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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
Those who have read this blog (or those who have paid attention to the bat space for more than just a few minutes) know that bat hype these days is more emphasized than bat performance.
Buckets full of money are spent flooding the market with these ‘hypchanics’, the mechanics of hype.
You may also find our many of our new axe bat reviews helpful too.
We all know one metal baseball bat, to a large extent, can’t be manufactured to be much different than the next one. Don’t get me wrong, there are clearly some nuances that are worth noting and purchasing, but it seems that among the good dozen or more of top shelf bats, the differences are more often than not, negligible. Ultimately, we base bat decisions on a function of a bat’s swing weight and contact feel. But what if a piece of hypchanics was a solid hit?
Now for logistics. The 2015 Axe Avenge bat has a middle range swing weight comparable to the 2015 Slugger 515 Omaha or Adidas EQT X1. It is a two piece composite bat in the class of the S1, CF7 and 915 among others.
All in all the Axe Avenge makes for a very enjoyable hitting experience. The Axe bat with its ax handle shape is not a hoax or gimmick. It is not just another exercise in baseball bat hypchanics. The handle is a true innovation in the bat space and measurably improves the hitting experience. Those looking in the top shelf bat space should sharpen up their short list by considering the Axe bat.
The best place to purchase will be here. In the mean time, you can order on the Baden Sports Web Site here. Bats started shipping on 10/1/2014.
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.