As we have had close contact with the industry for nearly 20 years, we tend to get asked the same questions time and time again. This article intends to answer some of the most common bat questions. We are hopeful this list will serve some answer to those looking for information on baseball and softball bats.
Common Bat Questions Questions
What is a Senior League Bat?
Technically, there are two types of Senior League bats. The first is a 2 5/8 travel ball youth barrel bat. These 2 5/8 barreled bats come in a variety of drops that range from 5 to 13. The drop, you will remember, is the numerical difference between the length of the bat in inches and the weight of the bat in ounces. The second Senior League bat is a bat made for a slowpitch softball league. That league is usually meant for older players and the bats tend to be hotter than the standard USSSA or ASA softball bats.
What is the best bat for baseball?
We answer that question on this site. Or, at least, we hope to. Of course, the best bat for some is not necessarily the best bat for all. As such, we caution you to be weary of bat lists which claim to know the best bats and do not admit they may very well be wrong. The best bat for baseball is dependent on the type of hitter you are and how much money you want to spend. As well, the right bat size should be considered too. Not all bats come in all sizes so be aware of that before becoming dead set on a certain brand or model.
What is the drop on a baseball bat?
The drop of a baseball bat is a reference to how much the bat weighs in relationship to its weight. It is, technically, the numerical difference between the length of your bat in inches and the weight of your bat in ounces. Do not confuse the drop of a bat with the bats swing weight. MOI, or swing weight, is not the same as the drop and bats with similar drops can have wildly different swing weights.
What is a BBCOR bat?
BBCOR stands for Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution. It is, in short, a measurement of how a bat’s barrel responds to impact with a ball. Or, how a bat’s barrel restores after impact. As such, a BBCOR bat is really a .50 BBCOR bat. And a .50 BBCOR bat is the maximum allowable trampoline effect legal bats in Highschool and College can be. There is a huge market for BBCOR bats as this is what highschool and college players use. They are also drop 3 bats and all BBCOR bats are required to be a drop 3.
What is a composite bat made of?
Composite bats are made out of a plastic material. A more technical term for some plastics is composite. Engineers change the fiber structure in the composite bats to maximize performance, durability and barrel size.
Which is better wood or aluminum bats?
By almost all measures, aluminum BBCOR bats are better than wood bats. Not only Aluminum bats tend to have a longer sweet spot, but the metal allows for a lighter swing weight and a bigger barrel. As such, hitters can generate more bat speed and are given a better opportunity to get the bats maximum trampoline effect.
What is the MAKO bat made of?
The Easton MAKO is a two piece composite bat. Meaning, the bat is made of two different pieces of a plastic material that are set together to create one bat. This Easton MAKO is not to be confused with a wood bat that Easton also makes which they call the Mako. That wood MAKO bat is made from, it turns out, wood.
What temperature is it safe to use a composite bat on?
It is important to note that the temperature of the bat is not the issue but, rather, the temperature of the ball. When baseballs or softballs get cold they condense. And when they condense they get harder. Composite bats, nor aluminum for that matter, are not rated to hit balls that are too hard. Most manufacturers claim that anything below 55 Degrees is too cold for a composite bat.
How much is a baseball bat?
Bats range in price from $20 to $500. Those are for bats that are new in wrapper. On the secondary market some bats can reach several thousands of dollars if they are proven heroes. The dramatic shift in prices is simply a function of supply and demand. More expensive bats drive a higher price because it is believed, and they are right, the bats perform better.
What is the best wood bat on the market?
We think the Marucci wood bat lines are outstanding. They make some fantstic hard maple bats in all types of turns and drops. They are also the most preferred bat in the Major League baseball ranks. In the end, though, no wood bat company has a pattent on trees. And, as such, there are a lot of very good wood bat manufacturers out there.
What kind of bats do major league baseball players use?
Major League baseball players are required to use a wood bat. But the restrictions do not end there. The wood must be from certain types of trees that tend to be harder and break less. As well, the bats MLB players use must be under a certain size requirement (like under 34-inches). In 2017 the most popular wood bat for MLB players is Maple.
Are Aluminum Bats Allowed in the MLB?
No. Aluminum bats are not allowed in the MLB and we do not believe they ever will be. Although they can control the exit speed of aluminum bats to perform like wood, the length of the sweet spot would dramatically increase offensive production. That said, we would not be surprised if, at some future date, the MLB found a way to use Bamboo bats due to the fact they have no part in deforestation.
Well, somehow the holidays are upon us once again. It’s time to make your list, check it twice, and decide who gets the best gifts. Unless, of course, they are a US Senator.
We’ve looked, read about and tested hundreds and hundreds of baseball and softball related gear this year. We also have children, lots of them. Such elements are the perfect combination for determining the best gifts for baseball and softball related gear this holiday season.
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Lizard Skin Grip
Lizard Skin grips are super soft and tacky. They are also super popular. We suggest the 1.8mm version for just about everyone. If you want an athletic tape type feel then feel free to go to the 0.8mm or 1.1mm. These grips improve the hitting experience and customizes a player’s bat for something close to $12.
ProHitter Thumb Guard
The ProHitter is another rock solid gadget every player needs. That is, they need it once they know it exists. Look closely, and you will see that close to 50% of MLB players use the thumb protector.
What is the ProHitter? The ProHitter closes the gap between the natural shape of the top hand of your grip with your bat’s knob. In turn, better contact increases grip strength and means less pain on mishits. As well, some argue, the little item can help with more consistent swings. And $12 later, you’ve got yourself the perfect gift for the baseball or softball player. Especially those who thought they already had everything. $12
Wilson Premium Glove Oil
What says “I Love You” more than helping a player protect their $400 glove? Take it from us, everyone knows they should be conditioning both new and old gloves with oil to both work in and protect it, yet few really do it consistently. There are a lot of other oils on the market and we suspect some may be similar in premium quality. But, none we’ve ever seen also use a clever spray bottle like the Wilson Premium Glove Oil applicator. This Wilson Premium Glove Oil is the best applicator on the market and, at less than $10, makes the perfect little gift for any baseball or softball player, coach or parent. $10.
Boombah Baseball Face Guard
When we were kids, a face guard on your helmet meant you had some problems. But, ever since Stanton and Baez in the pros got their own version of helmet face guards, the market has seen a steady rise. We are in love with Boombah’s new face guard. It is meant to attach directly to their helmet but, we have found it does work on several other helmets too. The three holes usually line up. If your helmet only has two holes it might still work too.
And, for all of $10? This may be the easiest gift on this entire list.
$20 to $50
Performance Batting Gloves
Almost any quality batting gloves will price you out between $20 and $50. Ones we like to recommend are the Pro Lite batting gloves from Marucci. They have a unique feature the camera can’t pick up. A breathable mesh on the back of the hand wicks away sweat. It really does feel like you are not wearing a glove at all. As a result, these are one of our most favorite batting glove designs of the year and, for the record, Jose Bautista of Blue Jays fame thinks so too.
Any player who has yet to use a real legit pair of batting gloves will never go back. At $49 they make a solid gift. $49.
EvoShield Wrist Guard
The Evoshield Wrist Wrap is a sweet grab for any serious baseball or softball player. Good news is, at least in some models, the wrist wrap is closer to $10. There are some colors and sizes in the $25 range. The wrap easily attaches to your bottom hand wrist and gives that added layer of security on the arm for errant pitches. It doesn’t hurt that wearing one looks pretty sweet and a number of pros use them too. At Most $25, Maybe $15.
When you run a blog dedicated to baseball and softball bats you tend to see a number of bats, and maybe surprisingly, a number of batting practice jackets. Our far and away favorite is Marucci’s half sleeve jacket. It comes in a few different colors, and for around $30, we think every parent of serious baseball players on the planet should own one of these. It’s well constructed and feels great.
It is the perfect gift for a dad who spends a lot of time on the field, and if we didn’t already own it, you would find it on the top of our personal wish list. Turns out there are some youth versions of the jacket too. $29.
$50 to $75
Axe Composite Fungo
You don’t have to know what a fungo bat is to buy this for that favorite coach in your life. This Axe Maple Fungo is a very well crafted pure maple fungo bat with the famed Axe Grip. The bat, used for fielding practice, has a great balance and great control. We are also in love with the asymmetric handle on the bat.
If you don’t have a fungo bat in your bag and/or never used a true maple stick to hit with, we’d highly suggest this little gem move up on your list. $60.
Boombah SuperPack Roller Bag
We tested every roller bag we could find a few months back and, while there were plenty good ones, we settled on the Rolling Superpack from Boombah as our favorite. Great design and very durable, the roller bag allows for you to store the contents of a small apartment as well as several bats and myriad baseball and softball related gear.
Boombah is a direct to consumer related company so their site is the only place you can pick them up. They come in a multitude of colors and camo designs. Last we checked there were something like 60 different designs. If you’re in need of a roller bag this is an easy decision. $69.
The $75 to $100 Category
Series 9 Slugger Bat Pack
Easily our most favorite bat pack in all of baseball. The Series 9 Louisville Slugger Bat Pack looks great, feels perfect, and carries everything you could imagine. The bag is breathable to help with odors. It uses 4 neoprene bat holders to protect the sticks, a hard case to hold breakables (like a phone) and a number of little side pockets which are easily accessible.
The only downside may be the fact it only comes in the steel grey look. Luckily we love that color for a top shelf bat bag. If you really need other colors, Slugger makes a Series 7 version with fewer bell and whistles but a lot more colors. It will also save you about $30.$79.
Custom Pure Maple Sam Bat
If you are looking for a real unique solution to your holiday gift woes this year then may we suggest a custom maple bat from Sam Bat, the original maple bat company? The bats are gorgeous and game ready and come in a number of sizes and options for all. You can even make trophy or memorabilia bats as keepsakes.
The bats from Sam Bat are made to professional standards. In fact, they are made on the very same lathes, and with the very same wood, that MLB players use day in and day out. They do take a couple weeks for production and delivery. So, get your order in sooner rather than later. $95.
$100 to $200
MLB TV Subscription
There isn’t an easier decision on this entire list. MLB.tv changes the game and continues to be the leading service among all professional sports content providers. It’s app available on whatever device you have and gives you access to games and data you would never see otherwise.
The only real caveat is the blackout restrictions found in your area. Depending on where you live, local teams are blacked out for live use on the service. Meaning, if you’re a huge Yankees fan and live where Yankees games are often broadcast, then it is unlikely you’ll be able to watch on the app. But if you live outside a major market or want to follow a team or set of teams outside your TV market, then this service comes 100% recommended.
The $200 to $400 Category
The Best Infield Glove
If you want to impress even the largest Grinches then why not buy them the best infield glove on the market today. That is the Wilson A2000 in a 1786 pattern. This 11.5 inch middle infield and utility glove comes in Twix type colors and is absolutley BEAUTIFUL. Take it from us, this thing is smoking hot and any player and dad will drool over this bad boy. $249
Easton MAKO Beast
As long as you’re not buying BBCOR, you can get what may be considered the best baseball or softball bat for 2017 this holiday season. The Easton MAKO Beast is a proven workhorse. It is often rated the best bat by those who claim to know. And any trip to the ball park will prove the bat to be everywhere. The BBCOR version of the Beast is over $400 brand new, but if you are buying anything but that version then you’ll be closer to $349. Expect some deals on this bat as the holidays get closer too.
Boombah DEFCON Cather’s Gear
We reviewed a few types of youth catcher’s gear. This year we fell in love with the price point, look, and quality of Boombah’s DEFCON Catcher’s Gear Set. It comes in Red, Black and Gray as well as this Navy Blue Color. It’s a quality product rivaling any catcher’s gear on the market. And, compared to some, it comes at a fraction of the price. It runs About $240 for the entire set.
The $400 to $600 Category
Custom Wilson Glove
The Custom Glove site from Wilson is a beautiful thing and anyone who plays or coaches the game would love, and we mean LOVE, a custom made A2000 or A2K from Wilson. The glove itself is a top of the line construction made with decades of experience. The combination of colors and designs are straight out off the chain.
Money is No Object
The Hack Attack is a three wheeled pitching machine that can pitch any type of pitch you can imagine. For a machine, it treats real baseballs relatively nicely and can be adjusted to shoot softballs too. That softball extension is an additional cost. The Three Wheel Attack has great top end speed and allows the hitter to see the ball well before it’s delivered through the shoot. Also, you can add an automatic ball feeder. It moves easily with roller wheels attached to the front for easy storage. If your cage is less than 50 feet from mound to plate we’d suggest the Junior Hack Attack to save a few bucks. Around $3000.
Baseball, slow pitch and fast pitch are awesome sports to participate in during the summer. However, they do require a large amount of gear, some quite awkwardly shaped. Boombah is a brand that goes hand in hand with quality and the authority in baseball bags. But, they only sell their bags directly. That is, you need to to their website. However, we have learned one trick. It is not uncommon for us to find bags on eBay searches like this.
In your search, below, we’ve profiled the best Boombah bags for lugging around your gear!
Beast Baseball Bag
You may have wondered at what point in your search for a good Boombah baseball bag do efficiency, durability, and fashion meet. The birth of the Beast baseball bag marks the end to a search of quality and fashionable baseball bags.
The bag comes with high-quality wheels to ensure it can carry all your baseball accessories and resist tear and wear. Besides, the customizable and detachable flap makes the bag quite fashionable and your number one choice. Besides, the bag comes with a separate glove compartment to ensure they are not damaged and carry up to 8 bats making it one the biggest baseball bag you will very have. Additionally, the bag comes with reinforced hooks making it easy for you to hang your bag on the fence.
Brute Rolling Bat Bag
Here is another masterpiece of efficiency and made with the high-quality 600d fabric resistant to tear and wear. The bag is carefully designed and the fabric skillfully tailored to ensure the magnificence of the bag is not compromised under any circumstance.
Additionally, the bag comes with a handle on each end to ensure you have an easy lifting of the bag into a vehicle or when hanging the bag on a fence. What is more, the bag comes with ample compartments to ensure you can a carry your shoes and helmet for the game. The central compartment is spacious enough to ensure you can carry catchers and other equipment you may require for the match. Finally, you will be happy to note the bag comes with a set of two sturdy wheels and plastic runners to support the bag and ensure all your equipment is safe.
The rolling super pack was initially used a traveling bag by baseball players who appreciated fashion. However, with time the bag was renovated to make it one of the best baseball bags ever offered in the market. The super pack comes with double attaches to battling gloves while you are on the pitch.
Besides, the bag has compartment dedicated to carrying your shoes. Side bat compartment comes as a standard feature in all the rolling super pack bags and can hold a maximum of four bats. The wheels are heavy duty just and a telescopic handle for easy handling of the bag while on the move.
Rolling Superpack Camo
The rolling super pack camo is a bag previously used by both slow-pitch players and baseball. It has always been a sportsmen favorite since inception. However, recent innovations on the bag tailor made the bag to suit baseball players.
Rolling super pack camo bag comes with a double b logo attaches to battling your gloves while in the field. A separate shoe compartment comes with the bag as a standard feature just to make sure a player can carry as many equipment as possible. Besides, it can carry up to 4 bats at a time and comes with heavy-duty wheels to handle more weight.
Spartan Rolling Bat Bag
The Spartan rolling bat bag is one of the most beautiful bat bags you will ever come across in your search of bat bags. It is made of high-quality 600d fabric making it very durable. The bag has a separate shoe compartment to ensure the shoes do not soil other items in your bag.
Besides, the bag comes with a mesh divider to keep items in the top compartments from falling; this helps your bag very nit. In addition, the bag has separate pockets, which ensure your keys, wallet, and other game equipment in the bag does not destroy cell phones. What more would you look for in a bag as the bat comes with a guarantee of continued service.
Superpack Bat Pack
The super pack bat pack as the name indicates one of the best baseball bags. Features such as the shoe compartment and detachable pockets to hold your small items make it unique. Besides, it comes with logo b attachment to hold your gloves. More to it, the bag has heavy-duty zippers to ensure nothing tears it apart easily. Additionally, the bag can hold up to 4 bats at a time.
Superpack Bat Pack Camo
The amazing super pack bat pack camo bag comes with individual shoe compartment for your shoes making sure your equipment does not get soiled while on transport. Detachable pockets at the top of the bag offer space to store keys a cell phone, and other small items to ensure they do not get misplaced or damaged.
Additionally, the bag has heavy-duty zipper pulls and wheels to ensure you have a smooth transportation of your baseball equipment. Besides, it is important to note the bag can carry a maximum of four bats. Finally, you will be happy to know it is made of a high-quality material that is not only durable but also exquisite. For the actual pricing of the bag regularly, check with amazon for the real price.
Tyro Bat Pack
Though the tyro bat pack is one the smallest bags in its class, do not underestimate its ability to carry nearly all the equipment you will require for baseball training. If you are not carrying the baseball bats around, then this is the best bag for all that purpose as it will give you ample space and you can carry it on your back as the picture below indicates.
The bag comes with two-bat holder and other three exterior pockets in which you can carry your helmet, gloves, and cleats. For prices, check amazon for real-time price changes
Tyro Bat Pack Camo
Made of the best nylon fabric tyro bat pack comes in handy to sort you out when you to go for basement training and you do not want to carry lots of stuff. It comes with two bat holders and three exterior pockets, which can be used to carry your helmet, gloves, and cleats. For price check, hop on amazon.
Wonderpack Bat Pack
The wonderpack bat pack bag is built for utmost utility off and on the field. The Wonderpack has four mesh bat sleeves with plastic straps to ensure your bats are properly held in place while on the move.
Besides, it comes with a storable helmet sling, which is essential for the storage of your helmet. It also comes with a padded laptop compartment to facilitate the carrying of laptop and ensure it is safe. Finally, the bag is made of quality and durable material to ensure it gives you prolonged service.
We have spent considerable time with the Easton MAKO line of bats over the years. In fact, since the Mako’s original release in 2014 we have ever single make bat on the market. That includes the famed 2014 orange version as well as the most reason Easton MAKO Beast. No bat, dare we say, has had more impact on the industry at large then the Easton Mako. It has consistently ranked on the top of many best youth baseball bats lists. Here we review each of the Easton Mako bats and detail their progression over the years. This serves a true Easton Mako review.
The 2017 Easton MAKO beast is the culmination of 4 years of R&D in the MAKO. The barrel is larger than ever. The swing weight is a bit heavier than the 2016 versions. But, still, it is a two piece composite bat built with a balanced swing weight and the ability to absolutely rake balls. Few players who use the Beast ever go to anything else.
The MAKO Beast comes in a number of sizes and model types. At the top of the popularity list is the BBCOR model. We discuss this more in our most popular bats article. Then follows the 2 1/4 Little League bats that are the top of their class. Next is the large grouping of senior league and big barrel bats that range from a 2 5/8 drop 5 to a 2 3/4 drop 12. The Easton Beast really does offer a bat type for every hitter.
One complaint that many get when deciding on the Easton Mako is its price point. Never has the Mako been considered inexpensive and rarely can you find one on a closeout type deal where the prices are exciting for the consumer. Instead, almost always, it takes some effort to convince yourself to pull the trigger. But, year after year and season after season people keep coming back.
Although no distributor or outlet is selling the 2017 MAKO Torq, you can still find them directly on Easton’s site. These 2017 TORQs are, as far as we can tell, left overs from previous years that went unsold. With such a massive inventory, Easton has repainted these bats and is now selling them on their site. We would guess this may very well be the last year of the Mako Torq.
On the whole, the bat’s barrel and performance are top shelf stuff. But, the spinning handle has struggled to find any real uptake among serious players. It is still considered a gimick by most. We are fans of the bat and the idea, but we are well in the minority here.
The 2017 Easton MAKO Torq is a two piece composite built on the same chassis as the Easton MAKO Beast. It comes in the full breadth of sizes the Beast does too. If you were to tape down the handle, and not allow it to spin, then the TORQ and the Beast would be identical bats.
The most popular of the 2016 line of bats, the Easton MAKO is considered by many the best MAKO ever. The swing weight is lighter than any version before or since. Although the barrel is smaller than the Beast, the 2016 Easton Mako deserves all the credit in the world for producing one of the lightest swinging bats with the one of the largest barrels. Few have anything to say but great things about the 2016 Mako.
You could find a 2016 Easton MAKO in just about any size imaginable. The most popular version was the BBCOR version. But, like clockwork for Easton, the Youth 2 1/4 barrel was, during the 2016 season, wildly popular. And, of course, the drop 5, drop 8 and drop 10 senior barrel bats were one of the most popular bats in that niche too. There really is not a bad thing we can think of to say about the 2016 MAKO. It is for hitters that love a two piece composite and would like a light swinging bat.
The 2016 TORQ bats are left overs that did not sell from the 2015 line. Infact, they still have so many 2016 TORQs that they bled into the 2017 year as well. To put it nicely, the Easton TORQ was a colossal failure in terms of market acceptance. From a pure clinical standpoint, the TORQ is a good to great bat with a fantastic barrel and a massive sweet spot. The swing weight is right where folks want it. But, in the end, the spinning handle, and the premium price for the spinning handle, was too much to handle for parents and players. This bat, and the 2015 version, may go down as the biggest bat flop in history.
2016 MAKO XL
Easton expanded the 2015 line of MAKO bats by adding an XL Version. The XL, as you might guess, is a more endloaded version of the MAKO. As Easton lowered the swing weight of the MAKO from the 2015 version, they felt obligated to still ad an iteration for the hitter that liked a two piece composite but still wanted some oomph. The bat was only offered in BBCOR and left those big hitting 14U players out in the cold.
We are big fans of the 2017 Easton MAKO XL. For those that like a little more end load but still want that smooth smash of a two piece composite bat then this bad boy is money. Although not the most ubiquitous bat in terms of market demand, the people this bat served it served very well.
The second year of the Easton MAKO was outstanding. Although there were no significant upgrades from the 2014 version of the bat the word was out. The MAKO was the king of the hill, especially in the Youth barrel space, and no one came close to catching them. Easton offered the 2015 Mako in a number of iterations including the very famous BBCOR, lights out big barrels and market dominating 2 1/4 barrel youth bats.
Also in 2015, Easton released the bat that would get more publicity than any other bat ever has. The 2015 Easton MAKO Torq used a spinning bottom hand handle. The idea was to increase bat speed by allowing a hitters hands to rotate more quickly through the hitting zone. As hands could move independent of each other, at least in theory, inside pitches could be more easily raked.
In nice terms, the bat was an utter failure in the market. We contend it had less to do with the technology then it did with the price point. Easton had previously pushed the envelope with the most expensive bat in the 2014 MAKO, and then added another $50 to the MAKO TORQ. Parents, already reeling from sticker shock on the MAKO dry heaved at the price of the TORQ. It turned into a rich bat for a kid that didn’t have anything else going for him and, in the end, sales were abysmal. In fact, sales were so bad that Easton still sells this very bat in 2017. These are not newly produced bats but, rather, repainted bats from this very season.
Easton’s MAKO TORQ for 2015 was released in every size imagainable including a 2 5/8 drop 8 and drop 10 as well as the dominate youth barrel and BBCOR sizes. Today you can find these bats, still highly discounted. They are, in large measure, the same bat as MAKO but at a serious discount. If you are willing to tape down the handle then you could get a MAKO at a very cheap price.
Ahhh, the bat that started it all. After composite bats were banned universally across baseball leagues a new standard of BPF 1.15 was implemented. Easton was so far ahead of the curve on producing a monster 1.15 BPF bat that few others in the space were even in the same category. The word got out quick that the MAKO was the bat of all bats. From what we have been told, the 2014 Easton MAKO was the best selling baseball bat of all time. Vendors could not keep them on the shelves. Even today the bat drives a premium price.
The 2014 MAKO came in a lot of sizes too. The BBCOR and Senior League 2 5/8 bats were impressive. But the 2 1/4 youth little league bat may have been the most dominant bat in any category of baseball since Slugger dominated the wood and pro market in the early 1900’s.
There are many types of wood bats and composite bats available on the market, including maple wood bats, ash bats, white ash bats, hickory bats, and composite wood bats. If you are unsure of which quality wooden bat fits your needs, bamboo wood makes a great choice for amateurs and professional major league baseball players alike. There are some helpful tips and ideas that can guide you through the selection process. First of all, bamboo wood bats are designed by pressing bamboo strips together to form a single billet and come with numerous benefits. One of the main benefits of bamboo wood bats is that they possess more tensile strength than other woods and even steel. Secondly, bamboo bats offer a lightweight swing with different barrel diameters and are made from composite wood which is mostly bamboo or single bamboo piece wood. They are suitable for kids, amateurs and professionals alike. Bamboo bats are commonly used for practice in bat houses and in college and high school baseball leagues.
If you already know the type of bat you are looking for, you can browse through a collection of bats available on this site and then buy online or visit a physical store. How to choose the best quality bamboo bats for your needs
1: Consider the turn model. You should keep in mind that the turn features of a bat can determine how easy or difficult the bat may be, in terms of weight, swing, and feel. If you are finding it difficult to choose the right turn model, you may want to consider the barrel diameter of your favorite bamboo bat which could measure between 2 ½” and 2 ¾”. The 2 ½” barrel diameter bat seems to be the best for swinging and holding firmly in the hand, especially for amateurs.
2: Consider the handle thickness. Ideally, the handle thickness should be around 1” for effective holding and swinging of the bat under different conditions. Aside from kids who may require a slimmer, lighter bat, your average amateur or professional baseball player can control their bats much better when the thickness of the handle is around 1”. If you are new to bamboo bats, a thick bamboo bat should add to your bat’s durability in addition to being comfortable in your grip. The 110 model series is a bamboo bat that has a once inch thick handle and is the key reason why it is so popular, even among professionals looking for additional bat speed, especially when they are in the hitting zone. If you still can’t feel comfortable with the thickness, you may go for slimmer models that come in 15/16” or 29/32” handle thicknesses.
3: Type of bamboo bat body. In most cases, you may want to consider the ash-wood bamboo bat, as it is the lightest you can find on the market. Due to its relatively light weight, batters love the speed and comfort it brings to the game. The bamboo has a wider grain structure than most other types of wood; hence, you can hit the ball with the strongest area of the bat, which also increases the durability of the bat.
Some of the most reviewed top bamboo bats on Amazon include the following:
This bamboo bat is regarded as one of the newest softball weapons. It comes with quad-core technology that simply allows the ball to jump off the bat, and it is designed from the highest-quality bamboo materials around. This bat is ASA approved and it comes with a 100-day manufacturer’s warranty. Bamboo is one of the strongest materials on the planet today. It has a tensile strength of about 28,000 PSI, and it is preferred to other wooden materials because other woods break easily. As a player, you don’t have to worry about hitting the ball with the wrong side of your bat, because the quad-core technology used in its design ensures that you maintain a proper balance and grip when the bat is in your hands.
This bat has an excellent pop and it is an extremely light and strong bat, ideal for both professionals and beginners alike. It comes with great balance, and the barrel is big enough while the handle has a medium feel for a perfect grip. Professionals, amateurs, college and high school students love the Empowered Bomber bamboo baseball bat. The reason being is that it is extremely light and can be held in the grip of the most fragile users. These bats have been lathed, sanded, and painted with some beautiful watermarked and clear-coated finishing which produces an elegant and stylish product that is incredibly smooth. The ultimate balance of strength provided by this bat makes it even convenient. This is one of the most cost-effective bats available, especially for those who want something affordable but doesn’t compromise performance.
This bat is quite unique in every way because it involves the mixture of bamboo with glass fiber materials at the handle, and the entire body length comprises a bamboo barrel for the best durable bat. The grip on this bamboo has been improved through the sanding of its handle. The manufacturer of this bamboo claims it has more than 30 years of expertise in bamboo bat engineering; hence, the product can be trusted. This bat also comes with 120-day manufacturer’s warranty. The bamboo bat weighs just 2 lb, which means it is light enough for amateurs and professionals to handle.
Finding the most suitable bamboo bat for your needs should depend on other factors such as the applicable situation (are you using it for personal training or competition?) and the price. In most cases, the cheapest bamboo bats are not usually the best choices. Likewise, not all expensive bamboo bats are suitable for your needs. There are some hybrid bamboo bats that are not made from 100% bamboo, and, as such, are used mostly by professionals. For this reason, you need to be sure that, if you are a beginner, high school or college player, you opt for a 100% bamboo bat that feels comfortable in your grip and during your swing. You should also consider the manufacturer’s warranty and any money-back policies offered before making an investment.
The DeMarini CF Insane is a great baseball bat for the right type of athlete. During this DeMarini CF Insane Review, I will go into who this baseball bat is best for and some of its attributes to help you consider if this is the right bat for you or if you should keep looking (check out top BBCOR Bats here). Just because a baseball bat is made of high-technology and gets high marks, doesn't mean it is for every hitter.
The “CF Insane” tends to work the best and give the highest grade of performance to the more advanced hitter who is stronger. This bat was created from DeMarini's expertise and years of hard work in creating a composite bat made of two-pieces. Due to their advance experience, the “CF Insane” is a two-piece, composite baseball bat. This bat has a buttery feel; even more so than the last couple of years have been. This also includes bats manufactured by other companies as well. Any hitter who is considered advanced at hitting or what is called a “big hitter” who doesn't have issues with the speed of their bat and have a preference for smooth, calm bat swings – even during a miss-hit, will automatically fall head over heels for the DeMarini's CF Insane Baseball Bat.
Where to buy the DeMarini CF Insane?
Lots of companies offer the DeMarini Insane, but our research showed that this older model bat can be found on eBay for the best price. If you want a confirmed warranty make sure you confirm with the eBay seller that they offer a real receipt.
The 2017 DeMarini's CF Insane: How Is It Made?
DeMarini is fairly new to the scene of end-loaded, composite, two-piece baseball bats. The release of the 2017 DeMarini CF Insane came as a shock to a lot of people (click here to see Best BBCOR Bats of 2017). This end-loaded baseball bat is created around the same specifications as the 2016 DeMarini CF8.
The 2017 DeMarini's CF Insane Features:
- The bat will feature a handle that is tapered.
- This bat will feature the same over-sized barrel as was available on the DeMarini CF8.
- The bat will feature a stronger composite, which is known as, Paraflex Composite to assist in molding the barrel.
- This bat will be manufactured using the D-Fusion 2.0 Handle as was also used with the 2016 DeMarini CF8.
- This bat features a new end-load, which is completely differently from the 2017 DeMarini CF Zen model.
The 2017 DeMarini CF Insane Vs. Comparable Baseball Bats:
Due to the high-technology that is in play in creating the CF Insane, there is only one other baseball bat on the market today that stands tall next to it. The Easton MAKO XL sits quite equal and proud beside the CF Insane. Both are top of the line baseball bats and both are by seasoned, reputable companies that have been around the block many times and definitely know what they are doing when it comes to manufacturing the best baseball bats possible. Both of these companies have experience with the composite, two-piece bats; which experience is something you definitely want on your side when purchasing an item such as sporting equipment. The CF Insane and the Easton MAKO XL both have the highest peak performance available at varying pitch speeds as well as along the barrel length.
Both of these professional-grade bats are amazing and boast that theirs is the best. Truth be told, both are equipped with a smooth composite barrel and huge sweet spots. As I said, they both will boast about which is better but in my opinion, you can't go wrong either way. It would come down to a personal choice for which is best for you and your game. Easton lays claim that theirs has a bigger barrel while DeMarini lay claim that theirs allows for more production along the barrel length. In all actuality, neither outranks the other in high-performance. The only modification that I believe makes the CF Insane a bit above the Easton MAKO XL is the fact that you are able to do bat customization, which is not the case on the Easton MAKO XL.
The newest baseball bat available from DeMarini is the 2017 DeMarini CF Zen (click here to see Best BBCOR Bats of 2017). For those who have been looking forward to the DeMarini CF9, however, this baseball bat will not be made as the company has made the “CF Zen” instead. Don't worry though. The 2016 DeMarini CF8 is being followed up on by the 2017 DeMarini CF Zen. The “CF Zen” will be a lot like the 2015 DeMarini CF7 and the 2016 DeMarini CF8. It is a two-piece, balanced baseball bat. It has been created with a larger sized barrel as well. This upgraded design brings the ability for professional performance levels along with a larger R & D budget, thanks to DeMarini / Wilson's Company.
The reviews show that just about anyone who wanted to try the “CF Zen” and did, didn't regret it. They were extremely impressed. This bat clearly dominates the Big Barrel bats, the Senior League, and the serious athlete in the BBCOR (check out top BBCOR Bats here). It is guessed that this bat will succeed in all areas, just the same as the models that have come before it.
Best Place to Buy the 2017 CF Zen?
We have searched far and wide to find the best price on the CF Zen. There are lots of good places, but we continue to find that the patient buyer on eBay can get the best deal. Now that this bat is off of map, you can find the best CF ZEZ pricing here.
The 2017 DeMarini CF Zen Is Suggested For Athletes Who Fall Into Any Of The Following:
- The player who has preference to a light-weight swing for the barrel and a balanced baseball bat.
- The player who requires equal assistance with bat speed and bat control.
- The player who would like to have a high level baseball bat with maximum performance along the whole length.
- The player that has the time to devote to breaking in the bat. On average, two hundred swings or so.
- The player with the preference of purchasing a bat from a company with a great track record as well as great customer service.
- The player who liked the success they had with either the 2015 CF7 or the 2016 CF8.
- The player who preferred using the Easton MAKO bat but is looking to try something a bit different.
- The player who is interested in much forgiveness during miss-hits.
- The player who doesn't care how much they spend on their sports gear.
Important Note: In most cases, athletes that have a preference for aluminum alloy bats would more often than not place the 2017 DeMarini CF Zen Bat on their wish list.
2017 DeMarini CF Zen Vs. Comparable Baseball Bats:
Just about every baseball gear company on the planet has tried to re-create the DeMarini CF Model series in one way or another. This makes the comparable baseball bats quite long, if you asked the other companies, however, being the 2017 DeMarini CF Zen Review makes me limit this list to the top bats. The ones being mentioned are considered top-shelf in terms of where they lie on the popularity of the market as well as for price as well as performance.
The top two baseball bats that are close to the DeMarini CF Zen are:
- The 2017 Easton MAKO (Beast) Bat.
- The 2017 Louisville Slugger 917 (Prime) Bat.
The 2017 DeMarini CF Zen Sizing Guide:
As with past years' models of the DeMarini CF baseball bats, the sizes available are vast. Just about any size needed is available including, the Youth Barrel – 2 ¼, the Senior League – Drop 10 – 2 5/8, Junior Barrel – 2 ¾, Big Barrel – 2 ¾, as well as the BBCOR sizing.
The 2017 DeMarini CF Zen: How Is It Made?
The 2017 DeMarini CF Zen is made from carbon fiber and is a two-piece composite baseball bat. The two-piece composite baseball bats are extremely popular and that popularity has grown over the last few years. DeMarini's bat line is most likely the leading reason for this growth in popularity.
The two-piece carbon fiber, or plastic, baseball bats are created by forming both the handle and the barrel separately. After they are formed, they are then melded together. A stiff transition is required to shove all the power to the ball, but also, a very hard transition shoving all the power during transfer can lead to a lot of stinging of the hand during miss-hits. This, in turn, removes the soft feel that most athletes love or, in turn, hate about the composite, two-piece baseball bat.
DeMarini states that they have a certain method which gives both the swing power and the advantage of no stinging within the hands during miss-hits. The statement is known as the D-Fusion 2.0 Handle, which was also available on DeMarini CF8. The D-Fusion 2.0 Handle uses a dampener during the mend which controls the vibration through the hands, while still being hard enough to give maximum power to the baseball.
This form of transition mending of the composite, two-piece bat is top of the line in the entire industry. It is ranked even with the Easton MAKO bat line, if not a bit better for the smoothness when connecting to the ball.
If you are a serious baseball player and looking for a bat and fit the above criteria, this is definitely the bat to help take your game to the next level.
The 2017 Combat Maxum baseball bat is a wonderful bat to use in your game. This baseball bat is perfect for athletes that are after the biggest barrel size for the weight of the swing. The 2017 Combat Maxum has been stated as an unrivaled baseball bat out of all bats that are available on the market today (click here to see Best BBCOR Bats of 2017). Many people may ask what defines this bat as the best available on the market today? For the 2017 Combat Maxum, the defining feature would be the unrivaled physical barrel size. Even though this defining feature places the 2017 Combat Maxum at the top of its game, I would not go as far as to say the barrel size alone would beat out other top performance baseball bats. I believe the maximum performance would be about equal to the top, high performance baseball bats now available on the market (check out top BBCOR Bats here).
Best Place to buy the Combat Maxum?
Rumor has it that the 2018 Combat Maxum's will be made by Easton and only sold on Justbats.com. We are not sure if that is true, but in the mean time, the best prices on Combat Maxums bats from 2016 and 2017 is on eBay. Many used bats can be found for a song and, if the price is right, we would highly recommend it.
The 2017 Combat Maxum Is Recommended For Those Who Fit At Least One Of The Following Criteria:
- Looking for a baseball bat that lands within their budget. If you are on a tighter budget, this might not be the right baseball bat for you at this time.
- Looking for the baseball bat with the unrivaled, largest barrel per weight of the swing.
- Understands the disadvantages, as well as the advantages of playing with a one-piece baseball bat, including the possibility of loss of feeling within your thumbs when a miss-hit happens.
A Few Recommendations Regarding Purchasing The 2017 Combat Maxum If The Above Criteria Was Met:
- Consider purchasing the drop -5, drop -8, drop -10. These sizes are not as light-weight and you get the “real” sound when the bat connects with the baseball. You will also be less likely to experience the ringing in the hands as you would if you are using the drop -11 or the drop -12.
- A great idea for the athlete that really wants the Combat Maxum but is on a tight budget is to search for a 2016 Combat Maxum as this year's model had less modifications and can usually be found at a lower price.
The Construction Of The Combat Maxum:
Combat has a long standing of working on the perfection of the one-piece composite baseball bat while combining it with an extremely light-weight swing, or, MOI. The theory of the design of this bat was meant to amplify the power that directly impacts the ball and then carries on through for the perfect composite baseball bat for practice as well. Combat is ahead of the game when it comes to this theory as well. Combat has gone above and beyond what any other company has done in trying to match this theory. The 2017 Combat Maxum is just the latest quest for Combat. This one-piece, composite baseball bat was created with the biggest barrel available on the market from any company.
A few years ago, (three or four years ago), there was a question regarding the durability of the Maxum. The 2017 Maxum has upped the technology factor and has created a new equation to assist in the bat being much more durable and reliable. The company is standing behind its product by offering a exclusive industry, one-time replacement, five hundred day warranty.
The 2017 Combat Maxum Sizing:
The 2017 Combat Maxum comes in all the sizes that the 2016 model had with one extra size added in. The baseball bats will be color coded for noticing easier which bat is which size. Below are the sizes that are now available for the 2017 model.
- Drop 5 – 2 5/8: Dark Yellow
- Drop 8 – 2 5/8: Red
- Drop 10 – 2 5/8: Orange
- Drop 11 – 2 5/8: Yellow
- Drop 12 – 2 5/8: Green
- Drop 10 – 2 ¾: Blue
- BBCOR: Dark Blue
The 2017 Combat Maxum Baseball Bat Vs. Comparable Baseball Bats:
This can be a personal choice, however, some believe that no comparable baseball bats exist. I, however, feel there are some terrific baseball bats on the market and are comparable to the 2017 Maxum. Granted, there are no bats on the market that match all the features of the Maxum, such as the huge, one-piece composite baseball bat with all the varying sizes; along with the super light-weight to match the weight of the swing. There is no other company out there that gives this type of one-piece composite baseball bat.
This doesn't mean that Combat is all alone out there. Other companies have designs that are similar in ways but just don't have all the sizes that Combat has to offer. A couple examples of this would be the Dirty South Swag Bat and the Dirty South War Bat. These bats are created to be “like” the Combat Maxum. They may not have all the same sizes available, however, they are still in the running. Another in the one-piece composite baseball bat manufacturing would be the Louisville Slugger Catalyst. It is important to remember that the Slugger does not have the large barrel as does the Maxum.
Most people hear “Adidas” and instantly think of shoes and clothing made of great quality. This is true, however, Adidas is also a top leader in sporting goods for baseball, football, softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and various other sports. Adidas supplies a wide variance of shoes, clothing, and sporting goods in a wide array of styles and colors.
Some of you may have heard of the 2017 Adidas Aeroburner in the sports news in reference with the Miami Hurricanes. This baseball bat was released in the summer of 2016 and has been in the headlines quite a bit. Adidas named the baseball bat, “Adidas Aeroburner” like they did with their “Adidas RBZ”. Both baseball bats were given a taylor-made “club line name”; which is owned by Adidas as well. The Adidas RBZ had been released by the company the year before.
Best Place to buy the Adidas Aero Burner?
Almost the only place to get a good deal on the Adidas Aero Burner bat is on eBay. We looked on several major manufacturer sites and found they lacked the sizing if not just flat out inventory. But, as always, eBay pricing is great on new and used bats.
With the 2017 Adidas Aeroburner being utilized by the Miami Hurricanes, a few things can be said about this baseball bat. The Adidas Aeroburner is a BBCOR space baseball bat (check out top BBCOR Bats here). It is manufactured as a one-piece, aluminum alloy bat that gives off a great sound when the player makes contact with the baseball. One of the highest reviews a baseball bat can receive is being used on a regular basis by a great team such as the Miami Hurricanes. The baseball players love to use it as well, as no player has said differently and there have been no issues with the players stating another baseball bat could have improved their game stats either.
Noticeable in the sports news also is the lack of other major collegiate sports teams not having their new 2017 sports gear being used as Adidas does. Slugger, DeMarini, and Easton seem to be either behind schedule with getting these baseball bats out into the league. This gives Adidas an advantage above the rest and also shows that the method of their strategies are more dominant. They are trying to make sure they are known in both the composite bats and the aluminum bats line up for 2017. The only other company to bring out any 2017 products to be used by the collegiate sports team is Rawlings. They have made their Quarto BBCOR available to only a select few hitters. This baseball bat will hit the market in the fall.
The understanding is that the 2017 Adidas Aeroburner will be taking over where the 2015 Adidas EQT X1 left off for both advanced high-school athlete and the collegiate athlete. Both, the 2017 Adidas Aeroburner, as well as the 2015 Adidas EQT X1 are manufactured as a heavier swing bat that is a one-piece baseball bat.
The Adidas EQT X1 baseball bat was never manufactured for big barrel, senior league, or youth space. So far, the Adidas Aeroburner has not manufactured these either, however, with the USA Bats Standard being modified in January 2018, it is more likely that Adidas will definitely not be bringing out a Aeroburner for use by younger athletes as it would only be of use legally for one year.
The 2017 Adidas AeroBurner Specifications:
The engineers for the baseball bats at Adidas have come up with all new tailor-made technology for the AeroBurner. The 2017 Adidas AeroBurner provides us with a bat that has a decreased MOI, a perfect weight distribution, and increases the speed of the swing while allowing complete control. The lightweight, Texin end-cap is what assists this bat in allowing the increases of the speed of the swing, while at the same time is manufactured with a unique, extremely thin design that helps extend the “sweet spot” for an increase in power. The “sweet spot” is maximized by the manufacturing of an extended barrel. EQT grip tape is manufactured to assist in enhancing complete control of the bat during the swing.
The 2017 Adidas AeroBurner is available in four different sizes, along with the following baseball bat specifications.
As mentioned above, the 2017 Adidas Aeroburner is a balanced, BBCOR certified, aluminum, one-piece baseball bat that comes equipped with the EQT grip tape for total control over your swing (click here to see Best BBCOR Bats of 2017). This adult bat has a drop of -3 and a 2 5/8” barrel. Adidas even goes as far as to include a full one year warranty on this advanced baseball bat.
The Four Sizes Of The 2017 Adidas AeroBurner
- 31” (28 ounces)
- 32” (29 ounces)
- 33” (30 ounces)
- 34” (31 ounces)
As I mentioned above, the 2017 Adidas AeroBurner comes with a full one year manufacturer's warranty. Depending upon where you have purchased your bat, you cannot contact Adidas for a refund if you are one of the few people who do not love their new bat. You will need to go through who you bought your bat in order to get a refund. If you have a defect or something along that line; yes, please contact Adidas to get your bat taken care of.
Please keep in mind that wooden baseball bats do not come with any warranties, however, this doesn't apply to this certain baseball bat.
Any serious baseball player knows the name DeMarini's Voodoo. The DeMarini's “Voodoo” baseball bat line is considered to be one of the best equipment available on the market. The 2017 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced baseball bat line is for the serious athlete that has a lot of potential (click here to see Best BBCOR Bats of 2017). The “Voodoo” bat line has been a top runner in the two-piece hybrid bat game; from professional athletes to semi-pro players to the above average league player.
Even though most individuals who play ball know this line's name, the line is not made for your average everyday league player in mind. DeMarini Voodoo baseball bats are created for the strongest players on the team (check out top BBCOR Bats here).
Where to buy the 2017 Voodoo Balanced?
Since this bat is now no longer price protected by manufacturers, the best price is usually found on eBay. I found a few real cheap options new in wrapper and a couple used ones that you could get for just about shipping prices.
The 2017 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced Is Suggested For Use By The Following:
- The baseball player who wants or requires dynamic, out of the box performance.
- The baseball player who doesn't want to worry about how durable the type of bat is and doesn't want a composite bat barrel sound when hitting the ball.
- The baseball player who is quite comfortable utilizing a high performance bat.
- The baseball player who would rather have a bat that has a soft smash of a high quality two-piece baseball bat.
- The baseball player who requires a swing that is lighter; not the lightest baseball bat.
As I mentioned above, the 2017 DeMarini Voodoo Balance is made for the strongest players around, therefore, just because this line of bats is top of the line, doesn't necessarily mean it is meant for every player. Even the player that can afford this line of bats but isn't the strongest player should find something that will fit their needs much better. DeMarini manufactures quite a few other baseball bats that would probably be a better fit in the long run and help you to make the most of your game.
The 2017 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced Is NOT Suggested For Use By The Following:
- The baseball player who prefers an ultra-light swing bat.
- The baseball player who wants the sleeker feel and hollow crack of the composite baseball bat barrel.
- Prefers or requires an end-loaded baseball bat.
- The baseball player who loves to play but can't stretch their budget enough to pay high-end prices such as is the case for the DeMarnini Voodoo Balance bat.
- The baseball player who prefers an extremely long barrel.
The 2017 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced Sizing Guide:
The 2017 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced bat comes in six differing sizes. Please keep in mind that the Voodoo Balanced is different from the Voodoo End-load. Each size of the Voodoo Balanced is coded with a separate color to assist in knowing the size by looking at it.
Six Different Sizes – Color Coded:
- The 2017 BBCOR Voodoo Balanced: This size bat comes color coded with a red stripe and a red grip. Be careful when shopping for this bat as the colors are quite close to the colors on the Voodoo End-loaded.
- The 2017 Drop 5 – 2 5/8 Barrel, Voodoo Balanced: This size bat comes color coded with accents of green surrounding it. PLEASE NOTE: The design and colorization closely resembles the 2017 Drop 9 5/8 which also has accents of green surrounding the bat but is lime green.
- The 2017 Drop 9 – 2 5/8 Barrel, Voodoo Balanced: This size bat comes color coded with lime green. As stated above, PLEASE NOTE, the design and color coding resembles very closely to that of the 2017 Drop 5 – 2 5/8.
- The 2017 Voodoo Balanced: This bat is also been added to the new “Voodoo” line and is expected to be the most popular baseball bat out of all large barrel bats. The “Voodoo Balanced” is available in a drop 10 – 2 ¾ only for the moment.
- The 2017 Voodoo Balanced – Junior: This size bat is set to be released. There are some differences from this bat and the others listed. The main difference is this is a one-piece bat and not a two-piece. The reason it is placed in the same category is that the same alloy amount is used inside the barrel and goes clear down through the handle too. The “Voodoo Balanced Junior” is rated to withstand pitching speeds of around forty-five miles per hour, however, many believe it would survive higher speeds, but I do not recommend trying that. This is a shorter bat and is available in 25”, 26”, and 27” only.
- The 2017 Drop 13 – 2 ¼ – Balanced- Youth: This is the last bat available in the “Voodoo Balanced” baseball bat line. It has a barrel for a youth and you will find that the color coding on this bat is a wonderful stand-out, burned orange shade.
I know that most likely the parent in the house will be running out to purchase the baseball bat that is required and begged for. This includes, people like me, who don't know anything about baseball. This is one reason that the color coding helps a lot. Just make sure that you are careful and not pick up the similar color coded bats that are available on the market.