Rawlings Threat USA Baseball Bat – Light Weight, Huge Barrel

Rawlings Threat USA Baseball Bat

It is finally here. The 2019 Rawlings Threat USA bat we have all been waiting for. As a dad of two young Little Leaguers I understand the dilemma many of us have faced this season when it comes to choosing the best USA bat for my kids. The good news is Rawlings has solved a major issue and designed a bat that is not only light, but has a big barrel (2 5/8″), and actually does hit the ball very well.

Rawlings Threat USA Stamp

How does the Threat compare?

I’ll preface my review with the fact that I work at CheapBats.com and I get to hit every single bat that comes out. I have hit all but a couple of the USA baseball bats on the market right now, and I can say with certainty the 2019 Rawlings Threat USA baseball bat is one of the best USA bats you can buy.

Rawlings Threat Knob

Feel/Weight

I suspected because the Threat is so light, and it is a one piece bat, that there would be a good amount of sting and vibration. I was completely wrong in my assumption. The 2019 Rawlings Threat has only a very small amount of noticeable feedback in the hands. Of course the Quatro and the Voodoo will have zero felt vibration because of the two-piece design, but compared to the Threat they swing MUCH heavier. The Threat swings extremely light. I know three dads just on my 8 year old’s Little League team alone (counting myself) that had to buy a second USA bat because the first one ended up being too heavy for our sons. The Threat solves this problem. The 29 inch/17 ounce bat we tested weighed in at 17.27 ounces (without the grip).

Rawlings Threat USA End Cap

Pop/Performance

What shocked me most wasn’t that the Threat hits the ball hard, it was the fact the Threat hits the ball VERY hard… As hard as the USA Quatro, Solo, Select, and Voodoo One bats we have tested. I also noticed my bat speed was much greater with the Threat due to the fact it is so much lighter than the other USA bats in comparison. As more people start to hit the Threat, you will no doubt hear the same feedback. The ball flies off the barrel just as hard as the best USA bats on the market.

Rawlings Threat USA vs Solo vs Quatro vs Select vs Voodoo

If you are just starting, or about to start your youth baseball season, definitely consider the all new 2019 Rawlings Threat. It is one of the best USA bats made so far. The price is very reasonable compared to some of the other high end USA bats. The swing weight is the best we have seen from any USA bat made so far, and finally, it hits the ball hard. Simple as that.

2019 Rawlings Threat USA baseball bat is approved for the following leagues:

  • Pony League
  • Little League
  • American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC)
  • Babe Ruth League
  • Cal Ripken League
  • Dixie Baseball
  • National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF)

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2016 DeMarini Raw Steel vs 2018 DeMarini Steel

Rarely does a softball bat as important as the DeMarini Steel come around…

I joke, but the 2018 DeMarini Steel is one of those softball bats that every softball player knows about. In fact, in my coed league I have never seen the men use anything but the DeMarini Raw Steel. Why is that? Several reasons which I’ll touch on below.

2016 DeMarini Steel vs 2018 DeMarini Steel

2016 Raw Steel vs 2018 Steel

First off let’s get the main question out of the way. The 2016 and the 2018 DeMarini Steel are the exact same but with one tiny exception (aside from a different paint job). What is different is the 2018 Steel bats are .50 to .75 ounces heavier than the 2016 Raw Steel. It is not a huge difference, but if you really like the feel of your 2016 Steel we recommending picking one or three up while they are still in stock, because the added weight is ever so slightly noticeable.

2016 vs 2018 Performance

There is no noticeable difference in pop with the 2018 Steel vs the 2016. I have hit both bats extensively, and I can say without a doubt they hit exactly the same.

Carburized Steel

To my knowledge, DeMarini is the only bat manufacturer making a softball bat with heat treated steel. Using a process called carburizing, the 2018 DeMarini Steel barrel is heated to a certain temperature in a carbon rich environment to make the Steel extremely hard. A hard barrel is supremely important when using a soft/mush ASA softball. Note: the 28oz and 30oz barrel is about 1 inch longer than the barrel on the 26oz. All weights are end loaded for added mass and power through the hitting zone.

Single Wall Barrel

This one is important, too. Many coed softball leagues do not allow men to use composite bats and/or multi-wall bats. The DeMarini Steel is a single wall bat with the ASA stamp on the (super hard) barrel.

Two-Piece Design

ZNX DeMarini Steel alloy handle

DeMarini connects the hard, Steel barrel to a ZNX alloy handle. The alloy metal in the handle is thinner and and more flexible in nature than the barrel. The flex in the handle gives the bat added whip during contact with the ball. The two-piece construction also eliminates hand rattling vibration. I use this bat often, and I have never once experienced sting in my hands.

RCK Knob

DeMarini offers a rounded knob on the 2018 Steel for added comfort while swinging. Especially during batting practice.

The new Steel comes with a 1 year warranty against defects, as well as free shipping both ways from CheapBats.com. Batisfaction Guaranteed!

2018 Louisville Slugger BBCOR Bats – Prime 918, Select 718, Solo 618, Omaha 518

Louisville Slugger’s all-new 2018 BBCOR bat lineup has launched! The top dog, year in and year out, is the Prime – which continues to set the multi-piece, all-composite market in consistency and performance. Aside from all-composite, LS has two hybrid options, as they bring back the Select (after a year on the bench), while also have the Solo for its 2nd campaign. The 100% alloy bat market is always led by the Omaha, a tried-and-true aluminum bat that brings maximum ping with every swing. Lastly, there’s the Vapor, a price-point bat that gives you incredible bang for your buck. Check out each bat below . . .
2018 Louisville Slugger Prime 918 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBP918B32018 Louisville Slugger Prime 918 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBP918B3
The Prime 918 BBCOR Bat is made with Louisville Slugger’s Proprietary MicroForm Composite, which features a Patented Fused Carbon Structure for maximum pop right out of the wrapper. The TRU3 barrel-to-handle connection, which connects the barrel to one side and the handle to the other without allowing them to touch, is going to reduce vibration and provide unmatched feel at ball impact. The all-new RTX End Cap allows for a longer barrel shape, ultimately increasing the potency of the sweet spot for futher hitting distances.

  • TRU3 3-Piece Bat Construction
  • 100% Proprietary MicroForm Composite
  • Patented Fused Carbon Structure Design
  • RTX End Cap
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 1.7
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS718B32018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS718B3
The Select 718 BBCOR Bat is crafted as a hybrid, combining the ST 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy Barrel and the Composite Handle. Hybrid bats are viewed as the best of both worlds, as you get the ping of an aluminum barrel, but the flex and sting elimination that comes with a composite handle. The TRU3 barrel-to-handle connection, which connects the barrel to one side and the handle to the other without allowing them to touch, is going to reduce vibration and provide unmatched feel at ball impact. The Speed Ballistic Composite (referred to as SBC) is designed to make the end cap combat the heaviness of the barrel, ultimately giving you faster swing speed and improved bat control while going through the hitting zone.

  • TRU3 3-Piece Bat Construction
  • ST 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy Barrel
  • Composite Handle
  • Speed Ballistic End Cap (SBC)
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Slightly End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 3.0
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS618B32018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS618B3
The Solo 618 BBCOR Bat is crafted as a hybrid, combining the SL Hyper Aluminum Alloy Barrel & Handle with the Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap. The Speed Ballistic Composite (referred to as SBC) is designed to make the end cap combat the heaviness of the barrel, ultimately giving you faster swing speed and improved bat control while going through the hitting zone. This year, for the first time, the Solo will have Vibration Dampening Technology incorporated in the handle, which will reduce that negative sting/vibration that is normally felt in the hands on miss hits.

  • 1-Piece Bat Construction
  • SL Hyper Aluminum Alloy Barrel & Handle
  • Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap (SBC)
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Vibration Dampening Technology
  • Very Balanced Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 1.1
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBO518B32018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBO518B3
The Omaha 518 BBCOR Bat is crafted with 100% 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy for that stiff, traditional feel. The Omaha, year in and year out, delivers a huge sweet spot and maximum ping with every swing! This year, for the first time, the Omaha will have Vibration Dampening Technology incorporated in the handle, which will reduce that negative sting/vibration that is normally felt in the hands on miss hits.

  • 1-Piece Bat Construction
  • 100% 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Injection Molded Knob
  • Vibration Dampening Technology
  • Mid-Balanced Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 2.3
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Vapor BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBVA18B32018 Louisville Slugger Vapor BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBVA18B3
The Vapor BBCOR Bat is crafted with 100% 7-Series Aluminum Alloy for a stiff, traditional bat at a cost effective price. The Vapor comes with a 31/32″ Standard Handle, Durable Synthetic Bat Grip, and a -3oz Length to Weight Ratio. At the end of the day, if you need a backup bat or a batting cage bat that’s reliable – this is a great option to consider.

  • 1-Piece Bat Construction
  • 100% 7-Series Aluminum Alloy
  • Durable Synthetic Bat Grip
  • 31/32″ Standard Handle

 
Louisville, this year, gives players looking for the right BBCOR bat a “BBCOR Swing Weight Profile Score”, essentially giving a more accurate look, on paper, at the weight distribution of the Prime 918, Select 718, Solo 618, and the Omaha 518. The Vapor, however, did not get included in this swing weight chart. (SEE IMAGE BELOW)
Louisville Slugger BBCOR Bats Swing Weight Profile Score Chart
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2017 Miken Freak USA & 2017 Worth Legit USA XL “Border Battle” Bats

A couple of “Border Battle Edition” slowpitch softball bats have been released, the 2017 Miken Freak USA & the 2017 Worth Legit USA XL, so we’re going to dive in and give you all the info and specifics. The “Border Battle” bat lineup has been really popular the last few years, with most of them being limited edition bats that are super hot and sell out really fast. Below is info, pics, and links for each bat, as Miken and Worth both have a representing ASA model in this all-new release.

2017 Miken Freak USA Border Battle Slowpitch Softball Bat Supermax ASA MBBFKA2017 Miken Freak USA Border Battle Slowpitch Softball Bat Supermax ASA MBBFKA

Introducing the Freak USA Border Battle Slowpitch Softball Bat! Miken‘s new, innovative technology that is incorporated with the Freak USA makes this bat a must have for ASA play. This bat is going to be for the slowpitch player wanting that extra end-load to maximize distance and power potential, as this is made with a Supermax weighting. This Freak USA also comes with a monster 14″ barrel, giving you an extra long sweet spot for incredible performance.

Features:

  • 2-Piece Bat Construction
  • 100% Composite Design
  • Tetra-Core Technology
  • Sensi-Flex
  • Supermax End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • 14″ Barrel Length
  • 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter
  • Approved for ASA Only
  • Made in the USA
  • One Year Manufacturer Warranty

 

2017 Worth Legit USA XL Border Battle Slowpitch Softball Bat End Loaded ASA WBBLGA2017 Worth Legit USA XL Border Battle Slowpitch Softball Bat End Loaded ASA WBBLGA

This new Legit USA XL bat, along with a sweet ‘Merica color scheme, is super hot with insane pop! The Legit USA XL has a new design for ASA play that will be your go to bat! This 13.5″ barreled bat is for the player wanting XL loading with a massive sweet spot that is hot right out of the wrapper and game ready from day one.

Features:

  • 2-Piece Bat Construction
  • 100% Composite Design
  • Quad Comp Technology
  • CF100 Tech
  • Flex 100
  • XL End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • 13.5″ Barrel Length
  • 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter
  • Approved for ASA Only
  • Made in the USA
  • One Year Manufacturer Warranty

 

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2018 DeMarini CFX Fastpitch Softball Bat Lineup

2018 DeMarini CFX Fastpitch Softball Bat is made with a 2-piece bat construction, while being crafted with 100% Paraflex composite material. Paraflex gives you 22% stronger composite when being compared to the Paradox composite that DeMarini used in previous years, which allows the bats to be built with a more precise weight distribution. The 3Fusion Technology is what makes the CF bats top notch, year in and year out, as the barrel-to-handle connection gives the bat an overall great feel, while also elimination unwanted sting/vibration energy from reaching the hands.
The CFX has six different models this year, compared to 7 last year. The model that was eliminated was the Hope -10, which was a mimic model of the regular Balanced -10, but with a purple color scheme that had a percentage of the proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. However, they have scrapped that model this year, and are just going with the 6 models. They are all listed below, with specs and images, so you can figure out which CFX is the one for you!

 
 

2018 DeMarini CFX -8oz WTDXCF8-18
2018 DeMarini CFX -8oz WTDXCF8-18
The CFX -8 is perfect for elite power hitters that can handle a heavier bat. With the smallest length to weight ratio in the CFX class, this monster gives extra power to the pro and college players that can generate a ton of bat speed.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter
  • -8oz Length to Weight Ratio
  • MAP Retail Price $349.95

 
 

2018 DeMarini CFX -9oz WTDXCFF-18
2018 DeMarini CFX -9oz WTDXCFF-18
Ideal for the heavy hitting high school and college fastpitch softball athletes, this CFX -9 brings more mass, power, and durability to the box than ever before! This bat was made game ready from day one with a sweet spot that extends all the way down the barrel, giving big time performance to big time players.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter
  • -9oz Length to Weight Ratio
  • MAP Retail Price $349.95

 
 

2018 DeMarini CFX -10oz WTDXCFP-18
2018 DeMarini CFX -10oz WTDXCFP-18
DeMarini’s CFX -10 balanced bat is the most popular in the lineup, and now are built with the full complement of the 3Fusion Technology System, from knob to end cap. Bringing a balanced swing weight together with the ultimate performance, this stick has the power to let you crush with confidence.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter
  • -10oz Length to Weight Ratio
  • MAP Retail Price $349.95

 
 

2018 DeMarini CFX Slapper -10oz WTDXCFA-18
2018 DeMarini CFX Slapper -10oz WTDXCFA-18
For those left-handed speedy slappers, this CFX -10 Slapper is the perfect bat. The long 14″ barrel length provides maximum plate coverage and is weighted more towards the hands, ultimately providing optimal barrel control and incredibly fast swing speed. But here’s the kicker – when you don’t want to slap, this bat can fill the role of a lighter swinging -10 with enough mass and pop to drive the ball to the wall for the ultimate element of surprise.

  • 14″ Barrel Length
  • Light & Balanced Swing Weight
  • 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter
  • -10oz Length to Weight Ratio
  • MAP Retail Price $349.95

 

2018 DeMarini CFX Insane -10oz WTDXCFI-18
2018 DeMarini CFX Insane -10oz WTDXCFI-18
This CFX Insane is an end-loaded version of the balanced -10, as it brings crazy pop to the plate for those fastpitch softball players ready to take their power to another level.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter
  • -10oz Length to Weight Ratio
  • MAP Retail Price $349.95

 
 

2018 DeMarini CFX -11oz WTDXCFS-18
2018 DeMarini CFX -11oz WTDXCFS-18
The CFX -11 bat from DeMarini is the lightest offering in the 2018 lineup, and the perfect bat for younger players who want to take their game to the next level. Built with a strong, responsive Paraflex Composite barrel, that combines extremely well with the 3Fusion Technology System in the handle, giving you the perfect bat for the developing player.

  • Light & Balanced Swing Weight
  • 2 1/4″ Barrel Diameter
  • -11oz Length to Weight Ratio
  • MAP Retail Price $349.95

 
 
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2017 Louisville Slugger LXT Hyper Fastpitch Softball Bat WTLFPLX17

2017 Louisville Slugger LXT Hyper
The Louisville Slugger LXT is BACK! As always, this 3-piece all-composite stick is a popular option for many fastpitch softball players. The LXT for 2017, called the LXT Hyper, has taken this bat model to a whole new level! The LXT Hyper is made with Louisville Slugger’s new PBF System, short for Performance Barrel Flex, which maximizes the power and increases the sweet spot of the barrel. This system gives you more lethal hitting surface on the LXT barrel, while also increasing your hitting distances for more dominance at the plate than ever before! Like previous models, this LXT Hyper is made with the TRU3 Technology, which is the barrel-to-handle connection piece that gives you explosive power transfer and limited sting/vibration felt in the hands. Lastly, this LXT Hyper is made with a balanced weighting, so you have increased swing speed and improved bat control through the hitting zone.
The LXT Hyper comes in four different models, all which differentiate in their respective length to weight ratio

2017 Miken Slowpitch Softball Bat Lineup

The all-new 2017 Miken lineup for slowpitch softball bats is as good as it gets. From ASA to USSSA, whether it’s Supermax or Maxload, this lineup has what you need – and they’re all stupid hot and ready to help you drop bombs! Let’s go bat-by-bat so you can find the one you need.

ASA:

2017 Miken Freak Patriot Slowpitch Softball Bat Maxload ASA (Product Code: FPATMA) 2017 Miken Freak Patriot Maxload ASA

This new design 2-piece bat is for the player wanting end-load weighting with a bigger sweetspot and extreme barrel flex. To be more specific, the end-load is a .5oz maxload, giving you additional power without sacrificing too much swing speed. Also, this Patriot has a MONSTER 14″ barrel length, which allowed Miken to maximize the sweet spot potential. Lastly, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Heroes Mission.

 

USSSA:

2017 Miken Denny Crine DC41 Slowpitch Softball Bat Supermax USSSA (Product Code: MDC41U)

2017 Miken Denny Crine DC41 Slowpitch Softball BatSignature 2-piece bat for Denny Crine with his 1oz supermax end-load for maximum performance and optimal barrel flex. This bat is your classic DC41 bat, giving you more mass at the end of the barrel for increased power and further hitting distances. This DC41 gives you all the stupid hot pop you expect in a Denny Crine, allowing you to maximize the U-trip standard and drive the ball to the wall!

 

 

2017 Miken Freak 30 Kevin Filby Slowpitch Softball Bat Maxload USSSA (Product Code: MFILBU)

mfilbuSignature 2-piece bat for Kevin “Flip” Filby with an end-load weighting on a 12″ barrel length design. This bat has raw power for those that can swing it. The maxload end-load doesn’t make the bat too heavy, so you don’t have to sacrifice too much swing speed for the increased power potential. Year in and year out the Filby models are super hot out of the wrapper and have sick pop, and this bat is no different.

 

 

2017 Miken Psycho Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA Supermax (Product Code: SYKDTE)

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This end-loaded Psycho is for the slowpitch softball player who likes to drop bombs with consistency, as the supermax weighting places more mass at the end of the barrel for increased hitting distances. The 2-piece construction gives way for some flex, minimal sting felt in the hands, and a great optimized feel at the plate. Miken crafts this Psycho with Triple Matrix Core, F2P, and 100COMP technologies that allows you to have a bat that maximizes the U-trip standard with elite performance. The Triple Matrix Core Technology increases Miken’s exclusive aerospace grade material volume by 5%, eliminating wall seams with a breakthrough carbonized process that maximizes both performance and durability. 100COMP is the revolutionary formula that changed the game and introduced certified Miken high performance equipment. This product is engineered utilizing 100% premium aerospace grade fiber to deliver Miken’s legendary performance and durability. The F2P optimizes handles flex to barrel loading, to maximize the overall speed of the bat head through the hitting zone.

2017 Miken Psycho Izzy/Pearson Slowpitch Softball bat Maxload USSSA (Product Code: MPSY2U)
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Signature 2-piece bat for Kyle Pearson and Jeremy Isenhower. This is for the player wanting end-load weighting with hot out of the wrapper performance. Pearson and Izzy wouldn’t swing just any bat, they only swing the best, and that’s exactly what this Psycho is if you’re looking for an end-loaded U-trip monster! This bat has legendary power, incredible performance, and is built for power so your bombs can go further than ever before.

 

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2017 Worth Slowpitch Softball Bat Lineup

With all-new designs, weight distributions, and performance that maximizes the standard, Worth has launched its 2017 repertoire of slow pitch softball bats and they’re awesome! Let’s go bat-by-bat and breakdown why the lineup of these 2017 Worth slow pitch softball bats are awesome, giving you the knowledge to snag the one that’s best for you.

ASA

2017 Worth Liberty Slowpitch Softball Bat Balanced ASA (Product Code: SBLIBA) 2017 Worth Liberty Slowpitch Softball Bat

This new design 2-piece bat is for the player wanting balanced weighting with a bigger sweet spot and extreme barrel flex. The balanced weight distribution will increase your bat speed and improve your overall bat control. The quad comp technology utilizes a urethane joint that increases handle flex to barrel loading, creating an unparalleled whiplash as you rip through the hitting zone. This bat is made 100% composite, has a 13.5″ barrel length, and is approved for ASA play. Also, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Heroes Mission.

USSSA:

2017 Worth Legit Greg Connell Slowpitch Softball Bat Balanced USSSA (Product Code: WLGGCU) 2017 Worth Legit Greg Connell Slowpitch Softball Bat

Signature 2-piece bat for the triple crown winner Greg Connell. It has a true balanced swing weight for increased swing speed and improved bat control. With the 220 Advantage, CF100 Technology, and Flex 50 all incorporated, this Legit is made top notch and has stupid pop. The barrel length is 13.5″, giving you a looooong barrel with a huge sweet spot. If you need a balanced u-trip bat, look no further. This bat is hot right out of the wrapper, game ready from day one, and a must have!

 

2017 Worth Legit XL BJ Fulk Slowpitch Softball Bat End Loaded USSSA (Product Code: WLGBJU)

2017 Worth Legit XL BJ Fulk Slowpitch Softball Bat

Signature 2-piece bat for BJ Fulk with an XL end-load weighting on a 12.5″ barrel length design. This bat is perfect for the player wanting a shorter barrel and extreme performance. The end-load is a 0.5oz XL, which means you’re going to have additional power potential, but it won’t be too much to where it sacrifices swing speed. So, if you’re looking for a u-trip bat with a bit of end-load, but nothing crazy, then this BJ Fulk Legit XL is the one for you. Also, this bat has the CF100 Technology, Flex 50, and 220 Advantage all incorporated, which are Worth’s methods to building a bat that can dominate and drive the ball to the wall!

2017 Worth Legit XL Jeff Hall Slowpitch Softball Bat Reload USSSA (Product Code: WLGJHU)

2017 Worth Legit XL Jeff Hall Slowpitch Softball Bat

Signature 2-piece bat for Jeff Hall with that famous reload end-load weighting on a 12.5″ barrel length design. Perfect for the player looking for a shorter barrel and a 0.5oz end-load with hot out of the wrapper performance. With the 220 Advantage, cF100 Technology, and Flex 50, this bat (like the Legit bats listed above) is as well put together as any other bat on the market for slow pitch. Jeff Hall doesn’t just swing any bat, he only swings what he feels to be the best. Maybe you should, too.

 

 

2017 Worth Legit XXL Dedonatis/Purcell Slowpitch Softball Bat End Loaded USSSA (Product Code: WLG2XU)

2017 Worth LEgit XXL Dedonatis/Purcell Slowpitch Softball Bat

Signature 2-piece bat for Don DeDonatis III and Andy Purcell with an XXL 1oz end-load for the player wanting performance, sweetspot, and the winning edge. The full 1oz end-load will provide maximum mass at the end of the bat, creating an ultra-loaded bat for players that prefer heavier swinging bats. Of the four 2017 Worth Legit bats, this is the clean-up hitter. The big daddy. This will be the one that can, for those big time power hitters, take those hitting distances to the next level. This barrel has a lot of mass meeting the ball at the moment of impact, so if you can whip it around into the zone – look out.

 

2017 Worth Triple Crown XL Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA Reload (Product Code: WTCSMU)

2017 Worth Triple Crown XL Slowpitch Softball Bat

Worth is proud to sponsor the ONLY two players in history to be awarded the Triple Crown for slow pitch softball. Jeff Hall was the first to capture this back in 2004, followed by Greg Connell in 2015. Worth crafts this Triple Crown XL softball bat with 220 Advantage, Flex 50, and CF100 technologies that allows you to have a bat that maximizes the U-trip standard with championship-level performance. This Triple Crown XL is made with a reload end-load, so there’s more mass weight at the end of the barrel for increased hitting distances. As a limited edition bat, only 1,500 were made and distributed.

 

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2017 Easton Mako Beast vs. 2017 Louisville Slugger Prime 917: What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between the 2017 Easton Mako Beast and the 2017 Louisville Slugger Prime 917?

Bat Battle - Easton Mako Beast vs. Louisville Slugger Prime 917

Bat Battle – Easton Mako Beast vs. Louisville Slugger Prime 917

Well, they both have models ranging from BBCOR for High School/College, to Senior/Youth Big Barrels in both 2 5/8″ and 2 3/4″ barrel diameters, and Youth 2 1/4″ models for little league/dixie/babe ruth as well. But, what is different about them? Well, it’s the composite type, the barrel length, and the barrel-to-handle connection piece.

Let’s start with the composite. Easton uses Thermo Composite Technology (TCT) on the Mako Beast, which is Easton’s top composite material. Louisville Slugger uses MicroForm Composite on the Prime 917, which is an upgrade over the Pure 360 Composite they used in years past. TCT and MicroForm are very similar and comparable, while also being very durable. They each have good pop out of wrapper, but the break-in period is key for the sweet spot to reach its full potential.

Next is the barrel size. The Mako Beast’s barrel length is definitely longer, as Easton made it their goal to create more potent hitting surface and longer barrel lengths on the 2017 line of Mako Beasts. However, even with such a big barrel, the Mako Beast is still pretty balanced, so you’re not going to have an end-heavy bat that slows down your swing speed. The Prime 917 doesn’t have the extended barrel length of the Mako Beast, but the weight distribution with the Prime gives the bat an incredible “feel”, with the sweet spot just as potent as any other bat in the composite game.

Lastly, the barrel-to-handle connection piece. Above mentioned was the incredible “feel” of the Prime 917, but part of that is due to the TRU3 Technology, which connects the Prime 917’s barrel to one side and the handle to the other, without allowing them to touch, which increases flex and also eliminates sting/vibration as much, if not more, than any other bat. This construction gives the Prime 917 a “feel” that no other bat can compare to. However, the Mako Beast is better if you want multi-piece composite, but don’t want so much flex, since Easton’s CXN piece is just a simple barrel-to-handle connection with no separate piece in between. It still kills a good amount of sting/vibration, and has a great feel of its own.

Which is better? That just comes down to personal preference, as they’re both top notch. You really cannot go wrong. Below is each model, or group of models, allowing you to find what you’re looking for.

BBCOR 2 5/8″ -3

2017 Easton Mako Beast BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB17MK

2017 Louisville Slugger Prime 917 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBP9173

Youth Big Barrel 2 5/8″ -5, -8, -10

2017 Easton Mako Beast Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bats SL17MK

2017 Louisville Slugger Prime 917 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bats WTLSLP917

Youth Big Barrel 2 3/4″ -10

2017 Easton Mako Beast Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat 2 3/4″ -10oz SL17MK10B

2017 Louisville Slugger Prime 917 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat 2 3/4″ -10oz WTLSLP917X

Junior Big Barrel 2 3/4″ -12

2017 Easton Mako Beast Junior Big Barrel Baseball Bat 2 3/4″ -12oz JBB17MK12B

Youth 2 1/4″ -10, -11, -12

2017 Easton Mako Beast Youth Baseball Bats YB17MK

2017 Louisville Slugger Prime 917 Youth Baseball Bats WTLYBP917

 

2016 Easton Slowpitch Softball Bat Review

We’re going to go bat-by-bat to break down Easton’s new lineup of slowpitch softball bats for 2016. It’s broken down into 3 different series: Mako Torq, Bomb Squad, and Speed Brigade.

The Mako Torq Series…

2016 Easton Mako Torq Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA Balanced SP16MBU

2016 Mako Torq USSSA Balanced

2016 Mako Torq USSSA Balanced

Rating: 9.5/10

“Huge sweet spot, lots of pop, very balanced. Torq Taq grip also much better than last years gauze grip.”

2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using Thermo Composite Technology. Includes 360 Torq Rotation Technology that keeps you on plane and in the hitting zone longer, improving your timing and rids you of the classic rollover that would normally lead to weak grounders and inning-ending pop ups. This particular Mako Torq is made with a Balanced Swing Weight and is approved for 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA, and SSUSA.

 

2016 Easton Mako Torq Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded SP16MLU

2016 Mako Torq USSSA End Loaded

2016 Mako Torq USSSA End Loaded

Rating: 9.5/10

“Nice end-load, never felt sting, and after a few swings the torq rotation felt natural.”

2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using Thermo Composite Technology. Includes 360 Torq Rotation Technology that keeps you on plane and in the hitting zone longer, improving your timing and rids you of the classic rollover that would normally lead to weak grounders and inning-ending pop ups. This particular Mako Torq is made with an End-Loaded Swing Weight and is approved for 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA, and SSUSA.

 

2016 Easton Mako Torq Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA Balanced SP16MBA

2016 Mako Torq ASA Balanced

2016 Mako Torq ASA Balanced

Rating: 9.5/10

“Super balanced, nice pop, feels awesome. The only issue I have with this bat is that all of my teammates want to use it. Not cool.”

2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using Thermo Composite Technology. Includes 360 Torq Rotation Technology that keeps you on plane and in the hitting zone longer, improving your timing and rids you of the classic rollover that would normally lead to weak grounders and inning-ending pop ups. This particular Mako Torq is made with a Balanced Swing Weight and is approved for ASA & ISF only.

 

2016 Easton Mako Torq Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded SP16MLA

2016 Mako Torq ASA End Loaded

2016 Mako Torq ASA End Loaded

Rating: 9.5/10

“As a power hitter I love the end-load weighting. The bat feels really sturdy and it’s easy to swing. Hot out of wrapper and the pop is insane.”

2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using Thermo Composite Technology. Includes 360 Torq Rotation Technology that keeps you on plane and in the hitting zone longer, improving your timing and rids you of the classic rollover that would normally lead to weak grounders and inning-ending pop ups. This particular Mako Torq is made with a End-Loaded Swing Weight and is approved for ASA & ISF only.

 

The Bomb Squad Series…

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Brett Helmer Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded SP16BHU

2016 Brett Helmer USSSA End Loaded

2016 Brett Helmer USSSA End Loaded

Rating: 9.5/10

“Worth every penny. Straight out of the wrapper I went 4 for 4 at the yard. Enough said.”

This is the USSSA Brett Helmer Signature Model for 2016. 2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using Thermo Composite Technology. This Helmer has the CXN Zero Technology, which is the barrel-to-handle connection that virutally eliminates all vibration, improves overall feel, and adds more power behind every swing. This Helmer’s End-Loaded Swing Weight goes as follows: 34″/26.5oz = 1.5oz, 34″/27.5oz = 2.5oz, 34″/28.5oz = 3.5oz. Also, this bat is equipped with Easton’s new Hyperskin Bat Grip for more power through a softer feel. Lastly, this bat has the 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA, and SSUSA approval stamps for slowpitch softball play.

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Brett Helmer Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded SP16BHA

2016 Brett Helmer ASA End Loaded

2016 Brett Helmer ASA End Loaded

Rating: 9.5/10

“LOVE THIS BAT! Powerful, nice pop, sturdy. The paint scheme is clean, too.”

This is the ASA Brett Helmer Signature Model for 2016. 2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using Thermo Composite Technology. This Helmer has the CXN Zero Technology, which is the barrel-to-handle connection that virutally eliminates all vibration, improves overall feel, and adds more power behind every swing. This Helmer’s End-Loaded Swing Weight goes as follows: 34″/26.5oz = 1.5oz, 34″/27.5oz = 2.5oz, 34″/28.5oz = 3.5oz. Also, this bat is equipped with Easton’s new Hyperskin Bat Grip for more power through a softer feel. Lastly, this bat is approved for ASA and ISF.

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Bryson Baker Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA Balanced SP16BBU

2016 Bryson Baker USSSA Balanced

2016 Bryson Baker USSSA Balanced

Rating: 9/10

“Super Balanced, sturdy, no sting felt in the hands, great pop.”

The Bryson Baker is the Bomb Squad bat that’s made with a Balanced Swing Weight, giving contact hitters the increased swing speed and improved bat control that they long for. Made as a 2-Piece, 100% Composite bat using Easton’s tried-and-true IMX Composite material. The 13.5″ Barrel Length gives you plenty of hitting surface and a massive sweet spot, while the 29/32″ SIC Black Carbon Handle helps optimize the bat and improve the overall feel. Lastly, this Bryson Baker is approved by 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA, and SSUSA.

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Bryson Baker Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA Balanced SP16BBA

2016 Bryson Baker ASA Balanced

2016 Bryson Baker ASA Balanced

Rating: 9/10

“This bat gives me fast swing speed and the barrel has a nice extended sweet spot.”

The Bryson Baker is the Bomb Squad bat that’s made with a Balanced Swing Weight, giving contact hitters the increased swing speed and improved bat control that they long for. Made as a 2-Piece, 100% Composite bat using Easton’s tried-and-true IMX Composite material. The 13.5″ Barrel Length gives you plenty of hitting surface and a massive sweet spot, while the 29/32″ SIC Black Carbon Handle helps optimize the bat and improve the overall feel. Lastly, this Bryson Baker is approved by ASA and ISF.

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Scott Kirby Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded SP16SKU

2016 Scott Kirby USSSA End Loaded

2016 Scott Kirby USSSA End Loaded

Rating: 9/10

“Sweet end-load for added power, nice paint job, great price.”

2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using IMX Composite, which is Easton’s tried-and-true composite material they have used for many years. Made for power hitters, the End-Loaded Swing Weight on this bat goes as follows: 34″/26oz = 1oz, 34″/27oz = 2oz, 34″/28oz = 3oz, 34″/30oz = 4oz. Lastly, this particular Scott Kirby is approved by 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA, and SSUSA.

 

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Scott Kirby Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded SP16SKA

2016 Scott Kirby ASA End Loaded

2016 Scott Kirby ASA End Loaded

Rating: 9/10

“Sweet end-load for added power, nice paint job, great price.”

2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using IMX Composite, which is Easton’s tried-and-true composite material they have used for many years. Made for power hitters, the End-Loaded Swing Weight on this bat goes as follows: 34″/26oz = 1oz, 34″/27oz = 2oz, 34″/28oz = 3oz, 34″/30oz = 4oz. Lastly, this particular Scott Kirby is approved by ASA and ISF.

 

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Brian Wegman Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded SP16BWU

2016 Brian Wegman USSSA End Loaded

2016 Brian Wegman USSSA End Loaded

Rating: 8.5/10

“Love the single piece feel, very stiff and sturdy, great pop and power.”

If you like your bat made with the traditional 1-Piece Bat Construction, then the Bomb Squad Brian Wegman is the bat for you. Made with 100% Composite material, a 12″ Barrel Length, and an End-Loaded Swing Weight for power hitters, this bat is ready to help you drive the ball to the wall. Some other features include a 29/32″ SIC Black Carbon Handle, 1.2mm Hyperskin Bat Grip, and the 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA, & SSUSA approval stamps.

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Brian Wegman Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded SP16BWA

2016 Brian Wegman ASA End Loaded

2016 Brian Wegman ASA End Loaded

Rating: 8.5/10

“Powerful. Stiff. Looks sick. Much better grip compared to last year.”

If you like your bat made with the traditional 1-Piece Bat Construction, then the Bomb Squad Brian Wegman is the bat for you. Made with 100% Composite material, a 12″ Barrel Length, and an End-Loaded Swing Weight for power hitters, this bat is ready to help you drive the ball to the wall. Some other features include a 29/32″ SIC Black Carbon Handle, 1.2mm Hyperskin Bat Grip, and the ASA & ISF approval stamps.

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA USSSA End Loaded SP16BSUA

2016 Bomb Squad All-Association End Loaded

2016 Bomb Squad All-Association End Loaded

Rating: 7.5/10

“I play in both a USSSA and ASA league on different nights. This bat is what I needed. Great end-load, very sturdy, super hot, nice pop.”

This is the dual stamp, all-association Bomb Squad bat, made for the player who needs all the approval stamps: 1.20 BPF USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, ISF, and SSUSA. Made as a 2-Piece, 100% Composite bat using IMX Composite material, this bat is made to last season after season. Power hitters will favor this bat as it has an End-Loaded Swing Weight, giving you additional weight at the end of the barrel for additional power potential with every swing.

 

The Speed Brigade Series…

Easton S500 Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA USSSA Balanced SP16S500

2016 S500 All-Association

2016 S500 All-Association

“I play for my church on the weekend and it’s a single wall aluminum league and this bat has been great! Price was totally fair and it has been fun to use.”

This is the top option of the Speed Brigade Series. The 100% 7050 Aircraft Aluminum Alloy build is more durable and better performing than the Durable aluminum the S300 and S50 are made with. With a Balanced Swing Weight, this S500 gives you great bat control and fast swing speed while going through the hitting zone. Ultimately, this bat is made as a price-point single wall barrel bat for those that either play in a coed league, church league, or just need a batting cage bat to take some hacks with while not beating up your more expensive bat. Approved for ALL softball associations.

 

Easton S300 Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA USSSA Balanced SP16S300

2016 S300 All-Association

2016 S300 All-Association

“This bat is my batting cage stick. I have a Salvo I use in games but I use this to bang up and get my swing right.”

If you don’t want to spend much money, but play need a bat to beat up on in your coed/church league or maybe need a batting cage bat – you found your match. With a Balanced Swing Weight, this S300 gives you great bat control and fast swing speed while going through the hitting zone. Approved for ALL softball associations.

 

 

 

Easton S50 Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA USSSA Balanced SP16S50

2016 S50 All-Association

2016 S50 All-Association

“I go to Home Run Park batting cages and, even though they have free rentals, I just wanted one that was my own to use now and then. It was cheap and it makes a nice ping sound when I hit the ball.”

The cheapest option of the Speed Brigade Series is the S50 slowpitch softball bat. At a $29.99 price point you get a single wall, 100% aluminum bat that’s ready for the player that’s just trying to have a bit of fun now and then, or if you’re just wanting to hit for hours in the cages and need something to help get your swing right. Approved for ALL softball associations.

 

 

That’s the ENTIRE 2016 Easton Slowpitch Softball Bat Lineup, which is available at CheapBats.com!

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