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Discussion: New melee

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Feb. 1, 2020
Big Mike317
1 posts
New melee
Using both 13" and 12" finding better control with 12" and a
little more pop.
Feb. 3, 2020
Casey#44
15 posts
I have both as well, thinking I would prefer the 13.
But, I'm getting the same results. Both are good but the 12 just swings so perfectly for me.
Feb. 5, 2020
JamesLG
393 posts
Hi:

About how many swings did it take to get the 12" broke in?

Thanks:

James
Feb. 6, 2020
Casey#44
15 posts
I could see a difference after 10 swings or so. It keeps surprising me each time I swing it. Getting hotter each time.
Feb. 7, 2020
213
6 posts
Do you think these both have the same endload, just different barrel lengths?

Thanks.
Feb. 7, 2020
213
6 posts
I just bought a 12" Suncoast so I'm excited to try it out.
Feb. 7, 2020
Casey#44
15 posts
No. The end load in the 13 is heavier for sure.
Feb. 7, 2020
213
6 posts
Thanks Casey; Iím hoping I made the right choice.
Feb. 8, 2020
Casey#44
15 posts
You're very welcome.
Feb. 10, 2020
Casey#44
15 posts
Just one more observation.

I have about 100 swings on the new 12 now. It is the easiest bat to swing that I have ever used. Meaning little effort and few mis-hits.

But....I also have last years 12 inch model. The two look and weigh nearly the same. The new one swings easier for me, but last years model gives me noticeably more distance. Not sure why?

Too much handle flex or the new one needs more break in ?? Great bat though.
Feb. 11, 2020
213
6 posts
I just received my Suncoast 12" yesterday. Very nice bat, I like the thin handle and the overall feel of the bat. I haven't swung it yet, so I can't speak on performance buy overall the feel is great.
Feb. 13, 2020
213
6 posts
I also ordered a 13" Suncoast as I'm curious to hit with both and see which one I prefer.
Feb. 13, 2020
Wood_1966
Men's 50
87 posts
I am not a fan of the thinner handle on the 2020 Suncoast Melee when compared to the 2019 Adidas Melee. The 2019 has a lot of pop right out of the wrapper and only gets better with each at bat, and for a guy with a lot of bat speed that 2020 Melee feels too whippy for me! That being said, it has some nice pop, but I have gone out and stocked up on the 2019 model!
Feb. 13, 2020
DirkPitt
7 posts
My "new" 13" Suncoast bat broke today, 59 days into the 60 day period. I'm glad it's under warranty. Other than the Miken "Big Cat" Freak this is the fastest I've ever had a bat break. I'll give Miken credit though, they replaced it even though the bat wasn't under warranty. Hopefully I have a similar experience with Suncoast.
Feb. 14, 2020
bkb555
246 posts
Dirk, how many swings did you get on the Suncoast...I found it is way more durable than the Adidas as mine were getting 120 swings before they broke...My Suncoast had over 400 before it broke...time is not as important as swings although I did try to see how long the Suncoast would last within the 60 day warranty...after 400, I said it was good and brought it to florida and it broke after 20 more swings
Feb. 14, 2020
DirkPitt
7 posts
To be clear - I like the bat and have no issues with it's performance on the field. I'm guessing I had ~250 swings on the bat (can't say for certain). I did find the Suncoast to be pretty darn good from the start. My preferred bat is still the 2016 green Melee but given those aren't available I need to find another bat and the Suncoast is still the bat I'm leaning toward. I'll also say that with the Tatoo or Rock balls there is no break-in needed for these bats so there is no reason to swing these in BP which should extend the life.
Feb. 16, 2020
JamesLG
393 posts

Hi:

A few of us hit my 27.5 12" EL Suncoast the other day and everyone of us thought it was a great bat. I like the old soft barrel bats and to me that is what this bat feels like when you make contact. It has a large sweet spot for a 12" bat. I usually swing either a 27 or 28oz and this one is a 27.5. I liked it so much I ordered a 26.5 yesterday. One of the other guys that hit it also ordered one.

Thanks:

James
March 10, 2020
Mr Wolf
18 posts
My wish that Suncoast would bring back the one-piece Melee, especially the 12Ē endload and the Reloaded.
March 11, 2020
Big pond
Men's 50
9 posts
Was told by suncoast in Vegas that one piece models would be coming this spring
June 30, 2020
Saratoga2
16 posts
I checked with Suncoast before buying their 12" since I noticed their bat is not marked with a BPF rating. Here is the answer:


Suncoast was told by SSUSA not to put the BPF 1.21 stamp on the bat because of the change in testing standards. SSUSA has approved all bats with the SSUSA stamp on them even if they donít have the 1.21 on it.
Hope this helps.

Doug Robbins
Suncoast West

That statement by Doug does not agree with the SSUSA written policy, hence the confusion. Bats passing under BPF rules will be grandfathered until 2023.

I think the NTS rating will start to be applied in August. I checked with NTS and they weren't able to tell me what their new rating system numbers will be but they can't use BPF as that was the invention and property of the professor who did the tests in the past.
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