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By Bat Digest
Updated November 17, 2022
Our hitters love the big barrel and hot out of the wrapper performance of the Voodoo Balanced for 2017. Although many have come before and since we think the 2017 version holds up to anything you can find on the market today for 3 or 4x times the price.
Instead, we like to think of the Voodoo Balance as the next generation of the 2016 DeMarini NVS Vexxum. The Vexxum is a two-piece hybrid with a more balanced swing than the Voodoo Raw. The Vexxum, however, was always a step or two behind the Voodoo technology in terms of barrel size, alloy and handle composition. As such, the Balance has considerable upgrades to the handle and alloy barrel if compared directly to the 2016 Vexxum. Both upgraded features contribute to a much longer and more usable barrel.
There is a considerable difference between the 2017 Voodoo Balance and the 2016 Voodoo Raw. Namely, the swing weight on the balance is much lower (nearly 15% by our measurements) than the Voodoo Raw of 2016. This is different enough to put the Voodoo Balance in a different category than the Voodoo Raw.