"I joined a senior softball league after about 40 years away from the game. After a spring and summer of borrowing bats to familiarize myself with the equipment, I found a 2017 model that had the features I wanted at a price I was willing to pay. Closeoutbats had the best price with free shipping. Ordering was easy, and shipping was fast. Yesterday I used the bat for the first time, and it performed well. I recommend any recreation player consider discontinued models if you are not enamoured with the latest "thing." At my skill level, incremental changes in design will not perceptibly change my performance."