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Questions and Answers for Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride Fastpitch Softball Bat: FP13M2
Is the Louisville X12 the new version of the Louisville M2? And could you tell me the difference between the X12 and the M2?
The X12 would be the newest version of the Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride Fastpitch Softball Bat (FP13M2). Between models, Slugger has improved the composite blend for a more durable bat.
I usually swing a 34" 22 oz. bat. I am almost 5'7". Would this bat still be appropriate for my height considering what I usually swing?
The Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride (FP13M2) Fastpitch has the same -12 length to weight ratio that you are currently used to. The M2 Pride will swing fairly similar to what you are currently using because of the -12 length to weight ratio. For more sizing information check out our Bat Coach: http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/
What is the recommended break-in process? This is our first composite bat and we've never had to break-in a bat.
We recommend 150-200 swings off a tee or using soft toss to break in any composite bat. Start out at 50% power on the swings and slowly build up from there. Also, you will want to rotate the bat 1/4" each swing to get a nice, even break-in all around the barrel.
Is this bat legal for Little League softball, majors age group?
Yes. The Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride (FP13M2) would meet the Little League Softball standards for bats listed at http://www.littleleague.org/media/BatOKSBRule.htm
My daughter usually swings a 33" 22 oz, and is almost 5'8. I saw the video says for smaller batters, or leadoff hitters, she is not. Do you think this bat will be suitable?
The Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride (FP13M2) would still be suitable for your daughter. If she prefers a lightweight bat this would be a great choice.
My daughter swings a DeMarini Bustos, 31" 21 oz. Would a 32" 20 oz. be equal? She is 4'10" 140 lbs. This bat is not a ping bat,correct?
If she is struggling with bat speed the 32" 20 oz. Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride (FP13M2) is a great option. It is a composite bat and will not have the ping sound like an alloy bat.
My daughter is shorter in stature but has amazing bat speed and strength. Her hands are on the smaller side. Given these physical attributes, what bat do you recommend composite and not?
The 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 Fastpitch bat and its composite material would be a great choice for your daughter. Composite barrel bats tend to hold a higher performance for a longer period of time compared to alloy barrel bats.
I am currently swinging a 33" 24 oz. Do you think the 3 ounce difference will be a drastic change?
Three ounces can be a huge change. Unless you are swinging ahead of the ball currently, your swing will be negatively impacted.
I purchased the m2 pride and asked the league if composite bats were legal or not. This is what I got back from the coach. "Equipment: 1. BATS: Little League approved bats with the approved barrel dimensions for each specific league. Hybrid Composite bats will be allowed. The barrels must still be alloy or such. Handles will be allowed to be composite. Please defer to league specific rules regarding bats if applicable. " I am still confused on this and don't want to take the plastic off until I am sure she can use it. Can you tell me if this bat complies with the rule or not?
If she is playing fastpitch softball in Little League the 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 Fastpitch is legal. Little League only requires fastpitch bats to have a 1.20 BPF stamp.
I notice that this bat doesn't have a lot of reviews. Is this bat newer or is it not purchased as much as other bats in the price range?
The 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 Fastpitch is still a fairly new bat. The M2 Pride performs great along with most of the other bats in the price range. I would not worry about the small amount of reviews it has.
My daughter is 10, 125 lbs, and 5' 3". She currently uses a 33" 20oz. bat and I am looking for a new one. She is a very good hitter. Is there a particular bat and size that you could recommend?
The 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride is a great bat and I would recommend going with a 32" bat. One step up from the Louisville M2 is the Louisville Slugger Xeno.
My daughter is 4' tall, 60 lbs. What size M2 Pride would she need? Thanks.
Based on her height and weight we recommend a 27" bat. However, she could use a 28" 16 oz. 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 Fastpitch. It is very balanced and lightweight.
Is the M2 Pride the replacement for the Catalyst?
The 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 Fastpitch is not a direct replacement of the Catalyst, but shares similar features. The main difference is the M2 Pride is a two-piece bat.
I'm 15 years old, 130 pounds, and 5'1" tall. What bat size is best for me?
I would recommend a 32" 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 Fastpitch bat.
My daughter is 11 years old, 95lbs, and 4'7". What size bat do you recommend for this bat?
Based on her size, a 31" model of the 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 is recommended.
Is the 30" 18 oz. model an appropriate size for my 9 year old who is 70 lbs and 4' 6" tall?
The 30" 18 oz. model of the 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 Fastpitch would be the correct size for your 9 year old.
My daughter is 4' tall and 45 lbs. What length to weight ratio is best for her? I'm thinking 27" or 28" and 15oz. to 16oz? I'm looking into these bats. Worth 454 Legit Lite, Combat Lisa Fernandez -12, Miken Halo Lite, and the Louisville Zephyr? I'm looking for a high end bat with good durability and as well as a team bat. Looking for a high end bat with good durability, possibly a team bat?
For your daughter's height and weight given. We suggest a 26" length bat. You could go up to 27", but I would not move as high as 28". None of the bats you listed are offered in the 26" or 27" length. When she ready for that step up all of those are great options. Bats I recommend in her size are the COMBAT Lisa Fernandez: LFFP22 Fastpitch it is a -10. It has a huge sweet spot and is a really hot bat. I really like the 2013 Worth Eclipse: FPEC12 Fastpitch it is a very well balanced swinging bat. It is approved for all league play in 2013.
My daughter is 5'3" and 125 lbs. What size bat should we get?
Based on her height and weight, we recommend a 32" 20 oz. model in the 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 Fastpitch bat. For further information on sizing, please visit our Bat Coach at http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/
Will this bat be legal beyond 2013?
Yes. The 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride has the new USSSA stamp. USSSA has grandfathered in bats with the old stamp to be legal until September 2014. This bat will be legal for play at least through September 2015.
Is this Louisville Sluggers version of the CF5? With the unknown about this bat what does Louisville say?
The 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 Fastpitch will be very similar to a CF5. Both bats will have a two-piece full composite construction.
Is this comparable to the Louisville Slugger Zephyr 7C Composition, Model FPXZ?
The Louisville Slugger TPS Zephyr: FPXZ Fastpitch is a one-piece composite design with a balanced swing weight. The TPS M2 Pride will have a balanced swing weight as well but is a two-piece composite design made with higher quality composite materials.
How does this bat compare to the Xeno?
The 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride is a -12 bat. The Xeno comes in a -10, -9 and -8. The Xeno bats feature S1iD Technology which gives it maximum performance from the first swing. The M2 Pride does not have this and require a break-in period. The Xeno features an iST design that gives this bat a solid connection between the barrel and handle. iST provides players a bat with a solid feel and bigger sweetspot, while absorbing vibrations from mis-hit balls before they reach the hands. The M2 Pride does not feature the iST technology.
My daughter is 4'5" tall and weighs about 95 lbs. She will be 8 years old in March. I was thinking of buying her a 28"/16 oz. bat. Is this the right size for her?
It looks like the correct length for your daughter would be 31". The 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 Fastpitch bat does come in a -12 31" 19 oz. This bat is a two-piece all composite design with a very balanced swing weight. It is the Jessica Mendoza USSSA Pride Model.
Can you offer a comparison between the Louisville M2 Pride and the DeMarini Vendetta?
Both the Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride and the DeMarini Vendetta are two-piece fully composite designs. Here is a link for further comparison http://www.justbats.com/compare/
Why no reviews on this bat? It sounds like it has many good qualities for the price.
The 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 Fastpitch is a very good bat. The new T2 technology helps reduce vibration and provides a light swing weight. Unfortunately, every player that purchases the bat does not write a review.
What is that piece that appears to be plastic or rubber in the middle? If hit their, how has it been tested for durability?
The barrel and handle are held together with Louisville Slugger's new T2 Technology that dramatically reduces vibration on mishits and results in a more solid connection to give players maximum performance. The 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 Fastpitch bat has been tested and approved for play in ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA, and ISF.
Will this bat be legal in 2013?
Yes, the 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride will be legal for play in the 2013 season.
Is this the same composite material used in the 2013 xeno? If it is does it need to be broken in?
Yes, both the 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 Fastpitch and the 2013 Xeno use LS-2X composite material. We would recommend a break-in period for any composite barrel bat.
Does the Two-Piece design compromise the durability at all?
No, the 2013 Louisville Slugger TPS M2 Pride: FP13M2 Fastpitch bat will not have durability issues due to it's design. The Two-Piece design is created to eliminate vibration that may travel from barrel to hands. The Two-Piece design also helps provide the hitter with more bat speed when swinging through the hitting zone. This bat will be Balanced in Swing Weight. This bat is the Jessica Mendoza USSSA Pride Model.
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