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Questions and Answers for 2014 Louisville Slugger Z-3000 End Load Slow Pitch Softball Bat: SBZ314-UE
I have this bat and the new L1. Which bat is better for the new USSSA .52 cor 275 compression balls Both are 30 oz. bats.
Both the 2014 Louisville Slugger Z-3000 End Load (SBZ314-UE Slow Pitch) and the Easton L1.0 will be great hitting the .52 core balls. That ball is also softer so the bats will have better durability as well. Either would be a great choice!
The bat that I purchase needs to have a "1.20â€ or a "1.21" designation stamped on the bat. Does the Z-3000 bat have this designation stamped on the bat? What is the meaning of this?
This 2014 Louisville Slugger Z-3000 End Load (SBZ314-UE) Slow Pitch bat does feature the USSSA BPF 1.20 performance certification stamp. "BPF" stands for Bat Performance Factor, and that is the performance regulation that USSSA and some Senior Softball organizations use. The "1.20" is the maximum value that USSSA allows their bats to register in that test. Senior Softball bats offer more performance than non-Senior models which is why their BPF is 1.21. Bats that feature the BPF 1.21 stamp are typically not approved for any non-Senior Softball league.
I bought this bat and from the very first hit it sounded cracked. Most of my team says it sounds cracked, but a couple of players are telling me that's how the Z's sound. I am worried it's cracked.
Unless there is a physical indentation, or crack on the barrel of the 2014 Louisville Slugger Z-3000 End Load: SBZ314-UE, the bat should be fine. Sometimes the material inside of a bat can come loose and this can cause a different kind of sound when the bat is hit. However, the sound will not harm the performance. However, if you continue having problems with the sound, or feel that something is wrong, please give us a call at 1-866-321-2287 and we will be able to help you accordingly.
What is the difference between the UB and the UE Slow Pitch bats?
The Z-3000 UB Slow Pitch bat has more of a balanced swing weight, while the UE model of the bat has an end loaded feel and swing weight to it.
Why is there a 2012 NSA stamp on the new bats?
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Z-3000 End Load (SBZ314-UE) has the 2012 NSA stamp because it is the most recent the NSA offers. For example there is no 2013 or 2014 NSA stamp because their standards have not changed since 2012.
Which bat is better for use with 400 comp 44. core, the Easton L2 or Louisville Z2000 /Z3000?
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Z-3000 End Load (SBZ314-UE Slow Pitch) will be made to play with the Classic M .40 core or Classic M Plus .52 core. They will be stamped with the USSSA logo. The Easton L2.0 and the Louisville Slugger Z-2000 lines will also be the same.
How much end load weight is there in the 26, 27, & 28 oz. bats?
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Z-3000 End Load (SBZ314-UE Slow Pitch) will have a half oz. of end load shifted towards the barrel no matter what size you select.
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