FAQ

Q: Why Combat?

Q: Why composites?

Compared to aluminum, wood, and other materials used to make bats, composite materials (carbon, glass and Aramid (used to make bullet proof vests) fibers embedded in a plastic resin) are lighter, stiffer and stronger.


Of most importance, unlike bats made of other materials, composites are anisotropic which means bats can be designed to have different stiffness and strengths in different directions.


The anisotropic property of composite materials allows Combat bat engineers and designers the opportunity to increase stiffness along the handle (reducing vibrations and reducing sting) and to decrease stiffness along the barrel (increasing “trampoline” effect and thus improving bat performance), resulting in Combat all composite bats with optimal performance and feel.

Q: What makes the Combat line unique?

The Combat line includes all composite bats in all categories (Adult, Senior, Youth Baseball, Slowpitch and Fastpitch Softball). What makes us unique is our ability to listen to the players needs and adjust quickly to the trends and get them what they want. Combat is cutting edge in terms of innovation, market intelligence and market reaction, and this is why Combat has made such a large impact on the market and why other market leaders have taken notice! Our engineers, developers and Coaches’ Choice Stars are all superior on and off the field and really drive Combats excellence.

Q: I have heard other composite bats break?

All bats can break. Some competitors have had excessive breakage. However, most composite bats, and specifically Combat bats are very durable (just ask someone who has one – honestly!) and include full warranty coverage against breakage. Most importantly, composite bats do not dent like aluminum bats and can be used at relatively cold temperatures unlike premium aluminum bats.

Q: What about vibration?

All bats when hit away from the sweetspot, particularly on the end or on the taper, generate vibrations which travel to the players hands and cause a stinging sensation. These vibrations can be minimized by altering the bat stiffness and composite materials can be designed to alter stiffness with the promise of reduced stinging sensation. Further, composite materials are known to improve damping of vibrations as compared to metals like aluminum.


Combat has a patented technology that is unlike any others called ACT Anisotropic Composite Technology. Click here for more information


Bat Performance Features, Technologies and other definitions


COMBAT’S INDUSTRY-LEADING COMPOSITE BAT PERFORMANCE FEATURES


(USF) ULTRA SOFT FEEL
(ACT) ANISOTROPIC COMPOSITE DESIGN TECHNOLOGY


Combat’s proprietary Anisotropic Composite Design Technology varies stiffness along the handle, reducing vibration and sting resulting
in the softest feel in the industry.


(DUR) DURABLE
(NTI) NANOCOMP TECHNOLOGY INSIDE


Nanocomp Technology Inside disperses carbon nanotubes throughout, effectively filling all relatively low strength microscopic gaps
between fibers which results in dramatic increase in bat strength and durability.


(SSS) SUPER SWEETSPOT SIZE
(VST) VARIABLE STIFFNESS TECHNOLOGY
(GT) GEAR TECHNOLOGY


Provides lower stiffness for more trampoline effect on both sides of the normal sweetspot.


(MAP) MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE PERFORMANCE
(PMT) PRECISION MOLDING TECHNOLOGY
(BFT) BLENDED FIBER TECHNOLOGY


The combination of the industry’s most precise tolerances, thinnest barrels and optimal blending of carbon, glass and Kevlar fibers result
in maximum allowable bat performance.


(HOT) HOT OUT OF THE WRAPPER
(SBT) SEPARATION BARRIER TECHNOLOGY


Separation Barrier Technology allows completely free movement between walls which allows brand new bats to exhibit maximum
performance and feel, right off the rack with no break-in period.


Bat Technologies


COMBAT’S INNOVATIVE AND HIGHLY PROPRIETARY INDUSTRY-LEADING COMPOSITE BAT TECHNOLOGIES


(MAP) MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE PERFORMANCE
(PMT) PRECISION MOLDING TECHNOLOGY
(BFT) BLENDED FIBER TECHNOLOGY


The combination of the industry’s most precise tolerances, thinnest barrels and optimal blending of carbon, glass and Kevlar fibers results
in maximum allowable bat performance.


(PMT) Combat’s exclusive Precision Molding Technology uses precision computer-controlled machine–hardened steel tooling to precisely
control both outer and inner bat barrel diameters. Extremely tight tooling tolerances of ± .0005” allow Combat’s engineers to design barrel wall thicknesses to maximize barrel trampoline and bat performance.


(PMT) Combat proprietary process technology


(BFT) Combat's patented Blended Fiber Technology blends three different fiber types (carbon, glass and Kevlar) in varying proportions at carefully controlled angles. We take advantage of the best qualities of each with the whole becoming much greater than the sum of its parts. Carbon fibers are ultra-light and have phenomenal stiffness. Combat's designers use carbon to optimize the flex and dynamic
response of our bats. Glass fibers are very strong, yet flexible. This resilience is used to get more trampoline effect out of our barrel
walls without sacrificing durability. Kevlar is the material bullet proof vests are made from. Our engineers use its incredible toughness
and vibration absorbing properties to enhance the soft feel of our bats.


(BFT) U.S. patent 7,232,388 B2


(USF) ULTRA SOFT FEEL
(ACT) ANISOTROPIC COMPOSITE DESIGN TECHNOLOGY


Combat bats are widely renowned as having the softest feel in the industry as a result of Combat’s proprietary Anisotropic Composite
Design Technology (ACT) generated from Combat’s industry-leading FEA (Finite Element Analysis) bat design software.


(ACT) Unlike aluminum and wood, composites are anisotropic which means composite bats can be designed to have different stiffness and strengths in different directions. Thus, Combat’s anisotropic composite design technology varies stiffness along the handle (reducing
vibrations and sting) and across the barrel (for softer feel and improved bat performance), making composites the material of choice in
the industry.


(ACT) U.S. patent 7,232,388 B2


(SSS) SUPER SWEETSPOT SIZE
(VST) VARIABLE STIFFNESS TECHNOLOGY
(GT) GEAR TECHNOLOGY


Combat’s patent pending Variable Stiffness Technology (VST) and Gear Technology (GT) provide lower stiffness for more trampoline effect
on both sides of the normal sweetspot.


(VST) Combat’s Variable Stiffness Technology allows Combat engineers to design lower barrel wall stiffness on both sides of the normal
sweetspot, resulting in an enlarged sweetspot area by which maximum bat performance or hit distance is achieved.


(VST) U.S. patent pending


(GT) Combat’s Gear Technology has a special taper geometry consisting of elongated surface grooves, located inside or outside, with a
gear–shaped cross-section which provides a softer feel and greater performance on hits toward the barrel taper end.


(GT) U.S. patent pending


(HOT) HOT OUT OF THE WRAPPER
(SBT) SEPARATION BARRIER TECHNOLOGY


Combat’s patented Separation Barrier Technology (SBT) allows brand new bats to exhibit maximum performance and feel, right off the
rack with no break-in period necessary—Hot out of the Wrapper.


(SBT) Combat’s patented Separation Barrier Technology results in completely free movement between Combat barrel walls as
manufactured, requiring no break-in period.


(SBT) U.S. patent 6,997,826 B2


(DUR) DURABLE
(NTI) NANOCOMP TECHNOLOGY INSIDE


The strength and durability of Combat’s all composite bats are enhanced by Nanocomp Technology Inside (NTI) and Combat’s proprietary
tough liquid resin/dry fiber composite material system.


(NTI) Combat’s Nanocomp Technology Inside disperses carbon nanotubes throughout Combat’s proprietary tough liquid resin, effectively
filling all relatively low strength microscopic gaps between fibers which results in a dramatic increase in bat strength and durability.


(DUR) Combat proprietary materials technology.


Other Definitions


BA: Balanced – balanced swing weight for control hitters who are looking for more bat speed with lower effort and precision control
of line drive hits.
FL: Fully Loaded – higher swing weight for power hitters who are looking for increased hit distance. Best all around bat weighting
for average and above average players.

Q: What is your warranty policy?

Our policy includes a one year, one time replacement limited warranty against manufacturing defects and breakage.
See our warranty policy for more details.

Q: What is your policy on complying with association bat standards?

It is Combat's policy to design and manufacturer all of our softball bats to meet current industry standards that exist from all softball and baseball associations.


All of our bat models of different weights and swing weighting (balanced, fully loaded) have been tested by association approved laboratories at great expense to ensure our policy has been met and that the products are compliant.


It is Combat’s primary goal to ensure player safety and we strive for excellence in this regard.


WHILE COMBAT ENDEAVORS TO ENSURE THAT OUR BATS AS MANUFACTURED MEET THE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS OF VARIOUS GOVERNING ASSOCIATIONS, WE CAN NOT GUARANTEE THATOUR BATS WILL REMAIN CERTIFIED AFTER ANY ASSOCIATION MAKES CHANGES TO ITS CERTIFICATION STANDARDS AND/OR PROCEDURES, AS SUCH CHANGES ARE BEYOND OUR CONTROL.

Q: How do I know which bat to select?

Bat speed, not bat size nor weight, drives the ball. Bat speed is affected by a number of variables including bat length, bat weight, bat Moment of Inertia (MOI) which is often referred to as swing weight or balance point, which are affected by barrel length. NOTE: a high MOI bat with a given bat weight on a higher swing weight than a lower MOI bat with a heavier bat weight. MOI is more meaningful than bat weight.


One of the hurdles that young hitters especially face is picking the right bat. You must choose a bat that is comfortable and well balanced. The balance of a bat comes from the proportion of weight to length. When you find the correct balance, the result will be a quick controlled swing!


Length and weight of the right bat should be based on how well you can generate speed in your swing and maintain control. A bat sizing guide based on the hitter’s age, height and weight has been developed as a “starting point”.


Determine Your Bat Length by Weight and Height
  Your height (inches)
Your weight (pounds)
36-40
41-44
45-48
49-52
53-56
57-60
61-64
65-68
69-72
73+
Bat length
less than 60
26"
27"
28"
29"
29"
61-70
27"
27"
28"
29"
30"
30"
71-80
28"
28"
29"
30"
30"
31"
81-90
28"
28"
29"
30"
30"
31"
32"
91-100
28"
28"
29"
30"
30"
31"
32"
101-110
29"
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
111-120
29"
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
121-130
29"
29"
30"
30"
31"
32"
33"
33"
131-140
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
33"
33"
141-150
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
33"
33"
151-160
30"
31"
31"
32"
32"
33"
33"
33"
161-170
31"
31"
32"
32"
33"
33"
34"
171-180
32"
33"
33"
34"
34"
180+
33"
33"
34"
34"

Remember that the balance or MOI of the bat must also be considered on swing feel.  Start with the chart to determine estimated length and go up and down from there.


Once you have determined the right length, its time to determine the right weight. A rule of thumb is to try two or three weights (in ounces). One test is to take the handle end of the bat in your right hand if you’re a right-handed hitter (left if you’re a lefty). Point the bat straight out from your side. Keep your arm straight and parallel to the ground. If you can hold the bat like this for about 25 seconds without dropping the barrel, that’s probably the right bat for you.


A bat that is too heavy will result in a slow swing, loss of balance during the swing, loss of optical vision, and poor control of the bat path as you swing at the ball.


If the bat is too light you may not be able to feel the bat head. If you can’t feel where the bat head is, you will suffer a loss of control. In addition, when you swing – your lead shoulder will always open too soon.


When in doubt, “go lighter” which will give you more bat head speed and allow for quicker reaction time.


A chart put together by Terry Bahill and Robert Watts (2000: Keep Your Eye on the Ball) suggests the following formula(s) for determining the optimum weight for a bat.


Player Recommended Bat Weight
Major League Baseball Height (in)/3+7
Amateur Baseball Height (in)/3+6
Junior League Baseball (13-17) Height (in)/3+1
Little League Baseball (11-12) Weight (lbs)/18+16
Little League Baseball (9-10) Height (in)/3+4
Little League Baseball (7-8) Age x 2+4
Fastpitch Softball Height (in)/7+20
Slowpitch Softball Weight (lbs)/115+24

Choose your bat based on your physical strength, comfort level and your hand size. The stronger you are, the bigger and longer the bat you can handle. NEVER use a bat that feels too heavy or is weighted too much at the end.


In addition to weight of the bat, the balance of the bat or swing weight, often referred to as the Moment of Inertia (MOI) governs how a bat feels and is actually a more meaningful measure of how well it will swing for you. For example, a heavier balanced bat will feel lighter and swing faster than a lighter, end loaded bat. See attached document [more] about how bat weight, inertia and swing speed are related.


As a general rule, most players can hit a ball further with lighter (really low MOI) bats. It is only the biggest homerun hitters, who can hit the ball further with a heavier (really higher MOI) bats. Also, lighter bats provide more bat control during the swing phase.


Everyone is different when it comes to sizing up for a bat. Use the tables above as reference only, remembering that there can be other factors that can affect a player’s bat length and weight.


Another important factor in selecting a bat is the barrel length. In general, a longer barrel length increases the potential hitting surface and will directly increase good bat and ball contacts and hence batting average. To put it in perspective, the difference between a .281 and .312 hitter (and a Big League million dollar contract and trip to the Hall of Fame) is only one extra hit in 32 at bats. A longer barrel will get you on base more!


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