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2017 Axe Avenge Review

March 4, 2021 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

After some emails and at least one phone conversation with the folks at Axe bats, combined with our extensive hitting experience with Axe bats, we have put together our 2017 Axe Avenge review and recommendations. On the whole, those who like or prefer the asymmetric knob and want a two-piece composite with a more balanced swing should have the 2017 Axe Avenge on their shortlist.

Avenge

If you have yet to try an Axe handled bat, we highly recommend you do so. For many, after just a few swings, the Axe Handle has a very natural feel. The HyperWhip end cap is a fitting touch on a bat that looks to leverage predictive impact.

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Quick Review

If you have yet to try an Axe handled bat, we highly recommend you do so. For many, after just a few swings, the Axe Handle has a very natural feel. The HyperWhip end cap is a fitting touch on a bat that looks to leverage predictive impact.

In particular, the Avenge model suits the player who prefers the smoother smashes delivered from a two-piece composite design. It should be considered a ‘balanced’ bat but isn’t ultra-light. The barrel size is respectable.

BBCOR Avenge Recommendations
2017 Axe Avenge Review

The Avenge comes in BBCOR, a Senior Barrel (2 5/8) Drop 8, and a drop 11 Youth (2 1/4 barrel). BBCOR sizing falls between 31 and 34 inches, and both the Senior Barrel and the Youth should be available in a 28 through a 32-inch length.

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2017 vs 2016 Avenge

Axe released a late and limited edition bat last year called the Hyperwhip. This bat, which we discussed at length then, leveraged the one-sided hitting forced by the shape of the knob by creating an endcap that was also asymmetric. Axe refers to this as the HyperWhip end cap. The absence of bat length on the barrel’s non-hitting side helped decrease bat swing weight without affecting the usable barrel length on the hitting side. The 2017 Axe Avenge adds that HyperWhip feature to the bat.

2016

Bat Review

Avenge

We spent three hours in the cage with the 2016 Axe Avenge baseball bat, another hour reading online reviews from trusted sources, and one on the phone with some of the Axe Bat engineers. We've also spent countless hours in the cage and in-game with previous versions of the 2016 Axe Avenge bats.

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2015

Avenge

Those who have read this blog (or those who have paid attention to the bat space for more than just a few minutes) know that bat hype these days is more emphasized than bat performance.

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2017 Axe Avenge Review

The Asymmetric Knob

In our 2015 Axe Avenge review, we discuss the thinking behind the asymmetric knob. This feature is present in the 2017 Avenge too. We would refer you to that article for a more detailed discussion. As a reminder, the asymmetric knob shaped like an ax handle allows for a more ergonomic swing. This better hand positioning allows for better bat control and speed.

2017 Avenge Construction

Very generally speaking, the 2017 Axe Avenge, like its 2015 and 2016 predecessor, is a two-piece composite bat. Four noteworthy construction elements make up the 2017 Axe Avenge. In no particular order, they are: (1) The Asymmetric Knob, (2) The EndoGrid Knob Cover, (3) The Directional Barrel Insert, and (4) the Asymmetric End Cap.

The EndoGrid Knob Cover

New to the 2016 Axe Avenge, we cover the reasons for the change in knob design in our 2016 Axe Avenge Review.  More information can be found there. In short, the new knob improved the feel through contact by absorbing any mishit vibration.

The Directional Barrel Insert

Predictive hitting may be the most important feature any Axe bat brings to the table. The ability to foresee which side of the barrel’s significant contact will be made is a godsend to engineers. This predictive impact gives unique opportunities for bat design that can affect the sweet spot’s size and durability. Axe adds a directional barrel insert within the bat to increase durability and the sweet spot’s size.

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