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Discussion: Is it too soon to compare the new Dudley Hot 14" vs the new Adidas Melee 2 - two piece?

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Dec. 18
Bomber23

58 posts
Like to hear feedback on these two new bats
Dec. 18
Tremor

15 posts
As far as I know, the only Dudley HotW bats out there right now are prototypes. I'd be weary of any review of them until the actual consumer product is available (I'm hearing late Jan early Feb).
Dec. 27
DocDuck

3 posts
Dudley Hot W will out perform the Melee 2. It should have more longevity and be hotter!
Dec. 27
Mont25
Men's 50
11 posts
DocDuck, how can you be so sure if there are only prototypes out at this time? Will the production models perform exactly like the prototype? It seems we would need to have both production models for the Adidas Melee 2 and the Dudley available.
Dec. 27
Mont25
Men's 50
11 posts
...at the same time to be sure.
Dec. 27
Omar Khayyam

1357 posts
Mont25, good question. It would seem that DocDuck is a very big fan of Dudley or else a sales rep for them.
Dec. 31
mnball

29 posts
I’ve been able to hit both bats and for me personally - I had more distance out of the Adidas red 12” 2-piece bat over the Dudley hot 12” 2-piece.
The thing to be vary wary of is this - we have not hit a 2019 production Dudley 2 piece , we have only hit what Dudley gave the guy who let me hit it vs my 2019 Adidas - both had roughly 400 plus cuts on them so you know they are both well broken in.
Adidas to me has been the top sr bat for the last 3-4 years - but that’s just me.
I will say my Adidas and the Dudley had probably the same exit speed through the infield and the Adidas to me was about 10-15’ further in distance - which makes both bats very good in my opinion.
I ordered a 25 oz Worth WKD 2 piece but never got it it and I asked for my money back after 6 weeks waiting - I’m hearing good things about that bat also. I’m simply going to wait to buy a 2019 Dudley Hot 2- piece when they are in stock - and then I’ll see if it’s the same as the prototype - no more preorder for me for any bat.
Dec. 31
raiderman66

77 posts
Mn you seem to know a good deal amount about the game so I will share this info and I am sure some will disagree however from strong observationals I an tell you that white 2 wicked is a log. It reminds me of the balanced white 2 piece bat miken put out a few years ago. Very mediocre pop and not much distance. The black wicked is very good however the white isn't.
Dec. 31
youngen

16 posts
Are you referring to Miken Ultra 2 Black Balanced? About 3 yrs old. I swing a 28 oz and balls jump off this bat?
Dec. 31
mnball

29 posts
raiderman66 - are you saying the new 2019 white 2 -piece Worth WKD - aka Alan Tanner bat is a log ?
I actually talked to Alan in our dugout this past Oct in LasVegas and I told him I was waiting on his signature bat in a 25oz - and i waited and waited etc - but I have heard some pretty good things about it myself. Our team was approached by Worth / Miken and we spoke with Lee from Adidas and we will be working with Adidas for the 2019 season , we played 50 Major plus last year and we are now playing 55 Major plus for this year -. I will have every new suss sr bat by springtime as we like to compare our Adidas sticks to all the others out there.
Obviously we come in all shapes and sizes and that goes for our swing types to -- but for me personally - the 2018 Adidas reload 1 piece is the best sr bat for me, followed by the 2019 Red Adidas 2-piece. I think all these bats are very close but it simply comes down to personal preference.
Jan. 1
raiderman66

77 posts
Nothing personal against Alan since a few other bats he reps are good but that white wicked is a log. I've hit it, seen a bunch of others hit it with anything from NIW to 300-400 hits and it's just not great at all.

Youngen the answer is yes that bat. All you need to know is look around and very few guys use that bat. It was a terrible bat however the only thing that matters is that it works for you. Good luck with it.
Jan. 1
Tremor

15 posts
Exactly MN, all the top manufacturers have great bats.
Miken, Adidas, Dudley etc. are all close in performance. So it really does come down to, what are you most consistent with? Does 10 extra feet of distance really matter if you're only hitting .500 with it?
I own all the aforementioned bats and found that I'm most consistent with the one piece 12" Adidas.
Jan. 1
mck71
Men's 60
345 posts
raiderman, I am confused, you said "It reminds me of the balanced white 2 piece bat miken put out a few years ago" and then youngen said "Are you referring to Miken Ultra 2 Black Balanced" and then you said "Youngen the answer is yes that bat". I think you are not referring to same bat he is talking about but I could be wrong, wouldn't be the first time!

I own the 2 piece white Worth WKD XL, not the best bat I own but wouldn't call it a "log". I have a teammate that owns one 1 oz lighter (mine is a 27 his a 26) and his is def hitting better than mine so I am still HOPING mine will break in better, I have about 250 swings on it.

And I agree Tremor, ALL bats are pretty good lately but crazy as it sounds, I am back to swinging the original 13" Dudley Lightning (bought mine 4 yrs ago) which has a LOT of swings on it and it hits as well as my 13" Addidas which WAS my gamer (still in my bag).

For me, I like a 1 piece, 1/2 oz end load, whether it's mental or not, any bat that fits in that category I can work with (last years black WKD is in my bag and I love that bat as well). I am actually swinging a 12" original Dudley (maroon handle) in BP so I can learn to focus on hitting a smaller sweet spot but it hasn't seemed to hurt when I use the 13" in the game (IMHO).

As for newer bats, manufacturers seem to be gravitating to 2 piece models and I am not a fan but I am TRYING them out so I started with the white WKD. I have also hit the new Addidas but the balanced one (not a balanced fan) but it def hit better than the WKD (again, IMHO). My concern is that when my bats crack, it's usually the Addidas that go first with a lot less swings on them and like Tremor said, to me, not worth the extra 10 - 15 ft I might get from them.

Happy and healthy New Year to all!
Jan. 1
raiderman66

77 posts
mck71 the Miken Ultra 2 Black balanced came in two versions- the white colored one was balanced and is the one being talked about being similar to the white 2 piece wicked bat now which isn't very good.
Jan. 2
Tri18

352 posts
Hey Raider,
Please send me your Wicked “log” so I can lab and field test it for any possible manufacturing defect. This does happen occasionally on a production line although we strive to maintain consistency in each bat being made. Yours is the first one that I have heard being described this way and I would like to evaluate it and possibly send it back to engineering. If there is indeed something wrong with the bat, I’ll replace it. Thank you,

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
12 Porta Vista Circle
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Jan. 2
raiderman66

77 posts
Alan that's nice of you to do that however it wasn't my bat it was Joe's in Boca who you know very well. As I said you rep other bats which are fine so this wasn't anything of a personal nature. See you in FHC.
Jan. 8
RoyHobbs

20 posts
I purchased a new 27 ounce Worth Wicked XL 2-piece softball bat from Alan Tanner approximately 1-2 months ago and can't say enough about his professionalism and about how well my bat is now performing. When I initially began to start breaking it in, I personally found it to be a little stiff. Nevertheless, even though it felt a little stiff, the ball was traveling almost as far as my broken in "gamer" bats, which had significantly more swings. However, the sweet spot was huge and was extremely difficult to miss. Probably after about 300-400 swings, my new 27 ounce Worth Wicked XL definitely began to change. It began to sound different, it began to have great feedback and the distance was incredible. I must admit that in my case, it took a little time and hard work to break it in but it is now absolutely RIDICULOUS. It is the best bat that I own without question. As a matter of fact, I like it so much that I purchased a second 27 ounce Worth Wicked XL 2-piece softball bat from Alan Tanner, which I used for the first time today. This second bat definitely seems hotter out of the wrapper than my first bat did. With no helping wind and after only a few swings, I was hitting line drives and consistently hitting balls well over 300 feet. Have fun playing softball and the best of luck to everyone in 2019.
Jan. 12
GruntRVN

2 posts
I bought the new Adidas 13" 2piece Balanced Bat. I hit 48 balls today and found that it has some pop and distance out of the wrapper. Will add more info after I break it in.
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