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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
We would recommend the 2016 Easton Z-Core Hybrid TORQ (Price Check*) to players who prefer a big barreled bat with a moderate swing weight in an aluminum barrel and composite handle combo. Also, maybe most importantly, the hitter must be comfortable with a bat that has a rotating bottom handle. If that is you, then you are looking in the right place.
The 2016 Easton Hybrid Z-Core TORQ will be available in BBCOR only. Standard 31, 32, 33 and 34 inch lengths with a drop 3 and a .50 BBCOR stamp are all available.
The bat will not be available in a Big Barrel, Youth Barrel or T-ball sizes. Those looking for a hybrid bat from Easton in those barrel sizes will need to look at the 2016 Easton S2.
Like the 2015 Easton S2z and S3z, the Easton Z-Core Hybrid TORQ will use a spiraled carbon fiber handle design to decrease sting on mishits and add to a buttery soft swing and ping. We are not sure if this actually works any better than other two-piece designs, but we do find the two-piece design on most bats does indeed remove hand sting.
The 2016 Easton Z-Core Hybrid TORQ is a two-piece baseball bat built with a composite handle and aluminum barrel. It is identical to the 2016 Easton Z-Core Hybrid but it has a spinning bottom handle. The aluminum barrel, like the Z-Core bats from 2015 (S2z and S3z) have a composite sleeve inside which gives it the strength and durably to be severely oversized. This is a good thing
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.