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By Bat Digest
Updated August 27, 2023
Our hitters like the stiff feel and end load in BBCOR. Of course, those features aren't a preference for everyone. But, for those that like a hot-out-of-the-wrapper bat with virtually no flex and an alloy barrel, then the 2021 Axe Elite One BBCOR is a reasonable choice. In USSSA and USA, the lower drops (8/10) were preferred over the lighter swinging bats. For most younger hitters, feel matters a lot. So, stiff feels from lighter swinging aluminum don't feel the best on mishits.
We recommend the Axe Elite One to power hitters who want a stiff feel and all the barrels they can handle. The profile is decent and the Axe Handle is preferred by many. In terms of performance, if you prefer the Axe Handle, our experience is the bat does as well as any bat on the market.
There are no considerable changes between the 2020 and 2021 versions of the Axe Elite One. From 2019 to 2020 the addition of the hyperwhip end cap was a big change. The hyperwhip end cap is a slanted end cap that is only possible on a bat like Axe which forces once sided hitting due to the handle.
The 2021 Axe Elite One (as well as the 2020 version) is a single-piece alloy bat with a stiff feel and ax-shaped handle. The 2020 and 2021 versions use a slanted end cap made possible only by the Axe's unique knob. The knob is the most prominent feature on the bat and uses some tech to help dampen sting too. On the whole, the bat is an impressive engineering feet.