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Having had the pleasure of playing ball at the college level to the pro level, I have had the opportunity to use many different products related to the game. I have been playing slow-pitch softball at all levels from the A division with Firestone Tires out of California to my league team. This past year I used the Miken DC 41. Let me tell you why I chose that bat over all the others I tested. Consider this a real player's DC 41 review.
Deciding which bat to use has been one of the hardest decisions in my career. My experience has shown me that the more choices I have, the better informed I will be.
In college, I used aluminum and wood bats. Back in those days, that is all there was to choose from. Therefore, when I started playing softball after my pro career ended, I thought aluminum would the best way to go. For many years, that was the case.
But, with the introduction of composite materials to the game, softball has become a more powerful game at the plate. While I test various products, I will give you a full account of my findings. While testing, I like to have with me at least three other players test along with me. Each player is at different stages of their softball career.
Miken DC 41 Findings During Testing
This past September I purchased the DC 41 Denny Crine signature bat in 27oz 34” length bat. The first time we took the bat to hit, it was a sunny afternoon around 4:30 p.m. It was about 75 degrees outside with little to no wind. We used Diamond 375/44 core balls to hit, mainly because that it what we use in out leagues in my area.
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Right out the wrapper, I could tell this was hot the ball was jumping off as if we had a couple hundred swings in it already. I want to say that at this point I opened the bat at the park so when I say out of the wrapper it really was. The field we are hitting on is a standard 300 feet field to all fields. My first 100 swings or so I took about 65 of them right off the wall in left center. After that I felt it start to open up.
I turned the bat over to my son and let him take some swings. His fist swing it was hit 330 dead center. The next 100 swings he took were mixed about half hit out the half driven to the left center gap.
I felt the DC 41 is only going to get hotter as we hit with it. After the initial testing of we ran out of good weather to hit so the second round of testing took place in the spring. After the off-season we started hitting in Mid-April I found the 14” barrel really added a lot to my swing. I could feel myself miss the ball and the bat made up for it. I was able to hit balls in the gaps with authority. In other words, this bat is awesome. And it was my bat of choice for the season.
Miken DC 41 Recommendations
Supermax vs Balance
Concerning the DC 41 with a supermax endload, 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 for better control.
Miken DC 41 Break In Time
This bat will take around 100 swings to break it in, patience 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 providing a better whip action.
Miken DC 41 Grip Recommendations
I found I like the leather grip, but changing to your preference gives just that added personal touch. I re-wrapped the grip with a lizard skin grip and found the grip to improve immensely.
Miken DC 41 Sound & Feel
You will notice that this bat, along with other Miken bats, has a distinct sound when making contact with the ball. The 14" barrel adds great comfort to those miss-hit balls and helps them to find the gaps all the same. All in all, the Miken DC 41 is simply awesome in performance and durability.
MIKEN DC 41 SPECS
- Brand: Miken
- Map: Yes
- Size: 2 1/4 in
- Frame: Two-Piece
- Material: Composite
- Technology: Triple Matrix Core +, F2P, 100 COMP
- Series: DC-41
- Warranty: 1 Year
- Used By: Denny Crine
- Barrel Length: 14 in
- Year Released: 2017
- Weighting: Supermax
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