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2018 Axe Avenge Review

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.


2018 Avenge Video

2018 Avenge Models

Models Overview

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 ┬áin the big barrel; Like aluminum barrels; Want a one-piece bat.


General Recommendations

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.

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Comparable Bats

Considering the asymmetric knob and end cap, there is no other bat outside the Axe Brand that is close to comparable.

In terms of a two-piece composite, the world is your oyster in both your Big Barrel and BBCOR space (which is what the Axe Avenge comes in). You could check out the 2018 CF Zen from DeMarini, 2018 Ghost from Easton or the 2018 Rawlings Quatro. To say nothing of Slugger’s two-piece composite.

Previous Bats

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.

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.