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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.