General Questions – How It Works
We make breaking in your bat(s) easier than any other company. Simply put your bat in a box or tube and tape your own shipping label to it (our shipping address and contact phone number are on the contact us page). Once we receive your bat we perform the work, repackage it, and ship it back to you within 24 hours. We also provide tracking information while your bat is on its way back to you. Everything is completely paid for and insured when it is returned.
Select the services and amount of bats you want to send in from here, or at the top of any page under the “Bat Rolling Services” tab. Once you have them added, simply complete the three step checkout process. After you have completed checkout, you will be able to select your method of payment, we accept any major credit card, Pay Pal, or check/money orders.
ProRollers knows that when it comes to getting gear game ready, the same break in level may not be right for everyone. Some people use their bats in leagues and games where there are bat restrictions or they compression test. This is why we offer 2 different levels of bat break in, Standard and ProMax. Compression testers are devices designed to test the current break in status of the barrel of the bat. This testing shows the stiffness of the barrel and in certain tournaments bats can not test below a certain reading or they are deemed TOO HOT to use. A bat that does not pass a compression test would not be allowed to be used in that specific event. Compression testing is not common but we do give our customers options to fit their needs. In our photo section and the pics posted online we have 3 cropped images. The first reading is the stock form of the bat right out of the wrapper. The second photo is the bat compression test after our standard heated rolling service and all bats rolled to this spec will pass a compression test when they come from us. The third photo in the group is the lowest compression we can get on the bat and balance performance and lifespan. Bats rolled to this max spec will not pass any compression testing, but will perform to their max level right away.
Our Standard Heated Bat Rolling Service includes a compression test of the bat right away so we have a reference point of the current stiffness. A compression tester is a device with a gauge on it. The bat is placed in the tester to determine the current break in state. We then put it through the process described above until the bat is within 15-25 psi on the appropriate gauge. When pushing the bats to this mark, it ensures the bat is through its dead phase and is performing right up to the max factory guidelines and still on the passing side of a compression test when they arrive. This standard service will deliver a game ready bat and continue to break in naturally.
Our ProMax Performance Heated Bat Rolling Service includes all the services above but we proceed to push the bat to the upper levels of performance past the passing specs on the appropriate gauge. When we do this the bat will perform at its ultimate performance and will not pass a compression test if performed on the bat. A bat that does not pass a compression test would not be allowed to be used in that specific event. This service does take nearly twice as long as we do need to test the bat multiple times throughout the process to ensure it is broken in without breaking it, it is a fine line with delicate testing instruments. When your bat comes back with this service performed it should only be used in home run derbies and showcase events as it does not comply to any sanction rules. It will also be a firestick like you have not swung before.
We accept all major credit cards except American Express. We also accept Pay Pal payments on-line and checks/money orders if you are sending us your bats. If you are sending us your bats, you are responsible for shipping us your bats any way you want and we pay for the return shipping. We do ship internationally, Canadian buyers can select the “Canadian” shipping option at checkout, all other countries please email for a shipping quote.
Rolling takes 200-300 hits of life off your bat, but it will be “hotter” than a normally broken in bat because the bat will be broken in consistently around the barrel. Normal break in (hitting 500-700 balls) will leave dead spots in the bat.
Bat rolling is a proven process using a custom built machine with specifically designed rollers used to apply pressure to a softball or baseball bat. This pressure stretches the composite fibers and resin type glues that different manufacturers use to let the composite fibers expand and work in a trampoline effect, projecting the ball further and faster than a metal type bat. This increase in trampoline effect is what causes the ball to propel off the bat faster and carry further. Bat rolling is a technique that can be done on both new and well used bats.