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2017 Boombah Cannon Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated June 10, 2022


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.


2017 Cannon Video

2017 Cannon Video

2017 Cannon Models


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.

BBCOR
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USSSA –10
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General Recomendations

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.

Model Recommendations

BMBCANBBCOR2017

BBCOR Review

Cannon BBCOR Ratings (key)
4 5 5 3 4 4 4 5 3 2
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10

Price It

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In large measure, this explains why most have never heard of Boombah or, at least, never knew the produced baseball bats. It also explains why a third party blog, not connected to any vendors or manufacturers, can be one of the only reviews found on Boombah bats. No vendor site has any incentive to acknowledge they exist. Long story short, count this as the only independent 2017 Boombah Bat Reviews on the market.
Sizing: 32, 33-inch
Release Date:
Serial: BMBCANBBCOR2017
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other BBCOR Bats
BMBCANUSSSA2017

USSSA Drop 10 Review

Cannon USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 3 2
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
We did find the 2015 Boombah Cannon review we wrote a few years back worth our time. The 2017 version has not changed much. And, for the record, one of our sons ended up choosing the drop 10 Cannon from 2015 over several other more well known bats. Boombah makes legitimate stuff and their model saves people money. If, and sometimes its a big if, you can simply find them.
Sizing: 29, 30-inch
Release Date:
Serial: BMBCANUSSSA2017
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other Drop 10 USSSA Bats

Comparable Bats

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.

Previous Models

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.

Construction

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.

Overall Ratings

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%).

(UR) Un Rated: An overall rating of UR means the bat has yet to be fully rated. When it is, this score will update.

(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
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.
Price
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
Type
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.
Date
The estimated date the bat began distribution.

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