2016 Miken Freak USA Border Battle Slowpitch Softball Bat Review

Show your USA pride, get the Freak USA Border Battle softball bat at CheapBats.com!

Show your USA pride, get the Freak USA Border Battle softball bat at CheapBats.com!

The all-new Miken slow-pitch softball bat for 2016, called the Freak USA Border Battle, is made for ASA play and has a Supermax end-load. It’s awesome how Miken is showing pride towards the Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave. This particular Freak bat has a 2-piece construction and is crafted using Miken’s 100COMP method, which means the bat is made 100% composite with some of the finest aerospace grade carbon fiber in the game. The Triple Matrix Core Technology eliminates wall seams by 5%, which allows the barrel walls to be stronger while also being lighter, giving you all the power benefits while still giving you the fast swing speed and improved bat control that you long for. This Freak USA Border Battle comes with the ASA approval stamp, approving this softball bat for ASA play only (it’s not approved for any other softball association). This Freak should be lights out with the 52core/300lb compression softballs, as well as all other softballs used in ASA leagues. Lastly, this Freak comes with a full one year manufacturer’s warranty!

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2016 Louisville Slugger LXT Plus Fastpitch Softball Bat Review

The LXT is back, all-new and improved from last year, and with a new name… the LXT PLUS!

2016 Louisville Slugger LXT PLUS Fastpitch Softball Bat

2016 Louisville Slugger LXT PLUS Fastpitch Softball Bat

Louisville Slugger constructs the 2016 LXT Plus Fastpitch Softball Bat with 100% Composite material and a TRU3 Design, which is a 3-piece bat construction that gives you explosive power transfer and trampoline effect at the moment of impact. Also, the TRU3 barrel-to-handle connection doesn’t allow the barrel and the handle to touch, ultimately disallowing that energy from seeping to your hands that would normally cause vibration/sting. This allows you to swing fast and hard, without limitation. The LXT Plus is also made with a Balanced Swing Weight, so you have great bat control and fast swing speed while going through the hitting zone. The new Performance Plus Composite material gives the LXT Plus great durability with a zero friction wall design, so the barrel on this bat is going to play soft and strong day in and day out. The S1iD Technology also gives you the lightest feel possible with maximum pop, all while staying within legal rules and regulations.

Better barrel performance than ever before

Better barrel performance than ever before

Models Available: -8oz, -9oz, -10oz, -11oz

Barrel Diameter: 2 1/4″

Handle: 7/8″

Approval: All associations including 1.20 BPF USSSA and ASA

Warranty: One Year with 30-Day Performance Promise

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2016 Louisville Slugger XENO Plus Fastpitch Softball Bat Review

The Xeno is ready to take over the fastpitch game, once again.

2016 XENO PLUS Fastpitch Softball Bat, available at CheapBats.com

2016 XENO PLUS Fastpitch Softball Bat, available at CheapBats.com

Louisville Slugger constructs the 2016 Xeno Plus Faspitch Softball Bat with 100% Composite material and a 2-piece design. The 2-piece barrel-to-handle connection, also called the iST Technology, is going to give you the right amount of sturdy with the right amount of flex, without too much of either one. The Xeno Plus is also made with a Balanced Swing Weight, so you have great bat control and fast swing speed while going through the hitting zone. The new Performance Plus Composite material gives the Xeno Plus great durability with a zero friction wall design, so the barrel on this bat is going to play soft and strong day in and day out. The S1iD Technology also gives you the lightest feel possible with maximum pop, all while staying within legal rules and regulations.

The most popular Fastpitch Bat in the game. Think Xeno.

The most popular Fastpitch Bat in the game. Think Xeno.

Models Available: -8oz, -9oz, -10oz, -11oz

Barrel Diameter: 2 1/4″

Handle: 7/8″

Approval: All associations including 1.20 BPF USSSA and ASA

Warranty: One Year with 30-Day Performance Promise

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2016 Louisville Slugger SUPER Z Slowpitch Softball Bat Lineup

Louisville Slugger crafts the 2016 Super Z Slowpitch Softball Bats with a 2-Piece construction and a 100% Composite design. They all have a 12″ Barrel Length, 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter, and a 7/8″ Tapered Handle. Below is each specific Super Z softball bat, along with some bullet points and an image of the bat.

2016 Louisville Slugger SUPER Z Slowpitch Softball Bat Balanced USSSA SBSZ16U-B

USSSA Balanced SUPER Z

USSSA Balanced SUPER Z

Swing Weight: Evenly Balanced

Barrel Finish: Grit Blast

Association Approval: 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA

Product Code: SBSZ16U-B

Release Price: $299.99

Warranty: One Year

 

 

2016 Louisville Slugger SUPER Z Slowpitch Softball Bat End Loaded USSSA SBSZ16U-E

USSSA End Loaded Super Z

USSSA End Loaded Super Z

Swing Weight: End Loaded

Barrel Finish: Grit Blast

Association Approval: 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA

Product Code: SBSZ16U-E

Release Price: $299.99

Warranty: One Year

 

 

2016 Louisville Slugger SUPER Z Slowpitch Softball Bat Balanced ASA SBSZ16A-B

ASA Balanced Super Z

ASA Balanced Super Z

Swing Weight: Evenly Balanced

Barrel Finish: Grit Blast

Association Approval: ASA, 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA, ISF

Product Code: SBSZ16A-B

Release Price: $299.99

Warranty: One Year

 

 

2016 Louisville Slugger SUPER Z Slowpitch Softball Bat End Loaded ASA SBSZ16A-E

ASA End Loaded Super Z

ASA End Loaded Super Z

Swing Weight: End Loaded

Barrel Finish: Grit Blast

Association Approval: ASA, 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA, ISF

Product Code: SBSZ16A-E

Release Price: $299.99

Warranty: One Year

 

 

2016 Louisville Slugger SUPER Z WOUNDED WARRIOR Slowpitch Softball Bat Balanced USSSA SBWZ16U-B

USSSA Balanced Super Z Wounded Warrior

USSSA Balanced Super Z Wounded Warrior

*Limited Edition – Portion of proceeds go to the WWAST (Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team)

Swing Weight: Evenly Balanced

Association Approval: 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA

Product Code: SBWZ16U-B

Release Price: $329.95

Warranty: One Year

 

 

2016 Louisville Slugger SUPER Z WOUNDED WARRIOR Slowpitch Softball Bat End Loaded USSSA SBWZ16U-E

USSSA End Loaded Super Z Wounded Warrior

USSSA End Loaded Super Z Wounded Warrior

*Limited Edition – Portion of proceeds go to the WWAST (Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team)

Swing Weight: End Loaded

Association Approval: 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA

Product Code: SBWZ16U-E

Release Price: $329.95

Warranty: One Year

 

 

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2016 Worth 2 Legit Fastpitch Softball Bat Review

Drop 9

2016 Worth 2 Legit –9oz

Drop 10

2016 Worth 2 Legit –10oz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2016 Worth 2 Legit Fastpitch Softball Bats have been released! Worth brings back the new & improved 2 Legit after a monster year where it was hard to keep them on the shelf!

Reinforced 360 End Cap - more durable than last year

Reinforced 360 End Cap – more durable than last year

The 2×4 Logic build returns, as Worth compiles the double barrel with a top notch 4-piece 100% composite design. Vibration is limited due to the Flex 50 barrel-to-handle connection band, so you can swing hard without that unwanted vibration preventing you from finishing your swing strong. If there was one concern with last years 2015 model, it was the durability of the end cap, but this year Worth slaps the Reinforced 360 End Cap on the end of the barrel, giving you all the durability you need. Also, this reinforced end cap keeps the contact energy from escaping at the moment of impact and redirects it right back to the sweet spot for increased trampoline effect, which means further hitting distances for you!

The 2016 2 Legit is available in a -9oz and -10oz length to weight ratio. The -9oz is available in 33″/24oz & 34″/25oz sizes, while the -10oz is available in 30″/20oz, 31″/21oz, 32″/22oz, 33″/23oz & 34″/24oz sizes. The 2 Legit is also approved for ALL softball associations including USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA & ISF using the 98 MPH w/ ABI. Lastly, the 2 Legit is MADE IN THE USA, as Worth has one of the most advanced composite labs in the world in the state of Minnesota.

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2016 Combat MAXUM Baseball Bat Review

2016 Combat Maxum Baseball Bat Lineup

2016 Combat Maxum Baseball Bat Lineup

The new 2016 Combat Maxum Baseball Bat lineup has just hit the market! Combat used the name Maxum for a reason, as these bats have the longest, lightest barrels possible with 20-40% more hitting surface when being compared to competitor bats. Combat has evolved both their Precision Molding Technology and Seamless Construction by pushing the boundaries and delivering a whole new level of overall bat performance, giving you a huge sweet spot and incredibly fast swing speed. The Maxum Bats are also made 100% Composite with a single piece carbon sleeve spread throughout the bat, giving you the best in performance and durability to last you game after game, season after season. These bats also come with a 500 Day Warranty!

 

2016 Combat MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz MAXAB103

Maxum BBCOR -3oz

Maxum BBCOR -3oz

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Barrel Length: 7.75″ for 30/27, 8.5″ for 31/28, 9.25″ for 32/29, 10″ for 33/30 & 34/31

Swing Weight Reduction: 20-40%

Stamp: BBCOR

 

2016 Combat MAXUM Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -5oz MAXSL105

Maxum Youth Big Barrel -5oz

Maxum Youth Big Barrel -5oz

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Barrel Length: 11″ for 30/25, 11.5″ for 31/26, 12″ for 32/27 & 33/28

Swing Weight Reduction: 17%

Stamp: Thumbprint USSSA 1.15 BPF

 

2016 Combat MAXUM Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -8oz MAXSL108

Maxum Youth Big Barrel -8oz

Maxum Youth Big Barrel -8oz

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Barrel Length: 10″ for 30/22, 11″ for 31/23, 11.5″ for 32/24

Swing Weight Reduction: 26%

Stamp: Thumbprint USSSA 1.15 BPF

 

2016 Combat MAXUM Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -10oz MAXSL110

Maxum Youth Big Barrel -10oz

Maxum Youth Big Barrel -10oz

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Barrel Length: 8.5″ for 27/17, 9.5″ for 28/18, 10.5″ for 29/19, 11.5″ for 30/20, 31/21 & 32/22

Swing Weight Reduction: 23%

Stamp: Thumbprint USSSA 1.15 BPF

 

2016 Combat MAXUM Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat 2 3/4″ -10oz MAXSL210

Maxum 2 3/4" Youth Big Barrel -10oz

Maxum 2 3/4″ Youth Big Barrel -10oz

Barrel Diameter: 2 3/4″

Barrel Length: 3.5″ for 25/15, 4.5″ for 26/16, 5.5″ for 27/17, 6.5″ for 28/18, 7.5″ for 29/19, 8.5″ for 30/20, 9.5″ for 31/21, 10.5″ for 32/22

Swing Weight Reduction: 20%

Stamp: Thumbprint USSSA 1.15 BPF

 

2016 Combat MAXUM Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -12oz MAXSL112

Maxum Youth Big Barrel -12oz

Maxum Youth Big Barrel -12oz

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Barrel Length: 4.5″ for 26/14, 5.5″ for 27/15, 6.75″ for 28/16, 7.75″ for 29/17, 8.75″ for 30/18, 9.25″ for 31/19, 10″ for 32/20

Swing Weight Reduction: 38%

Stamp: Thumbprint USSSA 1.15 BPF

 

2016 Combat MAXUM Youth Baseball Bat -10oz MAXYB110

Maxum Youth Bat -10oz

Maxum Youth -10oz

Barrel Diameter: 2 1/4″

Barrel Length: 9.5″ for 27/17, 10.75″ for 28/18, 11.5″ for 29/19, 12″ for 30/20, 31/21 & 32/22

Swing Weight Reduction: 20-40%

Stamp: Thumbprint USSSA 1.15 BPF

 

2016 Combat MAXUM Youth Baseball Bat -12oz MAXYB112

Maxum Youth Bat -12oz

Maxum Youth -12oz

Barrel Diameter: 2 1/4″

Barrel Length: 7″ for 27/15, 8″ for 28/16, 9″ for 29/17, 10″ for 30/18, 11.5″ for 31/19, 12″ for 32/20

Swing Weight Reduction: 20-40%

Stamp: Thumbprint USSSA 1.15 BPF

 

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2016 DeMarini CF8 Fastpitch Softball Bat Review

Ladies, the “Bat of Choice” from DeMarini is back for more! The ALL-NEW 2016 CF8 Fastpitch Softball Bat lineup brings more balance, tech & performance to your game than ever before. As always, DeMarini brings you cutting-edge technology that gives you some of the most popular bats in the game, making the 2016 lineup no different. We’re going to go bat-by-bat and breakdown all of the details for the highly anticipated CF8 fastpitch series. Here we go…

2016 DeMarini CF8 Fastpitch Softball Bat -8oz WTDXCF8-16

2016 DeMarini CF8 -8oz

2016 DeMarini CF8 -8oz

Barrel: Paradox Plus Composite

Handle: Paradox Plus Composite

End Cap: Low Pro

The drop 8 is the heaviest bat in the CF8 lineup, giving those stronger players that can create a ton of swing speed the bat they deserve to crush the ball over the fence, time and time again. This is the only bat in the lineup that has the Paradox Plus Composite Handle, as it’s a bit heavier to help give power hitters the max pop that they need. This CF8 -8 is going to be best for players in College or Pro fastpitch softball.

 

2016 DeMarini CF8 Fastpitch Softball Bat -9oz WTDXCFF-16

2016 DeMarini CF8 -9oz

2016 DeMarini CF8 -9oz

Barrel:  Paradox Plus Composite

Handle: D-Fusion 2.0 Composite

End Cap: Low Pro

Lighter than the drop 8, stronger than the drop 10’s… The CF8 drop 9 gives you the best of both worlds. If you’re a power hitter that prefers a bat that gives you a bit more control and a slightly faster swing speed than the drop 8 would give you, then the drop 9 may be your match! The CF8 -9 is recommended for the High School or College fastpitch softball player.

 

2016 DeMarini CF8 INSANE Fastpitch Softball Bat End Loaded -10oz WTDXCFI-16

2016 DeMarini CF8 Insane -10oz

2016 DeMarini CF8 Insane -10oz

Barrel: Paradox Plus Composite

Handle: D-Fusion 2.0 Composite

End Cap: Low Pro

Of the four different drop 10 models, the CF8 Insane is the only one that’s designed for power hitters. Made end loaded, the Insane gives you more mass at the end of the barrel to increase hitting distances. This insanely good bat is made for High School players looking to pack a punch to their swing.

 

 

2016 DeMarini CF8 Fastpitch Softball Bat Balanced -10oz WTDXCFP-16

2016 DeMarini CF8 Balanced -10oz

2016 DeMarini CF8 Balanced -10oz

Barrel: Paradox Plus Composite

Handle: D-Fusion 2.0 Composite

End Cap: Low Pro

The most popular CF8 is this balanced drop 10. Made with a balanced swing weight, this -10 is for the player that prefers more swing speed and bat control while going through the hitting zone. Swing with confidence, swing the balanced drop 10.

 

 

2016 DeMarini CF8 HOPE Fastpitch Softball Bat -10oz WTDXCFH-16

2016 DeMarini CF8 Hope -10oz

2016 DeMarini CF8 Hope -10oz

Barrel: Paradox Plus Composite

Handle: D-Fusion 2.0 Composite

End Cap: Dish

The CF8 Hope fastpitch softball bat is a limited edition with only 2,000 bat models being distributed. DeMarini has a partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Hope drop 10 represents that. A portion of the proceeds for these bats gets donated to breast cancer research, so this bat is beneficial both on and off the field.

 

2016 DeMarini CF8 SLAPPER Fastpitch Softball Bat -10oz WTDXCFA-16

2016 DeMarini CF8 Slapper -10oz

2016 DeMarini CF8 Slapper -10oz

Barrel: Paradox Plus Composite

Handle: D-Fusion 2.0 Composite

End Cap: Low Pro

A CF8 made for lefty slappers? That’s correct! With an extremely long 14” barrel length, the CF8 Slapper drop 10 provides maximum plate coverage and is weighted more to the hands to provide optimal barrel control and manipulation. However, you have versatility with the Slapper because you can also use it as a lighter swinging drop 10 to get ahead of the ball and drive it to the gaps. Hit where you please, hit the CF8 Slapper!

 

2016 DeMarini CF8 Fastpitch Softball Bat -11oz WTDXCFS-16

2016 DeMarini CF8 -11oz

2016 DeMarini CF8 -11oz

Barrel: Paradox Plus Composite

Handle: D-Fusion 2.0 Composite

End Cap: Dish

The lightest bat in the 2016 CF8 lineup is the drop 11. Made for the younger player who prefers a ton of bat speed and incredible bat control while stepping into the batter’s box. This -11 is made is six different sizes, from a 28”/17oz all the way to a 33”/22oz, giving you plenty of options as to which one works best for you.

 

 

ALL of these 2016 DeMarini CF8 Fastpitch Softball Bats come with a One Year Warranty and have the USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA and ISF approval stamps. These bats are also certified for High School and College softball.

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NEW 2016 Worth Slowpitch Softball Bat Review

2016 Worth HD52 JEFF HALL Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded SBHDJA

2016 Worth HD52 JEFF HALL Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded

2016 Worth HD52 JEFF HALL Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded

Construction: 1-piece

Material: Composite

Approval Stamp: ASA

Weighting: Cuz .5oz End Load

Sizes: 34″/26.5oz, 34″/27.5oz, 34″/28.5oz

Warranty: One Year

The HD52 Jeff Hall ASA bat for slow-pitch features Worth’s HD52 Tech, Tri-Seamless Technology & was Made in the USA. This bat is made to mash with the 52/300 softball and designed to be placed in the hands of a true ASA long-ball hitter.

2016 Worth Legit 220 JEFF HALL Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded SBL2JU

2016 Worth Legit 220 JEFF HALL Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded

2016 Worth Legit 220 JEFF HALL Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded

Construction: 2-piece

Material: Composite

Approval Stamp: USSSA

Weighting: Cuz .5oz End Load

Sizes: 34″/25.5oz, 34″/26.5oz, 34″/27.5oz, 34″/28.5oz

Warranty: One Year

The multi-piece construction of this Legit 220 Jeff Hall USSSA slow-pitch bat is going to reduce vibration felt in the hands and redirect that contact energy back to the barrel to increase the distances of your bombs. This bat is going to have some flex, but the True1 Tech creates a seamless barrel that keeps the walls sturdy at the moment of impact and increases the durability of the sweet spot.

2016 Worth 220 JEFF HALL Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded SBJH2U

2016 Worth 220 JEFF HALL Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded

2016 Worth 220 JEFF HALL Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded

Construction: 1-piece

Material: Composite

Approval Stamp: USSSA

Weighting: Cuz .5oz End Load

Sizes: 34″/26.5oz, 34″/27.5oz, 34″/28.5oz

Warranty: One Year

The 220 Jeff Hall USSSA bat for slow-pitch features Worth’s 220 Advantage, Tri-Seamless Technology & was Made in the USA. With a Cuz Edition .5oz End Load, this bat has more mass where it counts and can go deep consistently.

2016 Worth Legit JEFF HALL Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat SSUSA Reload SBJHSR

2016 Worth Legit JEFF HALL Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat SSUSA Reload

2016 Worth Legit JEFF HALL Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat SSUSA Reload

Construction: 2-piece

Material: Composite

Approval Stamp: SSUSA

Weighting: .5oz Reload

Sizes: 34″/26.5oz, 34″/27.5oz, 34″/28.5oz

Warranty: None

This Jeff Hall Senior bat gives the SSUSA game its first ever .5oz Reload weighting. Made with CF100 Tech, True1 Tech & Flex 50 Technology, this bat is going to give Senior players a real weapon at the plate. This bat is made as a 2-piece that has a bit of flex, but the seamless barrel is very durable, reliable & high performing.

2016 Worth DENNIS RULLI Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat SSUSA Balanced SBDRSR

2016 Worth DENNIS RULLI Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat SSUSA Balanced

2016 Worth DENNIS RULLI Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat SSUSA Balanced

Construction: 1-piece

Material: Composite

Approval Stamp: SSUSA

Weighting: Evenly Balanced

Sizes: 34″/26oz, 34″/27oz, 34″/28oz

Warranty: None

Made Balanced, the Dennis Rulli Senior bat gives the SSUSA contact hitters increased swing speed and improved bat control while going through the hitting zone. Made as a 1-piece, this Rulli bat is going to be very sturdy and traditional feeling, but the triple-wall barrel gives you unmatched performance and durability for the 1.21 BPF standard.

 

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Anderson Bats: “Proof is at the Plate” Risk-Free Demo Program

Anderson Bat Company has come out with a new program called, “Proof is at the Plate“. This is going to be a big benefit for players as they get to demo a bat for 30 days risk-free. If you don’t like the bat’s performance 30 days (or less) in, then you follow the proper procedure to get a refund or trade the bat in for another new Anderson model. Here’s their statement:

All the hype in the world cannot make a bat perform. The only true way to find out if a bat is right for you is to hit it. Anderson Bat Company was one of the first bat companies to offer a risk free demo program on our bats. We are confident that once you step up to the plate with an Anderson Bat you’ll never want to put it down. We’re SO confident that we’ll allow you to return your bat if you’re not completely satisfied. HOW IT WORKS: So, purchase a new Anderson bat from a participating authorized sporting goods dealer and take it out for a 30 day test drive. Make sure you take plenty of batting practice to insure peak performance and feel. If at any time during this 30 day period (from original date of purchase on receipt) you’re not completely satisfied with your purchase you can follow the necessary steps to get a refund or trade it out for another model. Just give the dealer you bought the bat from a call for instructions on how to handle the situation. Remember, all dealers handle the 30 day demo program differently, so make sure you talk to them about it BEFORE you make your purchase. This is what makes purchasing an Anderson Bat such a wise decision. Not only are our bats the highest in performance, durability and value… now owning one is risk free!

2015 Anderson Flex Youth Baseball Bat -12oz 015031

2015 Anderson Flex Youth Baseball Bat -12oz 015031

This is a bold statement from Anderson, as they display total confidence in their bats and want people to give them a shot. So, why not? If you’re looking for a new bat and are open to using a brand you haven’t used before, give it a shot! Anderson bats have always had great reviews and the cosmetic styles they are coming out with are getting better and better each year. They have Youth Baseball, Senior League Baseball, BBCOR Baseball, Fastpitch Softball & Slowpitch Softball Bats. The example bat image to your right is one of their top 2015 models, but it doesn’t stop there. Check out all of the NEW 2015 Anderson Bats so you can see for yourself!

 

Note: The Proof is at the Plate program applies ONLY to new Anderson bats that are at full retail price, not clearance, discounted or discontinued Anderson bats.

Comparing Softball Bats: 2014 Z3000 & NEW 2016 Z4000

What are the differences between the Z3000 & Z4000 Slowpitch Softball Bats from Louisville Slugger?

We have been getting that question a lot lately, so I’m going to break it down for you. The 2016 Z4000 is basically the newer, updated model of the 2014 Z3000. Let’s start with the similarities…

2016 Z4000 Softball Bat - ASA End Loaded Edition

2016 Z4000 Softball Bat – ASA End Loaded Edition

They are both 3-piece bats, constructed with a 100% Composite design. The 3-pieces are put together using Louisville Slugger’s TRU3 piece, which connects the barrel to the top and the handle to the bottom without them touching. So, without the barrel touching the handle, the contact energy is not going to be able to reach the handle and cause that unwanted vibration/sting that you would normally feel in your hands with 1 or 2-piece bats. Also, the TRU3 piece is going to take that contact energy and redirect it back to the barrel. This redirection of energy will cause a trampoline effect at the point of impact on the sweet spot that will increase the distances of your hits and allow the softball to travel at a faster speed. These bats also have 12″ Barrel Lengths, 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameters & come with a One Year Warranty.

Now, let’s go over the differences . . .

2014 Z3000 Slowpitch Softball Bat - ASA End Loaded Edition

2014 Z3000 Slowpitch Softball Bat – ASA End Loaded Edition

Editions – The Z3000 is available in ASA/Balanced, ASA/End Loaded, USSSA/Balanced & USSSA/End Loaded editions. The Z4000 comes in Dual Stamp/Balanced, Dual Stamp/End Loaded, USSSA/Balanced & USSSA/End Loaded editions. So, as you can see, the Z3000 does NOT have a Dual Stamp model, coming with ASA or USSSA only editions in both balanced & end loaded models to choose from. The Z4000 DOES have the Dual Stamp edition (which takes the place of the ASA only edition), while still having the USSSA only edition as well. Both the Dual Stamp and USSSA Z4000 bats have balanced and end loaded models to choose from. This is a benefit with the Z4000’s because it gives you more flexibility with the Dual Stamp bats, but if you want a USSSA only bat that DOES NOT HAVE the S1iD discs inside the barrel then you can still get those as well.

7/8″ Handle – Both the Z3000 & Z4000 slowpitch bats have 7/8″ handles, but the Z4000 handles come tapered. Tapered handles are usually seen in BBCOR baseball bats, but Louisville Slugger features them on these Z4000 softball bats. It’s a preference thing, but most people like the tapered feel on the bottom hand as it seems to give you more bat control.

Barrel Finish – The Z3000 bats have just a regular smooth finish along the barrel (as most composite bats do), but Louisville Slugger features the Grit Blast Finish on the barrels of the Z4000 series. The Grit Blast has a rough sandpaper-like feel that is supposed to create more backspin on the softball at the point of impact. This backspin increases the distances of your hits, which could be the difference between a deep fly-out & a clutch home run.

Check out the NEW 2016 Louisville Slugger Z4000 Slowpitch Softball Bats.

Check out what’s left of the 2014 Louisville Slugger Z3000 Slowpitch Softball Bats.

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