Bat Questions

Discussion in 'Bats and Equipment Review' started by 08DDF2, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. 08DDF2

    08DDF2 New Member

    Looking for a new bat for my daughter that is an 08. She currently swings a 32" Easton Ghost Advanced drop 10, but broke that bat twice. She also has a 32" Xeno, but she does not like the feel. Trying to find a good endloaded bat that has a similar feel of the Advanced but won't break with a month of use. I am bumping her up to a 33". I am a little cautious to buy another Easton due to it breaking(unless a drop 9 or 8 hold up better) or no name bat like the Quatro Pro or Mizuno. Does anyone have experience with the Quatro Pro or Mizuno? Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Stedman00

    Stedman00 Active Member

    LS xeno and LXT are quality bats. as are Mizuno, demarini, and Quattro. All have pluses and minuses. And all have some bats that break and others that last for years. And I question any young player swinging an endloaded model.

    Honestly, with any bat, if they are breaking that quickly, I'd evaluate the temps as well as swing, not just the bat.
     
  3. 08DDF2

    08DDF2 New Member

    Thanks Stedman, I do understand the weather issue but both bats were used in above 60 degree weather. I try to control her use as much as possible, I won't let her hit off a machine with her game bat, store it indoors only, and not to use it below 60(I know it has more to do with the ball hardness not the bat temp). I tried my best to keep the bat in the best condition, yet her Louisville and past Demarini held up to machines and cold weather like a rock.

    No issues with the endloaded bat she's a tad bigger and stronger than most girls. She's hitting roughly 200-500 balls a week with her lessons, practices and at home work.
     
  4. daboss

    daboss Well-Known Member

    I'm not a bat expert but interested to hear what others say about the life expectancy of a bat. I can only assume manufacturers worked diligently with a design staff and agreed upon a number of hits that their bat should be able to endure. I think you get where I'm going with this. Perhaps the bat has simply run out its life expectancy. Food for thought.

    Just like most everything else in today's world a lot of thought is put into product reliability. Can they make a bat that would almost assuredly last a life time? Sure, but you may not like the performance. Plus, companies need to sell bats. Producing bats that last a life time doesn't benefit them in the long run. You buy a high-end bat with expectations. In order to achieve that performance it means taking a design that takes it to a razor's edge in technology and only supporting it via warranty/guarantee for what they deem favors the company. In the big picture, if they have 1 or 2 out of 1000 sold be returned for replacement they can look at their earnings and say "We Win."

    Notice bat manufacturers warranty is over a time span, not the number of times it strikes a ball. That warranty starts with the purchase date on your receipt. They have done the math and come up with a formula on what they deem "normal use." That way the bat should last thru that time span. Notice nobody offers extended warranties on bats? There's a reason for it.

    Don't get me wrong, keep sending it back for replacement. You basically paid for that insurance. Frustrating for sure. Frustrating to you not them. It's simply the cost of doing business.

    Some bats are going to exceed expectations of reliability. 200-500 hits a week in practice and games sounds like a lot of use. Not all those hits are going to be in the sweet spot which adds extra stress to a bat. Even with the best of care, which from your post sounds like you are doing more than most, that's a lot of use. Buying more than 1 bat or expecting to replace it more often than the average use player, might be your only option if you are satisfied with that brand and model.

    Again, I'd like to see what others have to say on this subject.
     
  5. yocoach

    yocoach Super Moderator Staff Member

    My DD has had the Ghost since they came out in 2018. She swings a 34/26 (drop 8). The only issue she had was when she was early on a change-up, chipped her end cap and it was disallowed in NCAA competition by the umps until replaced. This Ghost lasted through her last year of TB, 2 years of college ball, 3 Winters of practices in college and would have gone another college season had they not cancelled it. This past Summer I bought her a Ghost Advance and it has been going strong since June hitting 600-750 balls a week every week since then. As for the 2018, I gave it to another of my hitters to practice with since she is now swinging a 34 drop 8 and wanted a cage bat. Again, it's still going strong.

    With all of that said, if you're uncomfortable buying another Ghost, the only other bat that competed against them is the Mizuno Power Carbon. In testing, they outperformed the Ghost a little over 50% of the time. However, many hitters don't like them because they provide feedback if a ball is mis-hit. It doesn't matter to the hitter that the PC is actually hotter outside the sweet spot than on the SS itself and goes further than any ball hit off the mark by any other bat. All they know is their hands sting.
     
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