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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
We get two general communication via firstname.lastname@example.org from our faithful readers. The first asks us which bat performs the best and the second tells us which bat performs the best. I always hesitate before responding to either—not because I haven’t thought about the answer—because the answer isn’t nearly as simple as people hope it is.
Let me give you one example to prove my point. How much does the paint job of a baseball bat effect on base percentage? Your knee jerk reaction is probably to say ‘it doesn’t’. Next question: What role does confidence play in hitting a baseball effectively? Your answer should be a lot. In fact, hitter confidence may be the most important things in attacking a pitch correctly and ultimately getting on base. Another question: can you imagine any scenario where a little leaguer might find more confidence at the plate because he thinks his bat looks cool? If you answered no, then I suggest you don’t know many 11 year olds. Therefore, I ask the first question again, how much can the paint job of a baseball bat effect on base percentage?
What we may like most about the 2015 Dirty South War bat is the price point. A brand new one-piece full-composite bat for $249 in a senior league with a drop 8, 10 or 12 is impossible to beat.
It’s also quite helpful the bat is a pure power stick with jaw dropping gumption in the hands of the right hitter. We’d suspect a player who is okay with some hand sting now and again will appreciate the added distance created by this stiff pieced missile maker.
We are confident the bat would find a happy home with players looking for some added distance and a top shelf performance bat where quality control and American made standards are high priorities with a great price to boot. Justbatreviews puts the 2015 Dirty South War bat firmly in the category of recommendable.
And after all that writing, please pass the fried chicken.
The bats fit into the balanced category—-these are not hand loaded, light swinging bats like the VELO or Marucci Hex but real balanced swing weights like the CF7, NVS Vexxum or 2016 Combat MAXUM. That last bat, the Combat MAXUM, is the Dirty South’s most related option in the space.
We often have long conversations with bat manufacturers about how their bat is the best on the market because they somehow figured out a way to make the best performing bat while everyone else is behind the curve. We have come to expect this and are comfortable in saying it should be the case—bat companies should indeed think their bat is the best.
The Dirty South War bat company, it turns out, also thinks their bat is the best. And they have good reason to think so even compared to companies that dwarf them in distribution and marketing budgets. The Dirty South War is a stiff one piece composite design that allows for maximum power transfer to the ball on contact. The composite design gives durability and longevity to the bat’s performance at peak powers. After using the bats for a couple weeks we have no reason to doubt they perform at anything but the allowable 1.15 standard. They sound like pure composite bats and their swing weight fits well with the biggest grouping of players.
The company also comes with a little bit of mystique. We suspect there are more than just a few players that might improve their confidence to swing big if they know they are holding a novel American made bat with high standards of quality control from company with a swarthy name. Further, the viral marketing of the bat via youtube videos adds to that reputation of a small manufacturer making big hitting bats.
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.