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2023/2022 DeMarini Zoa Glitch Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022


The 2023 DeMarini Zoa Glitch (sometimes called the 2022) is a two-piece composite bat with a huge barrel, light swing, and stiffer connection piece compared to the CF. The ‘Glitch’ version of the Zoa is no different than the non-glitch version other than the paint job.


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

2023 Zoa Glitch Models


We like the ZOA Glitch for many hitters, especially those who are serious about travel and competitive baseball and want the ‘best’ the industry offers. The ZOA Glitch has the latest and greatest tech from DeMarini, if nothing else, its price point proves that. Expect a considerable barrel, an excellent feel, and top-end performance every time you square it up.

USSSA –10
/10
USSSA –8
/10
USSSA –5
/10

General Recomendations

The ZOA Glitch is made for the serious player that wants a huge barrel, light swing, and a ton of plate coverage. The bat has a stiffer connection piece than most two-piece bats, but it is still plenty flexible—making every hit feel like a bomb. If you want a BBCOR version of this bat, then look at the 2022 ZOA.

Model Recommendations

WBD2355

USSSA Drop 10 Review

Zoa Glitch USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
3 4 4 3 5 4 5 5 4 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2022/2023 DeMarini ZOA Glitch in USSSA Drop 10 is a two-piece composite bat with a big barrel and light swing. It is the same as the 2022 DeMarini ZOA but with unique graphics and available only in a 'limited' amount. We aren't told how limited it is. Considering, though, that the major outlets carry it we'd guess that means there are a lot of them.
Sizing: 28, 29, 30, 31-inch
Release Date: November 10, 2022
Serial: WBD2355
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
WBD2356

USSSA Drop 8 Review

Zoa Glitch USSSA Drop 8 Ratings (key)
3 4 4 3 5 5 5 5 4 5
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2022 DeMarini ZOA Glitch in USSSA Drop 8 is a two-piece composite bat with a big barrel and moderately loaded swing. Compared to other drop 8s, it is a bit stiffer in the connection joint which gives more feedback on the hands. The two-piece composite barrel sounds great and competes with the CF, its sister bat, for space. This is the same as the 2022 DeMarini ZOA but with a unique and updated paint job.
Sizing: 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: November 10, 2022
Serial: WBD2356
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
WBD2357

USSSA Drop 5 Review

Zoa Glitch USSSA Drop 5 Ratings (key)
4 5 4 3 5 4 4 5 4 5
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2022/2023 DeMarini ZOA Glitch in USSSA Drop 5 is a two-piece composite bat with a big barrel and loaded swing. Compared to other drop 5s, it is a bit stiffer in the connection joint which gives more feedback on the hands. This is the same as the 2022 DeMarini ZOA but with an updated and unique paint job.
Sizing: 30, 31, 32, 33-inch
Release Date: October 27, 2021
Serial: WBD2357
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Comparable Bats

There are a lot of two-piece composite bats with a big barrel, a light swing, and a flexible connection. Look for comparable bats like the CF, Marucci’s CAT X Composite and Easton’s Hype.

Previous Models

There are no changes between the 2023/22 Zoa Glitch and the 2022 Zoa, except for the paint job. The drop 10 is a light-swinging bat for its class. The drop 8 is right in the middle of its swing weights, and the drop 5 swings heavy. 

Construction

The 2023 DeMarini ZOA Glitch (also known as the 2022 DeMarini Zoa Glitch) is a two-piece composite bat that uses the “Anomaly” connection piece for a stiffer transition when compared to a bat like the CF. The end cap is light and uses a single continuous fiber composite wall in the barrel. All of these are marketing jargon that ultimately means very little; they are only used to distinguish it from other bats on the market and the sister DeMarini bats like the CF.

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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