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How to Install Lizard Skins Bat Grips

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How to Install Lizard Skins Bat Grips

Lizard Skins is the official bat grip of Major league Baseball. Here we show you a few ways that we like to install them. We show you how to install for a right handed batter, left handed batter and even a special trick for installing on an AXE handled bat. Enjoy! And remember, Lizard Skins always ship for FREE at 99BATS.com. Use code: freeship

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USA Baseball Bat Standard

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USA Baseball Bat Standard

What is changing with the implementation of the USABat Standard? Similar to the BBCOR standard that was implemented in 2011 for College and High School, the new USABat Standard will create wood-like performance in youth baseball bats. Like the College and High School BBCOR tests, the USABat standard is based on the coefficient of restitution from a bat-ball impact (BBCOR). But in order to address the varying levels of play between youth and high school / collegiate players, the USABat test will use different test balls and test speeds to scale the results. Anyone familiar with the BBCOR regulation will...

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BBCOR Ball Exit Speed (2017)

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BBCOR Ball Exit Speed (2017)

Ball Exit Speed measures the speed of the ball as it comes off the bat. This is often confused with Bat Speed, which is the speed of the bat as it's swung. In order to achieve the highest possible Ball Exit Speed, perfect contact on the sweet spot of the bat must be made. Assuming swing speed stays the same, the next factor is the performance of the bat. We have made all of these Ball Exit Speed videos so you can compare the performance of the top bats on the market. We hit 10 balls, record the speeds and...

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Compression Testing

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Compression Testing

Compression testing measures the amount of pressure it takes to compress the barrel of a bat 1/4". The less pressure it takes to compress the bat, the easier it is to achieve maximum trampoline effect when the barrel makes contact with the bat. Composite barreled bats will get easier to compress the more they are used. This is why there is a "break-in" period on most composite bats. Below we have tested a number of bats for you to compare. The bats used in these tests are brand new with zero hits on them. Fastpitch Bats Louisville Slugger   DeMarini...

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The Sweet Spot

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The Sweet Spot

This year at 99BATS, we decided to take all of the most popular models that we carry and compare them side by side. Today we're going to take a look at the size of the sweet spot on the barrels. As you can see from the picture above, we lined them up side by side and slid a "donut disc" with an inside diameter measuring 2 9/16" over the barrels. Since the maximum barrel diameter of these BBCOR bats is 2 5/8", the disc stops just before the largest part of the barrel.

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