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Discussion: New 14 inch Dudley Hot W

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March 17, 2020
cyborg45
Men's 75
191 posts
New 14 inch Dudley Hot W
I have a first run Dudley Hot W the 12 inch version. I like the bat and am considering purchasing a new 14 inch version. For those of you that have tried both, is the new second run as hot as the first, or is it a more durable less hot version.
March 19, 2020
cyborg45
Men's 75
191 posts
I'm guessing that the lack of response to this post is due to to one, possibly both, of the following.There aren't many, possibly none, of the posters on this board that have hit both bats as to make a comparison. Or, the coronavirus narrative is so top of mind, that responding to a post such as this,is considered not a good use of ones time.
March 20, 2020
Zac7
19 posts
Or, might it possibly be because the Dudley bat line is neither very good nor durable?
March 20, 2020
mck71
254 posts
Cyborg – I will bite… COVID19 is certainly on EVERYONE’s mind but there some that are looking for any distraction so here I am answering.

To me, the issue with your post is there are too many variables; you state “first run” HOT W, what exactly is that? If you were lucky to get a good one that didn’t break in 5 - 20 swings then it was an excellent bat. Sadly a LOT of ones did break and then Dudley starting making replacement ones and when you got one, they took a LOT of swings to break them in. Now you mention “2nd run” so I would ASSUME you mean the ones that came out recently or the replacement ones? The replacement ones were not very good and the “newer” ones are better than those but probably not as hot as the one you have. Most of the newer Dudley's are very good bats but need patience to break them in (see Dave V bat reviews and I agree with his assessment).

Hope that helps!

PS – there are a LOT of good new sr bats out there this year that might not need as many swings to get "game ready" (Easton and DeMarini are very good this year as well as Suncoast and Miken/Worth), just depends on what you like to swing!
March 20, 2020
cyborg45
Men's 75
191 posts
Thanks mck. Yes, the "first run" bats were the original batch as they were first released. I lumped the replacements for the cracked ones and the newly released new ones as the "second run". You can pick up a new W for a reduced price right now, so I was wondering about the pop between the 2 bats.I had heard from one other player stating that the "second batch" was not comparable to the original release. Just wanted some other opinions. Thanks for your input. PS. I have always been a Miken guy, but tried the Hot W after reading the reviews.
March 20, 2020
mck71
254 posts
YW. I used to be a Miken guy as well, if you still like the short barrel, get a Miken JB12, you won't be disappointed. IMO was the best of the new Miken/Worth I have swung (which were all pretty good). I will add the new DeMarini Denny Crine is also an excellent short barrel bat.
March 21, 2020
Wood_1966
Men's 55
163 posts
I recommend watching the Senior Bat Challenge series on YouTube that was done by Smash It Sports. You will get some good idea of who is really hot out of the wrapper. The Suncoast Melee's and Easton Empires pretty much owned the competition, but the Miken Ultra held it's own.
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