When buying a baseball bat online, you want to be sure you’re selecting the appropriate type of bat depending on how old you are, or what league you or your son/daughter may play in. We have put together the following baseball bat reviews to help educate you in your search for the best baseball bat. Let’s first go over what types of baseball bats exist, and the differences between them.
Adult Baseball Bats: Generally viewed as a college or high school bat, the adult baseball bat features a barrel size of 2 5/8 inches. Furthermore, the ‘drop,’ on these bats is -3. Depending on the league you play in, you may also want to check if the bat you are purchasing has BBCOR approval.
Youth Baseball Bats: These bats are sometimes referred to as Little League Baseball bats or small barrel bats. They feature a 2 ¼ inch barrel and have a ‘drop,’ between -8 and -13.5.
Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bats: The alternative to Youth Baseball Bats, these bats are used in leagues which allow bats bigger in diameter than 2 ¼ inches. These bats typically feature a weight ratio between -5 and -12 and have a barrel diameter of 2 5/8 inches or 2 ¾ inches.
Junior Big Barrel Bats: These bats are designed for players 8 years old and younger. Generally used for either coach pitch, or when a batter is hitting off of a tee, the junior big barrel bats typically have a 2 ¾ inch barrel and a ‘drop’ between -10 and -12. Remember that ‘drop,’ represents the length to weight ratio of the bat so if a baseball bat is 30 inches and weighs 20 ounces, it will have a ‘drop,’ of -10.
|DeMarini Voodoo||Easton BK6 Hammer||Louisville Slugger Z-1000|
Adult Baseball Bat:
The DeMarini Voodoo -3 Adult Baseball Bat is a monster and not only because of the unbelievably cool graphics on this thing. It seems that the design team at DeMarini is doing something right as their entire lines of bats are all extremely good looking. Just take a look at the J3 softball bat to see what I am talking about.
As for the actual performance of this bat, we couldn’t help but be blown away. We took it to the cages for a BP session and we were smashing balls instantly. I think what made this bat so impressive was just how smooth each swing felt. Even when we hit one off the handle, we felt next to no vibration which can be credited to the ION-V Endcap which saved our hands several times.
We also noticed our swing speed improve with the Voodoo. Featuring the Tri Strut TR3 handle, the Voodoo is stiffer than ever allowing players to explode through the zone and smash the ball. We are extremely excited about this bat and strongly recommend it. Probably one of the best baseball bats reviewed yet, especially if you are a power hitter.
Let’s take a look at the Aluminum option now with the Easton BK6 Hammer Baseball bat. This is an extremely high value bat with a listing price under $50.00 and has multiple reports of being an absolute workhorse on the diamond. We wanted to try out the bat for ourselves and we were impressed with just how much ‘pop’ the Hammer had for the price.
Yes, it doesn’t have as much ‘pop’ as the Voodoo and it stings a little bit more in the hands but if you can’t afford a bat over $150 or even $50 than we highly recommend the Hammer. Because it is aluminum, it’s also going to stand up well over time which gives it even more value if that’s even possible.
A few people have complained the bat feels a bit end-heavy, but I would argue that’s not the end of the world. If you can get used to it, you’ll get more power out of your swing and you’ll find those long fly outs turn into home runs in no time!
The Louisville Slugger TPX Z-1000 builds upon the 120-year Louisville tradition of building high quality bats by offering players this 100% composite beauty. The Z-1000 features Louisville’s S1iD barrel technology allowing the bat to flex to its maximum allowable performance level right out of the wrapper. The S1iD creates a multi-layer barrel which provides a trampoline-like effect on the bat, allowing the ball to ‘pop’ with explosive power.
As always, this Louisville Slugger is made with high-strength, quality aerospace lightweight fibres maintaining that level of durability you expect from Louisville Slugger. We took this bat for an outdoor session, beginning on the tee and were impressed with the way this ball popped off of the sweet spot. But what about against a pitcher? We tried it out and found the sweet spot to extend throughout a large portion of this bat, turning soft hit grounders into screamers up the middle.
The only drawback to this bat is that it is a bit pricey. However, if you can afford it, we definitely recommend it.
Youth Baseball Bats:
The Easton S1 Youth is a two-piece composite design and is made for players who are looking to increase their swing speed in order to generate more power. This particular composite barrel is approved for play in Little League and should provide players with a lot of pop.
Since this is a two-piece design, it will require a break-in period to maximize the pop. Of course, at that age, every swing of extra practice goes a long way, so check out our batting cage and pitching machine equipment for some equipment to get you through that break-in period.
We need to be clear that the S1 is by no means a cheap bat. It’s high end and if you’re looking for high end performance sometimes you need to expect a high end price tag. In our research and performance testing we have found this to be the best baseball bat reviewed at the Youth level.
This bat is also available as a big barrel baseball bat. You can purchase the S1 Youth Big Barrel by clicking on the picture below!
The DeMarini Youth ‘Distance’ Little League Baseball bat is a more affordable option compared to the S1 and is for Little League and leagues requiring a 2 ¼ inch barrel. The ‘Distance,’ comes in 6 different sizes which is provides you with a variety of options depending on the size of the player.
This bat is 1-piece all aluminum alloy bat with plenty of balance. One feature I really like about the bat is the Shock Diffusion Handle which minimizes any uncomfortable sting on inside pitches. I find at the Youth age group, the sting can really rattle kids and take away from their confidence. Having the special handle really helps to avoid this.
As for durability, you won’t have any problems with the ‘Distance,’ as it is an aluminum bat and should hold up from any stress fractures that may have occurred in a composite bat. Furthermore, with the DeMarini Rotation Index present on the top of the barrel, players don’t have to remember to twist the bat before each hit; greatly extending the life of the bat by creating a smooth and easy break-in.
Junior Baseball Bats:
The Easton XL3 Junior Big Barrel Baseball Bat is our favorite junior bat for the price and features a -10 length-to-weight ratio aka ‘drop.’ An all aluminum design, with an extra-long barrel, gives players a bigger sweet spot with more power.
As this is a Junior Big Barrel Bat, it is meant for children 8 years old and under. At that age, confidence is so important and the Easton XL3 really gives every child holding this bat confidence. We’ve seeing kids who couldn’t hit the ball in the air previous, really start slamming the ball with the XL3. Instantly their confidence rose, and their skill progression increased dramatically.
We also found this bat to be of really great value. With the THT100 Aluminum Exclusive Alloy Technology, the durability of the XL3 is unmatched.
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