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Up next in our video baseball bat review series is the 2012 V-Grip Ripped from Mattingly Sports. Check out the video above. You can find our YouTube channel here. You can find the bat on our site here.
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Now what this bat features is Mattingly’s very own the V-Grip technology. It’s something that Yankee legend and Dodger manager Don Mattingly actually came up when he was teaching his kids how to hit. What you’ll see a lot of in youth baseball is the kids will have their elbows up and maybe the wrong knuckles aligned. Maybe these top knuckles here. What the V-Grip does, is it gets the bat out of the palm and up into these knocker knuckles making you put the bat in the right position. With some statistics that mattingly has done, they have actually shown you can increase your bat speed by up to 7% by using this V-Grip. That makes a huge difference especially with all the barrels of the bats becoming basically the same with this BBCOR certification. Picking up some extra bat speed is going to be huge for your power.
Another thing that this bat has is direct power transfer. What that is again, it stiffens up the handle, transferring more power up to the barrel of the bat so you don’t get that flex when the ball makes contact. You don’t get that bending that you see a lot of times in slow motion photography. You don’t get that bending of the bat. The bat stays stiff transferring that power up to the barrel the bat.
Another thing that this has is true balance technology. Basically, it shifts the center of gravity down towards the handle. A lot bats are weighted here towards the barrel. This actually shifts the weight down, makes it a little more balanced, and again hoping to get you more bat speed which again is paramount.
This bat actually retails for $199.99. It’s a great bat. It looks nice. It’s very durable. For more information on this bat and more of the Mattingly bats, visit eBaseballBatReviews/Mattingly.