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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
It’s hard to differentiate between tee ball bats.
If you were to search google trends you’d find people look for the lightest swinging tee ball bat more often then anything else, but outside of that, what else is there to decide on when looking for a bat that isn’t rated for anything other than some mild hits?
So it’s quite noteworthy when we actually run across a tee ball bat that is actually something to talk about. Like, for example, the 2015 Axe Phenom.
There are actually a couple of composite tee ball bats out there–which we find both slightly pointless but entirely adorable. And there are hoards of other tee ball bats which, we guess, are mostly made in China in the same factory as their competitors but with a different paint job.
The Axe Avenge, a bat handle with an axe shaped knob really does increase swing speed. It also encourages correct swinging mechanics by forcing your hands inside the ball. The fact Axe makes a bat like this for little tykes seems like a very unique step in the tee ball space and worth a recommendation and shout out from JBR.
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.