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Questions and Answers for 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBV3
I'm about 6'6" and weigh 190 pounds. I currently use a 33' DeMarini Vexxuum. Should I switch to a VELO? Should I get a 33' or a 34'?
Both the 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBV3) and the DeMarini Vexxum feature extremely balanced swing weights, which are great for working on bat speed and control. The main difference between the two is that the VELO will have a stiffer feel on contact, due to the one-piece design. The Vexxum is a two-piece, so it will allow for more flex on contact. Both are high performance models, however, the choice is ultimately up to you and if you prefer a one-piece or a two-piece bat. Based on your height and weight, we recommend a 34" bat.
What bat do you recommend? I'm 5'10 120 a contact and gaps hitter. What bat do you recommend for me? Also I swing a -3 32 inch.
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBV3) would be a very good option for a contact hitter. It is a very balanced bat which is usually recommended for contact hitters.
I'm about 5'7" and weigh 150 lbs. Would a 32" or a 31" bat be better for me?
Based on your height and weight, we recommend a 32" 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBV3).
I'm about 5'10 and weigh about 160 pounds, I've had success with both a 32in bat and a 33in, what length would you recommend for me with this bat. I'm asking because I've heard it feels lighter than most -3 bats.
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) is going to be a balanced bat so it will have a faster swing speed but for someone your size I would recommend using a 33" 30 oz.
does this bat compare to any easton S series or XL series
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 Velo BBCOR (BBV3) will be compareable to the Easton S3 (BB14S3).
Is there a difference between the 2013 and the 2014 model? How big is the sweet spot?
There is a difference on the grip and the graphics between the 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) and the Rawlings VELO BBCOR (BBVELO) but other than that they will be very similar. There is a long taper on the VELO so the sweet spot on the barrel will be pretty large. The actual size can vary with the size of the bat.
What VELO is better: the white or black? I am not sure which one to get.
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) and the 2013 black VELO are the same bat. The only difference between the two bats is the paint scheme and the grip tape.
I am 5 foot 7 and weigh 125 pounds. What size should I get?
Based on your height and weight, we would suggest the 31 inch length of the 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3).
My son is moving up from Senior League to a -3. He is 12 years old, 5'9" and 158lbs. Which size Velo would be best for a first -3?
We would recommend a 32" for the 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) for a players with his height and weight.
I am 6' tall and I weigh 165 lbs. How big of a bat do I need?
Based on your height and weight, we recommend a 33" model in the 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3).
I'm a 14 year old and I am 5'8 and 170 lbs. I I have the original marucci black but now umpires are telling me that it is illegal in my league. I play in a recreation center league. I like the feel of a two piece bat like the black, but I need a one piece bat to be able to use it in games. I want a bat that does not sting on the hands and has great pop. I am looking at this and the 2013 Easton XL3. What should I pick?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) would be the best choice for a contact hitter since it is a balanced bat. The Easton XL3 will be an end loaded model designed more for a power hitter and will swing a littler heavier than the Rawlings 5150 VELO. The best choice would really depend on which type of hitter you are.
How does this compare to the new Marucci Cat 6?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) will feature a very light weight fully alloy design. Without seeing the new Cat 6 yet, I am expecting the Cat 6 to be a one-piece fully alloy bat. It should swing very light weight as well.
I'm 6'2" and 250 lbs. should I swing a 34" or 33"?
Based on your height and weight I would recommend a 34" length in the 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO (BBV3).
I'm 6'1" 225 lbs, and I'm a power hitter. I currently use a 33 inch bat. Should I move up to a 34 inch? I've got great bat speed and I'm strong enough to swing a bigger bat.
Based on your approximate height and weight the size that we would suggest would be 33/30. Ultimately, it will come down to what you are most comfortable with, but I think a 33 inch, 30 oz would fit you well.
I'm 6' tall and weigh 200lbs and im swinging a 33 inch bat. Should I go up to a 34 inch?
That's difficult to say, and can depend on a number of factors such as your strength, how far you stand off the plate, whether you choke up or not, whether the bat you're swinging is a balanced swing weight or an end load, etc. I would recommend either a 33" or a 34" for someone roughly your size, but which one you end up going with depends more on personal preference.
I'm 6' ,200 lbs. and I'm swinging a 33". Should I go up to a 34"?
Based on your height and weight we recommend a 33" 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3).
I am 6"0 145 lbs. and hit liners in the gaps and go for triples is the 2014 model a good bat for me?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO (BBV3) is a very good bat. It has a one-piece alloy design with a composite end cap to give you a quick swing through the strike zone. There are many colleges that use the Rawlings VELO for example the University of Virginia, University of South Carolina and North Carolina State University.
Is it okay to use this bat in warm and cold weather? Also, does the VELO have a good sweet spot?
Generally, we do not recommend using bats in temperatures less than 55 degrees. The colder weather is not necessarily going to harm the bat, however, the balls will be denser. This increases the chance of the barrel becoming dented or defective. The weather should not be too much of a factor as long as you are aware that temperature increases or decreases can affect the ball. The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR: (BBV3) will have a very good sweet spot. The 5150 alloy used will also generate a lot of momentum. This model will be very balanced, and is perfect if you are a power hitter.
Do you recommend this bat (velo), the 5150 custom alloy, or the Trio bbtrio for a speedy leadoff looking for hard contact but still a balance swing weight. I am 6'2 165. Thanks! asdfsfd
These are all great balanced bats. The 2014 Rawlings Velo BBCOR (BBV3) and the 2014 Rawlings TRIO BBCOR (BBTRIO) will be the better balanced for the three.
Is this bat more balanced than the S1? I'm a going to be a freshman and want a really balanced bat, what about the CF6? What do think is the most balanced bat?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR(BBV3) is one of the most balanced bats. It is hard to say which model is MOST balanced, as many are very comparable. Some of the most balanced bats would be this VELO, the Easton S1, the DeMarini Vexxum and the RIP-IT BBCOR AIR. The CF6 is fairly balanced, but not near as much as the ones above.
Does the 2014 Rawlings VELO BBCOR have a bigger sweet spot than the DeMarini Vexxum 2014 BBCOR?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) and the 2014 DeMarini Vexxum NVS BBCOR ( DXVXC) have similar sweet spots.
How do the 5150 VELO and S1 compare on performance for a contact/gap hitter with occasional track power? If close, does it make sense to play the S1 in warmer weather and the 5150 VELO in temps below 60?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR: BBV3 and the 2014 Easton S1 BBCOR: BB14S1 are both very high performing bats. We would recommend using the VELO in temperatures below 55 degrees.
What is better the Velo or the 2014 Voodoo Overlord?
The 2014 DeMarini Voodoo OVERLORD (DXVDC) is going to be better suited for a power hitter because of its end loaded feel. On the other hand the 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO (BBV3) is designed more for a contact hitter due to its balanced swing weight.
How does it compare to the 2014 Louisville Slugger Attack?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) is a one-piece alloy. The Louisville Slugger Attack is a two-piece composite bat. The VELO will be stiffer, and designed for a power hitter. The two-piece design of the Attack is better suited for a contact hitter. Both are very high performing.
What is the difference between the Velo and the regular 5150?
The major difference between the 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3 Adult) and the 2014 Rawlings 5150 BBCOR will be the balance. The VELO will feel lighter and more balanced compared the the 5150 BBCOR. Both will have the same high performance due to using the same alloy material.
Is it safe to hit jug balls with this bat or is that frowned upon?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) can be used with jug baseballs.
What is the difference between the 2013 Rawlings VELO and the 2014 Rawlings VELO?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) and the Rawlings VELO BBCOR (BBVELO) use the same alloy materials. They will be similar in performance and durability.
Trying to decide between the 5150 Velo and the RipIt Air. I prefer one piece bats. Which is better and why?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR and 2014 RIP-IT Senior AIR will both incorporate the one-piece alloy design. The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR will have a composite end cap that will provide a a lighter, more balanced feel to it. The 2014 RIP-IT Senior AIR will use air technology that will give you faster bat speed, and provide more control. The biggest difference is going to be the different technologies that are used in the barrels in each of these bats. However, both of them are high quality, and will provide you with a lot of pop using the various alloy materials. Ultimately, it will come down to player preference as to which one is better performing.
How does the sweet spot of this bat compare to the MAKO BBCOR and 2014 S1 BBCOR?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) Adult has a good size sweet spot that is similar to the Easton S1. Neither of their sweet spots are quite as big as the MAKO's sweet spot though.
Which bat is better, the 2014 VELO or the 2014 TPX Raid?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3 Adult) will be a one-piece fully alloy design with a very light swing weight. The 2014 TPX Raid will be a two-piece bat. It will have a composite handle with an alloy barrel. The two-piece design will cut down on the hand sting felt and vibration. Also, two-piece bats can increase swing speeds by creating a whipping action. Both will have really comparable pop and performance.
Is the 5150 VELO a good bat for a power hitter?
Yes, the 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR: BBV3 Adult bat would be great for contact or a power hitter. The balance and light weight swing feel is very comfortable.
How long will the velo last before going dead? Will the 2014 last longer than the 2013?
The lifespan of a bat generally depends on how often it is used/how well it has been taken care of. If the bat is taken care of well, even if it is used often, the lifespan could vary between a year and two years.
How does this compare to the 2014 DeMarini Vexxum NVS in swing weight, barrel size, and pop?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) features a one-piece fully alloy design. Typically, power hitters tend to prefer a one-piece design because it allows for little flex. The DeMarini Vexxum features a two-piece design, which is preferred by contact hitters. The two-piece design allows for more flex in the bat. They both feature a balanced swing weight and a 2 5/8" barrel diameter.
I see with the RIP-IT bat there is a 400 day warranty. Is there a similar warranty with the VELO? My son likes both bats.
This 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR: (BBV3) Adult bat is backed by a full 12-month manufacturer's warranty against defects, but it does not feature a 30 Day "Love It or Return It" Program that the RIP-IT BBCOR models offer.
From an honest opinion, is it worth the extra money than the 2013 model?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 Velo BBCOR: BBV3 Adult bat and the 2013 model will be very similar, if not exactly the same. They will both feature Rawlings 5150 alloy material and have very light swing weights. They both will feature the Bi/fusion technology, pOp performance, and Comp/Lite composite end caps.
Im 6'0" 190lbs. Will this bat be a good fit for me? I can hit for power and contact.
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR: BBV3 Adult is an excellent bat for contact hitters with power because of the one-piece balanced design. The balanced swing weight is great for a contact hitter and the one-piece alloy design provides for a stiffer feel and is great for power hitters.
I used to own the 2012 velo and i was wondering what the diffrence was between the two and how similar they are.
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 Velo BBCOR (BBV3) Adult bat has a composite lite end cap which gives it a slightly lower swing weight than the 2012 model.
What is the difference between the 2014 VELO (white) and the 2013 VELO (black)?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) and the Rawlings VELO BBCOR (BBVELO) both use the same high quality alloy materials. They are both very balanced and gave great pop.
Will the 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO go dead?
Yes, all alloy bats, including the 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR: BBV3 Adult bat will go dead over a long period of time.
I am a lefty hitter with big time pop to all parts of the field. I am 6'2", 185 lbs. and I was wondering what bat is good for me? Either the 2014 Rawlings VELO or the 2013 TPX Omaha. I've been testing the TPX Omaha and I really like it but I do not have a friend who has the new VELO. What bat is better for a guy like me?
Based on your height and weight, we recommend a 34" bat. The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) is comparable to the TPX Omaha. They both feature a one-piece fully alloy design and will be hot right out of the wrapper-- no break in time needed. They are both balanced as well, which is typically preferred by contact hitters. Both will be great options.
Which bat is better, the Rawlings VELO or the Easton MAKO? Are both of them balanced? What about pop speed off the bat? Sweet spot?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) and the 2014 Easton MAKO BBCOR (BB14MK) are both balanced bats. They are both are very high performing and have a great pop and a similar sweet spot.
I am 6" and weigh 180 lbs. Would this bat be good for a power hitter? Would the 33" length be good?
Based on your height and weight, we recommend a 33" 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3). This bat features a balanced swing weight, typically preferred by contact hitters. Power hitters tend to prefer bats that feature an end loaded swing weight. This bat does feature a one-piece design, which power hitters prefer as well since it provides a stiffer feel.
Does the Velo require any break in time? Also, I usually swing a 32" but the 33" feels like its only 29 oz. Is this common?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR (BBV3) is a very balanced bat which could be why it swings lighter. The barrel of the bat will be alloy so it would not require a break-in period even though it has a composite end cap.
Is the VELO more balanced than the RIP- IT Prototype AIR?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR: BBV3 Adult and the 2013 RIP-IT Prototype BBCOR AIR Baseball Bat: B1303A Adult are both very balanced bats.
Is there a big difference in the balance between the 2014 Rawlings VELO BBCOR: BBV3 and the 2014 Rawlings 5150 Alloy: SL5110?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR: BBV3 is more balanced than the 2014 Rawlings 5150 Alloy BBCOR: BB513.
Rawlings is calling the TRIO a three-piece bat which includes the Comp-lite end cap. Would this make the 5150 VELO a two-piece bat because it also has the Comp-Lite end cap? Same rationale, right? Under that theory, isn't every bat a two-piece bat because it has an end cap? The 2012 VELO didn't have the Comp-Lite end cap and it was considered a one-piece. Help me understand these distinctions.
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR: BBV3 Adult is a one-piece alloy that features the Comp-Lite end cap to take some weight out of the barrel. With the TRIO, Rawlings carried the composite in the Comp-Lite end cap into the barrel, so the last bit of the barrel is going to b made from composite. This serves to take some "dead weight" out of the barrel. The three pieces in the TRIO refer to the composite handle, alloy barrel and composite at the end of the barrel that is an extension of the Comp-Lite end cap.
Is the Rawlings VELO or the Marucci Black more of a balanced bat for a smaller high school player that is 5'6" and 105 lbs?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR: BBV3 Adult will be a more balanced bat.
What is the difference between the 2014 VELO and the 2013 VELO? Which one is favored in your opinion?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 VELO BBCOR: BBV3 Adult and the 2013 Rawlings VELO BBCOR: BBVELO Adult are identical bats other than their cosmetic appearance.
What is the difference in the 2012 red colored Velo and the 2013/2014 Velo bats?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 Velo BBCOR: BBV3 Adult bat and the 2013 model will be very similar. They will both feature Rawlings 5150 alloy material and have very light swing weights. They both will feature the Bi/fusion technology, pOp performance, and Comp/Lite composite end caps. The 2012 Velo model will not have the Comp/Lite end cap or feature the pOp performance.
What is the difference in the 2014 VELO and the 2014 TRIO?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 Velo BBCOR: BBV3 Adult is a one-piece aluminum design. The 2014 Rawlings TRIO BBCOR: BBTRIO Adult is a hybrid design. Both models will be extremely balanced.
Are there any differences between the 2014 and 2013 models other than paint job?
Rawlings has not made any change to design, other than paint scheme, between the 2013 and 2014 Rawlings 5150 Velo BBCOR: BBV3 Adult. I assume they have put the bulk of their R&D efforts for this year's line into the TRIO models.
Does this model come with any warranty?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 Velo BBCOR: BBV3 Adult comes with a one year manufacturer's warranty.
What is a good bat for a first year hitting with bbcor? contact hitter that has a bit of power? Swung 31 26 xl1 last year?
For the first BBCOR bat, I always recommend that the player choose a balanced model. The more balanced the bat is, the better swing speed you can generate. This is important when jumping in weight. This 2014 Rawlings 5150 Velo BBCOR: BBV3 Adult is a great option for a balanced bat, and I would also consider the DeMarini Vexxum NVS, CF6, Easton MAKO/S1, or Marucci Elite. There are many balanced bats on the market, so preference to brand and design factor into the decision.
Is this bat available now? I was under the impression it was not available until January 2014.
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 Velo BBCOR: BBV3 Adult is available for purchase. We currently have the 32" 29 oz. and the 33" 30 oz. in stock.
What is the difference between this and the 2013 model?
The 2014 Rawlings 5150 Velo BBCOR: BBV3 Adult bat uses the same materials and technology as the 2013 model.
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