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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The 2017 One comes with some upgrades in a slightly larger barrel and slightly lighter swing. But, it is still made for that big hitter who likes a stiff feeling bat. Our 2017 DeMarini Voodoo One Review is below.
Although a lighter swing and slightly larger barrel than the 2016 DeMarini Insane, the Voodoo One is still built for big hitters who prefer the feel of a one-piece aluminum bat. Consider the One hot out of the wrapper and expect it to have a more wood-like feel than any other bat in DeMarini’s 2017 class. If that is what you are looking for, then this aluminum log might be your ticket.
There are several bats in the single-piece aluminum alloy space with a focus on top-end performance. The 517 from Louisville Slugger, Marucci CAT 7, and Easton Z-Core Speed all come to mind. It is difficult for us to decide which one is better—especially considering we’ve yet to hit with the Voodoo One.
A bat like the Warstic or Easton Z-Core XL might be the most similar to the ONE in construction and swing weight.
Although the Voodoo One Balanced is a combination of various DeMarini bat versions from years past, it is really the 2016 DeMarini Insane’s progeny. It is similar in the sense of a single piece alloy bat built for a stronger hitter who likes a metal bat that performs like wood. However, it is also different in its lighter swing weight and larger barrel. These changes are attributed to the new alloy upgrade in the bat.
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.