X-Plate XP2000S Premium Quality Leather Baseball
Cushion cork centre. The best centre is made of a responsive round cork centre which is covered with a firm black rubber cushion surrounded by an activated springy red rubber cushion. Any top of the line ball will have this type of centre. Any ball that doesn’t have this type of centre is inferior.
Premium Grey wool windings on all but the finish windings. Most top of the top line balls use a grey wool. Because a ball needs to meet certain weight restrictions (5 oz. plus or minus 3%), the cleaner the wool, the lighter the wool, the more wool can be used. The result is a tighter wound, harder and more durable ball. Premium Grey wool windings is durable, limber, consistent in texture, and can generally be wound in one continuous strand. Washed and dried Premium Grey wool windings will return to its initial shape faster, even after being struck time and time again.
On the finish windings a combination of 3-ply polyester and 1-ply vinylon in place of nylon. Vinylon is a derivative of nylon that is stronger than plain nylon or poly/cotton thread. Vinylon is better for stiffness retention and helps keep the ball harder longer.
Before the ball is stitched, a full coat of extra strength rubber based adhesive is applied. Many manufacturers use smaller amounts of adhesive simply to hold the cover in place while it is being stitched. A complete coat of adhesive will eliminate any possibility of the cover shifting on the core.
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