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Discussion: use of High COR, Low Compression ball

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Oct. 29

3 posts
Our co-ed senior softball league is considering moving to a high COR .52, and low compression 300 lbs ball to combat the growing concerns for injuries. Some of our better hitters are voicing opposition as they believe that these ball will significantly reduce performance. We use ASA rated bats, not USSSA rated bats.

I would appreciate any and all comments on the high COR, low compression balls.
Oct. 29
Men's 60
104 posts
ASA uses the 52/300 ball, and there is no loss in performance because the bats for ASA play are now designed to maximize performance for that ball. USSSA used to have the hotter bats, and though I play only ASA in my local leagues I'm pretty sure ASA has closed the gap or surpassed U-trip.

However, I'm pretty sure our Senior bats are designed for the 44/375 ball, which is what ASA used in the past.

As for your co-ed league, just switch to ASA bats with the 52/300 ball. Distance might not match the Senior bats with the 44/375 ball, but c'mon -- do these mashers really need Senior bats in a co-ed league?

Safety first.
Oct. 30
Fred S
Men's 85
297 posts
I agree. With the new ASA bats and a quality ball there should be no problem
Oct. 30

3 posts
Thanks guys, your responses agree with everything I have been reading. Now I just have to convince the "mashers" it is no big deal.
Oct. 31

103 posts
I agree the ASA bats are designed for the 52/300 balls. Much better performance than with a senior bat.

The thing about injuries though is more people are getting hit with this ball. It bounces much more! The injuries won't be as severe though as with a harder compression ball. Pick your poison.
Nov. 2
Bobby Buggs

90 posts
Your scores will be much lower and defense will be a premium with 52-300. People with proper mechanics will still hit that ball 300 feet but not nearly as often and those with the excuse me HRs will be simple F7s
Nov. 3

18 posts
We used this ball In 40 and 50 and over an the scores here in pa were not low in runs scored.
Nov. 4
Men's 50
90 posts
I play ASA, USSSA and SSUSA. I pitch in all three associations and the bat and ball combination that scares me the most is SSUSA with USSSA a close second and ASA by far the safest IMHO. The scoring seems pretty even with a slight edge to Utrip, Utrip and ASA teams are with the young guys.
Nov. 19
Men's 60
3 posts
I play ASA and SSUSA and have played with both balls. I'm also a board member of the ASA association in Portland, OR. We use the 52/300 balls for women and men for all league and tournament games and I have NOT seen a difference in the number of home runs hit during a game. The same people who hit them previously are still hitting them. The ball is designed not to cause SERIOUS injuries, but the performance on off center hits will cause an increase in "bad" hops, but when players are hit the injury won't be as severe. We allow seniors to use their senior bats, but I also don't see an advantage with senior bats over newer ASA bats, except in the mind of the users.
Nov. 20
Tom M

4 posts
My weekday team is ASA/USA and we would like opinions on what a good 52/300 softball is for the Florida humidity.
Nov. 20

31 posts
We've used these balls in senior league for years. Our senior league also allows females over fifty to play. We are the only team in the league with two females and we still averaged 17 runs a game with these balls. There's nothing wrong with them. Some folks use senior bats, some don't.

Most everyone in our league uses the Tattoo NX3 52/300.
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