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

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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