability will still be among the top of most of the really high performance senior bats out there.
5. Even though we have created the softer feeling the bats will not dip down to such a low compression level too soon which can decrease performance. I have worked significantly with our engineers on these designs to tune these barrels to get the best blend of performance at the right compression levels for ANY style and age of players. These new designs will compliment ANY level or age of player and everyone will benefit.

The bats were just officially launched last week and our goal is to get as many as we can out to those who preorder them before our great event in Las Vegas. We are working hard at the factory to try and meet those timing goals so if you wish to get one ASAP feel free to call me. I like to tell players:

Sometimes there is a certain amount of hits you can buy....

This is certainly a golden opportunity. Gary and others I hope this helps you. I will be making other informational videos on all of these bats real soon.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Miken/Worth Pro Staff
Sept. 8, 2019
Tri18
352 posts
Oops...in section 1 I meant broke in...not broke the bat. Senioritis strikes again! 😜AT18
Sept. 16, 2019
PeteC
Men's 60
5 posts
Alan,
I've watched quite a few of your YouTube videos including the 2019 Softball Clinic and one thing that bothers me is that the pitchers throw you meatballs and you crush them all over the field (and mostly out of the park).

What I'd like to see in your next video is how you hit the high pitches. Most of the balls you are seen hitting reach a height of no more than 1-2 feet over your head which I think are only 6-8 feet. I'd like to see what you do with balls that are pitched 10-12 feet, which are within the SSUSA legal limit.

Sorry about hijacking this thread but I really think it makes a difference.

Pete Carrier
Sept. 16, 2019
Tri18
352 posts
Pete,
We do a section on just that at my training camps. A quick rundown is GENERALLY speaking, a majority of hitters will be more successful hitting those 11-12 pitches in the middle of the field or backside. If you watch a lot of games in 50 M+ you will notice that most pitchers do not throw that high of arc consistentlybecause they dont want balls hit at them up the middle at 95 to 105 mph. There are a lot of great and DISCIPLINED hitters who have honed their skills and know not to try really pulling those balls. If you are talking about a home run swing on the higher arc pitching you will find its quite easy to create a very tight backspin on those pitches when directing the ball towards the middle of the field and getting great distance on them. Higher arc pitching does give you more time to adjust and push the ball backside as well. Its all about adjustments in timing and hitting the ball in the right location depending on the pitch itself. Hope this helps you out. Good luck and hit em hard!
AT18
Team 1 Sports
Sept. 17, 2019
PeteC
Men's 60
5 posts
Thank you Alan for the response. I will try to do as you suggest and again, sorry for hijacking this thread.
Sept. 17, 2019
hillbilly4
3 posts
which bats are you referring too. I have always been a fan of the miken bats prefer a balanced bat or a small end load. just bought the ultra 2 a month ago but it has already cracked. not looking for a bat to last forever but would like one that doesn't break before it is even broken in
Sept. 17, 2019
Full Count
56 posts
Thank you for the input Alan. What bat do you think resembles the white lighting 13" end load ?
Thank you,
Robert
Sept. 18, 2019
Tri18
352 posts
Count,
My AT18 model will feel very similar in weighting as its a 13.5 barrel with a 1/2 ounce end load which closely resembles the Dudley model you refer too. Once you swing the AT18 with its Advanced Technology, you will notice the difference of the size of sweet spot and ease of break in.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Sept. 18, 2019
Full Count
56 posts
Got it !
Just ordered one, hopefully it arrives in time to take some BP before the Masters.
I'm in sales as well. Funny how each new year is the best one ever made lol...
Look forward to swinging it.
Sept. 18, 2019
garyheifner
636 posts
Full Count welcome to the wonderful world of marketing. Seems like each year the best skis, golf clubs, motorcycles, cars, bats cellphones etc. ever made. I guess sometimes it is true
Sept. 18, 2019
Tri18
352 posts
Gary and Full Count,
What you both refer to in the business world is often times very true! But, in this instance I truly believe after many years of working on hundreds of bats....that these new Worth and Miken models for 2020 are the best Senior bats we have ever produced. If you consider all the areas that a player should when contemplating a senior bat we are certainly pushing the envelope in the overall total package this year.
Performance
Sweet Spot
Durability
Ease of break in
Balance points/ swings weights
Never before have we achieved close to perfection in ALL of these areas over all of our models. We have a size, balance point, and swing weight in our different models that can and will fit virtually any players likes. I am quite confident in another 4-6 weeks after we have had time to get bats in the players hands and they have had time to field test them you will begin to hear all over the country how fantastic they really are. Appreciate your questions and input. As always if anyone has questions just pick up the phone and call.
AT18
561-718-7504
Sept. 19, 2019
hillbilly4
3 posts
So how can I get a miken at my door before vegas. Looking at the kendricks ultra
Sept. 19, 2019
Tri18
352 posts
My number is posted....
AT18
Sept. 21, 2019
troung1
Men's 60
7 posts
I had the opportunity to swing the AT18
and the Miken Kendrick. Good bats.
Sept. 21, 2019
Full Count
56 posts
Got a chance to hit the AT18 today.
This bat needs very little break in time.
I would say this bat is as advertised
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