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2017 Miken Freak 30 Review

Miken Freak Slowpitch Primo Review

September 10, 2019 | by Brian Duryea | @BatDigest

The day we tested the 2017 Miken Freak 30, we tested the 27oz. bat and found that right out of the wrapper, it had good pop. We used Diamond 375/ 44 core balls, primarily because many of the leagues in our area use this ball. It was an early spring day about 71 degrees outside slight breeze from the north to south. After about 100 swings, we were seeing balls consistently hit out of the park—this bat has a very short break in period.

We tested the bat on a field with 300-foot fences and consistently hit balls at the base or one bounce to the fence. Each person we had test this bat had the same opinion—after one weekend of either batting practice or a tournament, the Miken Freak 30 will perform at peak levels. I have bee… Jump to the full review.


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The day we tested the 2017 Miken Freak 30, we tested the 27oz. bat and found that right out of the wrapper, it had good pop. We used Diamond 375/ 44 core balls, primarily because many of the leagues in our area use this ball. It was an early spring day about 71 degrees outside slight breeze from the north to south. After about 100 swings, we were seeing balls consistently hit out of the park—this bat has a very short break in period.

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2018 Miken Freak 30 Review

With a ½ oz. maxload, the bat swings head heavy for me.   For those who like their bat on the lighter side, you may consider going down a bat weight. This bat will take around 100 swings to break it in, so be patient.   It will catch fire shortly. I noticed initially the bat was very stiff; as we tested, we could feel how the barrel and the handle loosened up and the barrel got warmer. This bat when compared to others has little to no vibration upon impact.

I found this bat has one drawback- the grip it comes with is slippery when using older batting gloves. However, when I changed to a new glove, it was better. I rewrapped the grip with a Lizard Skin grip and found the grip to improve immensely. You will notice that this bat, along with other Miken bats, has a distinct sound when making contact with the ball. With a 12” barrel. you would think that the sweet spot might be small- just the contrary.   It has a consistent sweet spot through the hitting area.  All in all, the Miken Freak 30 is simply awesome in performance and durability.

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Miken Freak Slowpitch Primo Review

About the Author

Shawn Pike played for the California Angles from 1983-85 before a shoulder injury took him out of baseball.  Since, he found solace in slow pitch softball and has played at various levels. He started his slow pitch career in California playing for Firestone Tire out of LA–an A division team. After moving to Utah he played for Novel and Campania Foods out of Park City, Utah—each of which has seen success at regional and national tournaments.

2019 Freak Construction

Triple Matrix Core +, F2P, 100% composite

Miken Freak 30 Features

  • 2 ¼” barrel diameter
  • Two piece bat
  • 1 year warranty
  • 12” barrel length
  • Maxload end weighting
  • Made in the U.S.A
  • F2P
  • 100% composite

Miken Certifications

  • USSSA
  • NSA
  • ISA

Not ASA approved; if you’re interested in a comparable bat for ASA, look at the Freak 52 or Freak Platinum maxload

 

Miken Sizing

Maxload weighting, 26oz, 27oz, 28oz, 30oz. 34 inch length

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