Questions and Answers for 2013 Rawlings Machine: YBMACH Youth
My son just turned 9 years old and is 52â€ tall and weighs 65 lbs. What size bat would you recommend for him?
Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2013 Rawlings Machine: YBMACH Youth in a 28''.
The Easton S1 has a thin grip and a two-piece composite design, the Machine is a one-piece. What other differences are there? Are both equal in performance?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine: YBMACH Youth and 2013 Easton S1: YB13S1 Youth will both perform at similar levels. Aside from the Machine's one-piece design, and the S1's two-piece design, the only other difference is the S1 has a 400 Day Manufacturer's Warranty, whereas the Machine has a 12 Month Warranty.
My 11 year old is 4'11", 100 lb. He has been using an Easton lss6xl (30/18) for the past 2 years. What models would you recommend for a 19 oz. bat?
It's always recommend that a player stick with the same type of bat they have used in the past with the most success. In doing so, the player is much, much more likely to have continued success at the plate. The 2013 Easton S1: YB13S1 is the most similar bat to the LSS6XL and is the top recommendation.
I know this probably won't happen but is there any chance this bat may be banned because for 200 dollars I would hate that.
The 2013 Rawlings Machine will not be banned because it has the new USSSA 1.15bpf stamp on it.
Is there a big difference between this bat and the xl1?
Yes. The 2013 Rawlings Machine: YBMACH is a one-piece, full composite, balanced bat. The XL1 is a two-piece, full composite, end-loaded bat.
What if this bat is not broken in and used in game?
Composite barrel bats require about 150-200 swings off a tee or soft toss to reach maximum performance. If you do not choose to break in the bat you will just not see the maximum performance out of the bat.
What are comparable models from Easton, DeMarini, COMbat, and Louisville Slugger? How do these rank among players?
Here is a link to all the comparable models. http://www.justbats.com/compare/
Does this bat require a break-in period? If so, what is the best process?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine does require a break-in period. The break in period consists of 150-200 hits off of soft toss or a tee. Start at about a half swing and work your way up from there. Make sure to rotate the bat in between each hit about a quarter of an inch to evenly break in the barrel. After that, the Machine should be ready for game play.
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