For USSSA, we really like the CF series of bats. Still, again, not the CF. It’s our favorite day of the year: https://www.batdigest.com/blog/black-friday-baseball-deals/. At 12U, he might really like the drop 8 or 5 if he can swing it. If it says Slugger, Easton, DeMarini, Rawlings, Axe, Anderson, Marucci, or Combat (and maybe one or two others), then you can bet the bat is legit. As more of the maror ones get released, like the 2021 CF and Prime, we will update this page. He hasn’t had trouble catching up to faster pitchers so I wanted to get a bigger bat. They rank out close to BBCOR players and just like Fastpitch (which are 79/100. But, both choices are great ones. Also in USSSA, you have bats like the new T1 from True. Not Rawlings. Any thoughts? That there is our solution, too. 2021 DeMarini CF Zen -11 Fastpitch Softball Bat: WTDXCFS21. *Player Rank: Player rank adds up how many self described USSSA players or parents think a certain bat is the best. They leave their second-tier bats to top out the space. Meaning, the 2018 and the 2017 CAT 7 are exactly the same. Looking for USSSA advice. No bat space in the baseball bat market is more competitive, save BBCOR than the drop 10 big barrel space. Anyone who reads this blog knows we are in love with the drop 10 2015 Marucci Hex Composite. By on November 14, 2020 0 November 14, 2020 0 If you’re talking USSSA, nothing really beats the Zen—although the CAT is a close second. And, turns out, it’s a legit option. The 2018 CF Zen is a perfect bat. He says that is the only one that doesn’t hurt his hands. To be sure, we have no idea who that seller is so proceed with caution. In part, that award rests on fulfilling the purpose of the drop 10, which the Beast does so very well. 5150 2 Avenge 9 CAT 12 CAT6 1 CAT7 5 CAT8 5 CF Zen 4 DC-41 1 Elite 5 Freak 5 Ghost 5 LXT 3 MAXUM 5 Omaha 4 Origin 2 Prime 7 Quatro 10 Select 4 Solo 4 Velo 4 ... 2020 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced -10 USSSA Baseball Bat: WTDXVBZ20 ... 299.95. We’ve always loved the Axe Handle but always struggled to find the barrel. Those are also great feeling bats with outstanding performance. To your point, the axe avenge data wasn’t terribly impressive. We’re hoping some will pop up before the holidays. 149.95. My 9-year-old made a travel team this spring and needs a USSSA bat. Expect a smooth swing and a beautiful ping. Anything but the cf, we think he would probably break a cf considering we live in Arkansas and the temperatures get unpredictable during baseball season. It is Easton's third iteration of the bat and comes with what many feel like is an unrivaled punch. It comes in a 2 3/4 only but has a super light swing weight. But, if your player is new to the sport and you are just looking to get through a couple of games before diving into the deep end, we like the Easton S450. Another idea, although hard to find right now, you might also like the new CAT 9 Connect in USSSA. After a month of use with the BBCOR and USSSA versions of the CAT 8 we put together this 2019 CAT 8 Review. Players at that age usually cannot generate the bat and pitch speed which really compresses the barrel and pushes towards that limit. This will be his first year using a USSSA bat. But, no doubt, it delivers absolute screamers. We did a quick search at Dicks Sporting Goods and found the CAT 8 for $229. We think the 2021 Maxum Ultra is an underrated bat. You can see that by the size of the red DeMarini on the outer ring of the USSSA Marucci section when compared to the orange Marucci found on the outer ring of the DeMarini USSSA section. See our Slugger 518 review. Often, they rank out well in each one of those categories. It swings light, has a huge barrel, feels great, and is one of our favorites. Have a soon to be 13 y.o., 5’5” / 125 lbs. Great for kids who can handle a drop 5, but who don’t think an end-load is the feel for them. But, it’s as close as any two-piece composite bat has yet to be. It’s why, as far as we can guess, most young kids prefer two-piece bats even if they don’t know it. It depends on how much dexterity he has with the BBCOR bat. That data, captured with other reviews we have read, make up our answers to the Best 2019 USSSA Bat. Easton’s 2015 big barrel MAKO is as good a bat you may ever swing, and, like the BBCOR version, those who swing it scoff at the idea they should ever try something different. Maybe some can? It is, for all intents and purposes, Easton’s version of the CF. Now he can line, them up pretty reliably, but when he transitions back to a regular bat, he still lets his hands follow the top hand elbow. Each of these bats run on their own merits as some of the best composite bats in the high school/BBCOR ranks. It’s a top-shelf choice for 2015. Combat’s 2 5/8 drop 12 Portent G3 puts a stamp on the phrase “big barrel bat.” This stick should make any list of top-shelf big barrel youth bats for 2015. The most significant change from past Zen models is the change in the connective piece. I know there are a lot better bats out there, but the bat with the most pop in the world will not make up for a reduced swing. When he gets through the 30/20, then look at a 30/22 or 31/23. Would love your thoughts, please comment. Three of our favorites in addition to the Easton Ghost X, are the Rawlings Quatro, CF Zen from DeMarini and 918 Prime from Slugger. Thanks. So, I am considering moving my son up to a drop 8 USSSA bat. A 31 is the longest bat he’s swung so far – at 31-21 (Prime) in Little League and 31-23 (Velo) in USSSA — so I’m a little nervous about going up to a 32, but based on the size charts I think that’s probably what he should be swinging in the spring? We don’t like the Connect better than the CF, unfortunately. Thanks. Both the Easton Ghost X and CF Zen come in lovely drop 8 options. We’ve finally got around to updating our comments section! So, if all other things are equal, the bats will perform the same. Being offered in both a balanced and end loaded version allows players to select one of the two models based on feel. What do you suggest? See our 2018 Easton Mako Beast review. See our 2017 CF Zen review. That said, if we had to choose, we really like that 2016 Easton MAKO. That makes sense. There is no change to the bat other […], Louisville Slugger recently introduced the most expensive baseball bat ever sold at retail. Oddly, the drop 5 Ghost X has a smaller barrel profile than the drop 8 or drop 10 Ghost X, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t rake. Mako 29/18 and Cat 8 Comp 28/18, my son is not a big 8-year-old he’s a little over 4 feet tall and weighs in the 60-65 pound range. They did make some upgraded bat designs in 2018 with the CAT 7 chassis. I had a younger boy who really benefited from it. However, the bat was deemed illegal by USSSA and several other leagues. Do you like the CAT 9 Connect over the CF Zen? And thanks for the support! They usually miss the top Diamond level because they fall short in popularity or availability. We have also, over the year, hit with every USSSA 2019 bat. Plain and simple. It is different, but not better. 5. Platinum level bats are highly recommendable. 2018 Voodoo vs 2018 CF Zen and the Varo Hitting Sleeve. If you want something cheaper, then check out the 2019 Rawlings 5150. In every league and association, the 2019 DeMarini CF Zen is for the high level player that likes a great feel on contact and light swing. via JBR YouTube Channel August 6, 2017 at 07:10PM . See our 2017 DeMarini Voodoo review. All that said, and to answer a question you didn’t ask, we’d probably use our $200 to buy an A2000 like this (https://www.justballgloves.com/product/wilson-a2000-superskin-11-75–baseball-glove–wta20rb191787ss/30483/), and then, come January, we’d look on eBay or Sidelineswap for a used CAT 8 in a 30/20 for. Retailers know people are opening up their wallets, and deals are very hard to come by. Most other brands offer a drop 10 or a drop 8. I finally had the chance to hit the 2019 Easton Ghost X Evolution Travel Ball Bat today. The DeMarini Voodoo (-10) 2 5/8" Balanced USA Baseball bat is the USA Baseball bat geared toward the junior high age player who is slightly more physically advanced at this level. But the 2017 model claims to have fixed that, and our players have had great success with the drop 12 VELO. Has a few 260/270 bombs but more of a line drive hitter. We dedicate an entire page to those best junior barrel baseball bats. However, the barrel performs well and is considered one of Slugger’s top end bats. But, as well, I realize you didn’t come here for hitting advice. That assumes he can swing both bats at the same speed. This bat is the only drop 8 big barrel to make a list (although the DeMarini CF7 and Combat G3 both come in a drop 8). *Popularity: How many players claimed to use this bat. We also observed what players tended to use at major tournaments and spent considerable time looking for objective online reviews. Am I wrong in assuming that moving up to a 29″ drop 10 would have less effect on “stopping the bat” at contact…and more negative effect of bat control that keeping the 28″ but moving to a drop 8? The CF Zen … Composite bats in the baseball space run deep and wide. (They usually release in August of the previous year and we review and rate then). 2019 DeMarini CF Zen vs 2019 Easton Ghost X USSSA Travel Ball Comparison. Meaning, usually, they lack specific sizes or drops. So, in theory, at least, a kid swinging a 32/22 drop 10 might feel like a 30/22 drop 8 is about the same swing weight. By Easton. Just Bat Reviews, LLC DBA Bat Digest Company. thank you very much for the detailed response. Of some note, USSSA buyers and players are generally pretty happy with their bat. (Below are some bats you can rarely find new anymore. If it can be more durable than the CF, we’ll think it is the best there is. But, any of the others, like the CF, might be a great fit. We love it. To your question, your only option is the T1 from True bats. Our experience with 8U bats is that the brand and model rarely matter. (Looking for the 2020 USA Marucci CAT review?). Names like Easton, DeMarini, Louisville Slugger, Victus, and Marucci all headline the biggest releases for 2021. Our survey data (you can see below) shows the two bats make up almost 80% of the entire competitive USSSA market. The 2017 model, over the 2016 model, added some barrel length with a new internal design. Thanks, Brian. I have noticed in slow-mo video that his bat slows on contact with the ball. But, we do love that handle—especially in the bigger BBCOR and for the right kind of USSSA kid. The order by popular brand goes like this: DeMarini and Marucci dominate the USSSA market. In terms of deals and the right bat, we’d try and find a 2018 Easton Ghost in a 31/26 used on ebay. Designed for the elite youth USA player looking for an added edge at the dish, this bat's Paraflex+ Composite construction and huge barrel size make it a lethal addition to any lineup. We admit this choice is predictable, but how do we leave off what is probably the most popular bat off the best bat list? We would stay away from heavier swinging BBCOR bats like The Goods or CAT 9. Is the reworked handle for 2021 the issue, or is this just a mediocre bat? Maybe, something like the Victus Vandal? Like the drop 9 section, there are not a ton of bats competing in the drop 12 space. This bat is unlike any other in the VELO line, as instead of a single piece hybrid, it is a two-piece composite bat. I was thinking about getting him a 2021 Axe Avenge Pro to give him a little help with his hands (we bought a used 2019, and he does well with it) once he’s ready to move up to 29/19. 2018 Voodoo vs 2018 CF Zen and the Varo Hitting Sleeve. The Easton Ghost X and the Demarini CF... Easton XL3 Swing Weights for 2 1/4 vs 2 5/8. 244.95–$344.95. If you are in the market for something unique and can find the right size, then Gold level bats are almost always good choices. Reviews of last year’s model were not stellar due to some durability issues on some early releases. Coincidentally, my brand spanking new Pocket Radar Smart Coach arrived today as well. So, going from the 2019 to the 2021 might make his problem worse—if, in fact, it is because of too heavy a bat. Bat for 2021 Update: Due to COVID, most 2021 USSSA bats are pushed back towards the end of 2020. Looking forward to your test results. They often come in a max size of 26 or 27 inches and have considerable drop weights. In the Big Barrel, a.k.a. The bat is highly, highly recommended. Easton Ghost X vs DeMarini CF Zen | 11 Year Old Case Study. It is our favorite drop 5 bats, maybe ever. My son has been using a USSSA Easton Beast Speed Hybrid for the last couple years in a 30 and 31 lengths. DeMarini 2019 Bustos (-13) 2 1/4" Fastpitch Bat, 29"/16 oz By DeMarini (Aug 6, 2018) $89.99 $119.95. Would you agree with that? I’m a 5 hole hitter and I dont know what to buy between a cf zen black and Cat 8. Much of more detailed findings can be found on our USSSA Big Barrel bat review pages under our reviews for the following bats. We’re talking about line drive roping, head-turning, future home run hitting bats for the 2021 baseball season from the biggest names in the game. He likes the lighter bats, his USA bat is 29” drop 11. It’s also not inexpensive, but if any bat has a share on the top of a list of the best senior league or big barrel bats, we don’t know how this wouldn’t be anything but first. My son is playing 8U USSSA this season. Big Barrel bats are 2 3/4 sized bats. Thank you sir, We also watch your youtube videos and are subscibed to your channel, Hope you and your family have a merry christmas. If you want to pay an arm and a leg, then no one has ever gone wrong with the drop CF. It might be nice to have him borrow or try out a bat in that size to see how he does with it. How you get that more weight doesn’t really matter—going down a drop or up an inch. 2018 CF Zen vs 2019 CF Zen. See our 2017 Marucci CAT 7 review. We also found, on JustBats, a Slugger Solo in a 30/20 for under $150. Sounds good! We've spent considerable time with Rawlings 5150 line of bats. So, naturally, I had to do an exit speed comparison between the two new Ghost X and the best selling, super popular 2019 DeMarini CF […], Great All Around USA Bat The 2019 Rawlings Threat USA bat is a solid choice for younger players. They have been hard to find in stock so far but are worth a look if you can. via JBR YouTube Channel August 6, 2017 at 07:10PM . The new league has a barrel restriction of no larger than 2 5/8. He bats lead off but isn’t really your typical lead off hitter, he punches balls in gaps and occasionally puts balls over the wall. The CF and CAT 8 are clear winners in the USSSA space. The green version is a boat oar at the plate with an ultra-light swing weight and a lizard skin grip. Spent the fall transitioning to -5, now ready to make a purchase for his bday. It is as familiar in the industry as any bat has ever been. 2019 Easton Ghost X Evolution Review. A two-piece hybrid in a drop 10 or drop 8, though, is difficult to find, too. My son is 13 and will need a -8 or -5 in the spring. He’s swinging the Cat 9 28/18 pretty well, but as with most young players, he’s got a little bit of elbow drag. We found that bat packs a full-on punch, has a huge barrel, and swings right where we want it too. Gold level bats often see unique designs with good to excellent player feedback and well above average performance ratings. He is a skinny kid and could work on his strength, so I would say not a power hitter, but sometimes he wows us. But, our favorite drop 8 big barrel for 2018 is Marucci’s CAT 7. If you’re looking for a drop 8 in a USSSA bat, then that is your option. Instead of where the load is found in a bat is only one of many factors that determine swing weight—the most important of which is arguably the total length of a bat. If you don’t want that, then a solid second place could be the 2021 Meta from Slugger. So, if you’re down for overpaying for a fantastic bat that might break then go Zen. You can find this bat everywhere for a pretty low price, and as a drop 11 it should be useful to the beginners. *Yes, My Bat is Best: How many USSSA players claimed the 'best bat' was also the bat they used. As it is a bit chillier in northern Illinois this spring, he get hand sting when he swings hard and I notice him letting off with all but the attack. Goes the other way really well. We chose the Easton MAKO Beast as our best big barrel drop 10 for its barrel size, balance weight, and high performance. Now he can line them up pretty reliably, but when he transitions back to a regular bat he still lets his hands follow the top hand elbow. Top 8 Composite Bats This is very helpful during long batting practice sessions. Thanks, Brian. My 8 yr old son has a few bats I got used. See our Rawlings VELO review. I think the drag is mostly just not getting his hands, out in front. But, our favorite drop 8 big barrel for 2018 is Marucci’s CAT 7. These bats rock in the big barrel market. Just Bat Reviews, LLC DBA Bat Digest participate in affiliate marketing programs including but not limited to Amazon and eBay. There are several other great options in the big barrel space. Especially in the drop 5, we love the Easton Ghost X for many of the same reasons we love the CF Zen in the drop 10. 2018 DeMarini CF Insane BBCOR Review. I think the drag is mostly just not getting his hands out in front. Ads by Amazon. If he’s catching up to the ball just fine, then he might be able to handle more weight. Weird.). The barrel is the right size, and the balance is manageable but by no means light. Hey guys, I really respect your evaluation processes. USA Bats now, and you can read all about that stuff here, The average 11-year-old is swinging a 30/20, https://dicks-sporting-goods.ryvx.net/AM07N, https://www.justbats.com/product/2020-louisville-slugger-solo–10-usssa-baseball-bat–wtlsls6x1020/31775/, https://www.justballgloves.com/product/wilson-a2000-superskin-11-75–baseball-glove–wta20rb191787ss/30483/. We cover the 10-year-old question exclusively in the best bat for a 10-year-old article. It wins our best youth bat of 2020 award as well as a diamond status bat—with only one other in the USSSA bat world. He was whiffing on the insider bat off a tee up until we really started working on it the past couple of weeks. I would prefer to stay under $200 if at all possible. I am looking for something similar in a drop 8 for next year. For us, it was love at first sight. The original 2019 CF Zen is pretty much tied with the Marucci Cat 8 as the best selling USSSA Travel Ball Bat this year. Both bats destroy the ball. We are confident there is not a kid in the drop 10 ample barrel space that will dislike the 2017 Easton MAKO Beast. I’m willing to buy a new bat and pay up to $300-350. That helps me a lot with the decision.. Looks like I’m hoping for some Black Friday deals.. Take care, God bless and stay safe!!! So, a 28/17 (or drop 12 28/16) will likely feel right at home. The newer drop 5 CAT 9 Connect is a great bat, but they’ve been super hard to find this year. But there should be plenty of those for sale. *Owner Happiness: Players were asked how happy they were about their bat purchase on a scale from 0 to 100. And, to your point, we think hand sting is a huge factor in kids doing well with bats. Swing speed only increases if the bat get’s lighter, the bat’s weight only increases if the bat gets heavier. 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