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Questions and Answers for 2014 Easton MAKO Senior League Baseball Bat: SL14MK9
My son is about 4'6", around 50-55 lbs. What length would you recommend?
Based on his height and weight, we recommend a 29" 2014 Easton MAKO Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14MK9). For more information on sizing, check out our Bat Coach: http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/
Please compare the 2014 model to the new 2015 model that will come out in September.
Aside from the color scheme, Easton hasn't indicated they'll change anything to the design of the 2015 (SL15MK9) from the 2014 (SL14MK9). They will however offer the MAKO TORQ for 2015 which will feature the new 360 Degree Rotating Handle Technology.
Which bat has a larger sweet spot? This model, or the COMBAT Wanted (-8)?
Both models are going to have very solid sweet spots. However, the 2014 Easton MAKO Senior League Baseball Bat: (SL14MK9) will incorporate a slightly larger sweet spot on the barrel. The sweet spot, as well as the balanced weight distribution, is what the 2014 Easton MAKO Senior League Baseball Bat: (SL14MK9) is primarily known for. Therefore, this model would be an exceptional option to take a closer look at.
I am 13, 5'2", and weigh 100 pounds. I am a power hitter and play 13u travel baseball. What is the best bat for me?
The 2014 Easton MAKO Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14MK9) is a great option to check out since it is the best of both worlds for contact and power hitting. It does feature a balanced swing weight, which is generally preferred by contact hitters, however it also features an extended barrel design, which is normally only seen in end loaded bats. If you are looking for a great end loaded option, the XL1 is another high performance model from Easton to look at.
Trying to compare this model vs. the XL1. What are your thoughts on the differences between and sizing? I need a Little League bat (no big barrel). Son is 9, 4'7" and weighs 70 lbs. Used a 28" 18 oz. big barrel Omaha last year, but need a Little League bat this year.
The 2014 Easton MAKO Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14MK9) and the Easton XL1 are similar in a sense that they both feature a two-piece fully composite design and extended barrel. The main difference between the two is that the MAKO features a balanced swing weight, which is the same as the Omaha your son used previously, and the XL1 is end loaded. An end loaded swing weight is generally preferred by power hitters. Depending on your son's hitting style, the MAKO or the XL1 would be great choices to go with. Based on his height and weight, we recommend a 29" Youth bat.
What is the difference in MOI between the Easton SL14X18 and Easton SL14MK9?
The 2014 Easton MAKO Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14MK9) will provide a lower MOI and faster swing speeds when compared with the Easton SL14X18. The MAKO is balanced, while the XL1 will feel end loaded.
Does the MAKO compare to the Combat Wanted big barrel?
Yes, the 2014 Easton MAKO Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14MK9) and the COMBAT Wanted are very similar to each other. They both feature balanced swing weights, which is generally preferred by contact hitters. They also feature the same two-piece fully composite design, so they will require a break in time before seeing their best performances. The main difference between the two is that the MAKO features an extended barrel design, which is normally only seen in end loaded bats.
I am 5'4" and weigh 120 pounds. I used the Combat Wanted last year and hit 8 homeruns. Does this bat compare to that in how the weight is distributed? What size should I get?
Based on your height and weight, we recommend a 31" 2014 Easton MAKO Senior League Baseball Bat: SL14MK9. Both the MAKO and the Wanted feature a balanced swing weight, which is great to work on bat speed and bat control as well.
Can I clean the barrel with soap? Or would that damage the paint on the bat?
It is best to clean composite barrel bats like the 2014 Easton MAKO Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14MK9) with a mild dish soap and water.
My son is 11, 5'2", and 145 lbs. He has been using a 32/22 for about a year and a half. He plays USSSA travel ball. Would this bat be legal? Also, what size do you recommend?
Based on the player's approximate height and weight, I would recommend 31". The 2014 Easton MAKO Senior League Baseball Bat: (SL14MK9) will be approved for play in USSSA and incorporates the 1.15 BPF stamp on the barrel. Therefore, it should be certified for play in your division.
Which bat will be more balanced? The S2 or the MAKO?
The 2014 Easton MAKO Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14MK9) is going to be slightly more balanced than the 2014 Easton S2. The MAKO will also have a slightly larger sweet sport compared to the S2.
My son is 11 yrs old, 4'10" and 85 lbs. What size MAKO would you suggest? He has been using a S2 30" 17 oz for the last 2 years.
Based on the player's approximate height and weight, I would probably suggest a 31" in the 2014 Easton MAKO Senior League Baseball Bat: (SL14MK9).
Why does this bat not have the "Approved for Pony" stamp as required by the pony league?
The 2014 Easton MAKO Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14MK9) will have the USSSA certified stamp. It will say Approved for Pony in sentence form towards the end of the barrel.
I am 12 yrs old, 5'4" and 155 lbs. What bat size for the MAKO should I get? I am a power hitter.
Based on your height and weight, we recommend a 32" model in the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League.
What is the difference between the -9 and -10 MAKO?
The only difference between the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League and the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MKB) Senior League besides the weight, is the barrel diameter. The -9 MAKO has a 2 5/8" barrel diameter and the -10 MAKO has a 2 3/4" barrel diameter.
Do you have to do anything special for break-in or is it ready to go when shipped?
With the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9 Senior League) you will need to break-in the bat. We recommend about 150-200 swings on a tee. Start your swing at about 40% and work your way up from there. Also, be sure to rotate the bat about a quarter of an inch after each hit to be sure you break-in all sides of the bat.
Can you use this bat in 13-15 Babe Ruth?
The 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League is not legal for play in 13-15 Babe Ruth. All composite barrel bats are required to have the BBCOR certification stamp in 13-15 Babe Ruth.
Is this bat as hot as the 2014 Easton XL1 -5?
The 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League is just as hot as the Easton XL1. The MAKO uses Easton's newest TCT Thermo composite for an increased sweet spot an bat speed. The Easton MAKO has an extremely balanced swing weight and is great for contact hitters. The Easton XL1 has an end loaded swing weight and is typically better for power hitters.
I have 11 year old triplet boys that are around 5 foot 2 and between 110 and 102 pounds. What size Mako would you suggest?
Based on their height and weight, we would suggest the 31 inch size of the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) for your players.
I am 5 foot 7 and weigh 105 pounds. Should I go with a 31 inch 22 ounce or a 31 inch 21 ounce for the MAKO? Is the big barrel better than the small barrel?
Whether you should go with the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) or the bigger barrel MAKO (SL14MKB) would be determined by what your league allows for. Many leagues will not allow for the bigger barrel.
Does it have the USSSA stamp?
Yes, the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) has the USSSA BPF 1.15 stamp.
My son plays 11U travel baseball. He is about 130 pounds and about 5 feet tall. What length of bat should he use?
We would recommend a 30" bat for someone of roughly his height and weight, although you can go up or down 1" from the recommended length based on personal preference and things such as how far he stands off the plate, if he chokes up on the bat, how strong he is, etc.
Is the MAKO SL14MK9 model an acceptable bat for Babe Ruth baseball league Junior Division?
No the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League model will not be approved Babe Ruth Junior Division. To use a composite barrel bat it must be BBCOR approved.
How big is the barrel?
The 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9 Senior League) will have a 2 5/8" barrel diameter.
My son is 5'7" and 135 lbs - and growing fast. His coach recommended a 32" 2 5/8" drop 5 big barrel. I don't see any drop 5 bats and I think it may be too heavy? How does the MAKO SL14MKB compare to the SL14MK9? Do yo think he would be better with 32" or 31"?
The 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) and the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MKB) use the same composite materials. The SL14MK9 is a 2 5/8" barrel and is a - 9. The SL14MKB is a 2 3/4" and a -10. Based on his height and weight we recommend a 32" 27 oz. bat. Here is a link to all of the -5 bats in a 32": http://www.justbats.com/products/baseball%20bats~youth%20big%20barrel/length%20to%20weight%20ratio~-%205/length~32%20inch/barrel%20diameter~2%205-8/
Should I get the Easton MAKO or XL1? I am 5 foot 5 and weigh 115 pounds, what size of each?
Both the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) and the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X18) would be nice options. Both are great two-piece composite designs with extended barrel sizes that maximize sweet spot. The major difference would be the weighting. The MAKO is balanced and the XL1 is end-loaded. The preference between the two would be based on which style you prefer.
Is the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9 Senior League) bat all composite? Or is just the handle composite?
The 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9 Senior League) has a composite handle and a composite barrel. It will also be very balanced in swing weight.
I am confused on why this bat isn't okay for Juniors Little League and why it would require a BBCOR rating? Isn't BBCOR for high school and college and the bats have a -3 weight ratio? Kids in this league are 13-14 and they aren't using that size yet. My son needs a 31" with a 2 5/8" barrel with a -9 ratio. What bat do you suggest?
Composite barrel bats have to be BBCOR certified according to Little League Rules. They do not have to use a BBCOR bat if it has an alloy barrel. Little League does not have a limit on the drop. Players can use any drop as long as it has an alloy barrel. However, if you are searching for a -9 bat, the 2014 Easton XL3 (SL14X39) is a great option.
I'm looking for a bat for my son. He plays in a Georgia Dizzy Dean lean. All 1.15 bats are legal at his level and all barrel sizes are legal. He is 4.2 82lbs. He hits for power in our minor league field. Is this Mako the one I should be looking for or the junior version?
The Jr Big Barrell is for tee ball and coach pitch. I would recommend the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) for your situation.
What is the difference between the MAKO that is a 2 3/4" Senior League bat and the 2 5/8" barrel bat?
The 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) and the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MKB) both use the same composite materials. The barrel size and the drop are the only differences between the two bats.
Is this bat legal for Dixie Ozone Division 11-12 year olds?
The 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League meets all the requirements for Dixie 'O' Zone Division and is legal for play. It features the USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp and has a 2 5/8" barrel.
Is this bat legal for Dixie Youth Ranger division?
This 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League bat is not approved for Dixie Baseball. Any bat that has a 2 5/8" composite barrel must be a BBCOR certified model with a -3 length to weight ratio.
What size is legal for travel ball? Not sure if it changed.
The 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) is approved for play in USSSA. USSSA allows the 2 5/8" and 2 3/4" barrel as long as the bat is stamped on the taper with the "USSSA BPF 1.15."
I'm 5'6" and weigh 115 lbs. What size bat should I get?
Based on your height and weight we recommend a 31" 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9).
My 12 year old son is 5 foot 8 and 160 pounds. He is more of a power hitter. I don't want to go too end loaded and lose too much swing speed. I am seeing all the hype on the Easton MAKO and the DeMarini CF6. Is either of these a good choice for him? Would there be a better option since these two are pretty balanced? Does either deliver enough mass for the power hitter?
The 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) and the 2014 DeMarini CF6 (DXCFR) are both quality, two piece composite bats. These bats would be capable of batted ball speeds that would benefit a power hitter. In general, power hitters tend to prefer a stiffer flex that a one piece design would provide. Two piece designs offer more flex that can create control problems for players who generate higher bat head speeds.
When do you think you will have the 31" model back in stock?
We do not have an exact arrival date for the 31" model 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League. Typically, out of stock items take 2-4 weeks to be back in stock.
My son, who is 5ft tall and weighs 90 lbs, is moving up to Bronco this Spring. I recently purchased a 2014 Easton MAKO: YB14MK Youth 31" 20oz for him. He's been practicing with it and loves it. Would like to get him a wide barrel, 2 5/8" diameter. What model do you recommend for this switch? Should we go with the shorter but heavier 30" 21oz model?
We would actually recommend using the 30" in the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League. However, if he is comfortable with a 31" then you can certainly stick with that.
What leagues are this bat legal for? Please list them.
The 2014 Easton MAKO: SL14MK9 is legal in USSSA 14U, Pony League and travel leagues. There are some local leagues that allow 2 5/8" composite barrels as well. We always recommend checking with your local league official for exact rules in your league.
Is this bat eligible for Little League Junior's Division for 13-14 year olds?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: SL14MK9 Senior League would not be legal for the Junior Division of Little League. This division requires all composite barreled bats to be certified for BBCOR.
I am 12 years old, and I am in a PONY baseball league. I am wondering if this bat would work for me.
The 2014 Easton MAKO: (SL14MK9) Senior League bat is approved for play in PONY baseball with the 2 5/8" barrel diameter. If you like a very balanced two-piece bat, it's tough to find a better bat than the MAKO.
My son is using a 29" 19 oz Easton S3. We are looking at the MAKO -9. What would you recommend? He is 5' 80 lbs and is the lead off hitter.
Based on his height and weight, we suggest a 30" model in the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League.
Is the MAKO SL14MK9 USSSA approved? My son is 10U weighs 105 lbs. 4'8" and #3 hitter. What size would you recommend? -9 or -10? 30" or 31". He is currently swinging a CF5 -10 30" 20 oz.
The 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) is USSSA approved. Based on his height and weight we recommend a 30" bat. If he has quick bat speed, the -9 would be a great option.
my daughtet is 9 years old she is 4 11 and 80 lbs what size bat would be the best for her.
Given your daughters height and weight, I would suggest a 31" softball bat. The weight you should use is based off personal preference but a -10 or -12 would be common options for that size.
Is the barrel of the -9 MAKO longer than the -10 MAKO?
Yes. In a side-by-side comparison between the 2014 Easton MAKO: (SL14MK9) Senior League and (SL14MKB) in the same length, the (SL14MK9) has a slightly longer barrel. The difference is approximately 1/4", and I wouldn't consider that a major difference in the sweet spot sizes they offer.
My son is 5'0 and 88 lbs. What size bat should he using?
He should be swinging a 30" 2014 Easton MAKO: SL14MK9 Senior League bat. If the 30" 21 oz. is too heavy try a 30" 20 oz. -10.
My son is 13, 5'6" and 110 lbs. What size and weight should he get? He is also more of a contact hitter rather that a power hitter.
Based on his height and weight, we recommend a 31" 22 ozmodel in the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League.
According to Babe Ruth rules it looks like composite barrel bats must have the bbcor .50 stamp on it. Does the USSSA 1.15 stamp BPF make it legal?
The 2014 Easton Mako would be not be legal in Babe Ruth leagues since it does not have the BBCOR .50 BPF stamp. Here are the requirements a composite bat would need to meet in order to be legal for Babe Ruth play. http://www.justbats.com/bat-resource-guide/frequently-asked-questions/adult/
My son is going to be a U13 player. He loves his Easton S2. He is 5' 8" and 131 pounds. What length should I get him? Also, will he do well with this as he is both a contact and power hitter?
For a player his size, we recommend the 32" model of the 2014 Easton MAKO: (SL14MK9) Senior League. The MAKO is the most balanced bat in the Easton product line and will help him achieve higher swing speeds. This design is a great option for a contact hitter who can occasionally hit for power. If he liked the S2, the MAKO should be a solid choice that offers a lighter swing weight and larger sweet spot.
Do you currently have the SL14MK9, 31" 22 oz. currently in stock?
We have the 31" 22 oz. 2014 Easton MAKO(SL14MK9) in stock.
My son is 12, 5'3, and weighs 120 lbs. What size bat should I be looking at for him?
Based on his height and weight, we recommend a 31" 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9).
Is the Mako approved for the intermediate/junior division of Little League? (I see the bpf silk screen, but nothing re bbcor)
For the Intermediate and Junior levels of Little League, composite bats must be BBCOR certified. The 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) is not BBCOR certified is and would not be approved for these divisions. All BBCOR certified bats are a -3.
I am assuming that there will be a break-in period since it is a composite bat. If so, what is the recommended swings/hits?
The 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League does require a break-in period. The suggested break-in period is 150-200 swings off a tee while rotating the barrel. For more information on break-in check out http://www.justbats.com/blog/index.php/3789/breaking-in-your-composite-baseball-bat/
My son currently uses a 27" 17 oz. -10 Easton Rival. We are trying to decide between the S1 or MAKO as well as the length. One coach says 28 but another coach says 29. My son is 4'6" and weighs about 70 lbs. What length and what are your opinions on the bats?
Based on his height and weight, we suggest a 29" bat. The Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League is a two-piece fully composite bat with a balanced swing weight. The MAKO has Easton's new TCT Thermo Composite for a massive sweet spot and faster swing speeds. The 2014 Easton S1 (SL14S110) Senior League is a two-piece fully composite design with a balanced swing weight. It has an IMX composite barrel and a SIC black carbon composite handle.
What size should a 10 year old swing? He is 100 lbs and about 5' tall.
Based on his height and weight, we recommend a 30" model in the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League.
Would this bat reconsidered an end loaded bat or a balanced bat?
Even though the 2014 Easton MAKO: SL14MK9 Senior League has an extended barrel length and -9 length to weight ratio, the TCT composite material it is made from gives it a very balanced swing weight. It is the most balanced bat in the 2014 Easton product line.
Is this bat legal for Pony League (Mustang and Bronco)?
Yes, the 2014 Easton MAKO: SL14MK9 Senior League is legal for play in the Pony League. It meets the maximum barrel requirement of 2 5/8" barrel diameter.
I see this bat is not eligible for Babe Ruth. However is it eligible for Little Leagues Senior Division?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: SL14MK9 Senior League is not legal for Babe Ruth or Little League Senior Division. Both of those leagues require all composite barrel bats to be BBCOR certified.
New technology 2014 . Obviously a better value to by 2013. With that in mind how would the new MAKO compare to the S1 as far as pop?
The 2014 Easton MAKO: SL14MK9 Senior League and the Easton S1 both use top of the line composite materials, for great pop. The TCT Thermo Composite used in the MAKO allows for a bigger sweet spot, with a balanced feel.
Looking at the description, I am assuming this is a fully composite bat and is not legal for 13 year old Babe Ruth League. Is that correct?
The 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MK9) Senior League is a two-piece fully composite design and is not legal for play in the 13 years old division Babe Ruth League. Composite bats for the 13 years old division require the BBCOR .50 certification stamp.
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