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Questions and Answers for Rawlings 5150 Alloy Senior League Baseball Bat: SLR234
Is the 5150 or the Velo more balanced?
The Rawlings Velo will be the most balanced between the two. The Rawlings 5150 Alloy Senior League (SLR234) will have the larger sweet spot though between it and the 5150.
Is the Easton S1 a better choice than the Rawlings 5150 Alloy
Both are good balanced bats. The Easton S1 will be higher performing because it is composite, whereas the Rawlings 5150 is a one-piece alloy.
Is it better than the TPX Omaha?
The 2013 Rawlings 5150 Alloy: SLR234 Senior League and the 2013 Louisville Slugger TPX Omaha: SL1365 Senior League are both going to be very similar in performance. They are both one-piece balanced bats.
I want this bat to last me 2 or 3 seasons. Will it crack or dent in that period?
The 2013 Rawlings 5150 Alloy: SLR234 Senior League has great durability, but there is no way to determine if a bat will break or dent. This bat will be under a 1 year manufactures warranty so they will replace it if anything goes wrong in that year.
I know you mentioned that the VELO has a more balanced feel compared to this bat. Is this bat still somewhat balanced?
The 2013 Rawlings 5150 Alloy: SLR234 Senior League is somewhat balanced, but the Velo will be more balanced.
What can you recomend for a more durable bat? last years model was great, we've already broken two of these each on day 1, never made it to a game.
That depends on the age, size, and strength of the player using the bat. However, one of the more durable -10 Youth Big Barrel bats on the market is the Louisville Slugger Omaha.
How does the 5150 bat compare to the Velo? Is the swing weight distribution the same as the Velo?
The 2013 Rawlings VELO Senior League bat will be more balanced than the regular 2013 Rawlings 5150 Alloy: SLR234 Senior League bat.
Can my son use this bat in 12U Rec ball?
Most 12U Recreational baseball leagues require the bat to be 2 1/4 inch in diameter, so this bat would not be legal. However; it's always a good idea to refer to your league rules as there are many different rules and regulations depending upon the specific league your playing in.
Does different bats have more with a tossball? My son uses a 27 17 and some times we use baseballs so I thought of buying a SLR234 5150 just wanting someones opinion.
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My son uses a 29" 5150 Velo that has a 2 3/4" barrel. He needs a 30" bat, but we don't know whether to buy the 5150 or the velo. He is definitely a contact hitter, but is worried about the 2&5/8 barrel on the new velo. Will it be a noticeable difference? He is rather small for his age.
The Velo will be more balanced than the regular 5150. I feel the difference in weight distribution is noticeable, but even so, the regular 5150 is still a pretty balanced. If he can use a bat with a 2 3/4" barrel, I would recommend sticking with that size barrel as it will offer more surface area for contact and a slightly larger sweetspot.
Is this BBCOR approved also?
The 2013 Rawlings 5150 Alloy: SLR234 Senior League is not BBCOR approved. All BBCOR bats will have a -3 length to weight ratio. Here is the link to the BBCOR model. http://www.justbats.com/product/2013-rawlings-5150-alloy-bbcor--bbca2-adult/16337/.
When will this bat be available in other sizes ?
We expect to have more sizes of the 2013 Rawlings 5150 Alloy: SLR234 available by the 2nd week of October.
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