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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The 2021 Axe Avenge Pro is a USSSA drop 10 and 8 bats with a great sized barrel, balanced swing weight, and top-end performance. We think it the best barrel Axe has ever made on a USSSA bat. Those who want a balanced swing, like the Axe Handle, and want CF type feel on impact will like the 2021 Axe Avenge Pro.
Our hitters liked the ax-handle, the big barrel, and the light swing of the 2021 Axe Avenge Pro. This bat feels different than previous years’ two-piece composites from Axe. It’s either a function of the connection piece, the more rounded barrel, or both. In either case, our hitters liked the Axe Avenge Pro more than any previous version of the Axe Avenge in USSSA.
If you are wondering, COVID pushed back several of the releases within Axe’s line. It is why there is no Avenge Pro for 2021 in USA. However, we’ve heard rumblings that later in the season we might see a 2021 BBCOR Axe Avenge Pro.
We recommend the USSSA Axe Avenge Pro from 2021 to the USSSA hitter who likes a balanced swing, the ax handle and a flexible feel on contact. The right hitter could do a lot of good work with this bat.
There are no bats on the market with an ax shaped handle in a two-piece composite. So, in that regard, the 2021 Axe Avenge Pro stands alone. However, there are several two-piece composite bats with a balanced swing. Demarini’s CF dominates this space. As well, new bats like the META and Easton ADV are reasonable substitutes. All these bats price out the same, have a balanced swing and an oversized barrel. Axe’s unique advantage is the ax shaped knob. If you want one with that handle, your options are one.
The 2021 vs. the 2020 Axe Avenge went through considerable changes. The 2021 Axe Avenge Pro uses an upgraded composite and connection piece for an almost completely different feel. The 2021 swings balanced and have the ax-shaped handle, like 2020, but that’s where the similarities end. We think the Axe Avenge Pro for 2021 is a considerable upgrade and worth the price difference–if there is one by the time you read this.
The 2021 Axe Avenge Pro is a two-piece composite bat built with a balanced swing, a reasonably sized barrel, and a semi-flexible connection piece. It comes in a drop 8 and uses its patented ax-shaped handle on both bats.
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.