Anyone who has used composite bats knows that they are not as "hot" new as they are with a few hundred hits on them. Some companies claim that bats are "hot right out of the wrapper", this is not the case. All composite and metal alloy bats have increased pop after they have been hit a few hundred times to some degree. For this reason bat rolling is a popular option among softball, fastpitch softball, and baseball players as a way to lessen the break in period. Bat rolling is a process that stretches out the composite fibers along the bat's barrel. The 400 PCCR machine that we use rolls your bat 2 ways; parallel and perpendicular. First we roll your bat perpendicularly. The bat is rolled through the bat roller at 8 different points around the bat. This will actually roll the top and bottom with one pass through so that means your bat would be rolled at 16 different sides while being bat rolled with over 300 passes through the bat roller. After the perpendicular roll we roll your bat parallel with a slight decrease in pressure, which breaks in your bat to its fullest along the full sweetspot. The parallel bat rolling will break in any spots that were missed by perpendicular bat rolling. This bat rolling process allows for a consistent break in along the entire barrel of your bat, which equates to more pop, distance, and no dead spots. Also, to get an even more consistent break in, we bat roll with gradual increments of pressure until we achieve maximum break in.
The ASA changed their bat certification policy. When the ASA certifies a bat as passing its 98-mph batted ball speed criteria, that bat is expected to pass the standard for the life of the bat, even after being broken-in, bat rolling or normal use. As of October, 2007 all composite bats are now being artificially broken-in using a bat rolling technique before they are shipped to the Sports Science Laboratory at Washington State University to be performance tested for certification. This will lower the batted ball speed standards of ASA bats when they are manufactured. What does that mean to you? Your bat will not perform to 98 mph batted ball speed until the bat is either hit 500 times or bat rolling is performed(that is where we can help with the immediate break in process).
Bats will break in with normal use and hit farther over time. Here at BigDawg Bat Rolling we offer the service to cut that break in time to zero and give a consistent break in across the entire barrel of your bat.