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Questions and Answers for Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Slow Pitch Softball Bat: SST500 Black
I am new to wood bats. I am 5 foot 7 and weigh 170 pounds. I am pretty muscular. What length and weight would I want?
Based on height and weight, I would probably recommend the 33 inch size of the Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SST500).
Does this bat get any hotter? Does it break-in and improve at all?
Given the material that the Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SST500) is made of, it would not benefit from a break-in process and will be as hot as you will see out of the wrapper.
I am looking for a good bat to use in a commercial batting cage that uses the dimpled balls, will this bat work for that?
Yes, the Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SST500) Black would be good the batting cages that use those dimpled balls.
Does this bat carry any warranty
The Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/ Maple (SST500) does not come with a manufacturers warranty.
How does this bat perform with soft-softballs?
With the soft-softballs, sometimes it is better to use a wood bat. The Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Softball Bat (SST500 Black Slow Pitch) would be a great option. The high quality bamboo and maple materials help provide excellent pop and durability.
Since this is a wood bat does it have a tendency to break like the old wooden bats?
The Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Softball Bat features a BOA fiberglass-reinforced handle which makes it much more durable than a traditional wood bat.
How does this bat work with the new .52 COR 300 balls that ASA has now gone to?
The higher COR provides more of a "bouncy" feel off the bat. The Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Softball Bat (SST500) would hit the balls about the same, but the balls wouldn't carry as well as the higher compression balls.
Does it say official softball on it ?
The Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Softball Bat: SST500 Black Slow Pitch bats do have "Official Softball" listed on their barrels as well as the 2004 ASA certification mark.
The bat is stamped ASA 2004 approved. Does that still apply in 2013, or is there new criteria?
Slow pitch bats, like the Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Softball Bat: SST500, that feature the ASA 2004 certification are currently still approved for ASA play. Bats with the new marks are being produced, but both marks are valid for ASA Slow Pitch leagues.
What is your warranty for this bat?
Due to the nature of wood, most wood bats do not come with a warranty, including the Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Softball Bat: SST500 Black Slow Pitch.
What is the difference between this bat and the Thunder 5?
The Brett Bros. Thunder 5 Bamboo/Maple Wood Softball Bat: SBT34W is simply a newer version of the regular Thunder bats and the only difference is a different paint job/finish.
What is the difference in power from wood to composite? How long do wood bats last?
There is always a threat with any wood bats that they could break. The Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Softball Bat does have a Bamboo core and a Maple barrel with the Patented "Boa" Fiberglass Reinforcement Handle. This bat should be more durable for a wood bat. If you're comparing the power from this Brett Bros. Thunder/Maple Wood Softball Bat to that of a composite material bat you would typically see better results right out of the wrapper. A composite barrel bat will out perform this bat in the long run as it get more broken in. The composite barrel bats tend to have a period of break-in of anywhere from 100-250 swings. While this Brett Bros. will show results in warm or cold weather from day one. One customer review says this bat has a "Huge sweet spot."
Is this bat USSSA approved?
The Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Softball Bat is ASA and USSSA approved.
What is the barrel diameter for this bat?
The Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Softball Bat has a 2 1/4 inch barrel.
IS THIS LEGAL FOR HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL BECAUSE OF THE WEIGHT DIFFERENTIAL?
The Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Softball Bat: SST500 Black Slow Pitch is not a baseball bat. Since this is a softball bat, it will not be legal for high school baseball play.
What's the difference between the yellow thunder bat that cost $69, and the other 3 thunder bats that cost $59?
The Brett Bros. Thunder Bamboo/Maple Wood Softball Bat: SST500 Yellow Slow Pitch With FREE Energy Towel is Approved for Play in ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA, and ISF. The other three Brett Bros. Thunder wood bats are only approved for ASA Play.
Is there any warranty on this bat like the BamBoo Bat, or does this manufacturer not give one?
There isn't a warranty on the bat.
Is there custom colors available or just Red/Black/Blue
There are no other colors available for these bats.
Is there any differenc between the Brett Bros' black, blue and red bats?
No, the only difference is the color.
Looking for a bat for a wooden bat tournament. With the fiberglass on the handle, does this qualify as a wood bat?
Yes, the Thunders are considered wood bats. They are very popular bats.
is this a 2 1/2 inch barrel or a 2 1/4 inch?
This particular model has a 2 1/4 Inch barrel size in diameter.
What side of the bat is the sweet spot on
The grains will be tightest and strongest directly above or below the "Thunder" imprint on the barrel.
Does the fiberglass reinforced handle actually decrease the chances of breaking compared to other wood bats? I'm a little too cautious when it comes to wood bats.
The idea behind the fiberglass technology is to decrease the chances of the bat breaking, or prolonging the lifespan of the bat. However, when hitting with wood bats there is always the chance of a mishit which would result in the breaking or cracking of the bat.
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