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Traditional Knob | Medium Handle | Gradual Transition | Big Barrel
32"(-3) - Slightly End Loaded
The X97 wood baseball bat is a custom Zinger Model featuring a similar profile to the traditional 271, but with a Traditional knob This model is made from a high-density billet which should increase performance and minimize breakage.
Scott Hanish - CEO/Owner was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. He led his high school to a State Championship and Top 5 national ranking in baseball before being an elite college player. Graduating from Florida International University in 1998 with a degree in Business Management, he briefly played Independent baseball before starting his own Independent Investment and Wealth Management firm, Scott Hanish LLC. Over the past few years, Scott has created and sold two Real Estate portfolios in Arizona, along with continuing his investment business. Scott has also stayed active as a player, playing full seasons in 2005 in the Golden League and in 2012 in the Freedom Pro Baseball League. Purchasing Zinger in early 2012 was a way for Scott to combine his love for baseball and his business experience into a venture that would keep him involved in a game he has so much passion for. The goal for him is simple, focus on quality and customer service and the rest will take care of itself. Scott has enjoyed reintroducing Zinger Bats into professional baseball and again making Zinger Bats a brand name that stands for quality and reliability in the minds of players.
Chad Harding was born and raised in Bountiful Utah. He attended and played baseball at Salt Lake Community College. Chad worked for Zinger Bats and the Eastman family for two years in Utah. When the company was moved to Chandler Arizona in February 2012, he accepted the position as head of bat manufacturing and shop foreman and relocated to Arizona. With his attention to detail and superior work ethic, Chad is focused on bringing Zinger back to be considered one of the premier wood bat suppliers in the country for all ages. He is excited to be part of the Zinger family and the continued success that Zinger Bats strives for.
Pete LaCock, a former Major Leaguer and first round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs, serves as a special consultant for Zinger Bats. He will help us not only with brand awareness through his vast baseball network, but is also excited about the opportunity to help with product development and player recruitment. Pete’s professional baseball experience spans the last 40 years as a player, hitting coach, and manager. We are extremely excited to have Pete as part of the Zinger team!
The Eastman Family: Zinger Bat Company was founded in 1998 by Kelly Eastman, a life-long wood worker. He had a passion for baseball that he passed onto his sons. All young ball players themselves, Kelly looked into the techniques of making wood bats for them. Within a few months, he was taking orders from other locals and, as the story goes, Zinger Bat Company had begun. Realizing the technology was there, he developed a production process and acquired top-of-the-line equipment that was ground breaking for its time. His desire to have nothing but the best product leaving the shop has been instrumental in the great name that Zinger has throughout the ranks of baseball. Since the company’s move to Arizona, Kelly and his wife Charlotte, along with their son Trevor, continue to be great assets to the company as special consultants. We are very grateful to them for all of their support.
The Wood Bat Factory is passionate about the importance of every player using a wood bat. We also stand behind every product we offer. We know that every brand we carry starts off with the best billets available ANYWHERE. A Leatherstocking Hand-Split Billet Co. Billet.
This is why we offer a 30 day warranty on every playing bat we sell*.
We understand that transitioning to wood, and becoming a better batter requires practice. If you are new to wood bats we highly recommend swinging a bat with a thick handle. This adds durability to bat in the area where it is most vulnerable to breakage should a mis-hit occur. And as you transition to wood - mis-hits will occur. No bat regardless of brand or wood quality can sustain mis-hits near the end of the barrel, or near the label. Sooner or later, mis-hitting will lead to bat breakage, and even the pros break bats.
A broken bat - isn't necessarily while not fun - should be viewed as a learning opportunity. Maybe you should have laid off of that inside fast ball! A broken bat is just one of the feedback mechanisms that a wood bat offers that a metal bat never will. In addition to possibly breaking - wood bats provide instant feedback in the way of both tactile and audible ques. There's a reason your hands sting, or the hit sounds funny when you miss the sweet spot.
We are so passionate about our mission to get every player swinging a wood bat that our warranty is designed to encourage players young and old to use a wood bat every time they step into the box. We will replace your bat regardless of whether it was a manufacturing defect, which let's face it - despite the fact that we offer only bats made from the highest quality wood available, and from brands with discriminating quality assurance processes - can happen, or if it's broken by a player swinging a pitch that he shouldn't have swung at!
*Our warranty does not cover neglect or abuse.
Whether it's BBCOR, USA Baseball, or USSSA Certification - all one-piece wood bats (except bamboo) are allowed for use - with or without the certification markings. This means every bat in our lineup is considered certified, or rather certification not required. Because every one of the above mentioned standards are designed to make a metal bat respond more like a wood bat.
If the standard is make metal bats respond like wood bats - meaning they take away all the benefits of metal bats(ie: exit velocity), but don't give you back any of the benefits of wood (immediate feedback)... Then why would any serious player use anything but wood? Nothing can provide you the immediate feedback that a wood bat gives, both in terms of sound and feel. Miss the sweet spot? Those stinging hands will tell you so! Plus wood bats don't have a trampolining effect, because they aren't hollow. Wood is the only option for players who want to be their best. No matter who your favorite pro player is, there's one thing that's for sure - he swings a wood bat. You should too.