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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
We’ve hit with the 2018 Ghost X Hyperlite. It swings light (it is a drop 12) and struggles to impress the advanced hitter.
However, those looking for an ultra light swing on a single composite, can deal with some hand sting and want a cool looking bat might find a good home for the 2018 Easton Ghost X Drop 12 Hyperlite. Note, as well, this bat comes in a USA version that we review elsewhere.
The most comparable bat to the Hyperlite is likely the 2017 Catalyst. Both are single piece composites that come in a drop 12. Otherwise, look for an older model in the Combat Maxum line that had a few years of a drop 12 single piece composite.
The 2018 Easton Ghost X Hyperlite is a USSSA certified bat made of a single piece of composite. This gives it a remarkably sitff feel. As well, the drop 12 makes it an ultra light swing. Expect a bat that feels like a twig but with a good sized barrel that looks great.
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.