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The Best Fastpitch Bats Of 2018

When looking at bats for your upcoming fastpitch season you may run into a lot of questions. Do i need a bat that matches my hitting style? What size bat do I need? What does a connector piece do? These questions are all important in your decision making process.

This is why we are here to help guide you in the right direction. We will first explain some important features for you in these bats, and then break down all of our 2018 bats from the top brands.

 

Which Bat Is Right For You?

  • One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Bats: Just like it sounds, the standard one-piece bat is one solid piece of metal all the way through, whereas a two-piece bat is actually two separate materials held together by a connector piece. This means you’ll get stiffer swings out of one-piece bats which lead to consistency and reliability. But if you want more flex and less vibration, the two-piece with a connector is a better option for you.
  • End-Loaded vs. Balanced vs. Slapper: Your bat’s weight distribution plays a huge factor in the kind of game you play. If your bat is balanced, its weight will be evenly distributed and you will get quicker bat speed and more contact. On the flip-side, end-loaded bats are slower, but provide more power thanks to the added weight at the end of the barrel. Lastly, slapper bats have a longer barrel for more plate coverage, but are weighted more in the handle area to give you maximum control.
  • Drop (length to weight ratio): A bat’s drop weight is the difference between the length and weight of the bat. So a bat that is 30 inches and 20 ounces has a drop weight of -10. The bigger the drop weight, the lighter the bat will be.

Let’s not forget that there are a number on popular brands in the fastpitch game, each with their own unique features. Not only do we carry all of these top brands, but we’re also breaking down what each bat can offer you.

 

DeMarini

CFX

CFX Fastpitch Blog 1

From knob to cap this leader of the DeMarini line boasts a 3Fusion Technology system that allows for a balanced swing without sacrificing power.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Paraflex composite barrel that allows for precise weight distribution and plenty of pop.
  • 3Fusion handle and end cap that helps optimize feel.
  • Balanced weight distribution.
  • Available drops: -8, -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $349.99

CFX Slapper

CFX Fastpitch Blog 1

Perfect for the speedy left-handed slap hitter, the CFX Slapper offers a 14″ barrel that provides maximum plate coverage and is weighted more to the hands to provide optimal barrel control.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced weight distribution.
  • 3Fusion handle and end cap that helps optimize feel.
  • Paraflex composite barrel that allows for precise weight distribution while slapping.
  • Available drops: -10.

Retail: $349.99

CFX Insane

CFX 1 Fastpitch Blog

Want some extra pop in your swing to help you get a few more home runs? The CFX Insane is the perfect bat for any power hitter, thanks to an end-loaded barrel that provides more torque behind every hit.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • End-loaded weight distribution.
  • 3Fusion handle and end cap that helps optimize feel.
  • Paraflex composite barrel that allows for precise weight distribution at the end of the bat.
  • Available drops: -10.

Retail: $349.99

Vendetta

Vendetta Fastpitch Blog

Looking for a bat with a large and forgiving sweet spot? The Vendetta has been a mainstay in the DeMarini line, and an ideal bat for any contact hitter looking for a balanced bat with plenty of pop.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced weight distribution.
  • Paradox Composite Barrel, designed to perform softer, and more responsive.
  • Big D end cap that absorbs vibration.
  • D-Lite handle handle gives your hands a smooth feel on the bat.
  • Available drops: -12.

Retail: $199.99

 

Louisville Slugger

PXT X18

PXT Fastpitch Blog

Get maximum performance and coverage at the plate this season with the PXT X18 from Louisville Slugger, a bat with PWR STAX barrel technology that spreads weight evenly throughout the barrel to give you a more comfortable swing.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • PWR STAX barrel evenly distributes the load across the entire barrel on contact.
  • TRU3 connector piece that reduces vibration and provides a great contact feel.
  • Ultra-light weight X-CAP design improves swing speed.
  • Available drops: -8, -9, -10.

Retail: $399.99

LXT X18

LXT Fastpitch Blog

This two-piece bat offers one of the most balanced swing weights in the game and an extra-large sweet spot thanks to PBF barrel technology. This high-end bat is sure to help you swing quicker and get more pop with every plate appearance.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • PBF barrel technology provides one of the larger fastpitch sweet spots.
  • TRU3 connector piece that reduces vibration and provides a great contact feel.
  • Ultra-light weight X-CAP design improves swing speed.
  • Available drops: -8, -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $349.99

Xeno X18

Xeno Fastpitch Blog

A two-piece bat with a stiff feel on contact, the Xeno X18 gives you the pop off of the bat that you need to hit gaps this season. This bat also offers a lightweight cap to help improve swing speed.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • S1ID barrel technology provides you maximum pop every swing.
  • Ultra-light weight X-Cap design improves your swing speed.
  • IST Xstiff Technology, a two-piece construction with a stiffer feel for better energy transfer.
  • Available drops: -8,  -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $299.99

 

Easton

Ghost

Ghost Fastpitch Blog

The Ghost offers double-barrel construction, a technology that gives you a great combination of feel, pop, and sound whenever you connect with the ball.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Double Barrel composite construction gives you great feel, pop, and sound.
  • Two Piece Connexion+ technology connector piece.
  • XTX Extra tough resin matrix technology provides durability and flexibility to the outer barrel.
  • Available drops: -9, -10.

Retail: $349.99

Stealth Flex

Stealth Fastpitch Blog

If you are looking for a more soft and flexible barrel, then the Stealth Flex is a great option for you. This two-piece composite bat also offers a massive sweet spot to ensure solid contact.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Flex Flexible Barrel Compression for a softer barrel.
  • TCT Thermo Composite Technology for a larger sweet spot.
  • CXN ZERO two piece ConneXion connector engineered for zero vibration.
  • Available drops: -10, -11.

Retail: $299.99

 

Rawlings

Velo

Velo Fastpitch Blog

The Velo is designed for the top-of-the-lineup singles and doubles hitter, or someone who is focused more on contact than hitting home runs. This balanced bat with a stiff handle is dedicated to helping you improve your swing speed every game.

  • Two-piece alloy.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Comp Lite end cap for superior swing speed.
  • Stiff handle with flexible barrel.
  • Made from ultra-light carbon fiber.
  • Available drops: -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $249.99

Quatro

Quatro Fastpitch Blog

Are you a power hitter looking for some extra pop in your bat? The Quatro is a perfect power bat as it offers you plenty of flex, balance, and bounce off of the barrel.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Vibration dampening technology.
  • Flex handle/barrel connection to accelerate swing speed.
  • High performance composite barrel.
  • Available drops: -9, -10.

Retail: $299.99

 

Marucci

Cat FX Connect

CATFX Fastpitch Blog

Smooth, balanced, strong, and stiff, the Cat FX Connect from Marucci is all of that and more. This bat has a large sweet spot for maximum pop and cuts out vibration with its SDX connection piece.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Extra large barrel with large sweet spot.
  • Ring free barrel with no dead spots.
  • Custom micro-perforated soft touch grip.
  • Available drops: -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $349.99

 

Mizuno

Nighthawk

Nighthawk Fastpitch Blog

A large sweet spot, a connector that minimizes vibration, and a stiff handle that reduces energy loss. The Mizuno Nighthawk is an all-around versatile bat that fits any contact hitter.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • XZone creates a large sweet spot by adjusting composite angles in ten zones across the barrel.
  • Stiff carbon handle reduces energy loss when connecting with the ball.
  • 2-Piece LINK reduces vibrations to the hands.
  • Available drops: -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $299.99

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