Questions and Answers for 2014 Rawlings Mach: SLMC10 Senior League
Did the 'Mach' take place of the 'Machine'? I have never bought a Rawlings bat, and am a little reluctant to do so. Is this a legitimate concern and should I expect the same results from this bat as we've gotten from COMBAT, Demarini and/or Easton?
This 2014 Rawlings Mach: (SLMC10) Senior League bat is the newest composite model in the Rawlings lineup, but features a different design than the Machine (SLMACH). The Mach features a two-piece design that should provide a player with more trampoline effect than the one-piece design of the Machine. Most of the bats in Rawlings' product line feature alloy barrels, but the little feedback we have received on the Mach indicates it's a pretty solid choice. It should offer performance that tests the limits of the BPF 1.15 performance regulation.
We have used the DeMarini CF5 the last 2 seasons and have swung it well. Now looking at the Easton MAKO or the Rawlings Mach -10. Which one is more comparable to the CF5?
The 2014 Rawlings Mach (SLMC10) and the 2014 Easton MAKO (SL14MKB) are both very balanced two-piece composite bats like the DeMarini CF5. They will be similar in feel and performance.
My son is looking for a new bat for this upcoming season. He is eleven years old, and is power hitter. The past two years he has used a 30" 20 oz. Worth Lithium one piece alloy. He hit extremely well with this bat. However many of his longer hits that went to the warning track could have been home runs with a better bat! We are looking at the Easton S1 or the Mach. Thoughts?
The 2014 Rawlings Mach: SLMC10 Senior League and the 2013 Easton S1: SL13S110 Senior League are both very high performing composite bats. They both use top of the line composite materials for excellent durability and performance.
I've been using a Easton Omen. But, I need a new bat. I'm 5"4 115lbs. Do u recommend any bats? Is the machine a good switch?
Yes, if you were comfortable with the S1 the Rawlings Mach is going to be very comparable to the Easton Omen. Both models are going to be two-piece full composite. The Easton S1 (SL13S110) is the model that replaced the Omen.
I am looking for a great bat that I can use all year and hit great with. I am either getting a Rawlings MACH or the Marucci Black 2. Which should I get?
Both the Rawlings Mach and the Marucci Black 2 are great bats. The Rawlings mach will have a slight advantage because it has a composite barrel, whereas the Marucci Black 2 has an alloy barrel.
My son is a small 10 year old. He swings a 27" 17 oz. Easton S3 and has been for two years. I do not see him ever being a power hitter. I am looking for a 28" 18 oz. Which would be the best bat for a contact hitter, the Mach, 5150 or Easton S1?
The Mach, 5150, and Easton S1 are all great bats, but the Easton S1 will be the best bat for a contact hitter. It is going to have the lightest swing weight and the two-piece design is generally preferred by contact hitters.
My son is 11 and has been swinging a Rawlings 5150 30/20 in travel ball. In your opinion, is this new Rawlings a good step up for him in the same size? How does this bat compare to the VELO and Marucci Elite?
The 2014 Rawlings Mach: SLMC10 Senior League is a good step up, as it will have a similar balance to the Rawlings 5150, but will be a two-piece composite. Both the VELO and Marucci Elite will be even more balanced. The VELO is a one-piece alloy (like the 5150), and the Marucci Elite is a two-piece hybrid design, with an alloy barrel and composite handle.
My son uses the Easton XL1 Youth in his rec league and he needs to get a big barrel for All Stars this summer. He swings the 31" 21 oz. and handles it very well. What would you recommend for his big barrel that would give him a similar swing balance, pop and sweet spot?
Since your son uses the Easton XL1 Youth and performs well with it. He should stick with the XL1 series and get the 2013 Easton XL1: SL13X18 Senior League it has a barrel diameter of 2 5/8".
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