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Questions and Answers for Louisville Slugger Z-3000 Balanced ASA Slow Pitch Softball Bat: SBZ314-AB
Can you use this bat in USSSA? Going back and forth between leagues and would like a bat I can use in both.
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Z-3000 Balanced ASA Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SBZ314-AB) is only certified for play in ASA. It does not have the USSSA stamp. Here is a link to all the models we currently have that have both the ASA and USSSA stamps: http://goo.gl/81noAl
There have been many durability complaints and concerns about the Z-2000 & Z-3000 bats. What insight do you have about these concerns and the durability problems. I've seen and heard testimony where new Z-3000's have 4" cracks after a dozen or less swings. Is this bat truly unreliable for durability, or is more likely many of the accounts have somehow misused the bat? Like using older balls or hitting it in cold weather?
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Z-3000 Balanced ASA (SBZ314-AB Slow Pitch) will be a very high performing bat. It is in fact created for the softer, more mushy .52 core balls. Hitting the harder .44 core balls may lower the durability of this bat at a quicker pace. The recommended temperature for use is 60 degrees or above.
Is this bat's barrel multi-wall? My league has recently banned multi-wall bats, and I'm not sure what the difference is between multiple walls and multi-layer composite.
This 2014 Louisville Slugger Z-3000 Balanced ASA (SBZ314-AB) Slow Pitch bat features the S1ID Inner Disc technology which your league will likely consider a Multi-Wall barrel design. You probably cannot use the Z-2000 or Z-3000 models because of this, but I would absolutely check with a league director. They should be able to provide a list of approved and non-approved bats. All composite bats are composed of multiple layers of materials, other than models like the COMBAT Portent that indicate otherwise, so it can be a bit confusing to decipher between the two.
Can you use the Z-3000 with .44 core softballs? How will it perform with .44 core? Will using .44 core softballs effect warranty? Whats temperature range for use of bat?
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Z-3000 Balanced ASA (SBZ314-AB) features the new ASA stamp, so it will perform well against the 44 COR balls, however, it will become damaged a lot quicker since the new ASA bats are tested for use against softer balls such as the 52 core 300 compression balls. Generally, we do not recommend using any bat in temperatures below 55 degrees.
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