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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The Anderson Widowmaker is a single-piece bat with an endloaded feel and a good-sized barrel. Anderson Bat is not well known, but the company has been around as long as most. They became wildly popular with the Techzilla in USSSA and Rockettech in Fastpitch. The Widowmaker came on the scene in 2019(ish) and hit a stride of popularity in the college ranks (The University of New Mexico Used the bats). For 2021, the Anderson Widowmaker has a stiff feel, big barrel, and an endloaded swing that hits the ball as hard as any BBCOR bat on the planet.
Our stronger hitters liked the bats stiffness and swing weight. Overall, the bat can perform as well as any bat on the market. It’s got a decent sized sweet spot and if you can barrel it up the ball will fly. Our smaller hitters didn’t like the feel of the bat on mishits and had trouble catching up sometimes.
We recommend the 2021 Anderson Widowmaker for the big-hitting upperclassman who needs as much bat as they can find. If you can barrel it up the ball will fly as far as any BBCOR on the planet.
Another heavy single piece bats similar to the 2021 Widowmaker is a bat-like the Stinger Nuke. You can also find heavier swinging single piece BBCOR bats in the 33 and 34 inches in a Louisville Slugger Omaha.
This is the 2nd year of the Anderson Widowmaker. Other than the paint job, it has not changed from the 2020 version.
The Anderson Widowmaker is a single-piece aluminum bat built with an average-sized barrel and a heavier swing weight. We found it to be in the top 10% of bats for swing weight (we measured the 33-inch). The bat is pretty straight forward as single piece aluminum are about as traditional as you can get in the BBCOR bat space.
The overall rating uses seven different weighted metrics to determine our overall score. Half of total rating comes from the player and our exit speed tests (Player Rating: 25%, Performance: 25%).The other categories are Relevance (20%), Demand (10%), Durability (10%), Resell Score (5%), and Tech Specs (5%).
*: When a bat is denoted by a star (*) it is a preliminary rating. Expect it to be updated as we learn more about the bat and gather more data.
(PlaRa) Player Rating: We measure player rating from user reviews. Those users include our own hitters that we test at the lab as well as reviews we find online.
(ExVe) Performance: Performance measures the exit speeds and distances we capture in our hitting lab with HitTrax using these bats.
(Relv) Relevance: We measure the number of sizes and the MOI of the bat. Bats with a wider range of options get a better score.
(Dmnd) Demand: Demand is measured by consumer sentiment and the buzz around the bat.
(Drb) Durability: A bat’s durability is measured by user reviews as well as feedback from manufacturers.
(ReSl) Resell Score: Based on the price the bats go for used. Higher prices mean greater user demand which means, generally, a better bat. A resell value closer to its original price means a higher score.
(Tech) Tech Specs: We rate the bat on its technological advancements from previous years and compared to the industry at large. This is our chance to reward companies who are trying to innovate.
MOI or Mass Moment of Inertia is a measurement of bat swing weight. This quantifies how difficult it is to swing a bat. The industry often refers to this as things like End Load or Balanced but those words have been overused to the point of meaninglessness. We measure the actual swing weights of each bat we test using the industry-standard pendulum period, balance point, and scale weight. You can read more about that here.
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
The types of bats are single-piece alloy (SPA), two-piece composite (TPC), single-piece composite (SPC), hybrid (Hyb.), and wood (Wood). Hybrid bats are made of composite handles and alloy barrles.
The estimated date the bat began distribution.