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Dec. 8, 2021
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64 posts
What to swing in a cold weather tourney?
Just curious as what you guys swing in cold weather tourneys as I have one coming up this weekend? Early morning games might be in the high 40s, by noon probably low 60s. I'm guessing 80 percent of the people will be swinging there gamers. I have like a Ultra 2 I'm willing to sacrifice or an older Melee. just wondering what most of you do?

Do you guys have any tricks you use if you do swing your gamers like heating up your bat prior to going to bat? maybe wrapping it up in a blanket or something lol. I understand that the balls are going to be ice cold I get that, but if your willing to possibly crack your bat is there something you would try to do to mitigate the damage? I'm just curious your guys thoughts on this?

Dec. 8, 2021
msw4indy
25 posts
My thoughts- The problem will really be the balls and how much harder they get with the drop in temperature. Even when it gets to the 60's the balls will take time to warm up to that. Anytime I am playing in the cold, I either swing an older 1.20 bat or swing anything that if it broke, it wouldn't really break my heart. Whatever you swing, the ball is gonna fly in that weather. Have fun no matter what:)
Mark W.
Dec. 8, 2021
DieselDan
Men's 75
568 posts
Besides using the.20, if the bathrooms have hot water, run your ďolderĒ .21 bat through the water and put the bat in a bat warmer.
Dec. 8, 2021
lowprofile
64 posts
MSW I totally agree with ya on the balls and there's not much we can do about that!

DD That is an interesting concept using the water? are you pulling my leg? or have you done this before? lol

Time blue, I have to go to the bathroom really bad...as I grab my bat and run! DD you know I'm jk around. But I could see the bat getting warmed up all over the barrel using warm water. Never thought of that.
Dec. 8, 2021
mck71
Men's 60
299 posts
lp - I agree with Mark in that I ALWAYS have a 1.20 bat (USSSA because of the balls we hit) in my bag when I know the weather is going to be cold, especially if playing early in am or later in the day. Also agree with it being the balls more than the bats but I would think if you wanted to use a senior bat, maybe one that wasn't as broken in? I personally use my OG Dudley's in cooler weather (below 60) because they seem to work the best for me.

I can also add that since we supply our own ball (given to us by TD) that keep them in your hotel room at night as opposed to leaving them in your car over night, same with the bats.

And DD, that is TOO funny, most rest rooms at fields I have played at don't have hot water but that is pretty wild! :-)
Dec. 8, 2021
bkb555
298 posts
forget the warm water, use the heated dryers...i have dried plenty of batting gloves with them...a bat, no problem....lol
Dec. 9, 2021
Crusher23
Men's 55
53 posts
Swing someone else's bat :)
Dec. 9, 2021
DieselDan
Men's 75
568 posts
Our St. G 70/80 Tue./Thur. League, uses Canyons 6&7. Iíll arrive around 90 minutes before first pitch to warm up and stretch. I put the .20 & .21 bats Iím using that week in the storage room on the other side of the menís room up on the power cabinet. Before BP, I take them to the menís room and run some nice St. G hot water before putting them back in one of my Norm Shue made bat warmers. The sun takes over after It comes up over the hills east of the complex.
Dec. 9, 2021
lowprofile
64 posts
Hey MCK I could see using the OG as there probably one of the most durable senior bats ever made. Good idea keeping the balls indoors till it's time to roll.

BKB most of the fields I play on do not have the mounted heaters in the bathroom, but great idea!

Crusher...best line of the day! LMAO. Hey bro, lemme borrow your bat today, I'm just not feeling it with my bat! lol

DD Sounds like you have the connections to the fields control center. I know it gets cold in ST G but sounds like you've done it before and it works for you.

Ya I'm looking at low 50s this weekend, thinking bats will be on the verge of cracking pretty easy, so just wanted some thoughts on the issue. thanks fellas.
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