When I used to think of Reebok, I certainly did not think of quality slow pitch softball bats. If you are the same way, I suggest you rethink your stance.
In the beginning of this year’s spring softball season, my brother was persuaded by a sales representative at a local sporting goods store to pick up a Reebok Dictator. He got the white ASA version of it for just over $120 on sale. Despite the deal, it was still a fairly large chunk of money to spend based on a salesperson’s word.
Before I continue, please let me share the fates of the three most recent bats my two older brothers and I have gone through. Simply put, the way we treat them is illegal in 49 states (Missouri is the odd one out – everything is legal there).
- Worth Mayhem – bent at a 10 degree angle after 7 hits in batting practice
- Worth 3DX – flattened barrel after 2 games
- Mizuno Wrath – broken into two after being used in 4 games
The first hit with the Reebok Dictator was taken by yours truly. My brother took it out of its plastic wrapping, handed it to me, and said, “Go forth and dictate.” I remember thinking the feel of the bat was good as soon as I held it, but it was not until I took my first swing that I was impressed with the quality. I hit a deep fly ball that cleared a 300 ft fence by about 20 feet. I am no power hitter and was not trying to swing for the fences, but the bat rewarded me with the solid contact I had made on the ball.
Fast forward to the end of the same year’s fall season. The bat had become a team favorite, and practically everyone was using it for every at-bat of our triple headers. It was probably for this same reason that it had lost some of its pop, but it never bent, cracked, or broke on us. Next on our agenda is to go out and buy a new one for the next season.