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2017 Axe Avenge Review

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.


2017 Avenge Video

2017 Avenge Models

Models Overview

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.


General Recommendations

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.

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Comparable Bats

There is nothing else like the 2017 Axe Avenge, save, of course, its predecessor, the 2016 Axe Avenge. However, that 2016 version does not have the asymmetric end cap (HyperWhip) and, as such, will be a heavier swing. The 2015 Axe avenge has neither the HypwerWhip end cap nor the EndoGrid knob.

Some 2016 and 2015 Axe Avenge’s are still available on Amazon (Price Check). We think the HyperWhip end cap is a worthy upgrade, but whether it is worth the price difference, we’ll leave up to you.

Previous Bats

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.

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.