Rotation Index & How to Break-In A Bat

We here at have had a lot of questions recently like…

“How much should I rotate my bat between hits?”

“How do I properly break-in my composite bat?”

“What is DeMarini’s Rotation Index?”

These are all great questions that I am going to answer for you!



An example of the 4 hitting surfaces of the DeMarini CF6. Each turn would be referred to as a “quarter turn”.

First off, let’s talk about rotating your bat properly. The ideal thing to do is, after each time you swing and make contact with the ball, rotate your bat by doing a “quarter turn”. This allows you to have 4 solid hits on 4 different spots on the face of the barrel before returning to the original hitting spot you started with. So, if you are at batting practice and hit 100 balls, each quarter part of the barrel is only absorbing 25 hits and ensures the bat lasts as long as it should. It can be tough to remember to do that, especially when you’re at batting practice, but just do the best that you can.

Now, let’s go over how to properly break-in a composite bat. Unlike aluminum/alloy bats, composite isn’t always so “hot right out of the wrapper”. Composite bats are hotter 1,000 swings in, so it’s understandable that the new standards force bat manufacturers to leave a little breathing room to be fair. So, in order to get your bat ready for game time, you should go through a break-in process to make sure you maximize your bats potential when it counts. Here is a suggested procedure to follow…

  • Hit 100 balls off of a tee


  • Hit 50 balls from a soft toss (get a coach or teammate to help you out)


  • Hit 50 balls at batting practice (live pitcher or batting cage)

Also, remember, while doing this break-in process make sure you still do the “quarter turn” between each hit. Once this process is completed your bat will be GAME READY!

Lastly, what is DeMarini’s Rotation Index? Well, it’s pretty much the same thing as the “quarter turn”, as it serves as an easy guide to follow so that you rotate your bat the amount that you are supposed to after each hit. It’s definitely a nice feature that should be taken advantage of.

If anybody has any further questions please feel free to comment on this blog or give one of our bat pros a call at 1 (800) 589-4487.

2015 Rip It BBCOR Bat Review

Rip It made a big bang in 2014 with the release of their BBCOR bats, making the new 2015’s highly anticipated. Rip It seems to have lived up to that challenge as we introduce the 2015 BBCOR Air and the 2015 BBCOR Air Elite!


2015 Rip It Air BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz B1503A

The 2015 Rip It Air BBCOR Baseball Bat is constructed with a 1-piece design, made with 100% R3 Alloy material. The barrel is made with Rip It’s famous Rifle Barrel Technology, where excess weight is removed inside of the barrel to reduce the unnecessary thickness of the walls. This method gives the bat a lighter, balanced feel without sacrificing any strength or durability. Speaking of this bat being balanced, that’s also due to the Very Low MOI, where Rip It efficiently and precisely distributes the weight throughout the bat to keep the weighting even. Lastly, the Rip It Air has comfortable Contact Grip on the handle, limiting sting and keeping your hands highly reactive!



2015 Rip It Air Elite BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz B1503E

Now let’s talk about the top notch option, the 2015 Rip It Air Elite BBCOR Baseball Bat. This bat is made as a 2-piece Hybrid, where Rip it connects a composite handle to an aluminum alloy barrel. The R3 Composite Handle gives the bat a very sturdy feel, while limiting vibration to the hands and redirecting that contact energy back to the R3 Rifle Alloy Barrel’s sweet spot for insane trampoline effect! The Rip It Air Elite also has the Rifle Barrel Technology, just like the Rip It Air listed above, which is the process of reducing unnecessarily thick walls to lighten the bat’s weighting for more of a balanced feel. Another thing that makes this Air Elite so balanced is the Ultra Low MOI, an upgrade over the Air’s Very Low MOI, that makes this stick extremely balanced with an even swing weight going through the hitting zone. Capping everything off is the Contact Grip, keeping your hands comfortable and eliminating that unwanted sting and vibration.


Which one is the bat for you? Well, that just comes down to a personal preference on cost. They are both great bats, but if you are willing to pay the extra $100 to get the Air Elite then you get more of an upgraded edition of its counterpart, the Air. Nonetheless, if you buy Rip It, you’re sure to enjoy mad pop and great performance!


Both of these beasts are BBCOR certified (legal for High School and NCAA) and are supplied with both a 400 day manufacturer’s warranty and a 30 day “Love It or Return It” policy.
Get your 2015 Rip It BBCOR Baseball Bat at, the #1 place to get your 2015 bats! With Free 2nd Day Air shipping and our No Hassle Returns policy, your Batisfaction is 100% Guaranteed!

2015 Easton BBCOR Series

2015 Easton BBCOR Series

The Easton 2015 BBCOR Power Brigade is probably the most highly anticipated bats ever due to the addition of the innovative, revolutionary Mako Torq and the new Z-Core aluminum. All six of these monsters have three things in common: long barrels, fast swing speeds and a drop -3 length to weight ratio for overwhelming power. Here they are . . .

1. 2015 Easton Mako Torq BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB15MKT)

The 2015 Torq is crafted with TCT Thermo Composite Technology to maximize the durability and potential of the sweet spot. This 2-piece is connected using Easton’s ConneXion Technology for incredibly energy transfer between the handle and the barrel for an optimized feel, while still limiting vibration to the hands. Last, but definitely not least, is the game changing 360 Torq Handle!

This insane feature allows the bottom of the handle and gauze grip closest to the knob to rotate, allowing the players bottom hand to rotate as they progress through their swing into and out of the hitting zone, dramatically improving follow through. This will result in more pitches being squared up with more power, more often! The Mako Torq is, without a doubt, the best BBCOR bat Easton has ever made.

2. 2015 Easton Mako BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB15MK)

The most popular BBCOR bat of 2014 is back! The 2015 Mako is put together using advanced TCT Thermo Composite Technology, increasing durability and the potency of the sweet spot! Once again made as a 2-piece, the Mako barrel and handle are locked together using the patented ConneXion Technology. This connection keeps vibration to the hands in check as players hold the performance diamond grip, while also priming the sweet spot for ridiculous performance! The Mako BBCOR gives hitters the power they want while still having an optimized, balanced feel going through the hitting zone.

3. 2015 Easton S1 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB15S1)

Made with an IMX Advanced Composite, the 2015 S1 features a massive barrel and unmatched bat speed for hitters to utilize! The composite barrel is connected to the vibration-eliminating SIC Carbon Handle using the ConneXion Technology for an optimized feel and proper energy transfer. Hold on to the performance diamond grip, utilize that balanced swing weight and you’ll be rounding the bases with this S1 BBCOR on your side!

4. 2015 Easton XL1 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB15X1)

Made with an end load weighting, the 2015 XL1 is made for high school and collegiate power hitters who want the meatiest of barrels! The end load means that Easton kept more weight at the end of the bat to increase the mass and power of the sweet spot. The XL1’s IMX Composite barrel and SIC Carbon Handle are connected, making it a 2-piece, by the ConneXion Technology to give hitters limited vibration and a strong, sturdy feel at the plate. The XL1 BBCOR has the biggest, longest barrel of the entire Easton BBCOR Power Brigade!

5. 2015 Easton S2Z BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB15S2Z)

As the only hybrid Easton BBCOR bat in 2015, the S2Z gives hitters the best of composite and the best of alloy material all in one bat! Using Z-Core Technology, which is a tool to strengthen the internal core of the bat, Easton dramatically improves the strength and durability of the barrel. The barrel is made with Hyperlite Matrix Alloy, which is the best alloy material on the market, giving the sweet spot a lot to work with! Made as a 2-piece, the alloy barrel is connected to the SIC Carbon Handle with Easton’s patented ConneXion Technology, giving the S2Z awesome energy transfer with limited sting in the hands while holding the performance diamond grip.

6. 2015 Easton S3Z BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB15S3Z)

If you want a 1-piece, traditional bat then the 2015 S3Z for BBCOR is what you’re looking for! Easton crafts this bad boy with the best alloy material in the game, Hyperlite Matrix Alloy, for an expanded sweet spot and greater durability. Using an internal core improvement method, the patented Z-Core Technology, Easton gives players a strong bat with a massive barrel. The S3Z also comes with performance diamond grip and a tapered handle. Step up to the plate with the most feared 1-piece BBCOR certified bat of 2015!

ALL of these bats come with a BBCOR certified stamp on them so they can be used in High School and Collegiate levels. Get your 2015 Easton BBCOR bat with no hassle returns at

Batisfaction, guaranteed!

Have a question? Contact us at 1 (800) 589-HITS or shoot us an e-mail anytime!

2015 Easton Mako Fastpitch Softball Bat

2015 Easton Mako Fastpitch Softball Bat

The 2015 Easton Mako for Fastpitch Softball is crafted as a 2-piece made with TCT Thermo Composite Technology, which is advanced 100% composite material and gives this Mako insane performance. Easton always looks for feedback and the consistent thing that kept coming up with girls fastpitch softball players is that they wanted “less vibration to the hands”. Well, Easton has answered the call with ZERO vibration! Introducing the ZERO ConneXion Technology, which locks the barrel and the handle together for the sturdy feel it needs while eliminating vibration completely. Yes, that means no sting to the hands!

The Fastpitch Mako also comes with an ultra-thin 29/32” handle and performance diamond grip to go along with the 1.20 BPF USSSA thumbprint and ASA stamps right on the bat. This bat is also approved for play by NSA, ISA, ISF and SSUSA. There are three different versions to the Fastpitch Mako… which only differ in their drop and available size, otherwise they are identical. Which drop and size to get all depends on preference and each hitter’s size. For more details on that you can always read our guide to buying the correct bat.

2015 Easton Mako Fastpitch -8 (FP15MK8) has a drop -8 length to width ratio and is available in 33”/25oz and 34”/26oz.

2015 Easton Mako Fastpitch -9 (FP15MK9) has a drop -9 length to width ratio and is available in 32”/23oz, 33”/24oz and 34”/25oz.

2015 Easton Mako Fastpitch -10 (FP15MK10) has a drop -10 length to width ratio and is available in 30”/20oz, 31”/21oz, 32”/22oz, 33”/23oz and 34”/24oz.

You can get your 2015 Mako Fastpitch Softball Bat with a 12 month manufacturer’s warranty and no hassle returns at

Batisfaction, guaranteed!

Have a question? Contact us at 1 (800) 589-HITS or shoot us an e-mail anytime!

2015 Easton Mako vs Mako Torq

2015-Easton-Torq-Vs-Mako-Baseball-Bats-Duel2015 Easton – Mako vs. Mako Torq

Easton’s bats are always highly advanced, incredibly constructed and right at the top as far as popularity. Easton is obviously dedicated to creating nothing short of elite performance. Let’s just say the 2015 Easton series of bats aren’t an exception to that. In fact, they’re better! This year’s lineup, however, is dominated by the two big dogs: The returning, improved Mako and the new, green Mako Torq.

What are the differences between the 2015 Easton Mako and the 2015 Easton Mako Torq?

I’m glad you asked! Let’s get to the bottom of it…

First, let’s go through all the things that they have in common, which is quite a bit. They are both simply a work of art, crafted with 100% TCT Thermo Composite Technology. This composite material is the best in the game! It truly maximizes the potential in every phase, especially the sweet spot in the barrel. Both of these bats are also a 2-piece, connected using Easton’s patented CXN ConneXion Technology, which efficiently transfers energy and gives the bat an optimized feel.

For Fastpitch softball only Easton took that even further and made the ZERO CXN ConneXion Technology. This connection was engineered to completely eliminate vibration, hence the ZERO, and give Softball girls the best in performance!

Now… the Mako and the Mako Torq differ in a few ways…  one of which that is an industry changing feature that is bound to start a trend!

We’ll start with the grip, with the Mako sporting Easton’s signature performance diamond grip while the Mako Torq has black and white gauze grip. They both give hitters what they need, so that just comes down to a preference. Another difference is the color design as the Mako returns with its orange look, while the Mako Torq has a “Torq” green color that lets everyone know who has the newest, baddest bat in town! The glaring way they differ is Easton incorporated the brand new 360 Torq Handle Technology on the Mako Torq. The bottom of the handle and the grip closest to the knob can actually be rotated!

How does the 360 Torq Handle benefit you? It allows hitters to square up more pitches by allowing the bottom hand to rotate while the bat is going through the hitting zone. This keeps the barrel in the zone longer and ultimately gives the hitter more power, more often! This technology is what makes the Mako Torq priced a little higher than the Mako, rightfully so.

One last difference is the leagues Easton made them to play in…

They both have an edition for Fastpitch Softball and also BBCOR, Big Barrel and Youth baseball. However, only the Mako comes in a Junior Big Barrel for baseball, while the Mako Torq does not.

The verdict? Give me one and i’ll approach the plate with the utmost confidence! It all comes down to, besides the difference in grip type, whether you want to pay a few bucks more for the brand new technology – the Torq handle. Other than that they are almost identical.

You can get both of these 2015 Easton powerhouses, the Mako and the Mako Torq, with a 12 month manufacturer’s warranty and no hassle returns at

Batisfaction, guaranteed!

Have a question? Contact us at 1 (800) 589-HITS or shoot us an e-mail anytime!

2015 Easton Mako Torq for Fastpitch Softball

2015 Easton Mako Torq for Fastpitch Softball

If you’re a Fastpitch softball player looking for the bat to help take your game to the next level… Easton may just be your new best friend. Introducing THE 2015 Fastpitch bat to have – the Mako Torq!

The Mako Torq is the alpha dog in Easton’s 2015 Fastpitch Power Brigade and is created using TCT Thermo Composite Technology, which is 100% composite material that gives you all the strength and durability you could ever want in a bat. Constructed as a 2-piece, where the barrel and the handle are connected with the Easton’s new ZERO ConneXion Technology, giving off ZERO vibration to the hands and providing the most efficient energy transfer possible. This allows for a true optimized feel and the best performance in the game. Easton made this ZERO connection because of girls softball players specifically asking for fastpitch bats without sting. Girls… Easton has delivered!

What separates the Mako Torq from the rest of the fastpitch lineup is the new 360 Torq Handle Technology!

This allows the bottom of the handle and grip closest to the knob to actually rotate! Yes, rotate! So, when the bat is going through the hitting zone, the bottom hand can rotate along with the handle allowing your hands and wrists to stay as comfortable exploding through the ball and leaving the hitting zone as they were entering the hitting zone, while also keeping the barrel in the zone longer. This results in pitches being squared up more often, with more power! It’s almost not fair… but that’s a pitcher’s problem.

This Torq comes as a drop -10 in length to weight ratio with an extra-long barrel, ultra-thin composite Torq handle and gauze grip. While being available in 31”/21oz, 32”/22oz, 33”/23oz and 34”/24oz, the Torq also sports the 1.20 BPF USSSA thumbprint and ASA stamps right on the handle. Also approved for play by NSA, ISA, ISF and SSUSA.

You can get your 2015 Mako Torq Fastpitch Softball Bat with a 12 month manufacturer’s warranty and no hassle returns at

Batisfaction, guaranteed!

Have a question? Contact us at 1 (800) 589-HITS or shoot us an e-mail anytime!

2015 Easton FS1 Fastpitch Softball Bat

2015 Easton FS1 Fastpitch Softball Bat

Returning for another season in Easton’s Fastpitch Power Brigade is the FS1! How could Easton not bring this bad boy back? Widely considered as one of the best 2014 fastpitch softball bats in the game, the 2015 FS1 is sure to rise to the next level of expectations.

The 2015 FS1 Fastpitch Softball Bat is made with 100% composite material that includes the IMX Advanced Composite Technology in the barrel, which optimizes and maximizes the potential of the sweet spot! While returning again as a 2-piece, the connection between the barrel and the handle has gone to the next level using Easton’s new ConneXion ZERO! This ZERO feature was engineered to eliminate any vibration to the hands while still allowing excellent energy transfer for nothing but the best results. The Fastpitch S1 also has an even weight distribution, giving it that balanced swing weight that so many players love!

Some other features of the FS1 is the ultra-thin 29/32” handle and performance diamond grip, while also being approved for play with its 1.20 BPF USSSA and ASA stamps right on the handle. This bat is also approved by NSA, ISA, ISF and SSUSA.

There are two different versions to the FS1, which differ only in their drop and weight.Here they are . . .

2015 Easton FS1 -10 Fastpitch Softball Bat

This FS1 comes as a drop -10 length to weight ratio and is available in 30”/20oz, 31”/21oz, 32”/22oz, 33”/23oz and 34”/24oz.

2015 Easton FS1 -11 Fastpitch Softball Bat

This FS1 comes as a drop -11 length to weight ratio and is available in 30”/19oz, 31”/20oz, 32”/21oz, 33”/22oz and 34”/23oz.

You can get your 2015 FS1 Fastpitch Softball Bat with a 12 month manufacturer’s warranty and no hassle returns at

Batisfaction, guaranteed!

If you aren’t sure which bat length and/or weight is best for your needs, check out our guide.

Have a question? Contact us at 1 (800) 589-HITS or shoot us an e-mail anytime!

New Easton Slowpitch Softball Bat Warranty Process – Holograms and Stickers


  • All 2014 Raw Power Composite Easton slowpitch softball bats have a 1-Year warranty from the date of purchase.

2014 Warranty - Easton Slowpitch Softball Bat

If your slowpitch softball bat becomes defective within 1 year of the purchase date, you must send the bat, the sales receipt AND the matching white barcode UPC sticker back to Easton.

Easton Slowpitch Softball Bat Warranty Sticker Hologram



Save the receipt and matching barcode sticker.


Please call the Easton Bat Warranty Dept at 1-888-259-1297 or go to Easton’s warranty page.


Closeout Bats – The Best Deals

Closeout Bats

Closeout bats at Cheapbats.comWhen it comes to preparing yourself for the next baseball or softball season, there are numerous things that need to be considered. One of the most important things that you need to prepare yourself with is a new high-quality bat. In between seasons, there are always closeout deals for softball and baseball bats that allow you to get the best bats from the previous year for a discounted price. What are some of the best closeout bats available now at a closeout price?

DeMarini Raw Steel Slowpitch Softball Bat

When it comes to the most common name seen on bats around benches everywhere, DeMarini heads the list. Among their most popular bats are those with the steel name including this 2013 model of the Raw. The Raw Steel is hot out of the wrapper with a singlewall barrel and SC4 allow handle. The bat is eligible for use in ASA sanctioned leagues and features great pop when solid contact is made. This closeout bat is currently available for the price of $139.95, $50 off the original price.

Louisville Slugger Maple Wood Baseball Bat (M9H359BL)

This wood bat was created for the 2013 season and is a closeout bat for $50.01, down from the original price tag of $79.95. The bat was made with hard maple and finished with blue smith. The bat has a cupped end and features a large barrel in one of three overall lengths between 32 and 34 inches.

2014 DeMarini Stadium Slowpitch Softball Bat

Down $90 from its original price of $299.95, the DeMarini Stadium bat is one of the best half and half bats on the market. It has a 4.ONE composite barrel with a SC4 alloy handle. The bat still comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty despite being on closeout and provides its users with a balanced swing that will allow you to consistently hit the ball further than ever before. Since everyone tries to swing for the fences when they play slowpitch softball, this bat will help get the ball out of the park.

There are plenty more options just a click away. These are just three of the closeout bats available through

Easton Baseball Bats Continue to Improve

Easton Baseball Bats – Four Powerhouse Models

Easton Baseball BatsOver the years, there have been numerous companies that have entered the world of baseball and softball bats. Many of those companies have succeeded in gaining a large following, but few compare to the popularity and success of Easton. With their 2014 line of Easton baseball bats, they have made it easy for baseball players of any age to get a high-quality product that will help them advance their swing to a point it has never been.

Easton Mako Baseball Bat 2014 by Cheapbats.comMAKO

The Easton MAKO bat may be the most talked about bat of the off-season. Easton has developed a MAKO bat for softball players as well, but it is their line of baseball bats that is more impressive. They have an adult/BBCOR MAKO bat, as well as big barrel and youth models. The BBCOR bat is made with a large barrel and lower MOI with a two-piece design that is meant to get the hands of hitters into the best hitting position. The big barrel bats come with two different barrels sizes and were made with one of the best composite materials on the market. Watch this video introduction of the Easton Mako

Easton Baseball Bat XL1Power Brigade XL1

The Power Brigade XL1 baseball bat is going to be a popular model on benches everywhere in 2014. It has one of the largest barrels of any bat on the market, especially the BBCOR model, and has 1½ longer sweet spot than the S1. Watch this video introduction of the Easton Power Brigade line.

Easton Baseball Bat - S500S500

The Easton S500 is one of the more unique bat models being released of any 2014 baseball bat line. This bat was constructed with 7050 Aircraft Alloy, meaning it will be one of the lightest bats on the market. It will be easier to swing each at-bat, but still provides you with a tool that is meant to help hit the gaps on a regular basis. A great Easton Baseball Bat at a great price!

Power Brigade XL3

Easton Baseall Bat - Power Brigade XL3One thing that Easton does a great job at is using different techniques in constructing their bats, while maintaining their durability and longevity. The Power Brigade XL3 was made with a one-piece aluminum design and a large barrel, meaning more power when making solid contact. The bat swings light, but because of the added mass on the barrel, you will still be able to hit bombs.

At we know Easton! Order from us and we will be happy to answer any questions about how to get the most from your  Easton Baseball Bat.