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Discussion: Yellow Macenko VS Grey Combat

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Dec. 12, 2008
98 posts
Yellow Macenko VS Grey Combat
Hi Guys....looking for some feedback regarding your experience so far as it applies to the DURABILITY ONLY with the new yellow Macenko as compared to the grey Senior Combat. Looks like there are enough Macenko bats out there now to establish a trend. I have hit both now with the yellow having a bit more pop. Unfortunately i have seen now two yellow bats with less than 200 hits crack. I was led to believe that the durability on the Macenko bats had improved. Please i understand temperature, balls etc. etc. have an effect so let's not make this a mile long thread. Just looking for first hand info regarding breakage. Thanks guys!
Dec. 12, 2008
Men's 60
1058 posts
Small cracks near the end cap, standard with first group of bats. Only other bats with cracks I have seen on the Senior Gear were after someone rolled their bat. I have about 400 swings on mine, 250 to loosen it up and then games only. No deregation and I hit the ball pretty hard. I think line drives are harder on a bat than Homeruns and I hit 3 times as many linedrives as I do HRs.
Dec. 12, 2008
Men's 50
128 posts
I can't speak for the MM , but I and others on our team purchased gray senior combats when they came out, and we had 3 break this year,They were advertised as having more durability than the Ultra II,They weren't out long enough to really claim that ,but they did.I bought a blue senior combat for batting practice so I could use the gray in tournaments, (they are the same bat, the gray broke and the blue is still going strong. I also use an Ultra II with ASA stamp for Major tournaments, it also is still going strong , Bottom line, the gray combat is no more durable than the Ultra II ,and my guess, the Macenko won't be either . As everything is compared to the Ultra II , why not buy it, as durability is not an issue as these new bats claim .
Dec. 12, 2008
Men's 65
601 posts
I have both the MM and the Grays. After breaking 4 U2's in the first three weeks of last year (always hitting above 60 - rotating - dry balls) I went to Combat and never looked back.
I thought I was set for the year with 7 but decided I couldn't afford to break more. I sold the remaining U2's that I had. The MM's definitely more hits to break in and are designed to last longer. Jim Cary has one Gray with 5,000 + hits and he hit the ball hard.
Dec. 13, 2008
Men's 55
288 posts
I was on a video shoot in St. Pete this week and I had a new MM combat gear. I put over 500 swings on it and its still in great shape. We all know how the U2 is a super bat, but the MM offers the option of the endload and a different feeling bat than the U2. NIce to have another option that performs awesome.
That said, I think we all have to understand that the MM and U2 are made to be "game" bats. I do not swing them in bp...because they are made for performance, not durability. I would rather have my senior bats ready to rumble...than to play the asa game, where they need 2,000 swings to break in.
I think we need to find returnable Utrip bats that feel similar to these and use them more in bp...with less swings on our senior bats. I would prefer for Kevin, Mike and Corky to keep making bats ready to perform...and for us as seniors, to help them out by not expecting durabiltiy and performance out of the wrapper.
Just my opinion. For bp, we swing freak plus's, worth titans or eastons cnts+...super bats, returnable and durable.
Dec. 14, 2008
Men's 65
333 posts
I have a gray-red and yellow-have had no problems-had a team mate whoes end cap came off the yellow one
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