RIP-IT launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new smartBAT. The bat is designed to be a training bat that helps you better understand your hitting performance as you train.
- Tracks your swing speed and allows you to compare swing speed data over time. This allows you to better visualize how your training and practice is helping your swing.
- Tracks your quality of contact and allows you to compare our quality of contact over time.
- Tracks your swing angle and allows you to compare different swings from hitting sessions to better understand how your swing angle affects your performance.
- Tracks the number of swings taken over a given time period. This allows players, parents, and coaches to easily see how much work a player is putting in to get better.
There are some cool perks for early backers on Kickstarter. You can find the project at http://www.ripit.com/smartbat.
KINO Metrics is launching a new baseball training app and you can get early access for free. The app is designed to help players improve as hitters. We got a sneak peak at the app and it is jammed pack with instructional drills and strength training exercises that are designed to make you a better hitter. The best feature of the programs is they are very ‘home user’ friendly. Meaning the majority players and parents should be able to follow the programs without needing special equipment or buying training tools.
WHO IT’S FOR
The app is designed for players who want to improve technique and power. The app works best for both older players (15 to 25) who train on their own and younger kids (8 to 14) who train with dad or mom.
WHY YOU WILL WANT IT
We really like the KINO Metrics training app because it is a simple way to improve a player’s hitting. It also does a great job of explaining each drill and exercise in a way that both advanced and novice players will appreciate.
If you really want to improve as a hitter this app will give you an edge. The app is currently only available by invitation, which you can request for free at KINO Metrics.
Here is a break down of the most requested bats on our ‘name your price’ system. We will try and keep this post updated as often as possible.
30.4% RIP-IT Helium
19.6% DeMarini CF7
17.5% RIP-IT Elite
15.7% Louisville Slugger Prime 915
11.3% Easton Mako
3.0% Easton Torq
2.5% Rawlings Trio
You can try our ‘name your price’ system by going here. You can also download our 2015 Buyer’s Guide here.
While watching the Easton Torq videos on the Easton website I noticed that all the hitters seemed to be choking up on the bat. I was curious as to why that was the case, so I pulled out our Easton Torq and realized you have to choke up for it to ‘work’ as intended. So basically you have to place your top hand above the black part of the grip. See the screen shots from the Easton video to understand what I’m talking about.
When I tried placing my hands like this I could feel the rotation of the handle was actually doing something. Personally I did not like how it felt. I also did not like the idea of having to choke up on the bat.
Based on these findings, if you are thinking about buying an Easton Torq you might want to think about going up a size since you are going to have to choke up about an inch. And be prepared for the bat to feel very different if you are used to feeling the knob when you swing.
UPDATE 4/2/15: It took a little longer than anticipated, but the new ‘name your price’ feature is live at bombase.com. The site lets you bid on the bat you want at a price you want to pay.
UPDATE 3/5/15: We are making massive improvements to the ‘name your price’ feature on TopBBCOR. The new ‘name your price’ tool will be available within the next 7 days. Until then, we will not be following up with requests on the form below. However, if you want to be notified when the updated site is available fill out the form below and we will email you when it is ready.
RIP-IT Helium BBCOR Review
We tried the new Helium BBCOR by RIP-IT and it is the best RIP-IT bat we have ever tested. It is only available in 32″ and 33″ lengths.
The bat swings light enough to be used by the one and two hitters in the lineup, but has power that a three, four, or five hitter would enjoy. North Texas Baseball has a pretty nice review video on their site with a kid who is hitting the crap out of the ball.
This BBCOR bat is going to replace the DeMarini CF7 as our number one bat for the 1, 2, and some 3 hitters in the lineup. So if you have already downloaded the buyer’s guide please note that change. However, RIP-IT is only making 5,000 of these so if you miss out on the Helium, the CF7 is your best bet for one and two hitters in the lineup.
There are a few places taking pre-orders right now for the helium which ships in early February 2015.
North Texas Baseball: http://www.ripitdealer.com/
RIP-IT also has a pre-order page up that can be found in the description of their YouTube video.
Picking the correct size BBCOR bat for your size and strength is the most important decision you make as a hitter. This is because a bat that is too big/heavy or too small/light will result in sub-optimal hitting performance.
Download our 2015 buyer’s guide to learn what bats are best for each type of player.
The best way to determine what size bat to buy is to try the bat you are thinking about buying. If possible, take the bat into the cage or to batting practice and see how it feels. If you are able to get the bat through the zone and make solid contact that size BBCOR bat is probably best for you. However, if you feel late or not confident in your swing that bat is likely too big.
If trying the bat is not possible before purchase you should use your best judgement based on the players age, height, weight, strength, and playing ability.
To start, age is a pretty good starting indicator for size. Players who are moving into BBCOR from a senior bat should look at 31 inch or 32 inch sizes. Average and below average hitters should opt for the 31 inch to help compensate for the added weight of a BBCOR bat. Young players who are great hitters should try a 32 inch to give them more plate coverage and more power on contact. We do not recommend anything longer than 32 inch for players new to BBCOR as the transition to the heavier BBCOR bats will take some time to get used to.
If the player has been playing BBCOR ball for a couple years we recommend either a 32 inch or 33 inch bat. Similar to choosing a bat for young players, the stronger hitters will want to shoot for a 33 inch bat, while contact hitters may want to purchase a 32 inch. Some companies make half sizes like 32.5 inch if you feel you might be in-between sizes.
Advanced and Really Strong Players:
If the player is a great hitter and is physically strong then we recommend trying either a 33 inch or 34 inch BBCOR bat. Very few players in high school and even college should swing a 34 inch BBCOR, so if you are unsure on the size we recommend sticking with the 33 inch for the added bat speed and bat control.
For more detailed information regarding what bats are best for each player type download our 2015 buyer’s guide.
MOI or moment of inertia is a measurement of how much energy is required to take a bat from a state of rest to a state of motion. BBCOR bats with a lower MOI require less effort to swing than BBCOR bats with a higher MOI.
Is lower MOI better?
Lower MOI BBCOR bats are easier to swing, but there is a trade off of performance with lower MOI bats. Higher MOI bats are harder to swing, but offer more pop on contact with the ball.
What MOI is best for me?
There are many factors that can determine what MOI is best for a player. Speaking very broadly, lower MOI bats are better for contact hitters and higher MOI bats are better for power hitters. However, players should always strive for the highest MOI bat they can swing with confidence and control.
If you want to learn the MOI values of each of the Top BBCOR bats you should download our 2015 buyer’s guide. In the buyer’s guide we measure each bat’s MOI and balance point to help players understand what bat is best for them.
Download MOI report and 2015 buyer’s guide now.
The following 2015 BBCOR bats were tested by us using the BBCOR testing standard to determine the balance point and MOI for each bat. With that information we were able to place each bat into three categories to help you better determine which bat is best for you. The three categories are:
1. Best for One, Two, and Three (contact) hitters.
2. Best for Three (power), Four, and Five hitters.
3. Best for Six, Seven, Eight, and Nine hitters.
By selecting a BBCOR bat that has the correct balance point and MOI for the type of hitter you are will result in much better performance at the plate.
The full report can be emailed to you here.
Here are the photos of the bats we tested. They are on the scales used to determine balance point. Photos were posted in alphabetical order.
Before you buy a BBCOR bat this season, make sure you know what type of hitter that bat is for. The report can be downloaded by joining our email list.
Xmas is coming early this year at Top BBCOR! We have been chosen as one of the review blogs to test the new RIP-IT Helium BBCOR baseball bat that will be due out in early 2015. As a result, we will be getting our hands on a ‘beta’ version of the bat in the next couple of weeks. Here is a snip-it of the email from RIP-IT:
“We have an innovative bat that we will be launching in early 2015 and would like your blog to be one of the first to try an early beta version of it.
The name of the bat will be the RIP-IT Helium BBCOR and the use of helium in the manufacturing process will be a major leap forward for BBCOR bat performance, durability, and technology.”
As soon as we get it we will add it to the buyer’s guide based on the balance point, MOI and performance. If you have not already downloaded the report, do it today. The 2015 BBCOR buyer’s guide breaks down all the top BBCOR bats by balance point and MOI so you can buy the perfect bat for you.