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    fall season winding down


    our team - kids use Velo, 5150, Voodoo, CF8, CAT6, LS 917, S3Z, Mako Beast


    team we played last night had one of the most diverse group of bats - including :

    Velo, 5150, Voodoo, CF6, CF7, CF8, Zen, CAT6, B3, B4 Portent, LS 917, Z Core , S3Z, Mako Beast

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    last weekend (for games)

    today showcase / tournament :

    5150 ***, Velo, CAT6, Voodoo, CF Zen, Z Core, Mako Beast, LS 917, LS 617 ... and wood

    and one XL1 (orange model - the 'highlighter')


    *** 5150 one of the more popular bats


    top level teams - especially the one team that included a number of current D1 / D2 recruits and has featured a number of future (and now current) MLB players and 1st round draft picks (including one 1st round pick last three years ; 2017, 2016, 2015 )

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    yesterday fall showcase at area university

    120+ kids and probably close to 100 batted so just about any and every bat represented - including AXE bat ... first time I have seen an AXE bat in person

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom2p View Post
    yesterday fall showcase at area university

    120+ kids and probably close to 100 batted so just about any and every bat represented - including AXE bat ... first time I have seen an AXE bat in person
    Tom
    So in your opinion (without analyzing every bat you saw) is there really much of a performance difference in the various BBCOR bats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcbaseball View Post
    Tom
    So in your opinion (without analyzing every bat you saw) is there really much of a performance difference in the various BBCOR bats?

    just as most say - no difference in performance

    and no difference that I have observed - from watching other kids and watching my kid who has used a number of different bats in BP (BP on a field)

    basically personal preference - because many of the bats do have a different feel or swing


    will often see a kid get a little more distance from a bat with more end load

    will often see a kid get thru the zone a little quicker with a more balanced bat

    but for the most part the kids hit with just about any bat - including wood

    might require a few swings - or a round or two (BP) - but then they are back in the groove
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    another observation :


    too many kids too eager to move up in bat length

    moving to a 34 from a 33 or to a 33 from a 32 is not going to turn a kid into a HR hitter (or magically get ground balls thru the infield)

    and in fact might be to their detriment


    at high school age / level - the difference between facing pitchers that throw upper 70s / low 80's and a kid that throws upper 80s / low 90s is significant

    so using a longer / heavier bat that provides little in the way of distance or velocity is just adding to the challenge

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    many younger / smaller kids appear to prefer and have more success with the most balanced and lightest swinging bats - especially the two-piece composites including S1, Mako, CF series


    many older / bigger / more accomplished kids appear to prefer the one piece alloy bats ... some also two-piece with more end load


    reasons for the one-piece alloys ?

    sound and feel primarily

    feel - more direct feel ; also more similar to wood bat which many of the kids also use


    performance ?

    some kids feel the one-piece alloy bats have more pop or generate more distance

    if the distance is greater it might be due to the bat having more of an end load
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    wood bats are even more PITA

    many manufacturers - and most manufacturers offer different models (profiles or 'turns')

    and the individual models can also vary - weight and dimensions



    for the most part BBCOR alloy and composite bats are on target - knob, handle, barrel size (taper/length/diameter), weight ; some will weigh over listed weight a bit


    wood bats are all over the place ; within the same manufacturer/model - the knob can vary ... barrel length and diameter can vary ... in addition to the weight

    and the purchase of an 'ink dot' bat does not guarantee consistency

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    Here in SoCal we are seeing a lot of people swinging the old Z1000s, Cat6, Cat7, and the 917. A few Eastons here and there as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slushy View Post
    Here in SoCal we are seeing a lot of people swinging the old Z1000s, Cat6, Cat7, and the 917. A few Eastons here and there as well.
    What's with the Z1000? I'm seeing those going on eBay for $400 ($250 used). What current bat is that one comparable too? Seems to be one piece composite.

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