Since we’re SAHDs and all…

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!

Bat Alert

Word on the street is that some Dicks Sporting Goods stores are stocking the Louisville C271 for the price of $5! May be worth the trip to check it out. Thanks to Sean for the tip!

Keeping Score

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?


http://69.195.124.132/~sahdwiff/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Reisner-Scoring.pdf

I can smell it…

Mid-march is upon us, which can only mean one thing.  Backyards are about to come alive with the sound of cracking plastic!  As with every year so far, the offseason has meant we’ve been tinkering with the site, trying to make it a little more user friendly, and ultimately, a better experience for you.


Things we’ve added?

  1. Follow buttons on the sidebar for your easy access to us on other mediums, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  2. Share buttons below each post and at the bottom of each page.  We wanted you to be able to easily share a story from our site to your friends, family, dog, whatever floats your boat.
  3. More fitness.  Last year, we were an embarrassment.  We were lucky to even hit the ball 100 feet in good conditions.  This year, both Casey, and I, are leaner, meaner, fighting machinier (is that a word?).  We’re going to bring the pain (figuratively).

Things we’ve taken away?

  1. Not that we’ve actually taken it away, but we’re still ad free!  That means all content is what we actually think, not what we’re paid to think.  Same with our reviews.  Remember folks, this is not a money-making venture for us, we do it out of the good of our hearts and our love of the game.
  2. Between Casey and I, we’ve removed at least 50 pounds of lard.  Jason may have added ten, but overall, we’re down a hefty amount, and we did it all for you.  Our healthier selves will live longer, and provide the best plastic reviews until you’re in your rocking chair on your front porch yelling for kids to, “Get off my lawn!”


Overall, we’re psyched for a great season to be upon us.  When the weather finally cooperates, you can bet your bootstraps that we’ll be outside ready to go.  Any recommendations for bat reviews, ball reviews, or gear reviews? We’re looking into a couple of bats, a scoring app, and a few other things so far, but you are the ones that want the info, so tell us what you want.

As always, happy wiffling!

Blitzball Awarded “Gear of the Year 2012” by Men’s Journal

I know we’re not a news site, but dang it, this is pretty spectacular.  The Blitzball has won the title of “Gear of the Year” as awarded by Men’s Journal.  The magazine annually reviews cool guy gear and awards the coolest with the title, “Gear of the Year.”  To give you an idea of some other winners of the award this year, there’s the Apple MacBook Pro, the Tesla Model S Electric Performance Sedan, and the Easton Kilo 3p carbon fiber tent.  We’re talking cool stuff here, people.

Most people we talk to through this website are solely interested in Wiffleball, and that’s good and well, Wiffleball is great.  But, let me take this opportunity to say to you, Blitzball is the real deal, folks.  We’ve said it before.  We can’t recommend them any higher.  The company has superb service, will answer any question you have, and have a product that anyone can have a great time playing for a long time.  If you haven’t had the chance, go get yourself and your friends some Blitzballs for Christmas, and give someone an updated backyard ball of joy (that didn’t come out right).

Awesome backyard field

A website fan and wiffle ball player in Missouri has sent us pictures of his new field addition…lights!  He hosted the first game under the lights and these were his thoughts.

It turns out that while the lights are good for slower, straighter pitches, not so good for 4-5 foot breaking pitches, it was all strikeouts or walks after dark for the good pitchers.

He reckons that you’d better be careful if you’re playing under the lights in determining the correct bat and ball combo to use.  In his case, they were using wood bats with junior wiffle balls.  It just goes to show that the standard setup you’re used to, may not be the best option for your game.  Change things up a bit and try new combos in order to achieve the best game for your setup.

Now, on to the best part…pictures!

 

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After

Some guys have all the luck.

Don’t mind me.  Just spent the weekend in Louisville and visited the Slugger Factory/Museum.  They let you hold and take a few swings with some awesome bats.  This one is a game-used Mickey Mantle bat.  If you ever find yourself in Louisville, or within a few hours of it, make the stop, it’s well worth it.

 

The single greatest turbulent flow explanation I’ve heard yet.

One of our users, JSS, has commented on a topic on the site.  Because the comment was of such high quality in explaining how airflow over and through a wiffle ball works, I decided it needed it’s own post.  Thanks JSS, for making a difficult to understand subject a little easier for everyone.  Here’s the comment in it’s entirety.

 

Have you considered cutting/scuffing the side of the ball without the holes? You can get a slider to break about 4-6+ feet that way, as you induce a ‘slippery’ turbulent boundary layer to form on the side without holes. Batters think the pitch will go BEHIND them, then it crosses over and hits the zone. I used to aim at a spot (fence post) 3 feet behind the batter’s head when throwing it to hit the strike zone. The wiffle ball breaks toward the holes at slow speeds due to turbulence induced by the holes so the ball breaks toward the holes at slow speeds. At faster speeds, the ball will break away from the holes as the air flowing around the solid side sticks to it more (boundary layer theory), like the upper part of a wing, and deflects the ‘wake’ away from the direction it breaks. What you do by scuffing is lower the speed at which the ball will change from breaking towards to away from the holes, and the air “sticks to” the scuffed side even more efficiently (like the little traingular vortex generators on the leading edge of aircraft wings), causing a larger break distance, but the penalty is some speed is bled off from all of that air being deflected, no free lunch.

Here is the crazy thing: The ball size has everything to do with how fast the transition speed is, because of Reynold’s Number. Buy some wiffle junior balls, and some wiffle king balls (softball size). The wiffle kings will break away from the holes at a much slower pitch speed. The wiffle junior needs an even faster pitch than the regular wiffle ball to break away from the holes. The curious thing about the wiffle junior is that if thrown hard enough, it will break away from the holes for the first part of the pitch (until about 15 feet from the batter), then CHANGE direction and break towards the holes as it slows down. Really creepy pitch. A slider thrown by a RHP will appear to be unreachable at first to a right handed batter (break far out of reach outside), then just as the batter has made the decision not to swing, it will change direction and tap the strike zone, infuriating the batter. You can of course scuff the solid side of the junior balls to reduce the transition speed, making them act more like an unscuffed regular ball.

The Wiffle Kings can be thrown harder due to the extra mass; they carry further and keep their speed better, and the transition speed is very slow, like 25-30mph, then it starts breaking away from the holes. They can be hard to hit, and will actually dent the yellow wiffle bats. They curve less, because they are heavier, unless scuffed almost paper-thin, but then you lose the speed/momentum advantage.

We use the junior balls because they break towards the holes at medium pitch speeds (small backyard with tall ‘fences’), and we use lighter wooden bats: fungo bats (17-22 oz), the marucci stick, and the markwort corkball bat. It makes for a pretty fun time, mound is 41 feet from strike zone, about 38 feet to home.

JSS

Marucci Wiffle Stick

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.

Homemade wiffle ball pitching machine

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.