Peter Read Miller Shoots Alone

When I was around 10 years old, my brothers and I received a subscription to Sports Illustrated for Christmas. Although I already had a growing interest in photography, this Christmas gift would push me over the edge in that every week I was inspired by sports photography that left me in awe.

What I didn’t realize then, but have since realized, was that a large portion of those photographs that made me want to take photographs myself were taken by Peter Read Miller. Miller has made his legacy with his unique photographs which he is able to capture because of his all important and impeccable timing but beyond that, he is able to look at a scene differently than most.

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I still get Sports Illustrated today and each week when a new issue comes I instantly pick it up and look at the photographs before anything else. A couple of years ago an issue stood out to me. A photograph of Breeders Cup winner’s Mike Smith (jockey) and Zenyatta (mare) pose for photographs on the track in front of–by my count–18 photographers.

The photograph is compelling in its own right but the one thing that drew me to it was the pure brilliance behind the composure of the image. Instead of getting the same photograph as the other 18 photographers there, the photographer of this image decided to think outside the box.

It was no surprise to me when I saw who snapped the photograph, none other than Peter Read Miller. Miller has hundreds of such photographs; images that are unique, compelling, and purely genius. My goal as a photographer is to capture life in a way that most people otherwise wouldn’t see. No one practices this better than Miller.

Next time you’re covering an event and fighting for position with other photographers, take a step back and ask yourself how you can photograph the event in a way that no one else is. You may come up short but that may be a small price to pay when 20 other photographers are getting the same image anyways.

Wood Bats Vs Composite Bats: Which one is good for you?

The baseball world has kept evolving in various aspects. Ranging from the attire, to the laws and even towood-baseball-bat-and-composite the player’s kit, the change has been significant.   Nevertheless, the one thing that has hardly changed is the baseball bat.

You can hit on your local vendor of the baseball equipment when buying a bat and wonder what criteria to use in selection. They all look of almost similar design and size. Some even have similar weight and almost similar color design. But then, they have varied prices. So, which one should carry the day? Let us consider a few factors before the selection.

The wooden bats

They can be regarded as the earliest types of bats. They are usually curved from wood or bamboo. Though they are slowly losing their earlier popularity, wooden bats are still embraced by many teams on grounds of cost and safety. Some of wooden bats have BBCOR certification.

Distinguishing Features

PROs:

  • They cost relatively cheaper than composite bats.
  • They are lighter.
  • Being the earliest; they have the highest variety of shapes, sizes and designs.
  • They do not need a break-in period. You just buy it, rush to the field and the bat will behave as if you have had it for ages.
  • Are more durable unless spoilt by mishits.

CONs:

  • They are less forgiving when compared to composite bats. You only need a few mishits to get a notch on the side of your bat. Just one silly mistake, and your new bat spoils before your buddies.
  • Require much accuracy on hitting than composite bats. If you make a 1/8 inch mistake, it will magnify it for the world to view.

The composite bats

They are among the newest trend of bats in the market. Composite bats are mainly made of aluminum alloy. The players who have interacted with them often brag of durability and fault tolerance.

Distinguishing Features

PROs:

  • They are more forgiving than wooden bats.
  • Have an almost similar look with aluminum bats but are often “calm”; i.e. do not release the “ping” sound on hitting and lighter than most wooden bats.
  • Best suited for softball players.
  • They are usually made with awesome art and designs.

CONs:

  • They are relatively expensive when compared to wooden bats.
  • Unlike wooden bats, new composite bats require a break in period of about 150-200 hits. This could discourage a novice to baseball.
  • Composite bats have a trampoline effect owing to a double wall construction of the bats. Thus, they often have a slight delay between the time of impact and the time of release.

The Contrast: Wooden or composite?

  1. Cost: obviously, among the first things to check from the bats vendor is the cost of the bat then contrast it with your wallet. For baseball newbies and those working on a tight budget, it is recommended that one takes a wooden bat. They are cheapest and often the most available. Besides, their feature of little tolerance can work to train a beginner of precision. As a matter of fact, it becomes easier for a player that uses a wooden bat to change to a composite bat than vice versa.
  2. Durability: both the two types of bats have a certain degree and type of durability. However, for an expert player, a composite bat is more preferable over a wooden bat. Mainly because it can tolerate some mistakes.

Verdict

In baseball, there is no such thing as a “good bat than yours”. All bats are equally awesome. The decision as to which bat best serve your interests, rests on your hands.  With regular practice trial and error with various types, you can determine the most favorite. The deal is done.

References

You can refer sources below for more information about wood and composite bat

https://www.imgacademy.com/sports/baseball/wood-bat-leagues/wood-bats-vs-composite-bats-great-debate

http://www.science20.com/news_articles/wood_versus_composite_baseball_bats_young_ages-123911

How to Exposure Works in Photograph

As with all articles on this site, I encourage you to read this a little bit at a time and return to it as often as needed.

Proper exposure is everything. If you cannot take a properly exposed photograph then you cannot take a photograph. It is, I feel, at the end of the day the most important aspect of a learning how to take great photographs.

I feel strongly about this because I see many new photographers try to rush for results and do not dedicate enough time to learning the the basics of how a camera works and how a photograph comes to be. This problem– yes, I view it as a problem! — has become worse as highly advanced, and largely automated cameras have gotten more affordable.

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You might ask, “If cameras are automated, then why does it matter?”. To many, it doesn’t. Many people simply want a point & shoot solution and they can get that on even the most advanced digital SLR’s. For the rest of us who want to take more than snap shots, those of us who want to take really great photographs, an understanding of exposure is very important.

One of the reasons that learning exposure as I have laid out is useful is because the settings you change to obtain proper exposure always have two accompanying effects to the appearance of the photograph. I like to call this “the dual effects of settings”. This point is key, so tuck it in the back of your mind for a moment as we’ll return to it several times.

In hopes that I don’t scare you away, I will break exposure down to four simple aspects, all of which you have an impact on (to an extent).

  1. Available light
  2. Aperture
  3. Shutter Speed
  4. ISO

Available Light

Here’s a simple task: Close your eyes for a moment and then open them. When you close your eyes you see nothing. Your eyelids have blocked off the majority of light that enters your eye. When you open your eyes you see what is around you. You see this because there is light in the room. But this light can change in intensity. If you turn the lights off in the room, you can likely still see though the scene looks different. There is less light in the room yet you can still see, and depending on the change in light you can probably see better as time passes. Your body and brain have adjusted to the change in stimuli (learn more about sensory adaptation here). Physically, the iris in your eye has gotten larger so it can take in as much of the light as possible.

This is a simple concept but it is important to realize that your camera works much like your eye in that with a change in the available light you must make a change to your camera in order to still see everything. And much like our eyes, our cameras too have a built in iris. We call this the aperture.

Key Concept: The amount of the light where you are taking a photograph has to be considered. No two scenes are identical.

Aperture

The aperture is a small iris located in the lens (not in the camera) that opens and closes into bigger or smaller circular openings. The purpose of the aperture is to control the amount of light that is allowed to reach the shutter. A common metaphor for exposure involves a bucket of water with a hole in the bottom. If you think of water as being the light, the hole in the bottom can be thought of as the aperture. If that hole is bigger, more water will pour through it in a given amount of time.

To come back to a camera, the aperture is a hole in the lens that dictates how much light in a given amount of time comes through the lens, through the shutter, and onto your film or digital sensor.

Key Concept: The aperture, located inside each lens, directly controls the amount of light that is allowed to pass through the camera.

Shutter Speed

The shutter is a mechanical device in you camera that sits just in front of your film/sensor. The shutter opens and closes when you push the shutter release button. When the shutter opens, light passing through the lens is exposed to the film/sensor. The duration that the shutter is open is referred to as shutter speed. This is a very important concept when exposing a photograph.

To refer back to the bucket metaphor for a moment, let’s pretend that the hole in the bucket allows 1 gallon of water per second to flow through. Now, beneath that hole lets assume there is a little flap that opens and closes. If the water is the light, the hole is the aperture, than the flap is our shutter. So with this flap closed, no water is flowing through but as soon as we open it water will flow through at 1 gallon per second because that is what the size of the hole allows for. But the amount of water that passes through that hole is going to ultimately be determined by how long the flap is open. If you only open it for half a second, only ½ of a gallon has passed through your hole.

The shutter in your camera works in exactly the same way. The aperture setting dictates how much light is able to come through your camera in a given amount of time but your shutter is what determines how long that light is allowed to pass through the lens and into the camera and onto your film/sensor. Think of the shutter as the stopwatch of the processes of taking a picture.

Key Concept: The shutter is a timing device that determines how long light is able to pass through the lens and camera onto your film/sensor.

ISO

Let’s return to the bucket analogy. Let’s pretend that the water going through the bucket is to serve a specific purpose. For the sake of simplicity, let’s pretend that that purpose is to water a plant. Let us also pretend that this is a very sensitive plant and it requires a very specific amount of water. Too much water and it will drown. To little water and it will dry and die.

If you think of the plant as your film/sensor then you may be able to think of your film/sensor as a “light gathering medium”. And that is all that film or digital sensors are. They are there to capture light. However, like a sensitive plant that requires a specific amount of water in which too little or too much will kill the plant, your photograph lives only with the exact right amount of light.

Different plants require different amounts of water, some are better at utilizing the water you give them. Film and digital sensors work the same way. The ISO refers to the sensitivity of the film or sensor to light. A higher ISO number means that the film or sensor will capture more of the light than a lower setting. In the days of film, this was not something that could be changed without putting new film in the camera. On digital camera’s, this is a setting that you can change manually from shot to shot.

Conclusion

Without getting overly technical we have covered the 4 aspects of every single photograph that has ever been taken. The exposure of a photograph relates to the amount of light that has been captured in the photograph.

There is only a certain amount of available light in any scene. You can add to this light with the use of strobes, lights, or flashes. You can also remove from this light with the use of filters. Often though, the available light of a scene is out of your control. This leaves three specific settings, all of which live on your camera. Aperture, which controls how much light you let in. Shutter speed, which controls how long light is exposed to the film or sensor and lastly, ISO, which is the sensitivity of the film or sensor to that light.

On the surface, this exposure thing seems rather straight forward. For the most part, it truly is. But here is the wild card: Each of those settings effects exposure but each of those settings also effects composure. That is to say, each of these settings impacts how the photograph physically looks. This single concept, from a technical standpoint, is what helps separate snapshots from great photographs.

Fast Pitch Softball Rules for Start Learning

Softball is a game that was invented by George Hancock in 1887. Originally, it was an indoor version of baseball, but ultimately made its way outside. Softball has grown in popularity, and is enjoyed on the recreational, and competitive stages.

Women’s fast pitch softball teams are extremely popular in high schools, and colleges, and the sport was acknowledged as an Olympic event starting in 1996. The object of the game is to score more runs than the opposing team. The team with the most runs at the end of the game is declared the winner.

Basic Rules of The Game

The best way to explain the rules and regulations of the game is to state them in an easy to understand manner. If you are new to the game of fast pitch softball, you will be able to understand how it all works after reading this article. If you are familiar with the game, than this is a great re-fresher course on the rules and regulations.

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Fast pitch softball teams have a total of nine players, although they may be allowed to add a tenth player called the designated hitter. The designated hitter, or DH does not play any defense. They are only allowed to bat in the place of a teammate that is playing defense. There are a total of nine batters, and nine fielders at a time.

The bases are located sixty feet apart, and form a diamond shape. There are a total of three bases, plus Home Plate

Official fast pitch softball games are seven full innings long. An inning consists of the top of the inning, meaning the away team is at bat, and the bottom of the inning is when the home team is at bat. If the home team is in the lead after the top of the seventh inning, there is no need to play the bottom of the seventh inning. If the game is tied at the end of seven complete innings, extra innings are played.

The Pitcher is required to throw the ball underhand from the pitching rubber, while taking only one step forward

Batters are called out, by the umpire, if they reach three strikes during an at bat. They are also out if they hit a ball in the air, and it is caught, or hit a ball on the ground and it is thrown to first base before they reach it. In addition, batters must stand in the designated batters box while at bat.

Once the batter hits the ball into the field of play, they turn into a base runner. Other base runners are teammates that have reached base earlier in the same inning. Base runners are not allowed to pass a teammate while running the bases. Stealing bases is not allowed. Base runners are allowed to overrun first base, however they can be tagged out if running over second or third base. Scoring a run occurs when a base runner dashes from third base to Home Plate without being tagged. Base runners may advance to the next base if a fly ball is caught, however they must touch the base that they are currently on before doing so.

In conclusion, fast pitch softball is a competitive sport that mirrors baseball, but has slightly different rules, and equipment. For example, the pitch is delivered underhand, instead of overhand. The field is smaller, the ball is larger, and the base runners cannot leave the base until the pitch has been delivered. We hope that you have found this article enlightening.

Top 4 Best Aluminum Slowpitch Softball Bats You should not ignore

Choosing the best aluminum slowpitch softball bat in the market can be a tricky decision. Aluminum softball bats are a choice for many simply because they tend to be light in weight. This is a plus because players tend to enjoy the fact that they can make an accurate swing with little energy but the results are outstanding. With a perfect grip and great balance, steeling for the best aluminum slowpitch softball bats is a great idea.

Though these products are quite a number in the market and they come in different brands, you can make the right pick by understanding what you are looking to achieve. The following are the best aluminum slowpitch softball bats the market has to offer.

Easton SP14S300 S300 Slowpitch Softball Bat

Easton is aiming at retaining its position in the market with the production of this softball bat. This bat is designed to be used by players at all levels of play and at the same time ensuring that delivery is up to standard. In an effort to promote durability, it is made of aluminum alloy. Other than durability, the aluminum material allows for a light swing weight so the hitter requires less energy to make a swing. In this, despite the lightweight, performance remains optimal.

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Pros
– It comes with a great finish
– The weight is sufficient for players to make a great swing
– The grip is firm
– The aluminum alloy makes it durable
– The bat offers s great balance

Cons
– It can be limiting on the power required

Easton SP14S500 S500 Slowpitch Softball Bat

Easton is at it again with another leading aluminum slow-pitch softball bat in the market. You are looking for a bat that delivers performance while at the same time redefining quality, this is the bat for you. It is made of aluminum alloy (the 7050 aircraft aluminum alloy) which allows for speed. In this, players can take a fast swing while retaining great balance. This also promotes the aspect of durability when selecting the best aluminum slow-pitch softball bat. This bat is also a great choice for persons who are for recreation and want to enjoy the benefits of a slowpitch game.

Pros
– The 7050 aluminum alloy makes it a durable product.
– It comes with a comfortable grip.
– It is light in weight to allow for an easier swing even for beginners.
– It comes with a great finish making it appealing to the eye
– The bat offers great balance
– Delivers great performance especially for singles

Cons
– It may be challenging to use for professional slowpitch softball

2015 Louisville Slugger Vapor Slowpitch Softball Bat

The 2015 Louisville Slugger Vapor Slowpitch Softball Bat from Louisville Slugger manufacturers is gaining popularity in the sport. It is made of 7050 aluminum alloy material thus promoting its durability. In addition to durability, this material is lightweight so you can make a powerful swing using little effort. Other than functionality and performance, this bat is attractive to the eye making it a first choice for many. If you are looking to find a powerful bat that will take you through several games while still looking at its best, this is the ideal bat.

Pros
– It comes with a great finish and attractive look
– The weight is sufficient for players to make a great swing with less energy use
– The grip is firm thus the aim gets better
– The aluminum alloy makes it durable as well as light in weight
– The bat offers great balance to keep your eye on the ball
– Delivers great bat control

Cons
– It may not take heavy weight playing over a long time

Worth Amp ASA Slow Pitch Softball Bat

Worth is remaining competitive in the market with the Worth Amp ASA Slow Pitch Softball Bat. One thing you will notice with the bat is the taper is thinner as compared to competing products thanks to Whiplash technology. This comes in handy when seeking to deliver fast speed. This is because it goes a long way into reducing the overall weight of the bat so you can make a clear and firm swing without using so much energy in just a few swings. It also comes with great balance, which helps you take control and deliver performance at its best. In this, you can hit the ball harder and not tire over a short period.

Pros
– It allows for great balance control
– It is an aluminum alloy making it durable and light in weight
– It delivers fast and accurate swings with less effort required
– It comes with a grip firm

Cons
– It is not designed to take on hard professional games

The above softball bats are seeking to promote durability at their different levels of performance. Be sure not to interchange their proposed functionality and performance capabilities. You can read more about Aluminum Slowpitch Softball Bats at here.

Learning Fastpitch Softball before you play

If you are new to fastpitch softball game, there are some things you have to know before you get started to the game.

The first thing is the rules of the game, you know every game there are some rules come with the game. And you need to remember in your mind you always want to playing in the right of the rules of the fastpitch softball game.

The second things is the bats, it must be approved by ASA, USSA, and some of the stanrdad of the industry.

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Finding your bats is a easy way if you know what are important, you need a bat that suite your need, a bat that you can make a good hits. There are a lot of good fastpitch softball bats out there on the markets. Just calculation your need and buy your bats. If you are interesting on how to buy a good bat or even want to know about of some best fastpitch softball bats on the markets 2015, you can visit here for more value contents on the topic.

Groves are another important things of the game, you need a good one. A good grove wil help you catching the ball easily. Remember a good grove depending on your size, it’ll be suite with your hand. You don’t want to missing a catching in a final round. So be careful when you make your purchasing.

Positions

If you’re thinking about playing fastpitch softball game, you must first decide which position is right for you. There are a total of nine, all of which have different responsibilities. To better understand which position is right for you, keep reading.
Pitcher

In fastpitch softball, the pitcher must be able to consistently throw the ball in a 6 to 9 foot arch. If it falls out of this range, it’s counted as a ball by the umpire. As the name suggests, speed isn’t really an issue in fastpitch softball, but instead motion and angle are.

The pitcher must also take on the responsibility of fielding bunts and infield balls hit towards the pitching mound. Some pitchers may shy away from the thought of fielding balls hit in their direction, but it’s a necessary part of playing the position.

Catcher

The catcher sits behind the plate and must catch the balls thrown by the pitcher. As opposed to other positions, the catcher wears a variety of protective gear including a mask, helmet, shin guards and protective vest. In addition to catching pitchers, the catcher must also throw out runners trying to steal bases.

First Base

Possibly one of the most active positions in softball is first base. Their responsible for fielding balls hit in their direction and for catching balls thrown by other players. If you’re playing first base, you must always be alert and ready for line drives hit your way.

Second Base

The main responsibility of second base is to field ground balls and make important decisions about where to throw the ball. You must watch for the opportunity to perform a double play and have quick reflexes to throw the runners out.

Shortstop

The shortstop usually stands between second and third base to intercept any balls hit in his or direction. Once the ball is caught, they must throw the ball as hard as possible back to first base to get the runner out.

Third Base

Compared to other positions, third base is more of a “lazy” position that doesn’t see as much action. They’re still responsible for catching pop-fly’s and line drives hit down the line. On occasion, the third baseman may also be required to throw out runners trying to score at home plate.

Outfield

There are three different outfield positions – left, center and right outfield. All of these are responsible for catching fly balls hit in their direction. In addition, and balls hit in the outfield must be caught and thrown back infield as quickly as possible.

Fastpitch Softball Game in American

Come with baseball and slow pitch softball, fastpitch softball is also a populate sport game in American. There are a lot of people loving the fastpitch softball game, not only men like to playing the fastpitch softball game, but also a lot of women love and palying the fastpitch softball game.

The girls play both slow pitch softball and fatpitch softball game, even also the base ball game.

Some of girls playing good on fastpitch softball game. They are become a famous star on the field. Fastpitch softball game is an opportunity for some of tiny country, they can play this sport to get the country higher.

Sport is an opportunity for some poor country, like football or running, fastpitch softball game is an opportunity to some who want to change their life and their family like.

Like Brazil plan to increase foolball, we need to improving fastpitch softball game for some of deverloping country like Africa, Jamaica, Peru, Nigeria, etc…

Sport can change the world, sport can change the way people connecting together. The fastpitch softball game can do the same things, change the world and change the way we living together!

That you know all about things about fastpitch softball game, and you may want to make your purchasing to get started your game tomorrow. Let’s confident with my recommended, and my advice on the contents. Now is your time to play the game. It’ll be better with a good bat, good groves, good helmet, good shoes, etc…

How to Choose Softball Equipments Can Help You win a match

Is softball your favorite game? Then you are aware how well you play majorly depends on your dedication to practice and your determination to equip yourself with a decent set of softball equipment. With the above mentioned factors, you will be in a position to give your game the much needed boost.

Remember that it is not about purchasing expensive equipment but about getting the right equipment. In case you are a beginner, start by realizing that you do not really require customized or very expensive equipment to swing into action.

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The right thing is to ensure you have with you something that is useful enough to spearhead your interest in the gaming and also offer you the enjoyment you need!

While shopping for softball equipment for the very first time, it is prudent that you are well-versed with helpful tips that will assist you choose properly. This article focuses on some of those helpful tips and internalizing them will help you buy the best softball gear. Those coaches that want to push their teams to the next level in gaming will also find this article helpful.

Choosing Softball Gloves

There are few pieces of equipment that are as crucial to playing softball successfully as gloves. If you feel uncomfortable in your gloves, you won’t be able to get into the zone and ultimately your game will suffer.

In this I intend to look at the different types of softball gloves on the market, and make a few suggestions about how you can find yourself the perfect glove.

Softball gloves are made for men and the sizes that you come across are designed for men. This is one of the reasons many female players play with larger softball gloves than they should. The other reason is that a larger glove can help with catching a softball.

However personally I have found that if my glove fits perfectly I feel a lot better about my game. If the glove is too big and it moves around on my hand it is a lot harder to get a firm grip on the ball.

Most gloves range between 12 and 15 inches in length. The most common material for manufacturing gloves is leather. Some less pricey gloves are made of synthetic materials.

When choosing a softball glove you have to take into account the league you are playing in. Female leagues use a smaller ball than male leagues. Female players use a 11” ball, while male players pitch with a 12” ball. This is true even in coed leagues, where female players use a different ball to pitch than male players.

Another thing to take into consideration is the position you play in. Outfield players can use a deeper pocket glove, while infield players must use a glove with a shallower pocket since they need to transition during the match.

If you are an on and off, recreational softball player, and you don’t want to buy multiple gloves for playing both infield and outfield you may want to buy a utility glove.

These gloves are not perfect for playing any specific position, but they can do a job for you in any playing situation you might find yourself in. Most glove manufacturers, such as Nokona, Louisville Slugger, Wilson and Mizuno all manufacture utility gloves.

Utility gloves are manufactured for mainly recreational players, so they are designed with a wide variety of uses in mind. If you play in multiple positions, or you play in multiple leagues these are the gloves for you.

Of course spending more money and buying a glove for each position and use is always an option.

For outfield players a larger glove with a deeper pocket can be an advantage as long as the glove fits your hand well. These gloves let you pick up balls from the ground as well as hits that are flying towards you in the air.

Outfield players can use gloves between 12.5 and fifteen inches. However 15” gloves are specialized models, and most of the gloves for outfielders are between 12.5” and 14”.

Most infield gloves are designed with an open web pattern and they are between 12” and 12.5”. The small glove combined with an open web pattern makes it easy and quick to transition from catching the ball to throwing it.

Which softball glove is the perfect for you? This matters on a lot of things. The material of the glove, the price, and most importantly the size of your hand and the position you play in. You will need a very different glove if you are playing outfield or infield.

If you play in multiple leagues and multiple positions you need to find a utility glove, which will allow you to play both infield and outfield. Even though most gloves are designed for male players, female players can also find gloves which fit their hands perfectly.

Choosing Softball Bats

When you are out there trying to purchase a bat for yourself, it is critical that you settle for a bat that’s just about the same length as the distance from your waist to your heel.

As for the weight of the bat, it is advisable that beginners make use of lighter bats since that makes it easier for them to train their swing. Also, the fact that such bats are easier on the player’ shoulder helps minimize chances of injury.

Before paying for the bat, it is crucial that you try out several bats. In so doing, you will be in a position to establish the exact bat that you are much comfortable using! For any coaches that may come across this article, be advised that it is good to obtain bats of varying lengths and weights.

The essence of this move is that it helps cater for the different needs of the individual players. As a matter of fact, you want to use bats that are just right for their height and level of experience. Another things you should mention that Certificate bbcor bat. Check here to know what is the best bbcor bat for you.