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Rolling and Shaving Alloy / Aluminum Bats...........why many are getting ripped off

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We receive calls everyday from customers wanting to get their aluminum bats rolled and shaved.  One of the key differences between my company and others is reputation and honesty.  Let me be frank, it is absolutely pointless to shave or roll an aluminum bat.  Here is why:

#1

Aluminum bats are as good as they will get swing 1.  I played baseball all the way through college, swung aluminum as that was all that was available back then and can tell you from my own experiences, how aluminum bats hit.  Aluminum bats go flat over time.  The alloy weakens, stretches and the bat goes flat.  Anyone who has swung an aluminum bat for an extended period of time would attest to this.  It does take a considerable amount of swings for this to happen, but it is the reality of owning an alloy bat.  The "hottness" curve is the complete opposite of composite bats.  Hot then cold vs cold then hot.  A perfect example of this is today's USA baseball bats.  Every review on the composite USA bats largely are negative.  Why?  Because the new composite USA bats are extremely stiff and take a lot of breaking in before they wake up (fibers / resin loosen).  The aluminum USA bats largely get rave reivews, why?  Because the bat is already as good as its going to get swing one and will out hit any composite bat pulled straight from the wrapper swing to swing until the composite bat breaks in.  

#2

Rolling aluminum.........simple logic here.........compressing aluminum does what to it?  It distorts the shape.  A bat roller compresses a bat to break down fibers (composite bats).  Compressing down aluminum will distort it if any amount of pressure is used and rolled over a period of time.  I had a customer send me a YouTube video of a company rolling a Rawlings Velo and he said here you go, it can be done.  I said sure, i can do the same thing and take your $40 knowing I just ripped you off.  As i have been in this business for 9 years, i know how to use a bat roller.  This video depicted a company literally rolling this bat using no pressure.  It was being pushed through the roller by holding the bat itself and using the bat roller handle as a guide.  In laymen terms, VERY little pressure was applied.  Why?  Because the shape will distort or the bat will flatten

#3

Shaving aluminum.............again simple logic here.  Pulling from prior experiences, i have had multiple aluminum bats develop flat spots.  Why?  Because impacting aluminum over time will stretch the alloy, thus weakening it allowing the bat to dent.  Now lets bring in shaving..........shaving thins down the inside of your bat.  The end result is more rebound thus pushing the ball off the bat harder.  Make sense, now consider aluminum.  Thinner, already prone to denting and now you want to thin it down more which will only cause a more pronounced issue?  Again, absolutely pointless.  If you dont believe me, call up one of these companies who advertise they shave aluminum bats and ask for a video of it being done.  Bet you the answer is no..........why is that you may ask?  Because your bat is not being shaved.   If they are shaving it, I would pause and think about what I just wrote above.  

Bottom line, save your money and just swing the bat.  If you would like to have a bat shaved and rolled, a composite bat is the only way to go. 



 

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