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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
We have a week’s worth of cage hitting with the 2017 DeMarini Voodoo Insane. We’ve also exchanged emails with DeMarini discussing the upgrades and performance of this new bat. The bat is an endloaded hybrid with a great feel, big barrel, and top-end performance. This is made for good to big-sized hitters and is reminiscent of the new The Goods that people pay twice the price for.
That data, combined with our 2016 and 2015 reviews of the DeMarini Overlord and our extensive knowledge of baseball bat performance, works into the following 2017 DeMarini Voodoo Insane Review.
This 2017 Voodoo Insane is considered the real next generation of the Voodoo we’ve come to know and love. On the whole, the endloaded Voodoo from DeMarini is built for advanced and strong players with great mechanics who most often hit for power.
The most obvious comparable bat to the DeMarini Voodoo Insane is the 2016 Easton Hybrid XL. Both are endloaded two piece hybrid bats with oversized barrels, top shelf pricing and legit performance.
There are other two piece hybrid bats in the market, but none with a real focus on the end load like the DeMarini Voodoo Insane.
The 2017 Voodoo Insane and 2016 Voodoo Raw have much in common. Both are end loaded two piece hybrid bats built for the elite player. Both barrels, at least for the hybird space, are legit and perform well at all pitch speeds. Each bat has the ability for customization through DeMarini’s custom site. Both have tapered knobs.
If there is any difference, besides the obvious colorway change, DeMarini claims the alloy material has been upgraded from the 2016 Raw. This upgrade gives DeMarini more latitude on swing weight placement. However, since the Voodoo Insane is already endloaded, the upgraded alloy doesn’t effect the Voodoo Insane. Instead, the noticeable upgrade in the Voodoo alloy will be found on the 2017 Voodoo Balance.
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.