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Questions and Answers for 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBRD14-RR
What is the break in period on this bat?
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBRD14-RR) features an alloy barrel that does not require a break-in period.
How does this bat compare to the very first BBCOR model of the Rawlings 5150?
Both bats have balanced swing weights and alloy hitting surfaces, but that would be the two similarities the bats share. The 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBRD14-RR) will eliminate vibration better on contact with the three-piece technology. They're fairly different in design, but Slugger provides a 30 Day Performance Promise on the Raid, just in case you don't like the feel.
What is the MOI of the bat?
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBRD14-RR) does not have the MOI listed on the bat. It does however have a very low MOI, which helps keep your bat speeds very quick.
which 2013 Louisville Slugger bat is this the version of?
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR (BBRD14-RR) adult is the replacement model to the Louisville Slugger TPX Exogrid.
I am 15 years old. I weight 136 pounds and I am 5 foot 10. Would the Raid or Rawlings Velo be a better fit for me?
Which bat would fit better would be less based on your size and more based on your preference. The 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR (BBRD14-RR) is a two-piece hybrid design that will flex a bit more than the one-piece alloy design of the 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3). Both are great balanced options.
Is the Raid better than the DeMarini Voodoo of 2014?
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR (BBRD14-RR) has a two-piece hybrid design just like the 2014 Voodoo. The main difference between the two bats is the swing weight. The Voodoo has more of an end loaded swing weight and the Raid is more balanced. The performance between the two bats is very similar, but the Voodoo tends to better for power hitters and the Raid is better for contact hitters.
I have an Easton S2 and I did not like it. Are these bats similar to each other?
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR: (BBRD14-RR) will also incorporate a hybrid design. However, the material will be different, and this model will have a TRU3 three piece bat construction. The added technology will help improve the sweet spot and reduce vibrations. Therefore, this model will only be similar in the sense it has an alloy barrel and composite handle. However, the materials and technology used will be different.
I'm going to 14u and I mostly hit singles and doubles and some home runs. Should I go with the Raid or Assault?
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR (BBRD14-RR) features an end loaded swing weight, whereas the Assault is a balanced model. The best bat for you will depend on your own preferences. If you are more of a contact hitter, then the Assault would be a better option to work on bat speed and bat control. If you like an end loaded bat, then the Raid may be a great choice. Both models are high performance models and are great options to choose from.
What is better this or the Attack? Why?
Both the 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR (BBRD14-RR) and the 2014 Louisville Slugger Attack BBCOR (BBAT14-RR) are great models. The preference between the two would come down to whether you prefer the alloy barrel of the Raid or composite barrel of the Attack.
Is this bat legal? I have never seen a bat that the barrel has a texture feel to it. Normally it is a smooth barrel.
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR (BBRD14-RR) Adult features the BBCOR .50 certification stamp and is legal for play.
Does this bat have a risk for becoming "dead" or breaking because of the 3-piece design? And what range of temperature is best for this bat?
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR (BBRD14-RR) is actually a very durable model. You would not sacrifice a thing by changing to this from a one-piece. We do not recommend using any bat below 55 degrees.
Will they be making a drop 5?
No, Louisville Slugger will not produce the Raid in a -5. Louisville will offer the Attack (SLAT14-R5) and the Assault (SLAS14-RR) in a -5 drop.
If I am not satisfied with this bat within a 30-day period, can I return it for full refund if it is NOT in the plastic wrapping it was in? I still do have the box, receipt, etc.
Yes. The 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR (BBRD14-RR Adult) comes with a 30 day guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the bat you can return it to Louisville Slugger even if it has been used for a refund of the documented retail price paid.
Will this bat be balanced? How does it compare to the Easton S2 BBCOR in terms of balance, pop, and performance?
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid (BBRD14-RR) will have a slightly end loaded swing weight. The Easton S2 (BB14S2) will be a very balanced design. In terms of performance, they both will be very similar. Both models use each manufacturer's top alloy.
Does this bat replace the Louisville Slugger TPX Exogrid in the lineup? If not which bat does?
Yes. The 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR: BBRD14-RR adult is Louisville Slugger's new 2nd tier model and replaces the Louisville Slugger TPX Exogrid in the lineup. However, the construction is much different because of the new TRU-3 Piece bat construction technology and the Pure 360 composite handle.
Does this bat come in a drop 5? If not, what drop 5 Louisville Slugger would you recommend?
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR: BBRD14-RR Adult does not come in a -5 Senior League model. If you prefer the three-piece design, the 2014 Louisville Slugger Attack: SLAT14-R5 Senior League would be a great fully composite option. Louisville Slugger also makes a 2014 Louisville Slugger Assault: SLAS14-R5 Senior League, which is a one-piece alloy.
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