Bat rolling has been a guessing game for most people who roll; what pressure to use, how long to roll, what bats break easily and so on. There are quite a few more factors to rolling than just applying pressure A and rolling through B amount of times. People are buying rolling machines and testing out pressures on customers from eBay and Craigslist. I can tell this by some of the negative feedback that is left on eBay and forums. There are bits and pieces on forums, videos and websites on how to bat roll but no magic guide for rolling. I kind of feel weird saying that bat rolling is an art, but it truly is a delicate process. I had a college professor tell our class one time that reading a book, an hour a day, on a specific subject will make you an expert on that subject. I would definitely say this is not true for rolling, although it is a good start. In my opinion, an hour a day of rolling will lead to becoming an expert. The old saying practice makes perfect does have some merit with rolling.
Imagine this, there are about 22 people selling bat roller services on eBay and out of those only 5 have been rolling for more than a year (as far as their time on eBay or as Internet company). Also, there is no way to tell how long someone has been rolling when buying from Craigslist. If a good ad on eBay or Craigslist can draw you in to give up your $300 bat then so be it, but my money would be better left with the guy who has good feedback and has spent the time and money into running a website. Word of mouth is a great way to go, that is, if you know somebody. Just do me one favor before you get your bat worked on… do some research on the person or company rolling your bat. Search eBay feedback and check the web, it does not take a lot of time.
What is 15 minutes to ensure your $300 bat won’t get broke. Most legitimate rolling companies offer a broken bat guarantee. Some of the common things you will read or see on eBay are: “don’t let an amateur roll your bat”, inflation of distance results, like saying you will gain “20-60 feet of distance” (20-40 feet of distance has been proven, no more). People actually have pictures of bat rolling in their living room. I have seen one guy blame the manufacturer for breaking a bat, are you kidding me? Same guy wrote that the bat will be compressed.186 inches; this would break any bat before you made it half way to that number, amazing. One guy offers “hot” and “super hot”, Email him and see if there is a “super duper hot”. Another guy recently wrote his own bat rolling guide and sells it on eBay, the guide is so bad it has the wrong measurement for pressure (it was 6 turns off the mark which would break any bat because 1 turn is the maximum pressure for most bats) Please do not take offense if you do roll bats just tell the truth and run a legitimate business with no outlandish propaganda. Every bat rolling company will share in the reputation of quality bat rolling instead of a few bad seeds leaving a bad taste in customers and potential customers’ mouths. In the Marine Corps we used to call the bad seeds the 10% that recruiters pushed through. Unfortunately I see way more than 10% as I look online and through eBay. I am sure the top bat rolling companies will read this article and understand exactly where I am coming from. Those bat rollers who don’t understand will be waiting to “hook up” that new bat of yours.
The 10% I speak of have been doing things to hurt the industry and reputation of bat rolling, which has been bothering me for awhile. Seeing the nonsense around I wondered to myself, what could I do? I did not want to mention anyone by name because that discredits me also. I needed to do something to help. Have you ever heard the saying, “Give a man a fish”? I am sure you have heard that. I figured I could create a base for rolling to help those who want it. Spread the knowledge of 4 years of rolling, maybe that can make a difference.
Post time: 06-20-2017