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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The 2017 Boombah Cannon is produced in both a BBCOR and a drop 10 senior league (2 5/8) barrel size. These are the two major categories in the baseball bat space. As well, these two categories are the same sizes they produced the 2015 Boombah Cannon in too.
The Drop 10 comes in a 30 and 29-inch lengths while the BBCOR is made in a 33 and 32-inch lengths.
Boombah is a direct-to-consumer company. That is, they do not use third-party vendors to deliver their goods to you. Instead, you buy them directly on their site. You will not find them at major sporting goods stores. As such, finding reviews on the Boombah Cannon are not to be found on major vendor sites or the ever-growing list of fake thin amazon affiliate sites claiming to review bats. If you can’t get paid for writing a review, then why write it!
Good question, one that does not stop us.
Players looking for very light swing weight and an oversized aluminum barrel should put the 2017 Boombah Cannon on their shortlist. If the goal is to acquire a two-piece hybrid bat with an extended composite end cap then the Boombah Cannon is the only answer. Other bats have similar ideas, but in terms of a hybrid with an extended composite end cap, they are left with the Boombah Cannon only.
The Boombah line also lends toward the value-conscious consumer. Boombah’s direct-to-consumer model prices bats about $50 less than other new models in the same niche.
In the Big Barrel (2 5/8) space, DeMarini has a hybrid bat that intends for a light swing. The 2017 version is called the DeMarini Voodoo Balanced. (This bat also comes in a BBCOR). In terms of market awareness, massive performance and player appreciation few bats compare to the DeMarini Insane. However, it also swings a little bit heavier than the Cannon as it does not have an extended composite end cap like the Cannon. See our DeMarini Voodoo Balanced Review.
The idea of a two-piece hybrid bat that uses an extended composite end cap is nowhere else to be found. Last year, in 2016, Rawlings made a bat called the TRIO and another called the 5150 Hybrid. These were both hybrid bats that used an extended composite end cap. They scrapped those bats in favor of the new Quatro which is a fully composite bat made of two pieces. See our Rawlings Trio Review.
There are several bats in the hybrid space that intend for a light swing. Easton makes one they call the Z-Core Hybrid. It only comes in BBCOR. Its intent is a light-swinging hybrid BBCOR bat. But, it does not use the composite end cap. It does have a bigger barrel than the Cannon but swings a bit heavier. See our full Z-Core Hybrid Review.
The 2017 Boombah, much like the 2015 version, uses a two piece hybrid design. Meaning, the barrel is made of aluminum and the handle composite. In theory, and our experience too, this hybrid design proves to decrease hand ring on mishits. It also gives a smoother smash. In some instances it gives a false positive. That is, an impression the ball was hit very well when, in fact, it was not.
We find that younger players tend to prefer two-piece bats more often as it gives them more confidence to swing harder.
Also, like the 2015 version, the 2017 uses an extended composite end cap. Adding lighter material at the end of the barrel decreases swing weight and helps for better bat control. Faster speeds at contact usually mean a further hit ball but, do remember, a lighter bat also carries less mass and, hence, less force. It is the age-old play between swing weight and swing speed. But, again, younger players tend to appreciate the ability to wield the bat more effectively. Balls in play are better than strikeouts.
Unlike the 2015 version, the 2017 Cannon uses a “Flight Tech” feature which gives texture to the barrel of the bat. The Boombah claim is this increases backspin and, therefore, increases ultimate flight distance. This feature is used on other bats on the market—notably some fastpitch bats. While backspin can indeed increase ball distance in theory, we find it unlikely that the paint texture on the barrel can affect this enough to create a difference. But, like they have no proof to say it does, we have no studies to prove it does not.
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.