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Discussion: Bat break in

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Feb. 22, 2005
11 posts
Bat break in
I know this may be a question I should know the answer to, but manufacturers state guarantees are not applicable if you hit your bat in a batting cage. How is breaking in your bat in a cage detrimental to the bat? Should I or should I not break in my new bat in a cage? In order to get in the swings I need, I often utilize batting cages. I would appreciate any insight you can give on this question. Help!
Feb. 22, 2005
Men's 65
570 posts
I myself would not try to break-in my bat in a cage. the balls are hard and I think would damage your bat if you hit alot in the cage The mikens and the eastons I think will not stand up to the punishment of the batting cage ballsbecause they have limited swings to start with. I used a batting tee and a screen.
Feb. 22, 2005
Men's 50
179 posts
JC; like Don indicated; most batting cage balls are hard. I like to break a bat in on a tee on a 300' field. After warm up, hit about 15 & mark them; I then change to another bat & hit 15 more & mark them. I practice a lot off of a tee because a pitcher will never throw the ball in the same spot twice & with the tee I can hit the ball about the same every time. After hitting & marking the distance; this builds confidence when playing in a game. If you are popping them 300' + off of a tee, then you will hit them further on a pitched ball.
Rotate bat constantly on every swing.

Good luck JC
Feb. 22, 2005
Mighty Grip
Men's 55
34 posts
Breaking in your bat; the inner or outer wall on a flex bat is designed to flex with the ball...the ball gives a little and so does the bat. When you hit a dimple hard batting cage ball the bat has to take all the flex which causes the second wall to warp of crack. The thin wall is most at risk when new. There is the reason for no cage balls on new bats. The only and best way to break in is pitched BP with normal balls. I don't sell bats but I can anwser any bat questions to SSUSA members.
Feb. 23, 2005
11 posts
I appreciate the timely responses to my question. In the back of my mind I didn't think it could be good to utilize a cage. I will start hitting off a tee in addition to getting as much live practice as possible. Once March get here I am good to go. I wish everyone the best of luck this year! Thanks again.
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