Questions and Answers for 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch
I purchased this bat but then see that in the NFHS Softball Rulebook, a "choke up" device is illegal. Is the band located in the center a choke up device?
The gray band on the 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch is not a choke up device. It is used to cover up the connection between the handle and the barrel.
What will happen to my MAKO fastpitch softball bat if I use it in 59 degree to 50 degree weather ?
In colder temperatures, the baseball itself becomes more dense. This could cause the composite on the 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch to crack.
Would this bat be good for a power hitter?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch is extremely well-balanced, which makes it a great fit for contact hitters or players looking to increase bat speed. It would certainly work for a power hitter, but typically power hitters prefer a more end loaded option, such as the 2014 Easton FX1: FP14X1 Fastpitch.
My daughter is 5'5'' and weighs about 140. She is experienced, but I don't know what her bat speed is. What size bat would you recommend?
Based on your daughter's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch in a 33''.
What is the difference between the Easton MAKO and the Easton Alpha?
The Easton Mako is a two-piece composite bat, whereas the Easton Alpha is a one-piece alloy.
Would this bat be good for non-power slap hitters? is there much handle flex?
The two-piece design of the 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch provides handle flex. The one-piece design of the 2014 Easton FS2: FP14S2 Fastpitch would provide less flex. Both are balanced bats, great for a non-power hitter.
Is the MAKO end loaded?
No, the 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch is one of the most balanced models on the market.
Why do you recommend not to use this bat in cages with the dimpled balls?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch, and any other bat, will have a shortened lifespan if used with dimple cage balls, as they are more dense and heavier than real leather softballs.
I absolutely love my 2012 Stealth, and I am looking for a similar bat. Is this what I am looking for?
The FS1 from Easton is going to be the bat that has the most similar design to the older Stealth models. But the 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch would be very comparable, as well. The MAKO has a lighter feel and also a larger sweet spot with the extended barrel. If you liked the Stealth models, either the FS1 or MAKO would be a great replacement.
What is the best way to break in my new MAKO bat?
To break-in your 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch, we recommend taking 100-200 swings off a tee or soft toss. Rotate the barrel about 1/4" every swing. Make sure to avoid using a composite bat in batting cages that use yellow dimpled balls.
How does it compare to your Stealth, which my daughter loves?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch is going to be better than the Easton Stealth in the past, but it will feel very similar.
My daughter loves her Synergy bat, and is looking at adding another. Would the MAKO make her happy?
Yes, the 2014 Easton MAKO features Easton's newest and highest performing composite materials. Your daughter would love Easton's latest model.
Is this going to be available in a drop 9?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch will only be available in a drop 10. The 2014 Easton FX1 and FX2 will be available in the drop 9.
Do you need to break in the new Easton Mako bat?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch would benefit from a break-in period prior to game use. Some reviews may indicate good performance out of the wrapper, but without a separation barrier in the bat, you may run into early damage if you take this bat right to game speed pitching.
Is the MAKO the closest match to the Stealth 33" 23 oz. out there? Need new bat this season, and confused between the MAKO and the Brigade FS2? It sounds like the MAKO but cant really tell the difference between the MAKO and the FS2 2014 model.
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch is similar to the Easton Stealth. The major difference is the 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK has an extended barrel and used newer composite material. It is a two-piece bat like the Easton Stealth. The Easton FS2 is a one-piece composite bat. It is similar to the old Easton Synergy.
My daughter is exiting high school and now will be playing at the college level. At 5'2" she has been using a 32" bat, should she go to a 33" bat in college because she will be asked to slap and bunt more? Her college coach told her that the 32" is too small.
The correct size bat is best determined by the height and weight of the player. Check out our bat coach to determine the correct size 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch for your daughter. Here is the link to our bat coach: http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/
I love the Synergy bats. Is the 2014 Easton MAKO the most similar? Or would you suggest the 2013 FS3?
Most of the Stealth models would be pretty similar to a MAKO Fastpitch model (although the MAKOs have a newer design than other bats with the extended barrel with a balanced swing weight). They had balanced swing weights and two-piece composite designs. However, most of the Synergy models from Easton were balanced, one-piece composite models. The FS3 would be most similar to those Synergy models.
What is the diffrence between the 2014 MAKO fastpitch bat and the upcoming 2014 FS1?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch uses new TCT Thermo Composite. The new material allows for a very balanced bat, with an extended barrel.
How does the 2014 Mako compare to the 2014 Louisville Slugger LXT?
Both the 2014 Louisville Slugger LXT and the 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch bats will be super balanced. The Mako will be a two-piece fully composite design. While the LXT will be a new three-piece design. Both are top of the line bats from their respected manufacturers.
Is this bat in stores yet?
Yes, the 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch bat has already been released.
This bat looks like the Stealth. Is this the remake of the Stealth?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch is very similar to the Stealth models in that it is a balanced, two-piece composite from Easton. However, the new TCT composite material used in the MAKO allows the bat to have a larger sweet spot while still being very balanced.
I am looking for a bat that has the same pop or better than the Stealth. The FS1 didn't come close.
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch uses new composite material that provides outstanding durability and performance. The new material also provides a very balanced bat. The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch also features an extended barrel similar to the 2013 Easton FX1.
Is this a two piece composite model? If so, what is the 2014 one piece model number?
Yes, the ***PREBOOK*** 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch bat is a two-piece fully composite design. The Easton FS2: FP14S2 is a one-piece composite design with a balanced swing weight.
What are the low temperature limits on this bat?
We do not recommend using any non-wood bat, including the 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch, in temperatures below 60Â°F (16Â°C). In those temperatures, the ball becomes much more dense and could damage or shorten the useful life of your bat. Composite can crack, and alloy can dent, so neither material is proven to be better in cold weather, unfortunately.
My daughter plays college softball. Will this bat meet the NCAA exit requirements for clearance in college play?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch is legal in NCCA.
How does the Mako compare to last years FS2? Will there be a new FS2?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch is going to be balanced just like the Easton FS2 was last year, but it is going to have the extended sweet spot of the Easton FX2. Yes, there will be a 2014 Easton FS2.
Why is this bat more expensive than the other 2014 bats?
This bat features Easton's newest, highest performing composite materials.
Does this bat require a break-in period? Will Easton have a 2014 Synergy?
Yes, the 2014 Easton MAKO will require a break-in period as it is a composite bat.The 2014 FS3 will be comparable to past Synergy models.
How long does it take to break-in?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch bat will require a short period of break-in. 150-200 hits doing soft toss or tee work before using live in game action.
How does the Mako compare to the Stealth?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch bat has a very balanced swing weight, like older Stealth models. But the new TCT composite allows the MAKO to have an extended barrel and retain its balanced feel. This MAKO has the same performance certifications as other fastpitch models, so it really depends on the player's preference to swing weight whether they will use it efficiently.
Are they coming out with a new look for the FX1 or are they going to stay with the black and yellow one?
The Easton FX1 for 2014 will still be in the black and yellow color scheme.
Is there going to be a enloded version of this bat?
No. The 2014 Easton Mako will be a balanced bat. The Easton FXI will be the end loaded model.
I'm pretty sure I looked everywhere; just can't seem to find an estimated release date. Is there an estimated shipping date?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch, and all of our 2014 Easton Pre-Book bats, will ship 8/30 with Free 2nd Day Air shipping.
Is the FP14MK end loaded like the FX-1? And how does it lend itself to the long ball hitters?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch is a balanced bat, with an extended barrel. The new composite material provides a massive sweet spot for outstanding performance.
I'm a big fan of the FX1, what makes the MAKO even more expensive? What advantage does it have over the 2013 models?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: FP14MK Fastpitch uses new TCT Thermo Composite material for a large sweet spot and a balanced feel. It has an extended barrel like the Easton FX1, and more balanced than the Easton FS1.
Which of the 2013 bats is this going to replace, the FS1, or the FX1?
The 2014 Easton Mako: FP14MK Fastpitch is a combination of the FS1 and the FX1. It is a balanced bat like the Easton FS1 but has an extended barrel like the Easton FX1.
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