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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The 2023/22 DeMarini CF Mashup is a USSSA bat only and comes in a drop of 10, 8, and 5. We love these bats; they consistently rank high in their class and across the board. If you want an elite-level USSSA bat, you can’t go wrong with a CF mashup.
DeMarini releases another crop of CF bats with a different paint job every year. The DeMarini CF Mashup is the 2022 DeMarini CF, much like the CF Glitch was the special edition color-up of the 2021 CF. The CF in USSSA hasn’t changed in the last few years, and that’s because the bat is great. We recommend it across the board for hitters who like an excellent swing, a big barrel, and aren’t as concerned about budget.
The CF Mashup is a USSSA bat only and comes in a drop 10, 8, and 5. The barrel on the drop 5 is 2 5/8, while the barrel on the drop 10 and 8 is 2 3/4.
Some vendors refer to this bat as a 2023 CF Mashup, not the 2022 CF Mashup. As Demarini is going to an every other year release schedule, this will likely confuse next year as some are still selling the 2022 Mashup when some have the “2023” mashup. In either case, it’s the same bat.
The CF in USSSA is made for the serious travel ball player looking for as much barrel size they can get. The bat swings great and set the standard for what 2 3/4 big barrel USSSA bats should swing like. Other bats have likely caught up, like the Marucci CAT Composite and Slugger Meta, but none have the decorated pedigree of the DeMarini CF.
In terms of a two-piece composite bat with a big barrel and light swing in a range of sizes for USSSA, there are a few good comparisons. We think Marucci’s CAT Composite and Slugger’s Meta are similar and worth your consideration. They all price out about the same and have very similar performance.
Compared to the 2022 DeMarini CF, the bat hasn’t changed except for the color up. Compared to the 2021 DeMarini CF or the CF Glitch, the bats are also precisely the same except for the color.
DeMarini’s 2023 CF mashup is a two-piece composite bat with a huge barrel that Demarini refers to as a Paraflex Plus composite. They’ve used this composite for some time, which has proven to the test of time. The connection piece is referred to as 3Fusion and, compared to previous connection pieces in the line, helps lower swing weight and keep sting out of the hands. The end cap is composite and light. The bat is generally designed for the USSSA player that likes a big barrel, light swing, and where every hit feels like a monster.
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.