Hi guys, I couldn't be more excited to be representing the Axe bat and Baden Sports! What an exciting journey it has been, and it is only going to get better!
I will be writing and creating video blogs on axebat.com weekly, and will be giving you as much valuable information as I can! I look forward to more blogs and video messages to come, and to get your feedback and answer questions!! Below is a video introducing myself, letting you know what I've been up to lately and what's to come! See you next week! - Danielle
Axe Bat would like to congratulate AXE exclusive Head Coach Daron Schoenrock from the University of Memphis on his 250th career coaching win! On Tuesday, February 25th, the Memphis Tigers defeated the Belmont Bruins 2-1 at FedExPark, giving Coach Schoenrock his milestone win.
In 2004, Daron Schoenrock was hired as the University of Memphis Head Baseball Coach. In just his second campaign coaching at Memphis, Coach Schoenrock led the Tigers to a 32-win season. Since coming to the University of Memphis, he has brought in three nationally-ranked recruiting classes, with 12 Tigers drafted and 13 signing pro deals. Regarded as one of college baseball’s premier pitching coaches, he has coached 86 players who have gone on to sign professional baseball contracts.
His impact has reached players both on and off the field. In his first year with Memphis, his team recorded the program’s highest GPA ever. In the fall of 2010, the Tigers again reached a program-high GPA of 3.278 and have consistently held a GPA of 3.0 or higher since.
Schoenrock is currently in his 10th season as Head Coach of the Memphis baseball team. Last year, the Tigers had the program’s seventh 30-win season. Not only did Coach Schoenrock lead his team to its best winning percentage (.593) since 1994 with a 35-24 record, he was also named the Keith LeClair Coach of the Year.
The Memphis Tigers are currently 7-1 for the 2013-2014 season.
We’d like to congratulate Coach Ben Shipp of AXE exclusive University of Mary Hardin-Baylor on his 300th career victory! Last Friday he led the now undefeated Cru baseball team (4-0) to the milestone win, which had never before been achieved at UMHB.
Coach Shipp began coaching high school baseball and football in 1980. In 1985 he took the position as head baseball coach for University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, until moving into UMHB’s Director of Athletics role in 1996 and later advancing to become the Vice President for Athletics in 2002. Under his guidance, UMHB won 17 conference championships, had 130 All-Americans and 38 Academic All-Americans. In the summer of 2012, Coach Shipp stepped down as Athletics VP to return to coaching.
Inspired by the great teachers and caretakers of the game, such as Ben Hines, Mark Johnson, Augie Garrido, Gary Ward, Jack Leggett, and Wayne Graham, Coach Shipp is committed to his craft and his players.
“I continue coaching because I love teaching baseball to these young players and seeing their excitement when it all begins to make sense to them,” says Shipp. “I love seeing a team come together in the spring and play as a single unit with team goals driving their commitment.”
Last season, Coach Shipp led the Cru to a 21-21 record, which earned them a berth into the American Southwest Conference Tournament for the first time in four seasons. The Cru went 10-8 in ASC West Division and were expected to return 13 letter winners from that team this year.
“Winning a playoff game in our first year was a thrill. I saw the confidence of our young guys go through the roof and they have carried that experience into this season,” said Shipp.
Among his most recent accomplishments, Coach Shipp was named Chairman of the NCAA Division III Baseball National Committee for the 2013-2014 school year and will continue on the committee through 2016.
"I am honored to serve Division III Baseball as the chair of the National Committee," says Shipp. "It is a privilege to work with 7 other representatives from across the country who lend their time and experience to putting together a great championship."
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AXE Handle Concept
Why the AXE handle?
The AXE wasn’t an accidental or arbitrary design. Over 150 years ago, when baseball bats were first made, the only technology available was a lathe. Because a lathe spins a bat on an axis, the entire bat had to be round, including the knob and handle. Now we have the ability to manufacture the handle in a way that makes the most sense for the hitter. Now, every curve and angle is bio-mechanically superior to the old, round knob, and every other bat on the market.
What are the benefits of the AXE handle when compared to the traditional knob?
Do you make a bat with a traditional knob? Why not?
No. We believe the ergonomic AXE knob is the future of baseball and softball, and it provides all of the benefits to the hitter that the round knob simply does not.
How am I supposed to hold the AXE?
The pinky finger should wrap around the front hook portion of the AXE knob, while the bottom of the knob is flush with the base of your palm. The handle should feel natural and comfortable in your hands.
Do you have any professional baseball players swinging the AXE bat?
Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies and several minor league players. "I changed to the AXE because of the bio-mechanics. I wouldn't be using the AXE if I didn't believe it was a better bat." - Jimmy Rollins
Barrel Technology & Pop
How does your barrel's pop compare to that of the competition?
Our barrels are as good or better than any bat on the market. The AXE has the most pop allowed within the restrictive performance standards now in place at all levels of baseball and softball.
What’s the difference in the all alloy, composite handle/alloy barrel, and the full composite bat?
One piece alloy provides a stiffer swing. Two piece composite handle / alloy barrel gives the player a little more whip and more comfort. Full composite: Carbon fiber has the highest strength to weight ratio of any material on the planet. Composite barrels allow us to make the most balanced bat with the largest barrel.
Is the composite handle/composite barrel hotter than the alloy barrels?
All bats are at the maximum performance limit.
I notice with the AXE, you will be hitting only on one side of the bat. Will the AXE wear out more quickly than your competitors' bats?
No. Because we know where the ball will hit the bat, we can focus our construction on that portion of the bat - what we call the Engineered Hitting Zone. Round knob bats have to make their bat durable from every direction; we're able to fine-tune and perfect one hitting face.
Because the AXE requires one-sided hitting, what do you do differently than other manufacturers to ensure durability and
Depending on barrel material, we utilize several different technologies to achieve one sided hitting:
- Composite: Our composite bats use Plus-Plus technology. Plus-Plus uses additional layers of carbon fiber in the hitting zone, literally making the barrel thicker where the ball strikes. To maximize the performance, we added an asymmetric ‘C’ shaped slip plane which makes this thick hitting wall perform like two very hot thin walls.
- Alloy: We use military grade LP Scandium Alloy that has an incredibly high strength to weight ratio. We then use a proprietary combination of swedging and machining to put pop and durability in the hitting zone, and shave weight everywhere else. One-sided hitting lets us maximize pop, durability and balance in a single bat.
Is there a different AXE bat for right and left handed players?
No, our bat is designed for both lefties and righties.
Where is the engineered hitting zone?
Regardless if you’re a lefty or a righty, you will only hit the AXE on a 330° portion of the barrel. This is the ‘Engineered Hitting Zone.’ The top of the bat (the 30° non-hitting portion of the barrel) is the only area of the bat not designed for maximum performance and durability. On the AXE the ball only makes contact with the “sweet spot” and ours is as big or bigger than anybody’s.
Is the bat dead on the backside of the Engineered Hitting Zone? Will it wear out more quickly or break if I hit on the backside?
The back of our bat is not meant to be hit, and our barrel technology uses the ‘non-hitting’ side to increase performance and durability on the hitting side. Hitting off the back of the bat won’t give you a performance advantage and will accelerate the rate the bat wears out.
What kind of warranty does Baden offer?
One-year, one-time warranty on all alloy and composite bats. 90-day warranty on the composite wood bats, and no warranty on single-piece wood bats. We also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try the AXE worry-free.
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1. Instagram a photo of what inspires your game – get an extra entry if the Axe bat or brand is featured!
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Deadline for submissions is July 7th. Winner will be announced July 8th.
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Baden Sports Inc.
Six-year-old Nickolas Looney, a kindergartener in Auburn, WA,
near Baden’s headquarters, was diagnosed with Leukemia in January. Nick, a
baseball fanatic and classmate of a Baden employee’s daughter, hasn’t been able
to attend school for months.
After finding out last week that the first round of
treatment did not take, he is back at Children’s Hospital for much
stronger chemotherapy. If this second round of treatment fails, he will need a
bone marrow transplant.
Blake, Nick’s dad, is a single parent to him and his two
"It's just hard to soak in," said Blake, who was
also laid off from his job just a month prior to learning of Nick’s diagnosis,
right during the holidays. “It was hard to soak it in, and it's hard to think
what you're supposed to do, besides just be happy and have fun with Nick and
with the kids."
The Looney family is struggling to get by with the medical bills adding up, and
Baden is hoping to help by running a week-long donation campaign to benefit
Nick and his family. 15% of all
axebat.com orders from April 8th through 15th will be
donated, and individual donations can also be purchased in varied amounts by CLICKING HERE.
those who truly need help is one of the most gratifying things you can do in
life,” said Baden CEO Michael J. Schindler. “This is one of those opportunities.”