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We get two general communication via firstname.lastname@example.org from our faithful readers. The first asks us which bat performs the best and the second tells us which bat performs the best. I always hesitate before responding to either—not because I haven’t thought about the answer—because the answer isn’t nearly as simple as people hope it is.
Let me give you one example to prove my point. How much does the paint job of a baseball bat effect on base percentage? Your knee jerk reaction is probably to say ‘it doesn’t’. Next question: What role does confidence play in hitting a baseball effectively? Your answer should be a lot. In fact, hitter confidence may be the most important things in attacking a pitch correctly and ultimately getting on base. Another question: can you imagine any scenario where a little leaguer might find more confidence at the plate because he thinks his bat looks cool? If you answered no, then I suggest you don’t know many 11 year olds. Therefore, I ask the first question again, how much can the paint job of a baseball bat effect on base percentage?
What we may like most about the 2015 Dirty South War bat is the price point. A brand new one-piece full-composite bat for $249 in a senior league with a drop 8, 10 or 12 is impossible to beat.
It’s also quite helpful the bat is a pure power stick with jaw dropping gumption in the hands of the right hitter. We’d suspect a player who is okay with some hand sting now and again will appreciate the added distance created by this stiff pieced missile maker.
We are confident the bat would find a happy home with players looking for some added distance and a top shelf performance bat where quality control and American made standards are high priorities with a great price to boot. Justbatreviews puts the 2015 Dirty South War bat firmly in the category of recommendable.
And after all that writing, please pass the fried chicken.
The bats fit into the balanced category—-these are not hand loaded, light swinging bats like the VELO or Marucci Hex but real balanced swing weights like the CF7, NVS Vexxum or 2016 Combat MAXUM. That last bat, the Combat MAXUM, is the Dirty South’s most related option in the space.
We now turn our attention to Slugger’s one piece composite, their only carry over from years past for the 2015 line, the 2015 Catalyst.Price Check
With that said, one bat in which the variables may align for you to have the maximum OPS is the 2015 Dirty South War bat. We suspect that most folks reading this blog have never heard of the Atlanta based company but we also suspect they’d like to. In January of 2015 this new bat company hit the market touting what they claimed was the end all be all of bats. The bats are each one piece composites made with continuous fibers and the first end cap we’ve seen that is tamper proof (no shaving this one). The bat comes in three Senior League models of a drop 8, drop 10 and drop 12. Each has a custom made DSB grip.
We often have long conversations with bat manufacturers about how their bat is the best on the market because they somehow figured out a way to make the best performing bat while everyone else is behind the curve. We have come to expect this and are comfortable in saying it should be the case—bat companies should indeed think their bat is the best.
The Dirty South War bat company, it turns out, also thinks their bat is the best. And they have good reason to think so even compared to companies that dwarf them in distribution and marketing budgets. The Dirty South War is a stiff one piece composite design that allows for maximum power transfer to the ball on contact. The composite design gives durability and longevity to the bat’s performance at peak powers. After using the bats for a couple weeks we have no reason to doubt they perform at anything but the allowable 1.15 standard. They sound like pure composite bats and their swing weight fits well with the biggest grouping of players.
The company also comes with a little bit of mystique. We suspect there are more than just a few players that might improve their confidence to swing big if they know they are holding a novel American made bat with high standards of quality control from company with a swarthy name. Further, the viral marketing of the bat via youtube videos adds to that reputation of a small manufacturer making big hitting bats.
Pictures of the bat don’t do the 31 inch barrel size justice. It is, aside from the MAXUM, the largest barreled bat we could find in a 31 inch. (And not much shorter than the MAXUM which is freakishly large). The bats come in a 27 through 31 inch length in the drop 10 or 12 and 30, 31 and 32 inch in the drop 8.
Of note, dropping down an inch in the Dirty South War loses an inch of usable barrel space too. Many bats take some from the barrel and from the handle when making shorter versions. (The Marucci Hex, for example, loses only a 1/2 inch of barrel for every inch drop in length). It is not too big of a deal, but do know that the shorter sizes in the WAR will not have as relatively large a barrel as the 31.
On a very positive note, the Dirty South War bats we measured were relatively close to their actual stated weight. This is a good sign especially compared to some bats we measure that are often disturbingly ‘mis-weighted’. High marks for quality control.
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