Which Fastpitch Bat Will You Take to the Plate?

Which Fastpitch Bat Will You Take to the Plate?

Picking the right fastpitch bat can be a chore. There are so many to consider…. Do you want a one-piece or two-piece bat? End loaded or balanced? Composite or alloy barrel? It can be a lot to take in. But we’re here to help.

Let’s start by breaking down some of these distinctions:

  • One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Bats: While one-piece bats are just one solid chunk of metal all the way through, two-piece bats are actually two separate materials held together by a connector. 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, two-piece bats are the better options.
  • End-Loaded vs. Balanced: Your bat’s weight distribution can make a huge difference in your swings. If your bat is balanced, its weight will be evenly distributed and you will get quicker bat speed. End loaded bats are slower, but provide more power thanks to the added weight to the end of the barrel.
  • Composite vs. Alloy Barrels: Alloy, or aluminum, gives you reliable, consistent bat and ball speed at the point of contact, while composite takes time to break in, but flexes more so that you can get more power on hits. Composite bats also provide a faster bat speed than their aluminum counterparts.
  • Weight Distribution: The ‘drop’ a bat has is all about giving hitters a lighter bat while still getting proper length. It is calculated by taking:
  • Length- Drop= Weight
  • For example, a 32-inch bat with a -9 ‘drop’ would weigh in at 23 oz. while a 32-inch bat with a -10 ‘drop’ would be 22 oz.
  • -8, -9 and endloaded bats give you more power with each swing due to extra weight.
  • -10 and -11 are for hitters with quicker bat speeds and looking to get on base everytime.

Louisville Slugger

LXT Hyper 17

$349.99

 

Big-time power hitters will love the unrivaled power, huge sweet spot, and minimized vibration of the Hyper 17.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -8oz, -9oz, -10oz, and -11oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Xeno Plus 17

$299.99

 

Ideal balance, massive power, and a light weight—the Xeno Plus 17 delivers everything you need in a fastpitch bat.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -8oz, -9oz, -10oz, and -11oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Demarini

CF9

$349.99

 

With premium amounts of power and comfort, the CF9 is perfect for college and high school hitters.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -9oz and -10oz drops (-10oz also available in Hope “Breast Cancer Research Foundation” colorway)
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified.

CF9 Insane

$349.99

 

This bat is just like the great CF9, but with its end load design, it brings even more power to every swing.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

CF9 Slapper

$349.99

 

The CF9 Slapper is specifically designed for the left-handed speed demons who are always looking for the perfect slap hit.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Vendetta

$199.99

 

For youth and transitional hitters, the Vendetta provides you with the feel and lightweight performance you need.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -12oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Easton

Stealth Flex

$299.99

 

Get maximum performance and elite swing speed right out of the wrapper with the Stealth Flex.

  • End-Loaded and Balanced Swing Weights Available
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -8oz and -9oz end-loaded drops, -10oz and -11oz Balanced drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, SSUSA, and ISF certified

Stealth Retro

$299.99

In 2008, Easton released the legendary purple Stealth bat. Well, now it’s back and better than ever.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, SSUSA, and ISF certified

Hyperlite

$199.99

 

An optimized sweet spot and zero vibration make this a great fastpitch bat for all types of hitters.

  • End-Loaded and Balanced Swing Weights Available
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -12oz drops (End-Loaded or Balanced)
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, SSUSA, and ISF certified

Mizuno

Nighthawk 2

$299.99

 

For a bat with elite power and feel that lasts, head to the plate with the Mizuno Nighthawk 2 bat.

  • End-Loaded and Balanced Swing Weights Available
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz and -11oz drops (End-Loaded or Balanced)
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

We’re sure all of these choices will upgrade every at-bat you take, but make sure to check out our full collection of fastpitch bats.

Fastpitch Season Preview

Fastpitch Season Preview

Some all-new fastpitch gear has just arrived and elite players better take notice: these are some game-changers. Let’s break down some of this season’s hottest products.

Under Armour Fast Pitch Cleats

Under Armour Glyde

The first thing you’ll probably look for is your cleats, and we can’t recommend the Under Armour Glyde highly enough. With metal and molded options available, these cleats feature a UA Spine chasis for long-lasting comfort and a synthetic upper for added durability and breathability. Once you lace them up, you’ll never want to take them off.

DeMarini CF9 Fastpitch Bat

DeMarini CF9 Fastpitch Bat

When it comes to fastpitch bats, everyone wants as much power as possible, and few bats pack as much of a punch as the DeMarini CF9. A Paraflex Composite Barrel consisting of strong carbon fibers adds more pop to every swing. A D-Fusion 2.0 Handle redirects the energy you make during contact back into the barrel for less sting and vibration.

Easton ZF7 VRS Hyperskin Fastpitch Batting Gloves

Easton ZF7 VRS Hyperskin Fastpitch Batting Gloves

But before you swing away, make sure that your hands have the perfect grip, support, and protection with the Easton ZF7 VRS Hyperskin Gloves. A Goatskin Palm gives you full control over your at-bats, while VRS palm padding helps reduce vibrations and blisters.

Nike Breakout Batting Helmet

Nike Breakout Batting Helmet

It may not be the coolest fastpitch gear to talk about, but the helmet is the most important. There are great options out there and the Nike Breakout leads the pack. Its streamlined ABS molded shell is lightweight and durable while its dual-density foam pad system ensures that you stay protected all game long.

Mizuno MVP Prime GMVP1200PF2 Fastpitch Glove

Mizuno MVP Prime GMVP1200PF2 Fastpitch Glove

What’s the first thing you look for in a glove? Comfort? Control? A quick break-in? Well, you can get all that and more with the Mizuno MVP Prime Glove. It is constructed from Oil Soft Plus leather for exceptional fit and feel. Its center pocket design patterns give you the most versatile break-in possible.

Of course, we have plenty of other great fastpitch gear in the sizes, colors, and brands you love. So, what are you waiting for!? This is your chance to grab the gear you’ve always wanted and become a force on the diamond.