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August 16, 2005
9:50:49 PM

Entry #: 997748
Effective Immediately*** This is hot of the presses information that will effect everyone in this business. The rumors we have all heard are true about juicing and or altering bats. The ASA and USSSA have recently joined forces to nail all the bat doctors that they know of. So effective immediately, I won't be referring anymore bats to juice or alter etc. to any of these people.

Also you will see a lot of info on my site changing to reflect this. Even though I have never altered a bat myself and would not how to do one if I tried, I need to cut all ties with the people who do this and info from my site. You are all free to discuss it on the message board because it is a free country, but I can't be a party to it anymore. So this will be a completely 'juice free' site effective immediately. Thanks for your understanding.

Here is some other helpful information on other options you may have. Endloaded vs. balanced: Here is another one of those things that has a lot of misinformation attached to it, when it really is as simple as this: Endloaded = more distance plain and simple, so if you are going for HR's you want an endloaded bat in your hands.

Why? It has more carry through after the ball has been contacted, or to put it simply, it's much harder to stop that bat after it's hit the ball with an endload than a balanced bat. This is proven with the players who hit 14" & 16" balls. If you have ever hit a 16" softball you know it is very soft and flexible to where you don't even need fielding gloves to catch it. Using a miken ultra with these balls is useless. Most players using these balls go with the heaviest stiff walled bats they can find. Try this simple test. Try and check your swing on a balanced bat then and endloaded and see what is harder to stop. Though I will agree with some of my critics on initial bat speed being slightly slower, once you get that endload going it picks up speed and can even increase after the ball is struck. Not so with the balanced bat. Don't get me wrong, balanced bats are great especially for pure base hitting, but for just 10 or 20 more feet, the endload will give the extra distance you need.

Here is a great illustration on the situation with the high flex bats that are out there right now and the low compression (high flex balls) which are becoming more prevalent in tournaments and leagues all over. It's almost like a super ball hitting a mattress, as opposed to a super ball hitting a brick wall. The mattress resembles these high flex bats which have give to them and the low comp balls more resemble the surilyn balls used back in the 70's(or more like a high flex superball). So if you have a bat more like a brick wall or a bat frequency tuned to hit the low comp. mush balls then presto you have a better match to hit these, what some people call mush balls.

Some more info to help you to choose an Anderson bat is as follows with different balls being used:

Using strictly low compresson (375lb. balls) with any core the new 05 ck's TZ(techzilla) or RT(rocket tech) They are both tuned for the low comp mush balls, but the edge goes to the rocket tech CK between these two bats. The RT CK performs better, but the TZ CK is more durable and also hits harder balls better. Juiced bats(with walls thinned) are not needed or wanted with low comp. balls. Though the endload will help with ball carry the extra flex is not needed.

Using strictly high compression (525lb. balls) with any core use the techzilla ck for asa play or just about any bat in non asa play hits these balls great. My current favorites for non asa play and harder balls is the combat b1, freak plus,synergy plus and mizuno blur advanced. PST's of course are great too, but $400.00 is just no fun at all.

Using mid compression balls with any core, I still like the RT CK for ASA play.

The following should help you in understanding the ball compression and how it relates to certain bats. I have broken it down to what I hope is an easier to understand format, because I know it can be confusing.

375lbs low compression = more flexible or 'mushy' does not perform well with high flex bats.
400lb-475lbs. mid compression = medium flexibility still performs OK with most bats.
525lb. compression= harder ball-performs well with almost any bat on the market, but especially juiced models etc.

Core 47= more flexible,mushy or bouncy
Core 44= medium flexibility
Core 40= less flexible

As you can see here if you were to have a core 40 with a low compression ball you still will have decent almost mid performance, which I have found to be true in my own testing as well. But as soon as you pair up low comp with core 44 or 47 now you have much more loss in performance with the high flex bats and why I recommend the Anderson RT CK or TZ CK with those balls. Anything mid and above compression will perform well with high flex bats and juiced bats.

However, depending on who the batter is, the stock techzilla is not going to necessarily hit a low comp ball the way the ultra hit a high comp ball, but it is still a better match and I know many hitting the low comp balls 350 ft. with a RT CK. The ultimate for ball hardness would be 525lbs. paired up with core 40 not 47. I know many balls are paired more with 525lbs. and core 47, but the 47 is not what makes those balls fly so far, it is the compression.

Also endloaded bats will in all instances make any ball fly farther, but in the case of low compression with core 44 and 47, it may not be enough to overcome the loss in performance that is experienced from the flexibility of the ball, so going heavier is the only solution, unless you get a RTCK which are frequency matched with the mush balls. So far this is the only exception to the going heavier rule that I have found.

One last factor to figure in is outside temperature and the climate you may play in. Cooler temps will keep the ball harder and flying farther. Warmer temps will keep the ball more flexible and mushier.

Lastly, juicing bats is really all about weight distribution. Taking weight from the hand or the middle and getting out to the end, is where bat mfg.'s know the weight needs to be for maximum distance. So this is what they do for non ASA bats and the ASA bats they simply detune and hand weight more.



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