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2021 Louisville Slugger Solo Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated December 4, 2020

The 2021 Louisville Slugger Solo is a light swinging single piece aluminum bat made for the performance BBCOR and USSSA space. There is no 2021 version for USA. The major changes are the re-engineered barrel design of the 31 through 34-inch BBCOR and new end cap to help bring down swing weight in the USSSA versions.

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2021 Louisville Slugger Solo BBCOR

$299.95

Original Price

Solo BBCOR Drop 3

The 2021 Louisville Slugger Solo is a light swinging BBCOR bat with a surprisingly large barrel and top-end performance. Hitters who want and need as much bat speed as possible should really like the BBCOR Solo if they are fine with the occasional hand ring. The 29-inch Solo is the lightest swinging BBCOR bat on the market for 2021 and serves that very undersized kid who is required to swing BBCOR very well.

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: ,

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Balance - (Between 5 and 10% lower than Industry Average).

Serial Number: WTLBBS621

Release Month: November 2020

Related: Best BBCOR Bats

2021 Louisville Slugger Solo USSSA Drop 8

$229.95

Original Price

Solo USSSA Drop 8

Louisville Slugger's Solo in a USSSA Drop 8 swings lighter than the drop 8 USSSA average, but not by much. This is a single-piece bat with a stiff feel and good-sized barrel. Hitters swinging a 31 or 32-inch drop 10 might find a lot of value in dropping an inch and going for the drop 8 instead. That added weight takes away some of the hand-sting and the heavier drop only adds power. Overall, the bat is a fantastic bat for the right type of hitter.

Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Sizes: 29/21, 30/22, 31/23, 32/24

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 8

Swing Weight: Balance - (Between 5 and 10% lower than Industry Average).

Serial Number: WBL2485010

Release Month: November 2020

Related: Best USSSA Bats

2021 Louisville Slugger Solo USSSA Drop 5

$229.95

Original Price

Solo USSSA Drop 5

The drop 5 USSSA 2021 Louisville Slugger Solo works well for the hitter forced to use a drop 5 but still needs a light swing. The other light swinging option in a drop 5 (VELO) swings even lighter than the Solo. But, for many, the VELO is almost too light. The drop 5 Solo USSSA swings light but reasonably so. Hitters who like a stiff feel on a single piece bat, need a light swinging drop 5, or are about to size out of their drop 8 Solo should consider the drop 5. If you're swinging a drop 8 Solo in a 32-inch, we think a drop 5 in a 30 or 31 is worth considering too.

Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 30/25, 31/26, 32/27

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 5

Swing Weight: Balanced (Within +/- 5% of Industry Average)

Serial Number: WBL2473010

Release Month: November 2020

Related: Best USSSA Bats

2021 Louisville Slugger Solo USSSA Drop 10

$229.95

Original Price

Solo USSSA Drop 10

The 2021 Louisville Slugger Solo USSSA Drop 10 swings light, has a great barrel profile, and hits the ball about as well as any USSSA bat we tested. Our smaller hitters don't prefer single piece bats---instead, they like two-piece bats with a little more give in the connection and less ring on the hands. But, the hitter looking for a legit entry-level performance bat in the USSSA space, needs as much bat speed help as possible, and is good with some hand ring now and then will hit the ball as well with the Solo drop 10 as they could any bat.

Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Sizes: 26/16, 27/17, 28/18, 29/19, 30/20, 31/21

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 10

Swing Weight: Balance - (Between 5 and 10% lower than Industry Average).

Serial Number: WBL2471010

Release Month: November 2020

Related: Best USSSA Bats

2021 Louisville Slugger Solo Review

Our hitters like the light swing, big barrel, and solid performance of the 2021 Louisville Slugger Solo. In BBCOR, smaller players looking for as much bat speed as possible but are also comfortable enough with their skills to prefer single piece bats liked the Solo a lot. For USSSA, the drop 5 was preferred more than the other versions for bigger hitters. Most smaller players preferred the lighter swing of two-piece composite bats like the Meta or CF, but did just fine when it comes to exit speeds with the Solo.

Solo Ratings
Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 8.4/10 Total Weighted Rating 8.4/10

2021 Louisville Slugger Solo Review

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 8.4/10 Total Weighted Rating 8.4/10

Our hitters like the light swing, big barrel, and solid performance of the 2021 Louisville Slugger Solo. In BBCOR, smaller players looking for as much bat speed as possible but are also comfortable enough with their skills to prefer single piece bats liked the Solo a lot. For USSSA, the drop 5 was preferred more than the other versions for bigger hitters. Most smaller players preferred the lighter swing of two-piece composite bats like the Meta or CF, but did just fine when it comes to exit speeds with the Solo.

Comparable Bats

1. 2021 Voodoo One

The 2021 Voodoo One is very popular due to some online YouTube publicity. However, the bat is the same version as it has been for the last few years. Our general rating is higher this year than in years past because part of our rating is based on consumer demand. And the demand for the 2021 Voodoo is way beyond its predecessors despite being the same bat. Such is life in the world of bat hype.

2. 2020 The Goods One Piece

The 2020 DeMarini The Goods One Piece is the next generation of the Voodoo One. For 2020, DeMarini is also producing the old Voodoo. The difference between the two is a new end cap and paint job. Performance-wise, the bat is still a single-piece aluminum alloy with a balanced swing, ping sound, and durable frame.

3. 2021 VELO
See the VELO Review

The Rawlings Velo 2021 is one of the most long-running model lines in the bat industry. Aside from the Omaha, we can think of no other bat line that has proven the test of time. The 2021 Rawlings VELO builds on a long line of light swinging, extended composite end cap bats with a reasonable large barrel, great sound, and cult-like following. For 2021 it only comes in a BBCOR version—COVID pushed back the other models until next year.

2021 Louisville Slugger Solo Model Tips

We recommend the Solo for the hitters who prefer single piece bats with a light swing. The bat is in the bottom 10% for swing weight. Meaning, for its given length, the bat swings light because the distribution of the weight is in the handle. It works well for hitters who need as much bat speed as possible and is comfortable with the feedback associated with a single piece bat.

We think previous versions of the bat are as good as this 2021 iteration. We think the 31 through 34-inch  BBCOR might be the most noticeable differences year over year, but not sure if that will justify any considerable price differences between the two.

2021 Louisville Slugger Solo Review

The 2021 BBCOR Solo is built for the base hitter type that likes the feel of a single piece alloy bat. No work-in is required on alloy so you can expect it to be as hot as it will ever be. The bat swings light has a good feel on hits and mishits and hit the ball as fast as any BBCOR bat can. The very small BBCOR player will appreciate the 29-inch BBCOR. That 29-inch version is the lightest swinging BBCOR bat on the market for 2021.

Price Check
2021 Louisville Slugger Solo Review

The drop 5, 8, and 10 USSSA bat all have a bit different experience. Players looking for as much bat speed as possible will like the drop 10---assuming they are fine with more feedback on the hands due to its single-piece construction. The drop 8 is a smart choice for that player trying to get rid of some hand sting and can swing a big enough bat to justify the drop 8. The drop 5 USSSA Slugger Solo is a rock star for the hitter who likes a stiff feel and needs a balanced drop 5 bats (many leagues require a drop 5, and those who want a light swing that category will really like the Solo).

Price Check

2021 Solo Construction

The 2021 Louisville Slugger Solo is a single-piece bat with thin alloy walls to help bring down the swing weight. The bat is stiff, has a decent barrel profile, and uses a grip stock straight from Louisville Slugger.

2021 Louisville Slugger Solo User Reviews

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Pop
9
Durability
7
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
6.5
Feel on Mishits
8.5
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Brian
3 months ago

Curious on swing weight or general comparison in relation to the Bonesaber?

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