Your child has entered the senior league and you find yourself looking to help in any way you can which leads you to finding them a new bat. When you enter the store, there is a wall of bats in front of you and they all look similar, and the $40 bat looks identical to the $200 bat. So what’s the difference? These best big barrel baseball bats have little differences which make all the difference when it comes to your son or daughter and their batting average.
When looking at bats, you should keep an eye on the different styles, what your league allows and what your child feels most comfortable with, after all, the best bat for one person may do nothing for another and actually hurt their batting average as opposed to assisting it.
|2015 Combat Portent||$$$$||5/5|
|Easton S1 SL||$$$||4.5/5|
|Louisville Slugger TPX||$||5/5|
What Is A Big Barrel Bat?
Big barrel bats are bats which have a larger than normal barrel diameter. The standard diameter is 2 5/8 inches but a big barrel bat has a diameter of 2 ¾ inches which gives it a slightly larger sweet spot and therefore allows your child to gain just that fraction of an advantage that will help them along their way.
What Is With the Negative Numbers?
When a bat has a negative number next to it such as a -10, it means that there is a “drop” of 10 inches. The drop is calculated by taking the length of the bat and subtracting the weight of the bat. For example: The Louisville Slugger SL126XL has a length of 26 inches and a weight of 16 ounces. 26-16 = 10. Therefore the drop on that bat would be -10. Generally bats in the Youth Leagues have ratios falling between -9 and -12 although may be as little as -5.
Junior bats usually have a drop of -10 to -13 and adult bats usually only have a drop of -3 so as your child moves on in their baseball activities, practicing with bats and working on achieving a lower drop number is a good idea.
Best over $175
2015 COMBAT Portent G3 PS3SL110
[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00KQUMAVQ” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”yes” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519HJ57zI2L._SL160_.jpg” tag=”basecoach-20″ width=”160″]The 2015 COMBAT Portent G3 PS3SL110 is a single piece composite bat which means there are no joints or seams which may weaken the bat. The handle is wrapped with a Lizard Skin grip allowing the child to get a firm hold of their bat reducing slipping and therefore a more accurate swing and subsequent hit.
Unfortunately, there have been a few cases where customers have had this bat crack after usage. While issues like these are dealt with in a quick and courteous manner, this does lead to some concern.
Like all bats in both Children’s and Adult’s baseball, this bat has its strong points and its weak points. While there have been a few reported issues with this bat, customer service was always noted to be understanding and replacements were promptly dealt with. This bat’s sweet spot and one-piece design speak for themselves as bonuses in assisting children improve their accuracy and muscle memory.
Best under $175
Easton S1 SL 13S110
[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B00ELD4DKA” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41kyRn9CWbL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”basecoach-20″ width=”158″]The Easton S1 SL13S110 is a two-piece bat designed for speed and power. The handle is a mere 29/32 of an inch and is covered with a diamond grip to ensure that the child will not lose momentum by worrying about losing control of the bat.
There are very few things which can be said of this bat which are negative. If one must find a fault in this bat, it would have to be the price tag. It is said that if you want the best, you have to be willing to pay for it and this bat is no exception to the rule.
The Easton S1 is an impressive bat in that it offers control and speed unlike most bats in its class. Like all two-piece bats, it does require breaking in and Easton recommends 150-200 hits with a soft-toss at around 40% power, waiting until the 150 mark to start increasing strength while rotating the bat between hits to ensure the bat is properly broken in.
Best under $150
DeMarini Voodoo DXVDR
[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00GDK1OH4″ cloaking=”default” height=”139″ localization=”yes” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41eH%2BIq4SQL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”basecoach-20″ width=”160″]The DeMarini Voodoo DXVDR is a well-balanced bat which comes with an end cap to eliminate vibrations making for a much more comfortable practice. It is a two-piece design and therefore requires breaking in, although with the comfortable grip it will be more fun and less of a chore.
The -9 ratio, while enabling a player to use more power, also adds more weight and more pull requiring more strength behind each swing. If a child is used to a -13, or finds this bat too heavy, the extra power will not be seen as the child will still need to build up strength and resilience before the benefits are seen.
If the child in question is finding a -10 to be quite comfortable but they find that despite how hard they hit the ball, it just doesn’t go as far as they would like, the DXVDR may be the perfect step up to provide the extra power the child is looking for.
Best under $100
Louisville Slugger TPX SL126XL
[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B005DJNOK6″ cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”yes” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41SWvOdiBGL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”basecoach-20″ width=”80″]The Louisville Slugger TPX SL126XL is a big barrel bat which has a lot of power behind it due to the weight being shifted towards the end. This enables harder hits and bigger rewards while still only weighing 16 ounces. It is extremely durable and designed to be used.
The synthetic grip is known to be quite slippery with this bat and it is suggested to wear gloves with it. Other than that, this bat is well designed and well loved by those who use it.
This bat, despite grip issues, is a very well rounded bat and packs quite a punch whether you are hitting deep into the 9th inning or spending some time in the cage. Its price is significantly lower than other bats of this calibre and leaves little reasons to search elsewhere.