I was super excited about buying this fungo. I taped up the barrel immediately out of habit and after 1 practice of hitting 20 ground balls the bat was dented, after 1 week of practices the bat had a c shape in the barrel, now its 1 month in and the bat is so deformed, cracking, breaking under the tape I need a new fungo. This is worst fungo I have ever owned. DO NOT BUY THIS FUNGO. If you do throw it in the fire pit right away.