We can break in your used and new bats to achieve peak performance. BigDawg was the first company to realize the effectiveness of perpendicular followed by parallel rolling and all major companies have followed this lead. We use a state of the art inline electric bat rolling machine as well as a perpendicular/parallel machine. We have recently added NBI (Natural Break in) to our arsenal because of the ever changing composition of bats. The purpose of rolling perpendicular followed by parallel is to ensure every spot on the barrel has been broken in to its fullest; something we confidently state that it really works! We have worked on tens of thousands of bats and have seen every type of composite and alloy available. We guarantee satisfaction of your rolled bat or we will break it in again. We also will replace your bat if we break your bat in the break in process. We are a professionally ran company that recognizes quality and customer satisfaction are top priority!
Bat rolling is a process that quickly breaks in a bat. Breaking in a bat widens the sweetspot and is proven to increase the distance and mile per hour of the batted baseball, softball, or fast pitch softball. On average the increases are 20-40 feet and 2.6-5.2 mph to the batted ball. A composite bat has glue (resin) holding together fibers throughout the barrel. Normal usage of the bat will cause the glue holding the fibers together to break down and become more flexible. A normal range for a bat to become broken in would be around the 300-700 hit mark depending on the bat and conditions. We eliminate the time it takes to hit 300-500 balls with our processies; saving you valuable time and receive a complete break in of your bat.
In 1999 composite bats started to make their way into the mens softball market. Players started to realize that after usage (around 500 hits) the bats would start to hit the ball further. The 500 hits seemed like too long to wait and players would break in their composite bats a number of ways: Hitting the bats on trees or posts, beating it with a rubber mallet, squeezing it inside a vice, bat rolling and even rolling over the barrel with your car tire. The accelerated break in technique that worked best was bat rolling. Apparently bat rolling was started in 1999 in California by a 17 year old named Chepe who used an English Wheel Machine. This paved the wave to the machines we have today. The first bat rollers were perpendicular only rolling devices which only allowed the rollers to meet the bat long ways on the barrel. Machines have evolved from perpendicular only to the dual action parallel and perpendicular machines we see today; Juiced Inc. was the first to come out with such a machine in 2008. In 2010 the roller material evolved as well. Nylon was the substrate of choice until Juiced Inc. came out with a harder material called Delrin® plastic. This was a huge upgrade from the nylon rollers. Bats were able to be rolled at higher pressures without slippage and without leaving the marks nylon would. Bat manufactures started to change the way bats were made in 2011 and Easton was the first to make bats that would surface crack diagonal along the bat. These cracks would appear from extreme flex; either caused from rolling a bat or prolonged usage. These cracks normally signified when the bat was at its most flexible point or what some in the softball, baseball or fast pitch world would call a hot bat. Todays bats have a more delicate top layer of composite in contrast to the amazingly durable composite bats of the past. It was not uncommon for a pre-2011 bat to last 3 to 5 years with 5000 to 7000 hits. The Delrin® rollers would make creases in the 2011 barrels top layer of composite as it was a result of the denser roller material. In 2011 this prompted Panther Machines to experiment and implement another type of hard plastic that was a little bit softer but still had the hardness needed to break in the bats. The new polymer was able to roll the bats but not create surface cracks or creases on the bats where the outside of the rollers met the barrel (as common with the Delrin® rollers). By 2012 Easton, Miken, Worth, Louisville Slugger, and Demarini had this surface crack technology; although Demarini and Louisville Slugger bats were not as quick to get these diagonal breaks. Panther Machines also created an electric bat rolling machine in 2012 which gave the bat roller a distinct advantage while rolling.