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2021 DeMarini CF Zen Review

September 21, 2020 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

As of now, you can get the 2021 DeMarini CF on DeMarini’s custom site. Most of our review here comes from what we can glean on that site and a good understanding of the DeMarini CF over the years—each of which we’ve hit with extensivley. We expect huge performance from the USSSA and USA lines. As well, we think the BBCOR will serve the light swinging, big barrel, and less stiff connection piece player very well. As far as we’ve been able to gather, aside from changes to a few lengths, there won’t be much difference between the 2021 and last year’s CF. That’s not a bad thing.

CF

Although we’ve yet to spend much time with the 2021 DeMarini CF line, our hitters love the big barrel, great sound, and balanced feel of DeMarini’s CF. The BBCOR swings light, the USSSA drop 10, 8, and 5 have world-class performance and the USA is as good as any other USA bat on the m… Jump to the full review.


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Although we’ve yet to spend much time with the 2021 DeMarini CF line, our hitters love the big barrel, great sound, and balanced feel of DeMarini’s CF. The BBCOR swings light, the USSSA drop 10, 8, and 5 have world-class performance and the USA is as good as any other USA bat on the market today. It hasn’t changed much from 2020–but why should it? Aside from some durability issues in the USSSA, its really hard to find any reasonable complaints (aside from the BBCOR being a bit too flexible—but that’s a feel preference, not a performance one).

For years the 2021 CF Zen from DeMarini is built on a light swing, big barrel, and non-stiff connection piece. For 2021, we see no reason they will change.

BBCOR CF Recommendations
2021 DeMarini CF Review

DeMarini’s CF has never quite grabbed hold of the market as it does in the USSSA. That’s because, at least as our guessing goes, it’s too much like the USSSA version. That is a more flexible connection and ultra-light swing. For BBCOR, most players start to prefer heavier swings and stiffer bats—even in their two-piece composites. So, what makes it a world-class bat in USSSA makes it a reasonable choice, but not a popular one in BBCOR.

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USA CF Recommendations
2021 DeMarini CF Review

We expect to see a USA 2021 DeMarini USA bat. Previous years, including the 2020 and 2019, have improved each year. We expect that the 2021 is the best iteration yet.

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USSSA CF Recommendations
2021 DeMarini CF Review

There are not changes in the USSSA CF from 2020 to the 2021. Both are still big barrel, light swing, and world class performing USSSA bats. We think it’s a great choice AS LONG AS you are comfortable knowing your bat may very well break and you’ll need to go through the warranty process. However, the vast majority of CF bats do NOT break. If you are very concerned about durability here, check out the drop 8 CF (or drop 5) instead of the drop 10.

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2021 vs 2020 CF

We will see how the 2021 CF changes in comparison to the 2020 CF (and the 2019 and 2018 before that). But, in reality, not much needs to change. The bats fit their market perfectly.

2020

Bat Review

CF

The 2020 DeMarini CF review comes on the heels of hours of testing the BBCOR, USSSA and USA versions. Our testing gave the 2020 USSSA CF a near perfect rating (save the potential for durability issues). The USA version rated out well but, like all composite barrels in USA  bats, lacked great performance. BBCOR CF testing didn't go so well and it's the biggest disappointment of the bunch. We're not sure what to think of that. We liked the 2019 version. Still, our BBCOR 2020 CF hitters and exit speeds were uninspired. Our Score 9.9/10 (USSSA); 9.0/10 (USA); 8/10 (BBCOR).

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2019

CF Zen

We have hit with the BBCOR, Drop 5, Drop 8 and Drop 10 2019 DeMarini CF Zen. The bat rakes. Plain and simple. [rwp_snippets box="0"]

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2018

Bat Review

CF Zen

DeMarini's CF line of baseball bats are, arguably, the most popular bats on the planet. We have hit, and reviewed, every CF series since the CF3.

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Comparable Bats

The two-piece composite space is replete with legit options. The most popular two-piece composite with a balanced swing is the Slugger Meta. Those bats are followed closely in popularity by the Rawlings Quatro and Easton ADV 360.

2021 Meta
See the Meta Review

We’ve hit with the 2021 Louisville Slugger Meta over 1,000 times. Compared to the 2020 version, there are very little changes. However, the sound of the bat, due to a new end cap, as well as a minor barrel restructuring gives it a different sound. No bat is anticipated, much like the 2021 Louisville Slugger Meta.

2021 Release Dates

In June of 2020, Slugger releases the 33″ version of the 2021 Meta. This is mainly meant to replace the 2020 33″ which was made illegal. Expect to see the remaining sizes of the Meta in October, when Slugger releases the bulk of their BBCOR bats. You can check Slugger’s 2021 Meta page here for available sizing.

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2020 Quatro Pro
See the Quatro Pro Review

Our 2020 Rawlings Quatro Pro review consists of hitting with the USA, USSSA and BBCOR versions of the bat. Our hitters thought the USSSA and drop 10 USA versions are highly recommendable. The BBCOR version, one of our favorite BBCOR bats in previous years, fell short this year with its feel and performance lacking compared to the 2019 and 2018 versions. The Drop 12 USA version is terribly light, maybe too much so, and sounds broke–although it’s exit speeds were decent for a drop 12.

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2021 CF Construction

The 2021 DeMarini will contine the long line of two-piece composite bats. That is, the handle of the bat and the barrel are made separately. They then connect the bat together with a type of connective piece that helps determine the feel of the bat. Although we don’t have specific construction information yet on the 2021 DeMarini CF, we fully expect something similar to previous years’ models.

Bat Sizing Options

Expect a full complement of 2021 CF bats. Including, of course, BBCOR, USA, and USSSA in a range of sizes and drops. (The drop is the numerical difference between the length of the bat in inches minus weight of the bat in ounces. So, a 32/27 is considered a drop 5.

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Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
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Feel on Mishits
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