Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ball So Hard .. It's Provocative...That sh.. grey

In their hit song hit song Ball So Hard (politically correct title version)

Jay-Z and Kanye West looked beyond the obvious and cleverly interject Will Ferrell's funny line

"No one knows what it means but it's provocative" .. to reinforce their songs stimulating, aggressive, vexing, and suggestive nature.

A provocative Ball So Hard theme in softball that many leagues face is what type of ball to use. You never want to play with a soft/bad/old ball as it has a major impact on the quality of the game.

In the city a common ball choice is the clincher F12

vs the Gold

Most leagues use the F12 for a combination of the reasons below:
  • Ball density - F12 is softer
  • Safety
  • Field type - closed, open, game crossover
  • Pitching Style
The Gold is a harder ball, travels farther and hence, is hitter friendly/popular. Most pitcher's prefer/love the F12 for all the opposite reasons. However, recently I caught up with top open pitcher Carl Costantino in Staten Island

  and he  looked beyond the obvious and cleverly his pitcher's take on why the F12 is a better ball
What do you think? 

Given an open field and ASA approved bats which Ball do you prefer? 
As Kanye sings "That shit's grey , That shit's grey"

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