> seems to be more complicated than "go get this bat"
> i play in a league where theres alot more beer drinking than ball
> playing. :) Bunch of computer programmers trying to play softball, its
> not pretty. as far as i know we're just using standard mens
> softball, i dont know about the multi-wall thing, but i think i saw one
> of the other teams having one. right now i use a 34" 28oz Easton bat I
> got at K-Mart. apparantly some bats dent more easily than others, I want
> one I can use years from now and its just as good as it is now.
> I want to hit the ball to the fence (i know it takes more than a spiffy
> bat) and thought a good quality (non-Kmart) bat might help.
> Right now is our off season, we wont play again until March.
> So if I get a heavy bat, I have all winter to get used to it.
> Texas weather allows me to go to batting cages pretty much year round.
> Tanks again!
Okay, here are my two cents worth... Some people may disagree.
Oh-well, I know what I like, so here it is. I am 5' 11", weigh about
210 and love to hit line drives that nearly kill the pitcher (it is the
way I have always swung that way, since little league). So there is
some about me.
Now on to the bat thing. There are some different ways to go about
buying a bat. Some people will tell you to try other people's bats.
(Not everyone is to high on letting entire teams or other people use
their bats). I have bought a couple of new bats over the past two years
and have used a bunch of different bats. The best way to figure out if
you like it is to use it (swings while the wrapper is still on, if you
don't like the way it feels, then you send it back; but if you like the
way it feels, you unwrap it and swing away). I would watch how much you
use it at the batting cages. They tend to have a harder ball for
durability, which ends in dents.
Now, as to my personal choices. My favorite bat which is a nice
combination of price and big time performance is the Grover MVP. It has
a little bit different of a shape and takes some getting used to. Once
you do, look out! I have cranked one to the fence just trying to hit a
long fly-out for the runner at third to score (about 300 feet using a
Dudley SB-12, cork core). It has a great sweet spot and you just need
to develop a really consistant swing to hit it consistantly. I swing a
34", 26 oz. It has a little heavier of an end load, so it swings more
like a 28 oz. bat because of the end load. Actual weight does make a
difference in bat speed.
Another bat that I have just gotten is the Johnny Ice 14. It is by
Bombat. It has a double end load, so it is another 26 oz. bat, but
swings more like a 29-30 oz. I don't really like the knob on it, but
that is a personal preference (I like to bat with my pinky over the end
knob). Another down side is the fact that it has been dubbed the
"Barney Bat" because it is purple. Oh-well... Good quality, crappy
Both of these have been incredibly durable. I have used both of them in
sub- 50 degree weather and both kind of turned into team bats. Close to
750-1000 swings on the Grover. No dents or waves. The Bombat has about
300-550 swings on it and no dents or waves. Not a problem!
Another thing, check out this web cite: http://www.bomani.com and look
at the bat review page. I have used their info (that's why I got the
Grover). They know their stuff.