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 Air Youth Baseball Bat Review

Contrary to popular opinion, one is not the loneliest number. This holds especially true in regards to the 2015 RIP-IT Air youth baseball bat. RIP-IT has taken out all the guesswork and allowed the Youth AIR to shine brightly as their one and only offering for the 2015 youth baseball bat lineup.2015-Rip-It-Air-Youth-B1512-Main

2015 RIP-IT AIR Youth Baseball Bat -12 B1512

The 2015 RIP-IT Youth AIR is built with speed and contact in mind. Using their extremely strong R3 Alloy, RIP-IT has created a youth baseball bat that is impeccably balanced and built to last. With a length to weight ratio of -12, the Youth AIR is easily controlled and can be effortlessly swung through the hitting zone at an impressive rate of speed. For the younger player still adjusting to growth spurts, the 2015 RIP-IT Youth AIR will leave them confident in their ability to adjust to the velocity of even the hardest throwing pitchers in the league. To add to the overall comfort and feel, RIP-IT includes their contact grip to lessen vibration at the point of contact.


  • 1-piece R3 alloy design
  • Barrel diameter of 2 ¼”
  • Drop 12 length to weight ratio
  • Little League approved

To alleviate any buyers remorse or doubt in their product, RIP-IT also has a couple very user friendly policies in place. The first is their 30 day “Love it or return it” policy. Go ahead and buy the bat, try it out as much as you’d like within the allotted 30 days post purchase, and if you’re not completely in love with it you can send it back to them for a full refund. If you do decide to keep the bat, you can rest assuredly thanks to their 400-day warranty. This extended warranty comes equipped with unlimited replacements and complimentary shipping each way for U.S. customers.2015-Rip-It-Youth-Air-12-B1512-2

Find the 2015 RIP-IT AIR Youth baseball bat and other great RIP-IT  bats with our no hassle returns right here at! Contact us today at 1 (800) 589-HITS or shoot us an email.

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2015 DeMarini Ultimate Weapon Slowpitch Softball Bat


2015 DeMarini Ultimate Weapon Slowpitch Softball Bat

The 2015 DeMarini Ultimate Weapon is one slowpitch softball bat every soldier can afford to have in his arsenal! The Ultimate Weapon may be one of DeMarini’s basic model slowpitch softball bats, but don’t let that fool you; it’s still equipped with some nice features that will have the player feeling confident with their purchase, and most importantly, confident at the plate!

The Ultimate Weapon is a one-piece, single wall design and is constructed out of DeMarini’s highly durable SC4 Alloy. Using a process called proprietary aluminum extrusion, they have thickened the entire wall of the barrel to extend the sweet spot and maximize durability.

DeMarini has also added a Rotation Index which is a numerical system that helps players to remember when it’s a good time to rotate the bat. By evenly distributing the location of contact, the bat will be able to take the abuse of countless hits and endure the wear and tear of multiple seasons. And thanks to the Thrasher Grip, as soon as you grab hold of the Ultimate Weapon it’s as if it becomes an extension of your body. This low profile grip provides great traction and additional bat control, all of which translates into increased production and performance.

The beauty of the 2015 DeMarini Ultimate Weapon really is in its simplicity. It’s built to show up and perform day in and day out. It may not be as flashy or have all the bells and whistles as some of the more expensive models, but you will have the peace of mind knowing that you can use this bat in virtually every slowpitch leauge (approved by ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA, ISF) and that you didn’t break the bank doing so.

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2015 DeMarini SF7 Slowpitch Softball Bat


2015 DeMarini SF7 Slowpitch Softball Bat

The 2015 DeMarini SF7 is a great choice for the softball player looking for a two-piece, hybrid slowpitch softball bat. DeMarini utilizes their X10 material to create a powerful, double-wall barrel. This alloy material is structurally controlled to expand the sweet spot of the barrel and create extremely thin walls that are long-lasting. With the X10 barrel, you can expect more of the classic feel and sound of bats that have won the support and dedication of DeMarini enthusiasts over the years.

The handle of the SF7 is made from DeMarini’s C6 Composite material. C6 composite has a wide weave which helps to make the handle flexible and responsive. DeMarini has placed their N2M End Cap at the top of the barrel to increase the comfort factor of the 2015 SF7. The end cap helps to dampen vibration and sustain power that would have ultimately been lost due to making poor contact. This will help to make each hit have a more solid feel, and will allow some forgiveness for those times you don’t quite square up the ball.

DeMarini’s sticky, low profile Thrasher Grip can also be found on the SF7. This grip provides a comfortable feel and aids in bat control. The 2015 SF7 is evenly balanced, and a great slowpitch bat selection for the player who is looking for optimal bat speed through the hitting zone. Aside from all these great features, the DeMarini SF7 is approved for play in multiple associations which include ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA and ISF. A 12 month manufacturer’s warranty is also included for your peace of mind.

There are many options available when selecting a slowpitch softball bat. Don’t be intimidated: Our bat experts are extremely knowledgeable, and are ready to answer any and all of your questions. Get your 2015 DeMarini SF7 and more right here at, where your

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2015 DeMarini Insane Baseball Bat Review

2015 DeMarini Insane

2015 DeMarini Insane Baseball Bat

The 2015 DeMarini Insane Baseball Bat is going to be one of the hottest single piece bats available, giving off mad pop and INSANE power! The BBCOR version comes in a slick white and green design, while the Youth Big Barrel and Youth editions come in a blacked out style. Staying true to their commitment of providing the most innovative and high-performing bats on the market, DeMarini has applied technological advancements from top to bottom in construction and material that help improve upon last year’s model.

The Insane is crafted using their own SC4 Alloy material. SC4 Alloy is a very durable and sturdy aluminum. It is also thickness tuned, providing hitters with an optimal feel and elite performance capabilities. Built as a single wall and packed with a wicked sweet spot, the Insane can be used by contact and power hitters alike.

The Low Profile D End Cap on this bat is scientifically tuned to absorb vibration while maximizing power, all the while keeping a balanced and light feel. The Low Pro cap also redirects contact energy back into the barrel’s sweet spot, giving this green machine trampoline effect that results in mad pop. Lastly, this bat comes with a standard knob and comfortable performance grip.

The Insane is DeMarini’s top of the line single wall bat. It’s advanced materials place it above the 2014 Uprising Baseball Bat, however; it is not as advanced as the multi-piece BBCOR bats that DeMarini has to offer. The Insane is also decently priced and has very good durability compared to its peers.

Below are all the 2015 editions of the Insane Baseball Bat from DeMarini and the leagues they can be used in:

2015 DeMarini Insane BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz (2 ⅝”) – High School/Collegiate Baseball

2015 DeMarini Insane Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -9oz (2 ⅝”) – Senior League/Travel Baseball

2015 DeMarini Insane Youth Baseball Bat -12oz (2 ¼”) – Little League/Youth Baseball

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2015 DeMarini Vendetta Fastpitch Softball Bat

Say hello to the new 2015 DeMarini Vendetta. New and improved from last year, the Vendetta is primed for a dominant 2015 campaign.

2015-DeMarini-Vendetta-Fastpitch-SoftballDeMarini incorporates their Half + Half, Single Wall Barrel Design that performance matches the barrel and the handle to create optimum weighting for mad pop during impact. The barrel is constructed with Paradox Composite material, which is a more intense composite that helps the bat perform soft and strong, so the Vendetta smoothly rips the softball to the fence with a more responsive sweet spot. The D-Lite Handle is a version of the D-Fusion handle you see on the 2015 CF7 lineup and, although it’s not quite to that performance level, still significantly limits the harsh feedback and vibration that can occur from those non-sweet spot hits. The handle is also made out of C6 Composite material, redirecting contact energy right back into the barrel for significant trampoline. This trampoline effect is what’s going to turn singles into doubles and doubles into home runs!

Some other features of the Vendetta include the 2 ¼” barrel diameter, standard D molded end cap and knob, and sweet performance grip wrapped around the handle. The Vendetta is 1.20 BPF approved and is certified for play by USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA and ISF softball associatons. This bat is also available in a drop -10 (High School/Youth) and a drop -12 (Youth) length to weight ratio.

In the scheme of things, the Vendetta for fastpitch is a great bat at a great price. It’s above the 2014 Bustos and just below the 2015 CF7 in terms of performance capability. If you’re wanting performance without going top tier, this bat is worth serious consideration.

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2015 DeMarini NVS Vexxum Baseball Bat Review

One of the best aluminum barrel bats in the game, DeMarini‘s NVS Vexxum baseball bat is back for the 2015 campaign and ready to steal the show from the batter’s box!

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2015 DeMarini NVS Vexxum Baseball Bat – Available at

While the new orange paint job is an awesome look, the best part of the X12 Alloy Barrel is the power and strength that it offers, while still keeping a very light swing weight. The X12 Alloy is one of the best aluminum materials in the game, giving it ridiculous pop to combine with the nice sweet spot. The barrel is connected to the C6 Composite Handle, which is a wider weave pattern giving hitters better handle stability and great responsiveness. Another great feature is the Low Profile D End Cap, which redirects energy back to the sweet spot for increased distance with every hit. Using the Half & Half Design, DeMarini performance matches the handle and the barrel to maximize energy burst upon contact.

An important thing to know about this bat is the NVS Barrel Design does make for a smaller barrel, but it doesn’t sacrifice the sweet spot’s ability and the power that comes with it. DeMarini does this to give hitters amazing bat speed going through the hitting zone so they can consistently stay on time with the ball.

I was able to jump in the batting cage with the 2015 DeMarini Vexxum NVS BBCOR, along with the 2015 CF7 and 2015 Voodoo Overlord FT. I was thoroughly impressed with the extremely light feel on the Vexxum, which had a noticeably lighter swing weight than the CF7 and the Voodoo. The Vexxum Grip also felt great and I was able to drive the ball effectively, with the great energy transfer inside the barrel obviously making a difference. The C6 handle on this bat, though, is not as effective at limiting vibration as the D-Fusion handle on the CF7 and the Voodoo. Lastly, the composite barrel on the CF7 is a notch above the aluminum on this NVS and the Voodoo, but the CF7 is also the most expensive of the bunch.

Bottom Line: For the price, the NVS is a great buy, giving you a top notch bat with incredible bang for your buck.

Below are all the 2015 editions of the Vexxum NVS Baseball Bat from DeMarini and the leagues they’re meant for:

2015 DeMarini Vexxum NVS BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz (2 ⅝”) – High School/Collegiate Baseball

2015 DeMarini Vexxum NVS Senior League Baseball Bat -5oz (2 ⅝”) – Senior League/Travel Baseball

2015 DeMarini Vexxum NVS Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -10oz (2 ⅝”) – Senior League/Travel Baseball

2015 DeMarini Vexxum NVS Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -10.5oz (2 ¾”) – Senior League/Travel Baseball

2015 DeMarini Vexxum NVS Youth Baseball Bat -12oz (2 ¼”) – Little League/Youth Baseball

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2015 DeMarini Voodoo Overlord FT Baseball Bat Review

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2015 DeMarini Voodoo Overlord FT Baseball Bat – Available at! was fortunate to get an early opportunity to swing the 2015 DeMarini Voodoo Overlord FT. While taking hacks with this high-tech piece of modern sport technology, we noticed a little bit of heaviness in the barrel as far as balance is concerned. Our power hitters loved the extra meat in the bat however, and couldn’t find anything but complementary things to say about its ability to drive the ball with power. The X12 Alloy in the Voodoo Overlord baseball bat barrel is made of DeMarini’s hottest and most durable metal materials, making sure anyone who buys a DeMarini Overlord won’t feel like they got a lemon of a two-piece alloy bat.

Vibration in the 2015 Voodoo is virtually non existent, as the two-piece bats from DeMarini have not only evolved to make unpleasant feedback basically disappear, but they have also utilized it by redirecting any loss of energy back into the sweet spot of the barrel so that you create maximum force from every swing. The Demarini Voodoo baseball bat has had every detail on it gone through with a fine tooth comb. Starting with the ION-V End Cap, DeMarini has created it’s own vibration dampening design that sends energy directly to the barrel so you don’t lose any power. On the opposite end of the baseball bat is the DeMarini D-Fusion FT Handle. Just like the end cap, the handle drastically reduces any vibration while using the rebounding shock waves from the impact to force that energy back into the sweet spot of the barrel, making it one of the most technologically efficient bats in the game.

Always looking to find more power in their baseball bats, DeMarini employed a Flame Tempering treatment that melds the barrel and handle together for a stiffer bond and greater performance. Also worth mentioning is the RCK knob. The knob has a rounded edge that felt great, and prevented a lot of potential blisters from forming on the bottom hand. All and all, we at really like the new Overlord. It would be a great addition to any player who can swing a beefy barrel.

Below are all the 2015 editions of the Voodoo Overlord FT Baseball Bat from DeMarini and the leagues they’re meant for:

2015 DeMarini Voodoo Overlord FT BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz (2 ⅝”) – High School/Collegiate

2015 DeMarini Voodoo Overlord FT Senior League Baseball Bat -5oz (2 ⅝”)– Senior League/Travel

2015 DeMarini Voodoo Overlord FT Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -9oz (2 ⅝”) – Senior League/Travel

2015 DeMarini Voodoo Overlord FT Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -10oz (2 ¾”)– Senior League/Travel

2015 DeMarini Voodoo Overlord FT Youth Baseball Bat -13oz (2 ¼”)– Little League/Youth

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2015 DeMarini CF7 Baseball Bat Review

Committed to making the best baseball bats in the game, DeMarini never leaves any doubts in regards to their product performance on the field. That’s where I introduce you to the 2015 CF7, crafted by true pros and made with incredible technology that lasts.


2015 DeMarini CF7 Baseball Bat

The CF7 Baseball Bat is constructed with the Paradox Plus+ Composite Barrel, using compact carbon to maximize strength while still keeping the barrel light. That’s Demarini giving hitters exactly what they want: a strong bat with a light swing weight. The paradox composite material also gets used in the handle, where it’s combined with a thermo-fused taper, creating the famous D-Fusion FT Handle. The D-Fusion, just like last year, will eliminate vibration to the hands and redirect energy right back to the barrel for a ridiculous trampoline effect. DeMarini has taken it a step further in 2015 by adding the FT (Flame Tempered) Treatment, fusing the handle to the barrel for an even stiffer feel than ever before.

The Low Pro End Cap is a dual density flap cap, crafted to optimize and maintain an ultimate feel throughout while still playing to the balanced swing weight consistency. Similar to the handle, this end cap will redirect energy right back to the barrel upon contact, increasing the power and distance behind your hits! The RCK knob anatomically fits to your hands, giving you the comfort needed to perform at your highest potential. Lastly, the 2015 DeMarini’s come with a rotation index, giving you the instruction you need to properly rotate your bat to extend its life and increase durability.

I had the privilege of jumping in the batting cage with the BBCOR edition of the 2015 CF7, along with some of the other new release BBCOR bats, and I have to say that you can definitely tell the upgraded D-Fusion handle makes a big difference. I felt next to no sting in my hands no matter where the ball impacted the barrel. For example, the 2015 Vexxum NVS has a lot of great features, but its C6 composite handle is a step behind the D-Fusion handle that’s equipped on both the CF7 and the 2015 Voodoo Overlord FT.


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Another thing I noticed was how high-performing the paradox composite barrel was on the CF7. It plays soft and strong, consistently driving the ball further than I expected. The Voodoo Overlord FT and the Vexxum NVS both have aluminum barrels, and while their performance is still outstanding, they weren’t quite at the same performance level of the CF7 because of the lack of composite material. Let’s just be honest; composite material goes a long way… literally!

Below are all the 2015 editions of the CF7 Baseball Bat from DeMarini and the leagues they’re approved for:

2015 DeMarini CF7 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz (2 ⅝”) – High School/Collegiate Baseball

2015 DeMarini CF7 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -8oz (2 ⅝”) – Senior League/Travel Baseball

2015 DeMarini CF7 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -10oz (2 ⅝”) – Senior League/Travel Baseball

2015 DeMarini CF7 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -10oz (2 ¾”) – Senior League/Travel Baseball

2015 DeMarini CF7 Youth Baseball Bat -11oz (2 ¼”) – Little League/Youth Baseball

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2015 DeMarini CF7 Fastpitch Softball Bats

Nothing is being held back with the launch of the highly anticipated lineup of 2015 DeMarini CF7 fastpitch softball bats. Their revolutionary D-Fusion technology has spread to all CF7 models, creating three-piece softball bats that are in a league of their own!

Each CF7 barrel is constructed from DeMarini’s Paradox Composite material. This innovative, composite laying technology helps to lengthen the barrel’s sweet spot, and creates a softness in the barrel that actually provides improved explosiveness. With additional responsiveness and a more rigid stiffness in the D-Fusion handle, the Thermo-Fused taper will drastically reduce vibration on impact and rechannel the energy back to where it counts, the barrel. To top it off (literally), DeMarini inserts their rigid Clutch End Cap to produce the same effect as the handle; less vibration and energy relocation to the barrel.

We can’t guarantee you won’t miss the ball with a 2015 DeMarini CF7 in your hands, but we can guarantee you’ll experience a lot less mishits. Explosive right out of the wrapper, these DeMarini fastpitch bats combine groundbreaking science with proven durability and performance. The DeMarini CF7 is available in six models: -8, -9, -10, -10 Insane, -10 Hope and -11. Whether you swing for average or for the fences, the 2015 CF7 lineup has a softball bat for you!

2015 DeMarini CF7 -8 Fastpitch Softball Bat

This is the heavy hitter of the 2015 lineup. The -8 and -9 CF7 provide the smallest length-to-weight differential available, creating a bat with the capability to allow a hitter to produce a whole lot of torque behind every swing. Although this softball bat is heavier than the other models, it is well-balanced, and when brought mightily through the zone will deliver a crushing blow to the ball and the opposing pitcher’s ego.

  • Three-piece fully composite design
  • Paradox Composite barrel
  • DeMarini’s D-Fusion handle
  • Vibration reducing Thermo-Fused taper
  • Available  -8 oz. and -9 oz. weight drops
  • Full Year Warranty

2015 DeMarini CF7 -10 Fastpitch Softball Bat

For the player that is looking for a softball bat that is not too heavy or too light, the 2015 -10 CF7 will meet you right there in the middle. This DeMarini softball bat comes equipped with an imposing sweet spot on its Paradox Composite barrel. The D-Fusion technology utilized in the handle will take the sting away from your hands and transmit any wasted energy back to the barrel. Quality, durability and performance at it’s finest.

  • Barrel constructed of Paradox Composite material
  • D-Fusion handle made with carbon reinforced Paradox Composite and a Thermo-Fused taper
  • Power-producing Clutch End Cap
  • Major softball association approval, including ASA and USSSA
  • One year warranty

2015 DeMarini CF7 -10 Insane Fastpitch Softball Bat

The name says it all! DeMarini’s 2015 CF7 Insane is built to produce performance on the field that will have the other team’s defense going crazy. There is a slight end load in this -10 model, allowing you to really get all of your weight behind the ball and launch rockets to every part of the field. With the DeMarini Insane fastpitch bat, you can let loose, get out of your head and go batty!

  • Paradox Composite laying technology in the barrel
  • Carbon reinforced D-Fusion handle
  • Thermo-Fused technology in the taper
  • Energy redirecting Clutch End Cap
  • End-loaded swing weight
  • Approved by ASA, USSSA and all major softball associations
  • DeMarini’s one year warranty

2015 DeMarini CF7 -10 Hope Fastpitch Softball Bat

DeMarini is committed to not only producing a great product, but also applying that passion and dedication to causes that produce a better world. With each 2015 CF7 Hope sold, proceeds are donated to The Breast Cancer Researh Foundation. This fastpitch softball bat still has the same game-changing technology used in the standard -10 CF7, so you can rest assured that although the look is different, the results will stay the same. The DeMarini Hope is the perfect combination for the player who is all about purpose and performance.

  • Limited Edition!
  • Hot D-Fusion technology
  • Paradox Composite barrel and handle
  • Special graphics indicating support of breast cancer research
  • Has the approval of all major softball associations, including ASA and USSSA
  • One year warranty through DeMarini

2015 DeMarini CF7 -11 Fastpitch Softball Bat

You didn’t think DeMarini was just going to let the older players have all the fun, did you? The -11 CF7 caters to the younger fastpitch player with a serious game. The Paradox Composite barrel has an imposing sweet spot that is joined together with their cutting-edge, D-Fusion handle. This bat may be the lightest out of the CF7 lineup, but the hits you’ll get are sure to make a lot of hearts heavy.

  • Exclusive D-Fusion handle
  • DeMarini’s very own Paradox Composite barrel
  • Rigid Clutch End Cap
  • ASA, USSSA and all major softball associations approved
  • Manufacturer’s 12 month full warranty

If you’d like to know more about the 2015 DeMarini CF7 lineup, or about any of the other fastpitch bats that we carry here at Cheapbats, please reach out to us with your questions.