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By Bat Digest
Updated November 17, 2022
The Z-Core Speed from Easton has been in our possession, and cage, for nearly one month. We've observed a number of hitters hitting with the bat. We also reviewed our 2016 Z-Core Speed write-up last year, as that bat is basically identical to the 2017 version. As well, we spent well over an hour, searching the internet for information on the new Z-Core, exchanging emails with folks at Easton, and reading user experience with the previous year's bat. Armed with that background, we write this 2017 Easton Z-Core Speed Review.
We would buy the 2017 Z-Core Speed if we were
Like last year's 2016 Z-Core, the 2017 version is a single-piece aluminum alloy bat with a light swing weight. The barrel is the exact aluminum barrel found in the Z-Core speed lines. For at least a couple of years now, Easton has used an inner sleeve in the bat's design to increase the size of the barrel and sweet spot. It is the largest barreled single-piece alloy on the market. Our measurements showed this bat swings about 10% heavier than the MAKO. It is about 10% lighter swinging than the XL series of bats from Easton. It should be categorized as a lighter swinging balanced bat. There is only a design feature change from the 2016 version. Which, it turns out, was just color up from the 2015 version (called the S3Z). They did add the word "Speed" to the barrel and name.