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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The 2022 Louisville Slugger Solo is a single-piece bat with a light swing and reasonably sized barrel. It’s available in BBCOR, USA drop 11 and in USSSA in a drop 10, 8, and 5 and a JBB version. The original Solo (called the 617 Solo) in BBCOR hit the shelves for the 2017 season, while the USSSA and USA versions followed in 2018. The most popular and best-reviewed of the bunch is the drop 11 USA Solo, which serves the entry-level hitter that needs a light bat and can perform at the limit. The USSSA bat appeals to the smaller player who wants more bat speed than feel. The BBCOR 2022 Solo fits the smaller high school player who wants a stiff bat and needs a light swing.
Our hitters like the nice grip, barrel size and light swing of the 2022 Louisville Slugger Solo. Although the USSSA version doesn’t get as much slobber, the BBCOR version for a smaller hitter is a homerun. USA in a drop 11 is a really, really good fit for the entry level player looking for a legit chance to make some noise given his strength limitations.
The 2022 Slugger Solo is for the smaller kid who wants a light swing and stiff-feeling bat. In BBCOR, those considering a Voodoo One or a more popular bat will do well with the Solo as an under-the-radar pick. The bat is a great value buy in USA leagues and consistently ranks as one of our favorite ‘for your money buys. USSSA bats swing light and don’t get great feedback compared to the two-piece composites that dominate the space, but they can be good picks for the entry-level travel player looking for a good performing bat with a light swing.
There are no changes, other than the graphics, between the 2022 and 2021 Solo lines. However, the drop 11 USA was not produced for 2021. Curse you COVID.
There are very many single-piece alloy bats with a built-in light swing that compete well with the 2022 Louisville Slugger Solo.
There are no structural changes between the 2021 and 2022 Louisville Slugger Solo bats. The graphics are updated. But, note, for 2021 Slugger did not release a USA bat in the Solo drop 11. Instead, they continued to sell the 2020 version of the drop 11 through 2021. For 2022, there is a “new” (although unchanged) 2022 Slugger Solo USA drop 11.
Built for speed, 2022 Solo USSSA Baseball Bat from Louisville Slugger delivers maximum barrel control for young travel ballplayers. Contact hitters everywhere keep coming back to this bat for its easy-swinging profile, ultra-balanced swing weight, and great pop on contact. The premium SL Hyper™ alloy design offers a superlight swing to maximize barrel control, and the one-piece construction creates a stiff feel on contact. The lightweight SPD™ Composite End Cap pairs with the barrel’s thinner wall design to give young players a massive sweet spot and maximum plate coverage.
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.