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Axe Elite One Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated June 9, 2022


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.


2021 Elite One Video

2021 Elite One Video

2021 Elite One Models


The Axe Elite One is a single-piece aluminum bat with a stiff feel and ax shaped handle. The bat comes in a BBCOR, USSSA, and USA. The BBCOR version has a significant end load while the USSSA and USA Bats are within the middle 25% of industry average swing weights for their particular length.

BBCOR
/10
BBCOR
/10
BBCOR
/10
USSSA –10
/10

General Recomendations

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.

Model Recommendations

L137H

BBCOR Review

Elite One BBCOR Ratings (key)
5 5 5 4 2 2 4 5 5 3
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2021 Axe Elite One in BBCOR is a heavy swinging single piece aluminum built for the big hitter who wants an ax-shaped handle and all the barrel they can handle. This bat is built for big hitters that like a stiff feel and prefer or are fine with the Axe Handle. It is the same as the 2020 Axe Elite One BBCOR but, on their site at least, Axe changed the year to 2021. But, it is the same bat and has the same model number, color scheme and everthing. COVID ruined everything.
Sizing: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: August 1, 2020
Serial: L137H
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other BBCOR Bats
L137J

BBCOR Review

Elite One BBCOR Ratings (key)
5 5 5 4 2 2 4 5 5 3
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The Axe Elite One Special Edition for 2021 in the BBCOR is the same bat as the non-special edition but with a blue accent color. It appears this is Axe's way of selling their new 2021 Bat for a discount directly on their website or directly on their Amazon outlet. Supply is likely limited, so who knows how it will last. For what it is, a heavy swinging single piece aluminum bat, it is a top-shelf bat.
Sizing: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: August 1, 2020
Serial: L137J
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other BBCOR Bats
L137J-PWR

BBCOR Review

Elite One SE Pro BBCOR Ratings (key)
5 5 5 4 3 3 4 5 3 3
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The Axe Elite One Special Edition Pro Handle is a single-piece aluminum bat exactly like the Elite One BBCOR from Axe but with a modified Axe handle. As well, some outlets refer to this handle and the POWER handle or PWR handle and not, as Axe's site calls it, the Pro Handle.
Sizing: 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: August 1, 2020
Serial: L137J-PWR
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other BBCOR Bats
L165JBB

USSSA Drop 10 Review

Elite One JBB USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
1 5 4 4 2 2 5 4 3 3
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2021 Junior Big Barrel USSSA Drop 10 Axe Elite One is a single-piece alloy bat built with the ax handle and balanced swing weight. This bat is made for pitching machine type players between the ages of 6 and 8. It comes in only short sizes of 26 and 27-inches. The bat is NOT a world-beater by any means---but no JBB bats are. This is a straight forward bat with a unique handle that will likely make getting your hands to the ball a more natural motion. As such, for young kids just starting out we think the Axe JBB Elite One is as good as they get.
Sizing: 26, 27-inch
Release Date: August 1, 2020
Serial: L165JBB
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
See other Drop 10 USSSA Bats

Comparable Bats

While no other bats have the Axe handle (they can’t because it’s patented at least for a couple more years), there are several single piece aluminum bats with end loads and stiff feels. As well, the Warstic Bonesaber, although not as endloaded a the Axe Elite One, is a single-piece bat with a unique shaped knob. It is the most similar bat. Other than that, bats like the Omaha in a 33 and 34-inch is similar in swing weight. Smaller sizes of the Omaha swing light—not like the Axe Elite One.

Previous Models

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.

2020 Elite One USSSA –10
2020 Elite One BBCOR –3
2020 Elite One USSSA –10
2020 Elite USA –10
2019 Elite One USSSA –10
2019 Elite One BBCOR –3
2019 Elite One USA –8

Construction

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.

Overall Ratings

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%).

(UR) Un Rated: An overall rating of UR means the bat has yet to be fully rated. When it is, this score will update.

(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
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.
Price
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
Type
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.
Date
The estimated date the bat began distribution.

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