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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2016 Miken Freak USA Border Battle Slowpitch Softball Bat Review

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

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

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

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2016 Louisville Slugger SUPER Z Slowpitch Softball Bat Lineup

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

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

USSSA Balanced SUPER Z

USSSA Balanced SUPER Z

Swing Weight: Evenly Balanced

Barrel Finish: Grit Blast

Association Approval: 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA

Product Code: SBSZ16U-B

Release Price: $299.99

Warranty: One Year

 

 

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

USSSA End Loaded Super Z

USSSA End Loaded Super Z

Swing Weight: End Loaded

Barrel Finish: Grit Blast

Association Approval: 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA

Product Code: SBSZ16U-E

Release Price: $299.99

Warranty: One Year

 

 

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

ASA Balanced Super Z

ASA Balanced Super Z

Swing Weight: Evenly Balanced

Barrel Finish: Grit Blast

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

Product Code: SBSZ16A-B

Release Price: $299.99

Warranty: One Year

 

 

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

ASA End Loaded Super Z

ASA End Loaded Super Z

Swing Weight: End Loaded

Barrel Finish: Grit Blast

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

Product Code: SBSZ16A-E

Release Price: $299.99

Warranty: One Year

 

 

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

USSSA Balanced Super Z Wounded Warrior

USSSA Balanced Super Z Wounded Warrior

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

Swing Weight: Evenly Balanced

Association Approval: 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA

Product Code: SBWZ16U-B

Release Price: $329.95

Warranty: One Year

 

 

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

USSSA End Loaded Super Z Wounded Warrior

USSSA End Loaded Super Z Wounded Warrior

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

Swing Weight: End Loaded

Association Approval: 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA

Product Code: SBWZ16U-E

Release Price: $329.95

Warranty: One Year

 

 

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NEW 2016 Worth Slowpitch Softball Bat Review

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

2016 Worth HD52 JEFF HALL Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded

2016 Worth HD52 JEFF HALL Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded

Construction: 1-piece

Material: Composite

Approval Stamp: ASA

Weighting: Cuz .5oz End Load

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

Warranty: One Year

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

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

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

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

Construction: 2-piece

Material: Composite

Approval Stamp: USSSA

Weighting: Cuz .5oz End Load

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

Warranty: One Year

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

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

2016 Worth 220 JEFF HALL Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded

2016 Worth 220 JEFF HALL Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded

Construction: 1-piece

Material: Composite

Approval Stamp: USSSA

Weighting: Cuz .5oz End Load

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

Warranty: One Year

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

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

2016 Worth Legit JEFF HALL Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat SSUSA Reload

2016 Worth Legit JEFF HALL Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat SSUSA Reload

Construction: 2-piece

Material: Composite

Approval Stamp: SSUSA

Weighting: .5oz Reload

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

Warranty: None

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

2016 Worth DENNIS RULLI Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat SSUSA Balanced SBDRSR

2016 Worth DENNIS RULLI Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat SSUSA Balanced

2016 Worth DENNIS RULLI Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat SSUSA Balanced

Construction: 1-piece

Material: Composite

Approval Stamp: SSUSA

Weighting: Evenly Balanced

Sizes: 34″/26oz, 34″/27oz, 34″/28oz

Warranty: None

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

 

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

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

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

2015 Anderson Flex Youth Baseball Bat -12oz 015031

2015 Anderson Flex Youth Baseball Bat -12oz 015031

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

 

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

Comparing Softball Bats: 2014 Z3000 & NEW 2016 Z4000

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

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

2016 Z4000 Softball Bat - ASA End Loaded Edition

2016 Z4000 Softball Bat – ASA End Loaded Edition

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

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

2014 Z3000 Slowpitch Softball Bat - ASA End Loaded Edition

2014 Z3000 Slowpitch Softball Bat – ASA End Loaded Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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2015 DeMarini Slowpitch Softball Bat Lineup

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, not because Rudolph’s footprints are still on your roof, but because DeMarini’s new slow-pitch bats have finally been revealed and are available for pre-order online at CheapBats.com! Below is some informative details on each bat, giving you a good idea as to which one would be best for you.

 

2015 Flipper Series

The Flippers are made as hybrid bats, combining composite in the barrel and alloy in the handle. The composite barrels are made with Divergence Composite, which maximizes the extended sweet spot on the long barrel designs. These bats are still easy to control thanks to the stiff SC4 Alloy Handle, preventing them from being to whippy while they’re being ripped through the hitting zone. DeMarini also incorporates the Dish End Cap, which specializes in taking that contact energy that tries to escape and redirects it right back into the sweet spot, which creates a trampoline effect that significantly increases the distances of hits.

2015 DeMarini FLIPPER AFTERMATH 1.20 Slowpitch Softball Bat

FLIPPER AFTERMATH 1.20

FLIPPER AFTERMATH 1.20

Assocation Approval: USSSA

Barrel Length: 13″

Price: $299.95

Product Code: WTDXFLU-15

 

2015 DeMarini FLIPPER AFTERMATH USA Slowpitch Softball Bat

FLIPPER AFTERMATH USA

FLIPPER AFTERMATH USA

Assocation Approval: ASA

Barrel Length: 12″

Price: $299.95

Product Code: WTDXFLA-15

 

2015 DeMarini FLIPPER AFTERMATH OG Slowpitch Softball Bat

FLIPPER AFTERMATH OG

FLIPPER AFTERMATH OG

Assocation Approval: ASA

Barrel Length: 13″

Price: $299.95

Product Code: WTDXFLS-15

 

The Stadium

Chris Larsen’s signature model for 2015, this Stadium is made for the hitters in the 3-5 spots, ready to stuff the stat sheet with RBI’s. The barrel is 12″ long, constructed with S. One Composite material to play soft and strong with great power and durability in the sweet spot. Just like the Flippers, the Stadium is a hybrid bat with the SC4 Alloy Handle, which will eliminate vibration and optimize the overall feel of the bat. The Big D End Cap is made to handle a ton of contact energy and redirect it back to the sweet spot during the moment of impact for insane trampoline. Certified by 1.20 BPF, the CL22 Stadium is approved for USSSA, NSA & ISA.

STADIUM

STADIUM

2015 DeMarini STADIUM CL22 Slowpitch Softball Bat

Assocation Approval: USSSA

Barrel Length: 12″

Price: $299.95

Product Code: WTDXST2-15

 

The Juggy

It’s back! The Juggy, returning after a dominant 2014 campaign, is made better than ever for 2015! No hybrid build here as the Juggy is made as a 100% composite bat with the Stacked Composite Barrel & the TRS F.L.O. Composite Handle. It’s tough to beat the quality of a composite on composite bat as it is, but DeMarini uses some of the best quality composites in the game and this Juggy is a great example of that. Once you break it in, this should be one of your all-time favorites. Capped off (literally) with the Big D End Cap and a 12″ barrel length, the Juggy is ASA approved.

JUGGY

JUGGY

2015 DeMarini JUGGY Slowpitch Softball Bat

Assocation Approval: ASA

Barrel Length: 12″

Price: $299.95

Product Code: WTDXNT3-15

 

The Mercy

There’s nothing merciful about this nasty stick. Designed to crush, this bat is hot out of the wrapper. The stiff 1-Piece feel & 4.ONE Composite Barrel offers the perfect combination for blazing bat speed, the Mercy brings some serious, unapologetic firepower to the diamond. Take heed outfielders, the Mercy doesn’t take prisoners. The Clutch 2 End Cap should help add a few feet to contact made in the sweet spot, as it redirects impact energy right back into the sweet spot of the barrel.

MERCY

MERCY

2015 DeMarini Mercy Slowpitch Softball Bat

Assocation Approval: ASA

Barrel Length: 13″

Price: $299.95

Product Code: WTDXMSP-15

 

The One Series

The One’s are monsters, made with meaty 4.One Composite Barrels that are ready to dominate – day in and day out. After being so popular last year, DeMarini came through and brought these back for another crack. Enjoy!

ONE ASA/USSSA

ONE ASA/USSSA

2015 DeMarini One Slowpitch Softball Bat

Assocation Approval: Dual ASA/USSSA

Barrel Length: 13″

End Cap: Dish

Price: $299.95

Product Code: WTDXONE-15

 

2015 DeMarini One Balanced Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat

ONE SENIOR BALANCED

ONE SENIOR BALANCED

Assocation Approval: SSUSA

Barrel Length: 13″

End Cap: Clutch 2

Price: $199.95

Product Code: WTDXSNB-15

 

2015 DeMarini One End Loaded Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat

ONE SENIOR END LOADED

ONE SENIOR END LOADED

Assocation Approval: SSUSA

Barrel Length: 12″

End Cap: Clutch 2

Price: $199.95

Product Code: WTDXSNE-15

 

 

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2015 Easton Slowpitch Softball Bat Lineup

Another year, another release of sick slowpitch bats from Easton. We’re going to dive into each bats construction, design, strengths & everything in between so you can be as informed as possible.

A lot of the talk will be about the Mako Torq making its way into the world of slowpitch softball, so let’s start there…

 

2015 Easton Mako Torq Slowpitch Softball BatSP15MBA-main $399.95

Models: Balanced/USSSA, Balanced/ASA, Loaded/USSSA, Loaded/ASA

Sizes: 34”/26oz, 34”/27oz, 34”/28oz

Already introduced to baseball and fastpitch softball, this is the Mako Torq’s 1st crack at slowpitch softball. The Torq is made as a 2-piece, constructed with Easton’s top of the line 100% TCT Composite. The CXN piece, returning from last year, centers the barrel-to-handle connection and is going to reduce vibration and redirect contact energy back to the sweet spot upon impact. What separates the Torq TORQ-ROTATIONfrom the rest of the pack is the 360 Technology located along the gauze grip at the bottom of the handle, which is placed specifically where your bottom hand grips the bat (see 2nd image on the right). So, as you swing the Torq, your bottom hand will easily rotate along with the bottom of the handle, allowing you to have the most comfortable & complete swing into and out of the hitting zone. In short, your squaring up more pitches – more often. The rotation can go either way, making it good for both right & left-handed hitters. Also, the Mako Torq is Brett Helmer’s 2015 Pro Model bat.

CHEAPBATS PRO RATING: 5/5

 

2015 Easton Mako Realtree Slowpitch Softball Bat $349.95

Models: Loaded/USSSA, Loaded/ASA

Sizes: 34”/26oz, 34”/27oz, 34”/28oz, 34”/30ozEaston-Mako-Realtree-Softball-Bat-SP15MKU

The Mako Realtree from Easton, making its debut in the slowpitch world as well, comes in as the #2 bat in the Mako series. The Mako Realtree is basically a Mako Torq with a different paint job, but has 2 main structural differences. 1 – The Mako Realtree does NOT come with the 360 Torq rotation AND 2 – The Mako Realtree is end loaded and still has a long barrel design (the Mako Torq only has a long barrel design with its balanced models, not its end loaded models). So, if you’re a power hitter and you want a long barrel, then this is going to be your bat! And by the way, isn’t that Realtree look on the barrel awesome?!

CHEAPBATS PRO RATING: 5/5

 

Next up is the Raw Power series!

 

2015 Easton Raw Power Bryson Baker Balanced Slowpitch Softball Bat $299.95

Models: Balanced/USSSA, Balanced/ASA

Sizes: 34”/26oz, 34”/27oz, 34”/28ozEaston-Bryson-Baker-Softball-Bat-SP15BBA

If you’re a contact hitter looking for swing speed and bat control, then the Bryson Baker is the Raw Power you’re going to want. Made balanced, Easton constructs the Bryson Baker Raw Power as a 2-piece that’s crafted out of 100% IMX Composite material. IMX is an advanced composite type (just a notch below the TCT Composite used with the Makos above) that’s going to optimize the barrel and increase overall performance throughout the bat. The CXN piece is used here as well, connecting the barrel to the SIC Black Carbon Handle. The SIC handle is patented by Easton and used to eliminate vibration for a better feel upon impact with the softball. This is a very impressive bat without all the extra bells and whistles of the Mako lineup, with the added benefit of not being as expensive.

CHEAPBATS PRO RATING: 4.5/5

 

2015 Easton Raw Power Scott Kirby End Loaded Slowpitch Softball Bat $299.95

Models: Loaded/USSSA, Loaded/ASAEaston-Scott-Kirby-Softball-Bat-SP15SKA

Sizes: 34”/26oz, 34”/27oz, 34”/28oz, 34”/30oz

Made end loaded, the Scott Kirby Raw Power is for power hitters. The extra weight is precisely placed at the end of the barrel allowing hitters that can get this baby through the zone to mash with increased distances. This Scott Kirby (just like the Bryson Baker) has a 2-piece design using the CXN piece, is made out of 100% IMX Composite material & has the SIC Black Carbon Handle. This is the best end loaded bat in the Raw Power series, hands down.

CHEAPBATS PRO RATING: 4.5/5

 

2015 Easton Raw Power Brian Wegman End Loaded Slowpitch Softball Bat $249.95

Models: Loaded/USSSA, Loaded/ASAEaston-Brian-Wegman-Softball-Bat-SP15BWA

Sizes: 34”/26oz, 34”/27oz, 34”/28oz, 34”/30oz

The Brian Wegman is the solo 1-piece bat in the Raw Power series, while still being made out of 100% IMX Composite material with a SIC Black Carbon Handle just like its counterparts (the Bryson Baker & Scott Kirby). Made end loaded, the Brian Wegman is designed for power hitters that want more mass at the end of the barrel, but don’t mind a single piece bat that gives them a little feedback upon contact with the softball.

CHEAPBATS PRO RATING: 4/5

 

Lastly, Easton’s Salvo series for 2015…

 

2015 Easton Salvo End Loaded Slowpitch Softball Bat $199.95

Models: Loaded/USSSA, Loaded/ASA, Loaded/USSSA+ASAEaston-Salvo-Softball-Bat-SP15SVA

Sizes: 34”/26oz, 34”/27oz, 34”/28oz

The Salvo series of bats are all made with Single Piece designs constructed with 100% IMX Composite material. No special handle comes on these bats, just the IMX from the end of the barrel to the bottom of the handle. The Salvo is going to be your basic slow-pitch composite bat, giving you good material at a good cost. These 3 Salvos are also made for power hitters with their end loaded weight distribution.

CHEAPBATS PRO RATING: 3.5/5

 

2015 Salvo Scandium End Loaded Slowpitch Softball Bat $179.95

Model: Loaded/USSSA+ASAEaston-Salvo-Scandium-Softball-Bat-SP15SVS

Sizes: 34”/26oz, 34”/27oz, 34”/28oz

The Salvo Scandium is your price-point Single Piece bat, made out of THT100 Alloy material. THT100 is one of the better aluminum materials on the market, giving you decent durability and a sweet ping sound when you make contact with the softball. If you don’t want to break the bank, but want a producing bat, the Scandium is a great option for you. Also, the dual stamp approval is a plus, giving you flexibility with what softball association your league uses.

CHEAPBATS PRO RATING: 3/5

 

2015 Easton Salvo SSUSA Balanced Senior Slowpitch Softball Bat $199.95

Model: Balanced/SSUSAEaston-Salvo-Senior-Softball-Bat-SP15SVSR

Sizes: 34”/26oz, 34”/27oz, 34”/28oz, 34”/30oz

This is Easton’s lone 2015 Senior slow-pitch bat, certified by 1.21 BPF and approved for SSUSA play. Just like the Salvos above (besides the Scandium), this Senior edition is made with a 1-piece design and constructed out of 100% IMX Composite material. However, this is the only evenly balanced Salvo model, made for SSUSA contact hitters who prefer improved bat control and increased swing speed as perks.

CHEAPBATS PRO RATING: 3.5/5

 

 

 

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2016 Louisville Slugger Z4000 SlowPitch Softball Bat Line-Up

 

Slugger Z4000 USSSA BALANCED

Z4000 USSSA BALANCED

The 2016 Louisville Z4000 slow pitch bats come in six different flavors to cater to each individual’s tastes.  Starting with the balanced model Z4000 USSSA Balanced, which is a 100% composite bat made from the Pure 360 carbon fiber, that also incorporates the TRU3 – 3-piece Technology. Mixing these high end composites with the TRU3 will help direct any potentially lost energy of the swing back into the softball. This model has a balanced swing weight to make it more of a line drive/contact hitters softball bat. It has a tapered handle with a 12″ barrel length and a 2 1/4″ barrel diameter. This balanced model is approved for USSSA, NSA and ISA. The Z4000 Balanced USSSA is not allowed in ASA or ISF.

 

Slugger Z4000 BALANCED ASA

Z4000 ASA/USSSA BALANCED

The next softball bat in the group is the 2016 Z4000 ASA/USSSA Balanced . This bat is very similar to the previous slow-pitch bat save a few little differences. They both have the same composite & offer the TRU3 connecting piece that eliminates vibration and improves overall stiffness and feel. Where they differ, however, is that the ASA/USSSA Balanced is approved for all major softball associations. Louisville slugger was able to do this by using their Swing 1 inner Disc Technology, or ‘S1iD’. The S1iD is composed of two inner discs inserted into the sweet spot of the barrel to allow for maximum pop right out of the wrapper without having to wait for it to break in at all. This softball bat is approved for USSSA, ASA, NSA,ISA and ISF associations.

Slugger Z4000 USSSA END LOADED

Z4000 USSSA END LOADED

Now we have the Louisville Slugger Z4000 End Loaded USSSA . This is the exact same slow pitch bat as the first model mentioned but with an End Loaded weighting. This bat will be ideal for players who love to crush the ball over the fence & have the power+strength to use it. You get all the other great bells and whistles, just a little more inertia behind the ball. This Z4000 SBZ416U-E is approved for USSSA, NSA, and ISA. It is not approved for ASA or ISF.

 

 

Z4000 ASA END LOADED

Z4000 ASA/USSSA END LOADED

Next is the Louisville Slugger Z4000 ASA/USSSA End Loaded bat. This is exactly like the second softball bat talked about but it features an end load as well. Again great for the players who have enough strength to utilize the end loaded softball bat to help put some extra distance on the ball. This bat is approved for all major softball associations: USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA and ISF.

 

 

 

Z4000 USSSA POWER LOADED (SHOPPE BACKMAN EDITION)

Z4000 USSSA POWER LOADED (SHOPPE BACKMAN EDITION)

Finally we get to the heaviest end loaded bat Louisville makes in the Z4000 line up. With an extra half ounce end load, this Shoppe Backman model made for Louisville Sluggers own pro-sponsored team is ready to put some heavy damage on the ball. The Z4000 SBZ416U-PL is the hottest & heaviest Z4000 softball bat Louisville Slugger makes. Made with the same great features and aero space carbon fiber as the other Z4000’s, this USSSA slow pitch bat is a beast! Also approved for NSA and ISA softball associations.

 

 

HYPER-Z SSUSA SENIOR END LOADED

HYPER-Z SSUSA SENIOR END LOADED

The last Louisville softball bat to talk about here is the SSUSA Senior Z4000. This bat is also made with the Pure 360 composite material and the TRU3 connection technology. It has an end load like some of the other Z4000’s, but this SSUSA model is not restricted in the way other associations are. The gates have been opened wide in terms of performance for the manufacturers, so you will be getting a slow-pitch bat that tries to walk as close to the edge of maximum power without sacrificing the durability of the product. This Softball Bat is approved for SSUSA play only.

 

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2015 DeMarini Ultimate Weapon Slowpitch Softball Bat

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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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