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By Bat Digest
Updated November 17, 2022
The 2016 Easton Z-Core XL incorporates an internal composite reinforcement along the barrel's length to give the bat a considerably large barrel for a single piece alloy. Easton's marketing literature often refers to this as 'Mako-sizing' the barrel. Additionally, the Z-Core XL has a new, tackier grip and, obviously, a color up from the 2015 S3z.
On the whole, if you are a stronger player who prefers the direct feedback (i.e., the sting on mishits and butter on good hits) of a one-piece bat, need something hot out of the wrapper, and have the strength to wield a Yeti of a bat then the 2016 Easton Z-Core XL (Amazon Price Check) is a worth your serious consideration. As well, those looking for a training bat might find this pick useful in their BP time. If you are looking for the lightest swing, a balanced swing, a two-piece bat, a hybrid bat, the biggest barrel, a composite barrel, a more forgiving bat, or anything outside of the BBCOR realm, then keep on looking.
The 2016 Easton Z-Core XL is a new bat in Easton's line up but has some very familiar features. One characteristic Easton fans will be familiar with is the elongated barrel structure found in the single-piece aluminum 2015 Easton S3z. That bat incorporated an internal composite sleeve that allows a huge barrel for a single-piece aluminum shell. The 2016 Z-Core XL has the same. Additionally, like the memorable Easton XL3 in BBCOR from days gone by, the Z-Core XL has a massive end load. The heaviest swinging bat per barrel size Easton makes in 2016 and a real pipe of a bat designed for hot out-of-the wrapper performance for players with strength. In the grand scheme of 2016, the Easton Z-Core XL is akin to the Easton Z-Core (no XL), which is the same bat but with a balance point towards the hands. The 2016 Easton Z-Core TORQ is the same bat but with a more balanced swing and the famed rotating handle.