Z-Core Torq

2016 Easton Z-Core Torq Review

The 2016 Easton Z-Core TORQ has a rotating bottom hand built into the bat. We have discussed the purpose behind this technology at length in other threads. Here, suffice it to say, the argument for a rotating bottom handle can allow for faster bat speed and better inside plate coverage. This disruptive technology has made serious waves in the bat space since its release in early 2015.

Z-Core Torq Video

2016 Z-Core Torq Models

Models Overview

Easton has taken that new tech and added it to a good ole single piece aluminum bat. Like the 2015 Easton S3z (without the TORQ), the 2016 Easton Z-Core TORQ incorporates an internal composite reinforcement along the barrel’s length to give the bat a considerably large barrel for a single piece alloy. As well, the reinforcement allows for a thinner alloy and, ergo, a lighter swing.

Compared to the 2015 Z-Core, the bat also boasts a new “Torq Taq” grip. We didn’t find that piece particularly compelling, but it is ‘new’ nonetheless.

General Recommendations

The Z-Core TORQ is a hot out of the wrapper BBCOR bat with a relatively light swing weight and a spinning handle. As such, we’d recommend the bat for Collegiate or High School players who prefer hot out of the wrapper bats with balanced swings and are comfortable/prefer a bat with a rotating bottom hand handle.

The fact the bat is only released in BBCOR suggests Easton also understands that a single piece bat alloy bat isn’t of particular interest to younger players, who tend to prefer the smooth feel of hybrid and composite barreled bats.

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Comparable Bats

There are no other bats (this year or any other), single-piece aluminum with a rotating handle. Of course, several dozen single piece high-performance bats are put into the market over the last few years, but none of them have a spinning handle. If we were to try and give this bat a twin, we’d lightly suggest the 2016 Axe Element Hyperwhip. That bat is also a single-piece design with unique features in the handle. But it’s clearly not an identical twin bat.

If you are looking for this bat without the spinning handle, the 2016 Easton Z-Core or 2015 Easton S3z is where you should start.

Previous Bats

The 2016 Easton Z-Core TORQ is a new bat in Easton’s line up. This is the first bat to be a single piece alloy bat with Easton’s famed rotating handle, made famous on the 2015 Easton Torq. The barrel and transition of the bat are built after the 2015 Easton S3z.