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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
We have hit with the BBCOR, Drop 5, Drop 8 and Drop 10 2019 DeMarini CF Zen. The bat is a two-piece composite bat with a big barrel and a light swing. We don’t see any differences between this bat and the 2018 (or its newer 2020/2021 version). That is not a bad thing. The bat dominated the USSSA space, is average in USA and a good to great bat in BBCOR. The USSSA bat likes to break, but in the meantime, it is a great hit.
The bat feels a lot more like the famed CF8 with a bigger (2 3/4) barrel then that of the 2017 or 2018 CF Zen. We discuss our experience in this 2019 DeMarini CF Zen Review.
If you are in the two piece composite light swinging big barreled bat space then the CF Zen has some company. In 2019 the crop consists of Eastons new ADV, Rawlings Quatro Pro and Slugger’s 919 Prime as well as their Meta Prime. Axe bats also makes a two piece composite in the Axe Avenge.
Each of those bats, with the exception of the Meta Prime, price out about the same. In terms of performance and feel it just depends on the league we are talking. We think any company is hard pressed to meet the performance standard DeMarini has set in the USSSA space. But, in the USA and BBCOR world we often feel like your guess is as good as ours.
The 2019 Zen in the drop 5, drop 8 and drop 10 are all new bats from the ground up and you won’t find that dampening ring inside the barrel to make it legal.
The 2019 CF Zen is a two piece composite bat built with a big barrel and balanced swing weight. It sits on the easier side of the isle in terms of swing strength and the higher side of the isle for barrel size. The connective piece, called the 3-Fusion, is used on their other high performance bats. Some argue it is the perfect combination of stiffness and give for that butter smash all day long.
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.