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Mikens 2017 USSSA bat lineup

» Tri18: Hi guys, I have been busy hitting and testing Mikens new USSSA bats ...
      »Senior57: Alan, can you post a link for the videos? Thanks a bunch. Senior57
      »RoyHobbs: I recently purchased a 27 ounce Miken Ultra II Black Maxload softball ...
      »Tri18: Im not so good at that! Tried to copy and paste with out success. Go ...
      »Tri18: Thanks for the kind words Roy! I try to take care of people promptly ...
4 Dec. 7, 2016 399

Combat Maxum

» Softballer48: Has anyone tried the Combat Maxum senior bat? It is very hard to find ...
      »blue leader: Yes, I have a 28oz. Took a while to break it in, but it is ...
      »BruceinGa: Softball Fans has them on sale now for $69.
      »Macbri19: We hit both the 1 piece and 2 piece demos at Woodlawn a few weeks ago ...
      »boss74: Which one did you hit? The one piece or the black 2 piece?
4 Dec. 5, 2016 547

A Question 4 U Bat/Math Geeks

» Home Plate: Hi Before I ask my question, I want you to know that I have worked ...
      »coop3636: The difference is A pop up to the catcher or a pop up to the ...
      »Dbax: I'll make a guess and say they will be the same.
      »DaveDowell: This sounds a lot like the grade school math quiz: "Two trains are on ...
      »AJC: Dave, that's 1 fast fly. I'd have to say since both trains would have ...
      »Crusher23: It's a trick question, there's, not enough information to come to a ...
      »Home Plate: Crusher23 OK...Just for sake of conversation let's use Adidas End ...
      »Crusher23: My apologies. I need to read my test questions more carefully. It ...
      »B94: The answer will depend more on what bat speed you carry through the ...
      »Turbo 34: If you swing both bats the same exact speed, 75mph, the heavier bat ...
      »Home Plate: Turbo 34 If you swing both bats the same exact speed, 75mph, the ...
      »taits: imo, Since no two people let alone a group like here can hit ...
      »fennellwg: About 10 mph of BBS or 20 ft xtra distance. No reason for you to ...
      »fennellwg: http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/bats/bbs-asa.html Another good ...
      »fennellwg: One final comment. Bats with higher MOI tend to have higher ...
      »fennellwg: Yikes, too much typing to hold anyone's attention. In short,....I ...
      »Home Plate: Wow! That's a lot of information to digest. I find it interesting ...
      »fennellwg: http://baseball.physics.illinois.edu/aero.html If you're still ...
      »OZ40: Your answer can be found here if ...
      »fennellwg: I suspect the kids from MIT could do a pretty good job with ...
      »the car: bat speed is bat speed if it hits the sweet spot same only if the ...
      »fennellwg: I agree. Batspeed has much greater effect on BBS than pitch ...
21 Dec. 3, 2016 1036

When did bats start getting END CAPS ?

» JimRamsey: Hi! I'm doing research... when did bat makers start using END ...
      »BruceinGa: Just a guess Jim, maybe Demarini in 1998? See you in Cocoa Beach ...
      »titanhd: Bruce a lot before demarini. I still have some old Bombats with ...
      »BruceinGa: You are correct. Thinking back the 35oz Easton that I had in the ...
      »Tri18: Jim, Louisville Slugger started the TPS model that was rolled over ...
      »JamesLG: I believe it was back in the mid to late 70's when Bombat came ou ...
      »AJC: The first end cap that I remember seeing was in the mid to late 80's. ...
      »Duke: I still have 2 TPS bats that are the Rick Wheeler models. Andy ...
      »crawdaddy: I remember aluminum bats with black end caps from middle school PE ...
      »taits: Worth PST had them back about 2000- or even before. I had two but not ...
9 Nov. 29, 2016 399

Combat NIFONG endload

» softballman47: looking into buying a Combat NIFONG end load - any feed back from ...
      »BruceinGa: At Softball Magazine's Senior Camp we hit Dudleys, Hyper Z's, the ...
      »Italian Bulldog: I played against Combat 55 team in Myrtle Beach in Oct. and they hit ...
      »StevenL.Imlay: I agree with Bruce at the camp many of the players were using the new ...
      »Lud: Really like the new combat Ni Fong bat.For distance its as good or ...
      »Chip: Anyone know how durable these bats are supposed to be?
      »titanhd: Combat has never had any real issues with durability.For a senior bat ...
      »Chip: It is my understanding that the Dudleys and the new Mikens are ...
      »Lefty: I hope Combat is following Dudley and Mikens durability. Love the way ...
      »xavier: cant go wrong with any of the 2016 combats their all really good the ...
      »Lefty: The NIFONG has been out for a while now. I would like to know the ...
10 Nov. 26, 2016 2900

Bat Information

» southerinman: Picked up 4 bats in trade and was looking for some input on them. I ...
      »Gonedeep43: Unfortunately, the senior Salvo isn't very good, and neither is the ...
      »lb16: Hopefully you didn't trade anything good for those! Sorry to say most ...
      »marcster13: I have a some of the EL Salvos made for SC Sports and they have tons ...
      »el viejo 50: southerinman are you looking for a EL senior bat?
      »southerinman: No, I actually have 3-4 OG U2's to swing thru before I have to look ...
5 Nov. 9, 2016 933

Adidas Melee Bat Problems

» Sandman: I purchased an end loaded Melee in August, took about 50 swings with ...
      »Trotter25: Sandman, If you want to send it to me - Ill hit it and see whats ...
      »Bobby Buggs: I have one with over 500 hits on it and it has what sounds like a BB ...
      »?: Yep! Had the same exact problem. When I dropped the bat after ...
      »Benji4: So by putting glue on your bat you made it an illegal bat because you ...
      »yellowjacket95: I have both bats and the Hyper Z doesn't have near the pop that the ...
      »Steinbrenner: There is a big difference between altering a bat & repairing a bat. ...
      »Benji4: So your very broken in "hot" bat gets a crack on the barrel. You put ...
      »Bubble Gum: Benji4 Is it "altering" if the knob were taped to the bat? ...
      »RIK56: inserting material inside the bat,thats in ssusa rule book under ...
      »Steinbrenner: A bit of digression & common sense come into play. Gluing a loose ...
      »Benji4: HAHA. Not petty at all just don't believe that if you spend $200 on a ...
      »Steinbrenner: LOL The Reebok Knobs did the same thing, our shortstop dropped his ...
      »Katzy63: Taking a broken/unusable bat and repairing it with glue, tape or ...
      »Sandman: Thanks Lee. I actually talked to you in Las Vegas and had emailed ...
      »blue leader: This is so strange. I was at a tournament this summer, waiting for ...
      »AJC: A little off topic but who sells the Melee 2. I still have 2 left of ...
      »HAT MAN: some good points either way. Altering has many different ...
      »SSUSA Staff: Steinbrenner's first post is exactly on point ... A repair is not an ...
      »surf88: AJC: I do and am in the west (Colorado). If I can help, let me ...
      »RIK56: I agree Steinbrenner is right,but this is word for word under ...
      »SSUSA Staff: RIK56 One would have to be incredibly adept at "picking nits" to ...
      »Bubble Gum: I would like to know if Trotter25 received the bat f ...
      »AJC: Ed, thanks. I'll be in contact with you most likely on Monday at the ...
      »Sandman: Bubble Gum, Sent the bat to Trotter today, I'll let you know the ...
      »Bubble Gum: Sandman It's interesting to find out what happens to your bat. I ...
      »AJC: Ed, I played today in a NCSSA tourney in Pleasanton and they had a ...
      »Trotter25: Sandman, I got the bat yesterday. We took the bat out today & ...
      »BruceinGa: Way to go Lee, another member of the rooftop club! ps, I tried to ...
      »Trotter25: Bruce, Sorry call me today when free. Was moving some of our ...
      »Sandman: Thanks Trotter appreciate you taking a look at it. Our team is ...
      »JAV290: We've had to repair Reebok Melee's for a couple of years. Adida ...
      »AllTournyPit: The loose knob thing with the Melee 2 must be a rare thing. My ...
      »Trotter25: Yes the loose knob is a rare thing and dont see it like we did with ...
      »?: I believe my Adidas Melee 2 bat that had the loose knob must h ...
      »surf88: JAV20: The Adidas is not the same bat. It has the same template but ...
      »OZ40: Never had any problems with either the Reebok or Adidas, had the end ...
      »AZsoftball00: Now we will know which bat if from the first batch and the second ...
37 Nov. 3, 2016 2883

Loose end cap

» DCPete: Sorry this has been discussed before but what product(s) is it that ...
      »curveball: 3M Marine Adhesive 5200. Did 4-5 for guys in our league, all wore ...
1 Oct. 31, 2016 246

Miken Ultra II vs Dudley Lightning

» JimmyRedSox: Bad news....my Miken Big Cat, end-loaded, which I purchased for $200 ...
      »AJC: Jimmy, sorry to hear about the bat but there isnt 1 bat manufacturer ...
      »#19: Stop swinging so hard! :-)
      »lb16: Jimmy, just curious was it last years Big cat or this years? I know ...
      »JimmyRedSox: lb16 - thanks for your message. My Big Cat was a 2016. (;-(( I still ...
      »cyborg45: I have both. The performance of both is very similar. I have the ...
5 Oct. 26, 2016 1131

knee problems

» big cat7: I would like to know if anyone has experienced the same problem im ...
      »Mannjo: Big cat, I had a similar issue. You do lose power because sub ...
      »Mulewhipper: Mannjo...those gel shots don't always work, and when they do, they ...
      »Mannjo: Mulewhipper, you are right about the gel shots. They are good for six ...
      »OZ40: Unfortunately, there is no magic pill. If you can afford to loose a ...
      »ocden: Mannjo,i tried to find accu-fill on the internet couldn't find ...
      »softball4b: search accu-fill knee caulking
      »Mannjo: Ocden, try subchonodrdplasty.com
      »ssnaz: I would not hesitate to recommend the gel shots to anyone that wanted ...
      »ocden: I've had the shots 3 different times & i know others who have had ...
      »Mannjo: Ocden, I have had knee issues due to arthritis and tearing meniscus. ...
      »ocden: Thks for the info Mannjo,I've been bone on bone for over 4yrs with ...
      »Mannjo: I am in Massachusetts. Medicare paid for my procedure. It is I would ...
      »kjones: Always hesitate as there is no going back with knee replacement. I ...
      »1tuffmuddah16: I also have some arthritis and torn meniscus in both knees, can't run ...
14 Oct. 25, 2016 1093

What bat shouuld I use?

» crewmember: I have always been swinging a balanced 26 or 27oz bat. most of my ...
      »OZ40: If you want to try an end loaded bat and you have been swinging a ...
      »rlspls1974: If you like to swing an end loaded bat try the Nightmare, $139
      »AllTournyPit: Adidas Melee is only a 1/2 Oz endload. Hottest bat on the market by ...
      »crewmember: Thank you guys. What I am hoping to find out is an opinion as to if ...
      »fennellwg: I'm not really sure which bat property is best for going to the ...
      »rangpat: Crew, Based on your comments I would stay with a balanced bat. That ...
      »rangpat: PS, watch Seniorsoftballbatreviews.com Dave has reviewed both the ...
7 Oct. 24, 2016 811

Adidas Melee2 vs Reebok Melee legend

» Bobby Buggs: Been hitting the Adidias 27 el and just got a Reebok 27 el What is ...
      »rangpat: Adidas bought Reebok. So the Reebok is an older version of the ...
1 Oct. 24, 2016 369

Durable Bats

» Hail Ragna!: Now that Vegas is over, what bat would you say is the most durable ...
      »tattooball: Give me a call I have some thing you may like to try.
      »tattooball: sorry 845 532 2668
      »Tri18: Hail, Call me because it sounds like you need a bat with a different ...
      »DOERBAUM: AFTER USING JUST ABOUT EVERY BAT OUT THERE FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS (AND ...
      »AllTournyPit: The Big Cat has a 1 0uncertain end load. If you can get ahold of last ...
      »rlspls1974: Hail, I will also vouch for the Nightmare. Two full seasons of ...
      »pete from nj: I have been swinging the Nightmare for 3 years. One of my bats has ...
      »rlspls1974: If you like to swing an end loaded bat try the Nightmare, $139
      »rlspls1974: Sorry wrong thread.
      »SilverGhost: I thought everyone knew that the Nightmare and the Miken Big Cat had ...
      »Benji4: Louisville Hyper Z. Some have 1000 swings on them and it seems to ...
      »lb16: Benji4, are you guys swinging last years or this years Parnell ...
      »Benji4: lb16 We are swinging this years model the green and blue signature ...
      »CaliBraves: I was cracking 3 or 4 bats (Miken, Demarini) a season and usually ...
      »E6 in AZ: I am a fan of the Dudley Lightning. I went through two Mikens, the ...
      »garyheifner: What nobody adds, when talking about durability, is what is their ...
      »CaliBraves: Gary Heifner, To answer all your questions: Age: 52 Height: ...
      »DOERBAUM: HEIFNER, TO ADD: 6'2" - 230 LBS - 56 YEARS OLD - PLAY TWICE A ...
      »bkb555: I am 6'1" 185lbs, 54yrs old and have never broken a bat....I swing ...
      »blue leader: Hi Gary, How's things in Huntley? Good luck Gray Sox in Ft ...
20 Oct. 19, 2016 1871

softball mags senior camp

» Wrenchturner: Has anyone been to softball mag senior camp in cocoa beach? wonder if ...
      »hemi racer: Been to both, Team 1 Sports camp is more bang for your buck. Great ...
      »bogie: I haven't been to Team 1 camp, heard it was good. I have been to the ...
      »BruceinGa: I agree 100% with Bogie, very well organized, each camper receives a ...
3 Oct. 14, 2016 438

Bat Knob

» ?: Hi Before I screw something up I want to get info from someone with ...
      »Snot Nose Kid: I think the knob on the Miken Big Cat is pressure fitted on to ...
      »B94: First of it depends if it's the old Big Cat with the red/white logos ...
      »?: I have the "New" Black Cat. And thank you for the info! I was ...
3 Oct. 4, 2016 500

Dudley 2.0

» LM21: Does anyone know if the Dudley 2.0 will be out by worlds in Sept... ...
      »Tri18: Dudley tells,me August or September but isn't firm on the exact date ...
      »LM21: Thank you sir... if you know .... were there any changes made to the ...
      »Tri18: The changes are subtle. Mainly just some additional grip spin tacky ...
      »ASU Sundevil: Tri19 ... Why is dudley waitinig so long to bring out the 2nd ...
      »ASU Sundevil: Sorry Alan, meant tri18.
      »Tri18: ASU, I'm going to take a stab at this but this is my GUESS based on ...
      »Tri18: Breaking news.... I just received word from Dudley that I will be ...
      »Tri18: Shipping confirmation is here. They should be in by Friday. I will be ...
      »Tri18: It's official! Dudley 2.0' boxes have landed and I will be randomly ...
      »RadioRan: I received 2017 Dudley 2.0 13", 27 oz. end load today. I put 75 ...
      »Jerry820: Dudley has arrived in So California. I will be a Rep with Team 1 ...
      »Jerry820: My bad it's the new Dudley 2.0 all size and weights Jerry Smith
      »Tri18: Guys, Here is some feedback from the tournament that I was at this ...
      »badseed2b: My new balanced Dudley 2.0 arrived! We played this weekend in Tracy, ...
      »AJC: Alan, which of the 3 bats were swinging? Let us know after more ...
      »Tri18: Tony, I will be swinging some of each model. We have had a lot of ...
      »Tri18: AJC, Broke in another13" el for a player early this morning. Last ...
      »yellowjacket95: Alan, I was under the impression that the new Dudleys were the ...
      »Tri18: Mark, Subtle differences but as I told Dudley, if you can make it 1% ...
      »yellowjacket95: Alan, I used to swing the 27oz balanced Dudley (still in bag and a ...
      »Tri18: Yellow, Yes my last post was about hitting a 13" el but I have hit ...
      »oroblec: alan hi bro can i email you can you give me your email adress.
      »Tri18: Sure it's tricoach18@att.net Alan Tanner Team 1 Sports
      »FOFO: Bought a new balanced and I must have gotten a lemon because my old ...
      »Tri18: FOFO, This isn't uncommon in composite bats although a vast ...
      »Tri18: FOFO, This isn't uncommon in composite bats although a vast ...
      »k man: Recently bought the Dudley 2.0 26 oz balanced. Has about 50 swings on ...
      »FOFO: Tri18, I squeezed it some more last night. It's coming around. I'm ...
28 Sept. 29, 2016 4116

Dudley Lightning 2

» Lefty: Has anyone put any swings with the 13" End load Dudley Lightning 2.
      »yellowjacket95: Lefty... read the Dudley 2.0 thread. It has great feedback. -Mark
      »Lefty: My friend told me he spoke to some guys that purchased the Dudey2.0 ...
      »Tri18: Lefty, You are very welcome. The new 2.0 bats all seem to be opening ...
      »Lefty: Took 95 more swings today and I was never really a dudley guy just ...
4 Sept. 24, 2016 790

A Question For You BAT GEEKS?

» Bubble Gum: I am interested in getting some info about End Load Bats. I know en ...
      »B94: You really need to look at the balance point of the bat to get an ...
      »Bubble Gum: I would guess the heavier bat would have the balance point closer t ...
      »Tri18: Bubble Gum, You are correct to a point but depending on the ...
      »Bubble Gum: Thanks for your info... So when 2 bats are exactly the same excep ...
      »fennellwg: From the geek perspective. The amount of endload will significantly ...
      »Bubble Gum: Thanks for your reply I think comparing the 25 ounce Adidas Mele ...
      »fennellwg: Your last questions ,in order : .." So when 2 bats are exactly the ...
      »fennellwg: to add some specifics related to me. I have a 27 oz balanced bat ...
      »Bubble Gum: Sir I think your knowledge of bats is good enough for you to b ...
      »Bubble Gum: Based on your experience with 27 ounce bats, what results would yo ...
      »fennellwg: By now, lots of seniors that I play with have tried the new Melee in ...
      »fennellwg: http://forums.softballfans.com/threads/checking-endloads.1423283/#post ...
      »fennellwg: http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/bats/bbs-asa.html Only because you ...
      »?: Besides having better bat control, the light bat makes it easier to ...
14 Sept. 23, 2016 927

Miken 2 piece balalanced vs. Adidas me lee 2 balanced

» Mannjo: Any feed back on which you think is the better bat?
      »NYGNYY: I own a Miken 2 piece end load (green one) and the Adidas Melee ...
      »Trotter25: When talking with a lot of Seniors we tried to capture the best of ...
      »bkb555: I have both...for me, the Melee2 is better....more pop, better feel ...
      »Mannjo: Thanks to everyone who responded.
      »Qnine: Well I don't swing balance bat . But I do have Melee2 endload and ...
5 Aug. 28, 2016 1189

Melee2 hair line crack

» Lefty: Has any one had the line crack. Looks just like someone took a razor ...
      »fennellwg: Any pics? How many swings? Is pop getting better, or worse? Did ...
      »Tommy00: My 27oz EL had a quarter size chip of paint come off. No other ...
      »Lefty: I believe it's just a clear coat problem. Bat hits as well as the ...
      »Bomber23: Tommy00 - What bats do you compare the Adidas to?
      »Lefty: Went hit bp put 24 with the Evil bp balls. After 12 swings the sound ...
      »Tommy00: Pop / Distance it hits as well or better than a broken-in 2016 Miken ...
      »Trotter25: Yes thats the clear coat stress from the barrel flex. Adidas R&D ...
      »Lefty: Thanks for the info Lee
8 Aug. 27, 2016 1287
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