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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
George Springer has a new bat out from Axe. Well, in that case, Mookie Betts does too. Turns out, Kris Bryant has been using one in games. We take a closer look at the new Custom Pro Fit Series of bats from Axe. You can see Axe’s full press release here.
Hitters that prefer Axe bats like the the ergonomic handle. The shape of the handle can keep you in the zone longer and help increase bat speed. Now, with Axe’s Pro-Fit series a player can get those features in a top quality maple stick. It is, in fact, the same wood quality swung by MLB players in an Axe handle shaped design.
Other companies have made a wood bat with an Axe shaped handle. Through licensing deals the folks at Victus, for example, have made a number of pro level guys use the Axe handle. This Pro-Fit series of bats from Axe serves the MLB market as well as the serious player looking for an elite wood bat and an Axe shaped handle on an Axe branded bat.
The wood bat space has a few companies that license out the Axe handle. Victus, the most popular, has a number of players using their Axe handled models. Guys like Altuve, Harper,
The Custom Pro-Fit series come in a GS4 and an MB50. The GS4 stands for George Springer and the MB50 is for Mookie Betts. These bat profiles are patterned after the turn models they prefer.
As well, Axe has a Pro-Fit series in the very popular 243 and 271 model sizes.
Both the Pro-Fit and Custom Pro-Fit are maple bats built from MLB quality wood billets.
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.