General Slowpitch Softball Forum Discuss slowpitch topics that don't fit in to other categories here!

Semi-scientific bat comparison

This is a discussion on Semi-scientific bat comparison within the General Slowpitch Softball Forum forums, part of the Softball Forums category!
After 2 weeks of battling an overwhelming desire to buy another bat I don't need, I took several of my ...

Sponsored Ads
Register to remove these ads.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-20-2016, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
defos's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2012
Name: Duane
Location: Des Moines, Ia
Posts: 572
Default Semi-scientific bat comparison

After 2 weeks of battling an overwhelming desire to buy another bat I don't need, I took several of my current bats out to test against each other.

I'm 61 yrs old, about 6'2" 195. I play 3rd base on 2 men's teams with and against guys half my age, and in a co-ed church league that I oversee. Not your typical 61 yr old. I'm blessed. Up through my mid-50s I hit a lot of doubles, triples, and in-the-park homeruns, but was never really a true homerun threat. My point is, balls won't be flying over the fence, but I'm far from a slap hitter.

From around 2001 or so through most of 2014, I hit with 30 oz Worth Supercell and Supercell 2 bats. Love the endload, large sweetspot, and how you can feel the trampoline effect on contact. Very durable as well. I finally tried a teammate's Freak 52 in Aug 2014, & got a great hit. A few days later, I had a new 30 oz '14/15 Miken Psycho Supermax ASA. 2 weeks later, I bought a new 30 oz Miken Geno Buck M Nation, also Supermax & ASA. I liked the feel of the stiffer M Nation over the Psycho, and relegated the Psycho to bp and church league duty. The Psycho took 6 hits to feel different, but didn't seem to progress much after that, although I did notice one day in Aug 2015, it suddenly sounded different and the balls started going farther. I didn't hit well enough this summer to pay it much attention. Meanwhile, it took about 700 hits for the M Nation to wake up, and the last 100 of those hits were with new .44/375 balls which really made a difference. I've hit a few rounds off the tee with the .44/375s recently, and now it sounds different and the balls are going farther. Still no cracks or webbing on either bat.

Yesterday, Oct 19, 2016, I took the Psycho with roughly 1200 hits - mostly hitting worn out .52/300s , the M Nation with about 1700-1800 hits - also mostly hitting worn out .52/300s, the Carl Rose Supercell 2 that I used in 2014 - it had very little use before that, and my well used Team Lighthouse that has probably 300 games plus practices on it using .47/500 Blue Dots and .44/375s in weather ranging from 20* F to 100*, out to hit off the tee. I had 20 .52/300 balls that are in good condition, and hit 2 rounds alternating bats. It was 69 degrees with a 10 mph wind blowing to left. Shadows across that part of the field made it easy to tell where the balls were landing.

I expected the Supercell 2 to be right behind the M Nation and ahead of the Psycho for distance, but the 3 bats were dead even. The 3 longest hits were 1 off each bat that hit the fence at around 290' on 3 or 4 short hops. Wind-aided for sure, but the line drives were only a few feet shorter than the well hit fly balls. This confirms what I really knew all along. I've spent a lot of $$ on bats I didn't need to get the same performance. I was really surprised the Psycho hit that far, and that the Lighthouse was close behind the other 3 despite all the use and abuse it's had. I have 2 more Supercell 2s that seem livelier than the one I used here. One is a 28 oz, and the other a 30 oz that has a flat spot, so they don't get used much. Also a 30 oz Freak NXT with maybe 300 hits.

And about that urge to buy another bat - the 2015 Worth Sick 454 I bought the day before I did this comparison should be here Saturday, just in time for the last game of the year Sunday.

34/30 Club

Last edited by defos; 10-21-2016 at 12:13 PM.
defos is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT. The time now is 10:20 PM.