My mind just got blown. John is a user with a history of providing neat things for us. He’s given us a formula devised to create wiffle sized fields out of big league dimensions, a bunch of stadium draw ups for people curious on how large to build replicas, a hand made child’s wiffle glove, and now this.
John, seriously, great work dude. What a novel concept and one that I would be very excited to explore once I come across a few more friends in Colorado!
First, it was the 3d Google Sketchups of the historic fields, then it was deriving his own equation to convert baseball field dimensions into wiffle field dimensions, and finally it was the cloth mockup of a child’s glove.
Now, it’s this.
Dude’s got some skills. Check out the attention to detail, the lacing, the cuts, it’s absolutely excellent. I’m not sure if he’s ever going to sell them, but I’d start saving your pennies now if you’d want one for the future. So, John, how about an adult version?!?
We thought it was high time to give you this information we received from a site user. Bradon has a four year old son that likes to play wiffle ball with his Dad, but a four year old has a darn hard time swinging a 34 inch bat. The solution? Make your own bat with a real tee-ball bat handle, and a chopped, epoxy’d, and foamed Easton Pro Stix 1000. Here are Bradon’s instructions.
I had an old t-ball bat cut down and the post was sanded enough to jamb it into the end of the Easton. You can see that the Bat End was shopped and then a portion of the bat was used to sleeve the End Cap back on. The bat was filled with foam and then drilled out. Cool little bat.
You’ll see that he “had a t-ball bat cut down” and didn’t try to do this himself. People, please leave the heavy lifting to the pros. When you finish, you just might wind up with something as cool as this.
Thanks, Bradon! And happy wiffling!
It has occurred to me over the last couple of years that keeping score is something we don’t take as much time with as we need to. We guesstimate the better hitters and pitchers and call it a day, but many other people do it differently. How do you keep score for your games?
One of our users, JSS, has been using the paper and pencil method which works great, is time tested, and will keep you straight. He’s been kind enough to share his .pdf file for your consumption.
So, SAHDwifflers, what are we missing?
One of our users, you’ve probably seen other info from him, has come up with yet another great idea. He has devised a way to turn an ordinary leaf blower and some pretty normal “around the house” type of stuff into a pitching machine for wiffle balls. He’s made a video run through of the process, and I’m sure he’ll answer any questions you have in the comments. Thanks for always sending us great stuff, Jim.
One of our most involved users has been kind enough to send out some instructions and a couple of pictures of his recent Ripken bat modification. The Ripken comes from the factory measuring in at 30″, however, Jim has managed to come up with a way to modify the length without sacrificing the good parts of the bat.
These are his instructions.
Here’s my first try at modding the Quickbat. As you can see from the pix it’s now slightly longer than my Louisville Slugger. I cut the knob off, inserted about 12″ of 3/4″ dowel and used a 4″ piece of 3/4″ abs to cover the dowel and fill in the gap in the handle. I secured it all together with glue and wood screws and then coated it all with aerosol Plastidip. I imagine the standard Plastidip would have worked better but I wanted to cover more of the handle. Cosmetically I may end up replacing the Plastidip with bat tape.
And here are the pictures he’s talking about.
Jim has been a very solid resource for us thus far, and this is simply the best option we’ve seen for adding length to a short bat. I’m sure he’d be happy to answer any questions in the comments below, so make sure to leave them here.
Thanks again, Jim.
Bonus points to Jon for engineering the most creative strike zone we’ve seen to date. He took our instructions and ran with them. His description said that he had difficulty finding sheet metal in an appropriate size so he found four pieces and linked them using zip ties. To me, it’s absolutely beautiful. The back is painted black, the front is chrome (no picture unfortunately), but he says the chrome looks great. Also, take a good look and you’ll see his iteration of our fence recommendation as well.
Jon, you’re winning all day! Happy wiffling, let us know how things go!