FINALLY!!! Sorry team, this was one hell of a summer for not getting much wiffling done!
In a word, wow. This bat has swept me off of my feet. The feel, the ability to drive the ball, the pop, the speed through the zone, the balance…hold on, I can’t breathe.
Okay, I’m back. This bat is flat out phenomenal, and here’s why. I go into a bat review with just about any bat with preconceived notions which often get proven true when testing the bat. For example, with the Nerf bat, without seeing it, I figured it would be solid, but have a seriously toy feel; that it probably could be recommended, but wouldn’t necessarily be the best bat in the world. What’s amazing about the KSCX Rev2 is that I went into the review thinking, “it will never live up to its $200 price tag.” It did. Boy, did it ever!
This bat took my thinking and kicked it to the curb. Somehow, the Rev2 convinced me that $200 wasn’t much for what you were getting with this bat. I like it significantly better than any other bat I’ve swung with Wiffle balls. And with Blitzballs, forget about it, there isn’t a better combo out there.
I hate myself for saying this, but really, honestly, you may want to save your pennies and mow a few more lawns this summer, because this bat is THAT GOOD. Forget about any other bat we’ve reviewed…even the first KSCX Revolution, I don’t even want to keep trying new bats, time to take a break and try to wrap my head around this thing. Goodness gracious. Well done, Moonshot. Well done.
Since our inception two years ago, we’ve been waiting on the LocoBat to finish the upgrade that the website promised. Well, we wait no more, and let me assure you, the wait was worth it! This bat is awesome. It’s a very clean mesh of a custom tooled wood handle place perfectly within a plastic “Screwball” bat barrel. No screws, no tape, just a bunch of voodoo and witchcraft that turn these two pieces into one phenomenal bat. And for $20? You bet I have a new go to when someone asks me, “Chad, I have $20, which bat should I buy?” It’s that good, ladies and gentlemen. That. Good.
There’s a small Louisiana company that is responsible for producing some of the best major league bats around. Albert Pujols is their cover boy, and by all accounts, he’s a decent enough player to represent a quality product. This is why we were intrigued with the Marucci Wiffle Stick. None of us had played with a wood wiffle bat prior to this, and we thought we’d give it a go.
The first thing you need to know is that the company is excellent. I placed my order online and specified colors and length in the comments but realized I forgot one bit of information, so I immediately called them to ask for a modification to the order. The man on the phone informed me that he would just walk down to, “Steve,” who would be making my bat and have him change the order. In my opinion, this is how a company should be run. Naturally, we were excited to get the bat.
UPS dropped the bat off and we tore into it to realize that we weren’t looking at a bat, but a piece of art. You see, the wood bat is far from ideal when striking a plastic ball, but the quality of construction, the feel in your hands, the custom cut, it all attributes to an absolutely stunning piece. For $30, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better looking, better feeling bat, heck, it’s nicer to look at than ANY bat we’ve seen in the wiffle/blitzball market.
There is a lot to be desired with hitting a plastic ball with a wood bat. The material is so hard that you get a crush effect, reducing pop, and thereby reducing distance as well. But simply put, I didn’t care. The bat sounds like wood when you hit it, it smells like wood, it swings like wood, and for that reason, I love it. It would brighten my day to see someone put together a wood bat, slow pitch tournament. I’d bet the first in line. Well done, Marucci.
You kept asking. And asking. And asking. So, we decided it was time to review a Moonshot bat. This is typically far out of our realm, however, we haven’t ever let you down yet, and we weren’t about to start. Our Moonshot tested well at 36″ and had a very consistent pop off of the barrel. Speaking of, the barrel, is HUGE. It’s a 2.75 inch barrel that seems to extent from the handle to eternity. As far as distance goes, we compared this bat with the Louisville C271 and the Nerf Swerve, and the results were as expected. A wiffle ball can only go so far. The maximum distance was fairly even, however, the consistency with which this maximum distance was reached was far more with the Moonshot. Overall, this bat is phenomenal…if you can afford it. As Casey puts it, “it turns singles into doubles, doubles into triples, and triples into homeruns.” If you happen to be in a competitive league and have an extra $200, this is the best bat we’ve tested. If your teammates all want to pitch in to get one, it’s probably worth your money. It’s difficult, however, to recommend this bat over the Louisville, or Blitzball bat, for the backyard user, simply because of the cost. Enjoy the video, and as usual, shoot us comments or questions and we’ll get back to you ASAP. Happy wiffling.
Some of you have been chomping at the bit trying to figure out when our next bat review was coming. Well…chomp no more. May we present…the Big Jack. This bat is an over the top type of bat. So much so that we couldn’t stop chuckling watching each other swing it. It’s certainly a toy, but it has value in blasting the ball. If you’re into home run derby type contests, then perhaps you should give it a look. For $25, there are definitely bats that will out-perform the Big Jack, but none will do it with such ridiculous styling and egregious claims. Head on over to Amazon to give it a look.
We’re back at it with a review of the Ripken Quickbat. Someone on YouTube suggested that we give it a try and wow…we’re glad we did. Although it’s a very short bat, at 30″, it shines in all aspects of hitting. If Ripken added three inches, I fear I’d be changing my favorite from the Louisville C271. Have a look at the video review, and as always, let us know what you think in the comments, the bat chart is updated. Happy wiffling.
You asked, we delivered. We’d like to present to you, the much anticipated review of Junk Ball’s new offering, the Revolution. If I’m asked to sum it up in one word, the word is, “nope.” I’d seriously steer clear of this $15 bat with a ball that anyone would laugh at. It’s very much a toy, and there are better options for skinny bats at the $6 mark (read: the classic Wiffle bat). Attached is the video, the chart is updated. Happy wiffling.
Aloha, and happy wiffle season to you. We’ve been toying with a few new ideas around here and thought we’d better give this a go. With ten reviewed bats under the belt and many more to come, we needed a universal grading method. I’d like to present to you, “The Bat Chart”. It’s really nothing too fancy, but it is a nice way to see what we think of one bat in comparison to another. Please critique and make suggestions so we can improve it for your use.
In the future, click on “bats” in the menu bar and it’ll take you straight there. Go get em, kids!
|Bat Name||Price||Length||Pop (out of 10)||Distance (out of 10)||Handle/Grip/Feel (out of 10)||Total Score (out of 30)|
|Moonshot KSCX Rev2||$200||35", 35.5", 36"||10||9||10||29|
|Moonshot KSCX||$200||35", 35.5", 36"||10||8||10||28|
|Louisville Slugger C271 (Ken Griffey Jr. Bat)||$18||33"||8||7||9||24|
|Palisades Wiffle - GTSOH||$35||34, 35, or 36"||8||7||8||23|
|Easton Pro Stix 1000||$15||33"||8||7||8||23|
|Junk Ball (Standard Bat)||$10||32"||8||7||6||22|
|Marucci Wiffle Stick||$30||32" but custom sizing is allowed.||7||5||10||22|
|Big Jack Bat||$25||30"||8||7||4||19|
|MLB Powerhouse Grey Bat||$7||34"||6||7||5||18|
|Original Yellow Wiffle Bat||$5||32"||6||5||6||17|
|Nerf Fire Vision||$20||30"||4||4||7||15|
|Junk Ball Revolution||$16||32"||5||5||4||14|
|MLB Slurve Bat||$13||32"||4||4||5||14|
|Classic Sports Sandlot Stick||$6 (Dick's Sporting Goods)||30"||5||3||2||10|
Boom! Just like that, the first review of 2012 for SAHDwiffle.com is none other than the initial bat offering from Palisades. This is the official bat of the Palisades Wiffle League, and for darn good reason. They’ve taken a unique approach to selling a bat by pre-modifying it for the consumer. This means that you pay, and receive a bat that’s already excellent with no work required on your part. Have a look at the video and read Casey’s review for more info.