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By Bat Digest
Updated November 17, 2022
Our hitters praised the bat's light swing in the BBCOR and USA version. The USSSA swings as light as a few other bats in the drop 10/11 space--but still plenty light enough. Do note, however, the 2020 Prime in USSSA drop 10 swings lighter than the Solo (close to 5% lighter). Even though the Solo is marketed as an "ultra-light" USSSA bat it doesn't swing as light as the 2020 Prime which is marketed as just balanced. In BBCOR and USA it didn't matter what type of hitter picked it up they immediately notice how light the swing feels. That's because it is. According to our swing weight measurements the USSSA and USA Solo swings weights are in the bottom 20% of every size and weight class category.
Three things are appealing about the 2020 Solo and make it a very popular bat. The light swing attracts a lot of players who need as much help as possible with bat speed and finding the pitch. The majority of growing baseball players are in this category. The bat's price point is more attractive than the ridiculousness of two piece composite bats on the market today. Parents looking for a value purchase, but not terribly interested in spending top dollar, gravitate towards the name brand and good reviews of the more reasonably priced 2020 Solo. The Solo comes in a lot of sizes for each league. A short 28-inch drop 11 USA bat up to a 34-inch BBCOR.
The only serious change in the lineup, save the colorway change, is the BBCOR version ads a new end cap that helps with a lower and more controlled swing weight. Our hitters could tell no difference by holding them, but do know Slugger is committed to the Solo being a light swinging BBCOR bat. The USA and USSSA are 2020 Solo are the same as the 2019 Solo 619.
Like all companies, Slugger has some marketing jargon to explain different parts of the bat. We discuss those in bold below. The Solo uses an ultra light alloy with very thin walls. They refer to this as Premium Hyper Superlight Alloy. Each company has their own spin on an aluminum alloy to make it their own. But, in reality, not many break through tech in aluminum alloys has been achieved in dozens of years. Expect the Solo to have decent durability and a light swing---a lot like other premium single piece bats in the baseball bat space. The Solo uses an end cap built for speed and durability with the emphasis on speed. They refer to this as the Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap (or SBC) and is what separates it from a bat like the Omaha. The end cap extends into the barrel to help reduce end cap weight while keeping the bat durable. Slugger's 2020 Solo comes with a Premium LS Pro Comfort Grip which replaces the Lizard Skin they had on previous models. It's a decent grip.