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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
This Trinity T7 reminds us of Old Hickory’s attempt at a single-piece aluminum bat. Both are built by wood bat companies, and their preference for wood bats is apparent in these aluminum bat’s endload and wood-like feel. Both, we believe, replicate wood bats with their stiff feel, and with both, a strong hitter could be successful.
Another more ‘mainstream’ bat the T7 compares well with, would be Easton’s Z-Core XL. We refer to that bat, you may recall from our review, as the aluminum log. It is a favorite among many strong collegiate players. If you can hold swing speed constant, no bat will do more damage than the Z-Core XL. That holds true for the T7, as well. If you can swing it well, you should swing it often.
Trinity bat company, known for their wood bats often used in the pros, recently released an aluminum BBCOR bat. We spent time with the bat in the cage and discussed the bat and its metrics at a Trade Show as well as over email with the folks at Trinity. On the whole, the single-piece aluminum BBCOR bat is a great wood replicator in the sense of an end-loaded, big-hitting stick for the serious player. In more detail, the following is our Trinity BBCOR Bat Review.
If you consider the T7 Trinity BBCOR bat a wood replicator in terms of feel and weight distribution, you will have a good idea of who the bat is for. In large measure, we believe it could replace the wood BP bat some high school or collegiate players use, due to its heavier swing weight and very stiff feel. The additional durability of the aluminum construction is a plus, too.
As such, we would recommend the T7 for game play to stronger player who wants to make their future transition to wood as seamless as possible. This bat, combined with enough strength for bat speed, will do serious damage—truly, as much damage as is allowable. But we do note, only a real ox could swing this bat like it needs to be swung.
For less strong or newer players, the bat might serve as a good over-weighted training bat with good durability and a unique look. The shortest offering is 32-inches, so few high school underclassman will find it in the size they prefer.
The Trinity BBCOR T7 aluminum bat is a single-piece bat. If this bat world is unfamiliar to you, you should note that many metal and composite bat companies make multi-piece bats. Most common in the high school ranks are two-piece composite bats. Others often use hybrid bats that consist of a composite handle and an aluminum barrel. Others, more recently, are single-piece hybrid bats that use an aluminum bat, but an extended composite end cap. Each of these innovations, at least in part, produces a lighter swinging bat than one that is simply full of aluminum.
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.