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Old 01-25-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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What is the best ASA bat?

Question: What is the best ASA bat?

Answer: Most top tier ASA bats will perform about the same. The ASA uses the ASTM F2219 testing method to ensure that no bat exceeds the 98MPH batted ball speed.*

Some players will hit better with endloaded bats while others will hit better with balanced bats. The best thing to do is try several models to determine which type of bat fits your swing the best.

*Prior to 2009, the ASA tested composite bats WITHOUT breaking them in first. It was determined that some of the bats, once broken in, were exceeding the 98MPH standard. In 2009, the ASA introduced an advance break-in (ABI) process (rolling) to all composite bats prior to testing. Bats made prior to 2009 are considered pre-ABI bats. Bats made in 2009 and beyond are considered post-ABI bats.

Many people believe that pre-ABI bats are better than post-ABI bats. There is likely a lot of truth to this. However, the ASA has the authority to re-test bats at any time and subsequently ban them if they fail. The Louisville Slugger SB73V Voltage is the ONLY bat that has been banned since the ABI process was introduced, so you can draw your own conclusions about the other pre-ABI bats.

Instead of asking, "What is the best ASA bat?", my suggestion would be to find a bat that fits your swing and then work on improving your overall strength and hitting technique.

See the ASA STICKY at the top of this forum for links to important ASA information including approved/banned ASA bats.
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:10 PM   #2
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Balanced:
Singlewall Metal
***Anderson NanoTek Alpha
***Anderson KSP

Mulitwall Metal
***Anderson Techzilla

pre-ABI Composite
***Easton SCX3 (Extended)
***Easton SCN3 (Flex)
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post-ABI Composite
***Louisville Slugger Z1000 (Balanced)

Endloaded:
Singlewall Metal
***Anderson NanoTek Omega
***DeMarini White Steel

Mulitwall Metal
***Anderson RockeTech
***'00 Worth SSEST (non-recertified)
***Worth PSTs

pre-ABI Composite
***Miken Recoil 250

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***Easton Salvo
***Louisville Slugger Z1000 (Endloaded)
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:21 PM   #3
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This won't solve anything.
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Noob sticky right here.
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the theory of finding a bat to fit the user is correct in my opinion...I have seen some guys hit the ball alot harder/farther with post-ABI bats than they did with pre-ABI bats. I haven't been on SBF as long as some guys, but I personally have hit bats from just about every manufacturer...I've hit my fair share of HRs and hit for a pretty decent average..I made a switch to Combat this year, and hit more HRs this year than in the past 5 years combined, and my average was better than it's been in a long time. I don't think there is a 'best ASA' bat, there is a lot to be said with finding the right bat for your swing. I hit either the OG AntiVirus or the AntiVirus Reloaded this last summer.

just my short rant/input
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The only answer is the Miken Maniac. Most underrated bat in ASA. No need for anymore information.
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Suggestions to get you started:

Balanced:
Singlewall Metal
***Anderson NanoTek Alpha
***Anderson KSP

Mulitwall Metal
***Anderson Techzilla

pre-ABI Composite
***Easton SCX3 (Extended)
***Easton SCN3 (Flex)
***Miken Recoil 180

post-ABI Composite
***DeMarini RD28
***Louisville Slugger Z1000 (Balanced)

Endloaded:
Singlewall Metal
***Anderson NanoTek Omega
***DeMarini White Steel

Mulitwall Metal
***Anderson RockeTech
***'00 Worth SSEST (non-recertified)
***Worth PSTs

pre-ABI Composite
***Miken Recoil 250

post-ABI Composite
***Easton SRV3
***Easton Salvo
***Louisville Slugger Z1000 (Endloaded)
Very good list here
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DeMarini RD28 or Miken Recoil 250

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Great thread - one miss: the RD28 is certainly not balanced.
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Can you break it down for me a little more? I'm still confused.
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I always thought the best ASA bat was a bat with an ASA stamp on it
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Sorry, I thought this said Best ASA Hat, it would be more interesting, ... but I do love my Anderson RocketTech...

But for a Hat I like this one..... Richardson 172 Sportmesh... I'll go back to the Logos and Uniforms thread...

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Great thread - one miss: the RD28 is certainly not balanced.
Some say it is, some say it isn't.
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Thanks for posting this. Hopefully a link to this thread will work better than a hundred awful Hammer jokes when a newb arrives.
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