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2023 DeMarini Voodoo One Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated September 12, 2022


The 2023 DeMarini Voodoo One is a color-up from the 2022  version of the bat a claim of slight changes to the end cap to improve durability. The bat gets excellent ratings from a few online sources and has since increased its price and availability dramatically over its 2017 version. COVID supply issues created a fascinating vortex around this bat and pushed its price into the stratosphere. In any case, the bat is good, but it’s difficult for us to get too excited at the current price.


2023 Voodoo One Video

2023 Voodoo One Video

Note: Bats and models denoted with an asterisks (*) are still in progress. Current rating reflects our best estimate. Expect updates.

2023 Voodoo One Models


Our hitters like the single-piece feel and the light swing. The bat gets plenty of publicity so many of our hitters thought the bat was a bit too cliche for their liking. The Voodoo One series of bats has a predictably small barrel profile, but we think that actually improves the sting on mishits. In any case, the bat can hit the ball hard and in the right hitter’s hands, it’s really hard to get better.

BBCOR
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General Recomendations

The 2023 Demarini Voodoo One is a BBCOR-only bat that is a single-piece alloy built with a light swing and a smaller barrel profile. It is unclear if they fixed any durability issues on the end cap from the 2022 version, but we expect this bat to get plenty of play. The light swing creates some exit velocities with the right-sized hitter, and we find that some big and small hitters alike can find this bat a great home in their bag.

Model Recommendations

VOC-23

BBCOR Review

Voodoo One BBCOR Ratings (key)
2 4 3 4 2 5 4 5 5 5
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The Voodoo is easily the most hyped bat on the market today, and much of that is for a good reason. The bat swings well with a light swing and most consider it to have excellent performance. Despite rumors, the bat hasn't changed much since its debut in 2017, but the hype has gone epic proportions despite getting exit speeds a lot like other bats out there. We are fans of the bat but have a real hard time paying $350 for a single-piece alloy.
Sizing: 29, 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: October 31, 2022
Serial: VOC-23
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Comparable Bats

The single-piece, stiffer feeling bats built for a light swing has plenty of options. We think a bat like the Slugger’s new Atlas is its best competitor—it has a bigger barrel, swings light, and hits the crack out of the ball. Other bats like the Easton Alpha ALX, Marucci CAT X, and Rawlings VELO are reasonable alternatives too. However, no bat gets the pub like the Voodoo One.

Construction

The 2022 Voodoo One is a single-piece alloy bat with a light swing and a small barrel. It uses a barrel alloy called X14 (the same DeMarini has used for some years now) has a slightly redesigned end cap (so it won’t break as much as previous versions) but still has a one-piece construction.

Mareting Writeup

This is DeMarinis’ Write up on the 2023 Voodoo One

Worth its weight in gold, the 2023 Voodoo® One (-3) BBCOR Baseball Bat from DeMarini delivers the unparalleled pop players expect from its easy-swinging one-piece construction. Crafted for elite swing speed and potent exit velocities, the 2023 Voodoo One BBCOR Baseball Bat brings back its signature X14 Alloy Barrel, beloved for its groundbreaking performance. Skully’s iconic imagery and a collection of DeMarini logos decorate the X14 Alloy, and a Refined Tracer End Cap with ultra-stiff composite materials optimizes barrel performance. Voodoo One features a one-piece construction with a Reinforced Knob for a stiff feel, resulting in merciless power output and a gold mine of production at the dish.

Overall Ratings

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
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.
Price
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
Type
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.
Date
The estimated date the bat began distribution.

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