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2015 Easton MAKO Review

March 3, 2021 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

After almost 5 years of experience with the 2015 Easton Mako we have more than a few things to say. But, to put it quickly, the bat is legendary. The 1.15 2 1/4 barrel pre-USA bat was the stuff dreams are made of—and still are. It is still a legal bat in USSSA play—the smaller barrel does not disqualify it. However, the bat is not allowed in USA play.

Mako

In short, the 2015 Mako is quite good. It is surprising, at least at the time of this re-write, the bat is still available from sellers in BBCOR sizes at a fraction of the price. We think these bats are worth your time to consider and if you can find a good price then jump on it.

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Quick Review

In short, the 2015 Mako is quite good. It is surprising, at least at the time of this re-write, the bat is still available from sellers in BBCOR sizes at a fraction of the price. We think these bats are worth your time to consider and if you can find a good price then jump on it.

The 2015 Orange Mako is a legend. It stands as the pinnacle of 2 1/4 USSSA bats—where Easton dominated by a wide margin.

BBCOR Mako Recommendations
2015 Easton Mako Review

If you appreciate and prefer light swinging bats; Would like a top shelf bat with the latest technology from, arguably, the leader in the composite bat space; Are NOT on a budget; Can’t find a 2014 version of the bat available for a lower price (because it is pretty much the same); Are okay with a bat with more hype than history–which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; want one of the hottest (by way of industry buzz) bats available then the 2015 Mako in BBCOR is for you.

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USSSA Mako Recommendations
2015 Easton Mako Review

This bat was fantastic. If you can find one nowadays its usually for a pretty good price. Although the marketing hype has died down,t he truth is the bat hits the ball just as well (and maybe better) than any new fangled one. If you can find it, get it.

Price Check

Comparable Bats

In 2015 the major competitors for the Easton Mako were the other two piece composite bats on the market. That included the 2015 DeMarini CF7 as well as the Slugger’s (new at the time) 915 Prime. In terms of market share for 2015 the Mako absolutely dominated.

2015 CF7
See the CF7 Review

The forefather of modern-day two-piece bats is the CF7. We liked the CF5, but the CF7 is another level. It is the precursor to the CFs of the 2020s and not much has changed. If you can find one of these bats on a secondary market we’d say get it.

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2015 915 Prime
See the 915 Prime Review

The 2015 Louisville Slugger 915 NCAA bat is now released and we think it will be a smashing (waka waka) success this year.

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2015 Easton MAKO Review

Swing Weight Tricks

An Aside on Swing Weight[/su_heading]At the risk of being too technical, we think it should be noted that swing speed isn’t all that determines the distance a ball travels at contact. Yet watching some of the commentary and commercials of the 2015 MAKO (and other light swinging bats) might make you think otherwise. In reality, the distance a ball travels is a function of both bat speed and the amount of power (or torque) in the bat at contact. That torque (not TORQ) is directly proportional to the bats swing weight—the greater the torque the higher the swing weight.

In other words, what you might gain in swing speed by a lighter swing weighted bat you may very well lose (and then some) in the lack of power behind that lighter swinging bat at contact. These two determining factors of ball exit speed are inversely proportional.

The trick is finding a bat with the maximum swing weight that a player can reach near maximum bat speed. That solution isn’t always a lighter swinging bat (because, at some point, your bat doesn’t speed up proportional to the bats swing weight getting lighter since your arms and mechanics keep you from swinging at always increasing speeds).

This principle is, roughly speaking, why you see older and stronger players tend towards heavier swinging bats. Those players have the ability to swing an end loaded bat at very similar speeds to a light swinging MAKO, for example. And that speed coupled with the increased power gives better results.

What I’m trying to say is, the MAKO may very well be the most advanced technology of any bat out there, but it doesn’t mean its the right bat for everyone.

2015 Mako Construction

Easton’s 2015 Mako is a two piece composite bat. That is, the handle and barrel are made separably, out of composite, and then put together with a connective piece. That connective piece determines the feel and stiffness of the bat at contact. In large measure, the connective piece will make or break a bat. The Easton Mako connective piece (called the CXN) is as good as they come.

Bat Sizing Options

2015 Easton MAKO Review

Sizing is also quite similar when compared to the 2014 version. A BBCOR -3, Big Barrel -9 and -10, and a JBB -12. A Youth 2 1/4 barrel will come in a drop 9 and drop 10. The over-sized barrel, made possible by the TCT composite, is also similar in size to the 2014 MAKO.

The 2015 MAKO’s swing weight is the lightest of the entire Power Brigade series (yes, lighter than the S series). The bat has incredible barrel size for such a light swinging bat—only rivaled by some of the best in the business. We found the CF7 from Demarini to swing a little lighter.

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