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Great bat...worth the money.
on July 4, 2013
I bought this bat for around $140 and it has been worth every penny. For the price, it is easily 5/5 stars. However, as a bat, I can not say it is a 5/5 star bat overall as there are bats with a little more pop. I was using a team Easton Salvo SRV5 26oz and that bat has serious pop. The problem is, it's a little too light and too fast for me as I was having a hard time with timing it and keeping it fair as I'm a dead pull hitter. I bought this bat in 30oz and with it's maxload it's been fantastic at keeping me in play. I now hit to left field but closer to left center than straight down the line like normal for myself. I've used this bat in around 5 games and it's quickly becoming a team favorite even though most of the team would easily be better suited for a 26oz bat or similar. 30 oz is heavy for a lot of people, for me, I like the weight (I'm 6'1" and around 185lbs, athletic build). I am not sure of bat speed but my golf swing is typically around 115mph if that helps in comparison.
Like I mentioned earlier, it doesn't have the same pop as some other $300 bats and even a similarly priced Easton Salvo SRV5 (the only other $200 bat that performs as well as many $300 bats in my opinion) seem to have a bit more carry for me but on a 300ft field I can hit about 50% for homeruns and the rest right to warning track. With the Salvo, I hit farther more often but since the team bat is also so much lighter, I tend to hit more pop flies as well.
Great bat...go get one!
So after approximately 6 weeks (6 games) the bat literally broke in half just at the beginning of the taper, right on the "E" of "MADE". I take great care of all of my belongings and this bat was never once grounded or even remotely tossed after hits. I am sending it back to Miken for a replacement but unfortunately they do not offer the Freak for an exchange, only the ASA Ultra and NXT. I'm hoping the Ultra is as consistent as this one was. I'll re-edit once I get a return from Miken.
I did end up getting the Ultra as a replacement to this bat and they are not surprisingly similar. I still get good overall pop out of this bat and it still feels solid on contact. I will review the Ultra here: (http://www.amazon.com/Miken-Balanced-Composite-Slowpitch-Softball/dp/B009J5TJZ4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391617614&sr=8-1&keywords=miken+ultra). Thanks for the help Miken.