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2018 Axe Avenge Review

March 4, 2021 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

We have spent considerable time with the 2017 and 2018 Axe Avenge. Turns out, the 2018 Axe Avenge looks and feels a lot like the 2017 Axe Avenge—with the obvious exception of the new drop 10 in the 2018 line which is one of our favorite big barrel bats for 2018. Those in love with the principles of predictive impact and a handle that scientifically improves bat control should provide a good home for this bat. Below is our 2018 Axe Avenge Review.

Avenge

You might like the 2018 Axe Avenge if you Want Top Shelf Performance; Prefer an asymmetric knob; Like the idea of advanced hitting; Need a drop 10 or BBCOR; Possibly, need a USA bat; Prefer a mildly balanced bat in BBCOR; Want a very light swinging bat in the drop 10 2 3/4 USSSA.

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Quick Review

You might like the 2018 Axe Avenge if you Want Top Shelf Performance; Prefer an asymmetric knob; Like the idea of advanced hitting; Need a drop 10 or BBCOR; Possibly, need a USA bat; Prefer a mildly balanced bat in BBCOR; Want a very light swinging bat in the drop 10 2 3/4 USSSA.

You Should Pass If You Want a ‘value’ type bat; Prefer an end load; Prefer a very light swing; Need a drop 8 or 5  in the big barrel; Like aluminum barrels; Want a one-piece bat.

In our eyes, the 2018 Axe Avenge is a recommendable bat for the right type of hitter. Its price might keep more than a few from trying it. It is, after all, the most expensive bat Axe makes, yet it falls right in line with other high ends two-piece composite bats on the market today. Here are some general characteristics of players who may, or may not, appreciate the 2018 Axe Avenge.

BBCOR Avenge Recommendations
2018 Axe Avenge Review

For 2018, the Avenge will come in both a BBCOR (like 2017) and a Big Barrel. This big barrel version is a great addition. The two bats are identical in terms of makeup. But, do note, the Drop 10 swings very light for its class of bat (a two-piece composite bat in the drop 10 space). The Avenge BBCOR swings much like it did last year—that is, a two-piece composite bat in the mildly balanced space, not nearly heavy enough to be referred to as an end-loaded bat, but with enough gumption to be outside the realm of the ultra-light swinging bats like the Rawlings VELO, et al.

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USSSA Avenge Recommendations
2018 Axe Avenge Review

We are confident that no one, save maybe Axe, has more viewed commentary about the odd shape of the Axe bat handle than us. We would refer you to many of those articles if you want a more in-depth understanding.

But, in short, an oval-shaped handle gives you more control over the bat than a round one. And a round handle is simply the standard because the baseball bat was invented before lathes had the ability to form oval handles.

Five years ago this sounded like crazy talk. But enough Major League folks have adopted the idea to give some credence to the mad scientists at Axe Bats.

Make no mistake about it: The Axe Knob works. And those who poo-poo it simply haven’t tried it for long enough–or have ulterior motives. Sure, you are welcome to prefer a different bat’s barrel, length, swing weight or performance. You may also be ho-hum on the advantages of the handle because of your successes to date at the plate. But calling an ergonomic handle a gimmick is simply failing to put in enough time to understand what a good swing requires. Other companies don’t do it because they don’t have the patent to do so.

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2018 vs 2017 Avenge

The right answer might be the 2017 Avenge. In the BBCOR version at least, there are no considerable changes between the 2018 and 2017 versions. But, do note, the 2017 version never produced a Big Barrel 2 3/4 drop 10 in the Axe Avenge. That can only be found in this new 2018.

2017

Bat Review

Avenge

After some emails and at least one phone conversation with the folks at Axe bats, combined with our extensive hitting experience with Axe bats, we have put together our 2017 Axe Avenge review and recommendations. On the whole, those who like or prefer the asymmetric knob and want a two-piece composite with a more balanced swing should have the 2017 Axe Avenge on their shortlist.

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2016

Avenge

We spent three hours in the cage with the 2016 Axe Avenge baseball bat, another hour reading online reviews from trusted sources, and one on the phone with some of the Axe Bat engineers. We've also spent countless hours in the cage and in-game with previous versions of the 2016 Axe Avenge bats.

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2018 Axe Avenge Review

Why the Asymmetric End Cap?

Two years ago Axe extended the length of the barrel and took weight out of the end of the bat by decreasing mass in the end cap. They did this by shortening the length of the barrel on the non-hitting side of the bat. This feature is called the “hyperwhip” and is now a feature on every performance bat Axe makes, including the Avenge.

This is only possible because of the bat’s asymmetric knob which predicts the offensive side of the bat. The barrel of the bat is reinforced for durability on the offensive side.

2018 Avenge Construction

Like previous years’ Avenge bats, the 2018 version is a two-piece composite bat built with a mid to light swing. The two-piece construction delivers a more gentle bang on the hands at contact but still helps deliver power to the ball.

The principle’s behind a two-piece composite bat have been well documented on this site. We have no reason to think any company, including Axe, has figured out any trick the others have not. This feels and acts like a two-piece composite.

Of course, the major constructive commentary is reserved for the knob and end cap, which include above.

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