Purchased a 28" bat two weeks ago for my 6 y/o son's birthday. He had been using a 2012 27" S1. As soon as we took the wrapper off of the Mako the little guy started hitting the ball 20 feet further than he did off of the S1 and grounders were coming off very hot. That piqued my 8 y/o's interest. He normally uses a TPX Catalyst. The older one picked the bat up and immediately hit 3 consecutive deep homers over a 150 foot fence. The 8 y/o wants the 30" Mako now. I am a believer. Plus, it looks cool.