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!

Miken Super Freak & Worth Legit Game Ready Slowpitch Softball Bats

Limited Edition Softball Bats

Arriving on March, 15th 2018, Miken and Worth have created two new slowpitch softball bats that are about to change the way softball bats are thought of, and only 1000 are being made of each.

2018 Miken Worth Game Ready Softball Bats

Max Performance from the Very First Pitch

We all know that because of advanced break-in testing composite slowpitch bats have to be broken-in in order to perform to their peak level. Miken and Worth have come up with an exclusive, proprietary method of making composite softball bats that gives you maximum performance from the very first pitch. No break-in required.

2018 Miken Worth Game Ready Slowpitch Softball Bats

We wish we could tell you even just a little about the process, or how they do it, but Miken and Worth are not going in to great detail about the bat making process. What we can tell you, however, is there are only 1000 of each model 2018 Miken Super Freak and the 2018 Worth Legit Extreme softball bats being made, and they are selling quick. If you want one of these historic bats you need to act quickly.

The Miken Super Freak Maxload – MSUPER – is a USSSA approved softball bat with a 14 inch barrel.

The Worth Legit Extreme – WLGTXU – is also approved for USSSA play, and has a 13.5 inch barrel.

We are super excited about these two bats, and by the looks of it you guys are too. There are a lot of great USSSA softball bats on the market right now, so we are anxious to get our hands on one of these new bats and see what the hype is all about!

Other Great Softball Bats

Also check out the new, 2018 Louisville Slugger Jeff Hall Super Z1000 USSSA softball bat, along with Mizuno’s re-entry back in to the slowpitch market with the 2019 Mizuno Crush (Orange/Black) USSSA softball bat. We have swung both and they are both very good bats! Bat Reviews of these bats and more coming soon!

Hitting the 2018 Easton Ghost ASA Slowpitch at the Batting Cage

Mike filmed some hits with the 2018 Easton Ghost ASA Slowpitch Softball Bat at the batting cages.

2018 Worth Slowpitch Softball Bats – Get the details on the new bats

2018 Worth Slowpitch Softball Bats

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It’s new bat season! And the newest bats are the 2018 Worth Slowpitch Bats. Worth has made some MAJOR additions to their ASA softball bat lineup, and you need to know about them!

2018 ASA Worth Softball Bat

After years of offering a four-piece ASA bat to the public, Worth has decided to offer a stiff handle option on their latest ASA bat in 2018. Stiff handles are generally popular with elite players that want instant response and feedback when they hit the softball. Worth used some technology from their USSSA softball bat line up to meet the demands of the serious ASA player. Combine this stiff handle offering with the industries largest sweetspots and massive barrels, and we get some of the best softball bats on the market.

Ryan Harvery Legit XL ASA -13.5″ Barrel Stiff Handle

Ryan Harvery Legit XL ASA -13.5" Barrel Stiff Handle Softball Bat

2018 USSSA Worth Bats

Not much change except graphics and new sponsored players on the 2018 USSSA Worth Slowpitch Bats. Here’s a quick run down on the USSSA bats and their features/differences.

Ryan Harvey Legit XL USSSA – 13.5″ Barrel (Half ounce end load. Traditional flex handle)

Ryan Harvey Legit XL USSSA - 13.5" Barrel Softball Bat

 

Don Dedonatis Legit Balanced USSSA – 13.5″ Barrel (No end load. Massive, forgiving barrel)

Don Dedonatis Legit Balanced USSSA - 13.5" Barrel

 

Andy Purcell Legit XXL USSSA – 13.5″ Barrel (Full one ounce end load. Traditional flex handle)

Andy Purcell Legit XXL USSSA - 13.5" Barrel Softball Bat

 

Josh Branch Legit XL USSSA – 12.5″ Barrel (Half ounce end load. Short, 12.5″ barrel is easy to control)

Josh Branch Legit XL USSSA - 12.5" Barrel Softball Bat

2018 Miken Slowpitch Softball Bats are here – We’ll show you what’s new

2018 Miken Softball Bats

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With the 2018 Miken slowpitch bats it’s all about choices. Miken used technology similar to how they build their USSSA bats and added a new design to their ASA bats to increase stiffness compared to the four-piece, collared version ASA bats they currently sell (and still will) like the super popular Freak Platinum.

Why stiffer? Elite players tend to like a stiff handle that provides instant feedback and responsive power right off the barrel. By adding the stiff handle ASA bats to their lineup, Miken now gives you the option to use the type of softball bat YOU want.

2018 ASA Miken bats with stiff handles

Freak 23 ASA – 12″ Barrel Stiff Handle

DC-41 Supermax ASA – 14″ Barrel Stiff Handle

2018 USSSA Miken

The 2018 USSSA Miken bats remain largely unchanged from their 2017 models aside from refreshed graphics. Miken has some of the biggest sweet spots and most reactive barrels of any softball bat maker. Expect the same amount of performance from the 2018 bats.

Freak 23 Maxload USSSA – 12″ Barrel

Freak 23 Maxload USSSA - 12" Barrel Slowpitch Softball Bat

DC-41 Supermax USSSA – 14″ Barrel

DC-41 Supermax USSSA - 14" Barrel Slowpitch Softball Bat

Psycho Maxload USSSA – 14″ Barrel

Psycho Maxload USSSA - 14" Barrel Slowpitch Softball Bat

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 Louisville Slugger PXT, LXT, Xeno Fastpitch Bats Breakdown – What you need to know!

It’s new fastpitch softball bat season!

For 2018, Louisville Slugger looks to maintain their hold as the best selling fastpitch bat maker. We see minor tweaks on the LXT and Xeno, as well as an entirely new PXT at the never before seen price point of $399.99!

In 2018 the Xeno softball bat remains unchanged except for new graphics and and new ultra light weight X-Cap end cap. On the 2018 Xeno, the “low profile” design is said to give the batter an improved swing speed and better control of the bat at the plate. Xeno bats will be made in all of the same sizes and weights as previous years.

Available in: -8 ounce (extreme power hitters), -9 ounce (power hitters), -10 ounce (best seller), -11 ounce (contact hitters)

MAP Retail Price $299.95


2018 Louisville Slugger LXT

2018 Louisville Slugger LXTMuch like the Xeno, the 2018 LXT softball bat remains essentially the same as 2017. There is a new, updated look for 2018, and gets the new ultra light weight X-Cap low profile end cap to “improve swing speed and lengthen the barrel for a larger sweet spot”. Key features of the LXT that are not new but still worth pointing out are the PBF barrel technology that gives you a hot bat right out of the wrapper. Ultra balanced swing weight. TRU3 technology that helps kill felt vibration. The LXT was becoming a better seller than the Xeno in 2017. We are curious to see how the LXT compares to the new PXT and new, extremely popular 2018 Double Barreled Easton Ghost fastpitch bat at the same $349.95 price.

Available in: -8 ounce (extreme power hitters), -9 ounce (power hitters), -10 ounce (best seller), -11 ounce (contact hitters)

MAP Retail Price $349.95


2018 Louisville Slugger PXT2018 Louisville Slugger PXT

The PXT Softball Bat is now the top dog in the Louisville Slugger fastpitch lineup. The PXT is like an LXT with some added options for elite softball players.

  • New – PWR STAX barrel “evenly distributes the load on impact across the entire barrel” for “ultimate results”
  • “Power balanced” – Which means balanced more for a power hitter. Which means there is a slight mid/end load on the PXT.

Other than that, they PXT is pretty much the same as the LXT in all other regards… X-Cap, TRU 3 technology. We have not had the chance to swing the PXT yet, so we can’t give our expert opinion yet. Another note is the PXT will not come in a minus 11 ounce length to weight ratio, which makes sense as the PXT is not as balanced as the Xeno and LXT.

Available in: -8 ounce (extreme power hitters), -9 ounce (power hitters), -10 ounce (generally the best seller)

MAP Retail Price $399.95

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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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