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Mizuno MaxCor Reviews

MaxCor Reviews

We hit every bat we review. That includes our Mizuno MaxCor reviews below, too.

MaxCor

Our Review

If you are in the BBCOR space, we’d suggest you buy last year’s (2017) model. The bat is virtually the same and can be found at a considerable discount.

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Original Price: $459
MaxCor

Our Review

As in previous years, the Mizuno MAXCOR will sport the now-famous soft outer barrel. We discuss at length the theory behind the soft barrel in our Jump To Full Review, Video Review

Original Price: $450
MaxCor

Our Review

Mizuno also suggests a malleable outer barrel sleeve increases batted ball backspin, giving the ball more distance. In theory, we think the idea makes some sense, but in…

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Original Price: $449.95
MaxCor

Our Review

It is a heavier balanced bat. Its swing weight is similar to Slugger’s 715 Select. The MaxCor swings heavier than the 2015 Generations also from Mizuno.

The…

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Original Price: $449.95

2018 Mizuno Maxcor Review | The Same, New, Soft Barrel

2018 Mizuno Maxcor Review

Last Updated: November 5, 2020 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

The 2018 Maxcor is just like the 2017 version of the same bat. However, the 2018 class comes in an additional size—a USAbat drop 5 versions. We have spent plenty of time with this soft barreled bat, talked to a number of players who have used it, and give our 2018 Mizuno Maxcor Bat review below.

MaxCor

If you are in the BBCOR space, we’d suggest you buy last year’s (2017) model. The bat is virtually the same and can be found at a considerable discount.

Once those run out, there really is only one bat on the market the offers the hitting approach that the Maxcor offers. It bec… Jump to our Full Review

Original Price: $459
RECOMMENDED 2018 MaxCor VIDEO
RECOMMENDED 2018 MaxCor VIDEO
RECOMMENDED 2018 MaxCor VIDEO
RECOMMENDED 2018 MaxCor VIDEO

Quick MaxCor Review

If you are in the BBCOR space, we’d suggest you buy last year’s (2017) model. The bat is virtually the same and can be found at a considerable discount.

Once those run out, there really is only one bat on the market the offers the hitting approach that the Maxcor offers. It becomes terribly difficult to recommend the bats considering. First, their BBCOR line is not a significant amount different than their 2017 line, which can be found for a fraction of the cost. Secondly, if Mizuno does go the way of all the earth, then anyone should be able to snatch up these bats for a fraction of the price in the coming months.

2018 MaxCor Model Tips

The USABat recommendation is a bit trickier. These bats do not exist in the 2017 space—making it therefore impossible to pick up last year’s model. And the fact only a few companies have released USABats on time gives the public only so many options.

If it were our money, the drop 5 Maxcor in the USABat would be the only Maxcor we’d be willing to buy.

2018 Mizuno MaxCor Review

Our experience has been that very top end bat speed will take full advantage of the pliable barrel design of the MAXCOR. If you do not have top end bat speed, then we find it unlikely you'll be in love with the Mizuno Maxcor. The USABat version of the MAXCOR might surprise us, honestly. The restrictions on performance might allow the soft barrel to perform exceptionally relative to the other bats in the USA baseball bat class. As well, the bat does not come in a USSSA version, so obviously it's not recommendable for those players either.

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2018 Mizuno MaxCor In Depth Review

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2017 Mizuno MAXCOR Review | The 2nd Dimensions Largest Barrel

2017 Mizuno MAXCOR Review

Last Updated: November 5, 2020 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

In writing the 2017 Mizuno MAXCOR review, we tested the bat extensively in the cage. We also spoke with the manufacturer about upgrades from previous years’ versions. As well, we compared our 2016 and 2015 MAXCOR hitting notes and reviews previously published on this site. We have also spent several hours reading and researching player experience with the 2017 Mizuno MAXCOR. Those thoughts and efforts come together in this 2017 Mizuno MAXCOR Review.

MaxCor

As in previous years, the Mizuno MAXCOR will sport the now-famous soft outer barrel. We discuss at length the theory behind the soft barrel in our 2016 and 2015 review. W… Jump to our Full Review

Original Price: $450
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RECOMMENDED 2017 MaxCor VIDEO
RECOMMENDED 2017 MaxCor VIDEO
RECOMMENDED 2017 MaxCor VIDEO

Quick MaxCor Review

As in previous years, the Mizuno MAXCOR will sport the now-famous soft outer barrel. We discuss at length the theory behind the soft barrel in our 2016 and 2015 review. We’d push you to those for a longer discussion. But, in short, as the length of the barrel correlates with the size of the sweet spot from knob to end cap, the softness of the barrel correlates with the width of the sweet spot from top to bottom of the barrel.

Mizuno argues that their two-dimensional approach to sweet spot growth makes it the largest sweet spot in the business. There is simply no way for us to confirm if this is in fact the case. How would anyone, after all? But that doesn’t mean the idea behind *two-dimensional sweet spots is hocus pocus. Indeed, we like the idea. And until proven otherwise, we are believers.

*Note: “Two-dimensional sweet spot” is a phrase we believe we came up with during this article. It just came to us like lighting! Mizuno doesn’t use those exact words to describe the process, but the idea is the same.

2017 MaxCor Model Tips

If you fall into any of the following categories, we suggest looking somewhere else for your 2017 stick. If you:

  • Want an ultralight swing (this is balanced, not ultralight)
  • Are not in the BBCOR space (the bat doesn’t come in those sizes)
  • Want an endloaded bat
  • Want a ‘ping’ sound on a truly aluminum barrel
2017 Mizuno MaxCor Review

The unique nature of the 2017 Mizuno MAXCOR can make it difficult to find the right fit. We'd argue the hitter with at least one of following characteristics should consider the 2017 version. A hitter:

  • Not looking for an endloaded bat
  • Wanting a larger barrel
  • Comfortable trying something a little bit out of the norm
  • Who enjoys answering questions in the dugout about their bat
  • Looking for a BBCOR bat

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2017 Mizuno MaxCor In Depth Review

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2016 Mizuno MaxCor Review

2016 Mizuno MaxCor Review

Last Updated: November 5, 2020 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

Last year we were the first independent group to review the 2015 Mizuno MaxCor BBCOR bat. The MaxCor was, and still is, the only bat on the market to attempt an increased sweet spot size by expanding the sweet spot along the y-axis.

MaxCor

Mizuno also suggests a malleable outer barrel sleeve increases batted ball backspin, giving the ball more distance. In theory, we think the idea makes some sense, but in practice last year  we surmised that backspin adds little to t… Jump to our Full Review

Original Price: $449.95
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RECOMMENDED 2016 MaxCor VIDEO

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Mizuno also suggests a malleable outer barrel sleeve increases batted ball backspin, giving the ball more distance. In theory, we think the idea makes some sense, but in practice last year  we surmised that backspin adds little to the equation. Regardless, Mizuno makes no claim to the amount of backspin created, and until we have HitTrax at highschool fields, will we ever be able to tell empirically.

2016 MaxCor Model Tips

 

On the whole, we were (and still are) quite pleased with the idea and innovation Mizuno brought to the forefront of the bat space with a bat and a compressible barrel.

The only eye test the 2015 version didn’t quite pass was the barrel size along its length or x-axis. It was, far and away, the shortest BBCOR barrel on the market for 2015. So, while Mizuno may have increased the barrel’s sweet spot along its y-axis width, the x-axis length sweet spot left this bat out of most conversations for best bats. (The 2016 version addresses this issue).

In every review, recently at least, we take a section to write of comparable bats. While it likely goes without saying, the 2016 Mizuno MaxCor has no comparable bats in the market with the obvious exception of its father in the 2015 MaxCor. There is just nothing like it in the BBCOR space.

2016 Mizuno MaxCor Review

The Mizuno MaxCor is different enough of a bat to hesitate its full fledged recommendation. The 2016 version does have a light enough swing to fit most players at the highschool BBCOR level. Its larger sweet spot size should put it on the radar of any player looking for cutting edge of technology and innovation. Yet the fact it really has a soft barrel and its claims are hard to truly verify should put at least a little bit of hesitation in anyone about to drop $400 on a baseball bat. However, we can attest the bat does indeed hit the ball well and we'd guess anyone looking for a unique approach to hitting the cover off of baseballs may very well find a great fit in the 2016 Mizuno MaxCor. Comparable Bats

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2016 Mizuno MaxCor In Depth Review

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2015 Mizuno MaxCor Review

2015 Mizuno MaxCor Review

Last Updated: November 13, 2020 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

Before we get into the good stuff (aka fascinating baseball science and technology) here are some basics of the 2015 Mizuno MaxCor.

MaxCor

It is a heavier balanced bat. Its swing weight is similar to Slugger’s 715 Select. The MaxCor swings heavier than the 2015 Generations also from Mizuno.

The 2015 Mizuno MaxCor is only available in BBCOR.

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Original Price: $449.95
RECOMMENDED 2015 MaxCor VIDEO
RECOMMENDED 2015 MaxCor VIDEO
RECOMMENDED 2015 MaxCor VIDEO
RECOMMENDED 2015 MaxCor VIDEO

Quick MaxCor Review

It is a heavier balanced bat. Its swing weight is similar to Slugger’s 715 Select. The MaxCor swings heavier than the 2015 Generations also from Mizuno.

The 2015 Mizuno MaxCor is only available in BBCOR.

2015 MaxCor Model Tips

Most importantly, if you buy from the right places, the MaxCor comes with a dope faux-leather bat sheath. Justbats.com should be pimping that little case stand alone. It’s stiff and padded on the inside. More high-end performance bats should do this. Pricing is found here.

2015 Mizuno MaxCor Review

Now for the science: To understand what the 2015 Mizuno MaxCor brings to the plate, we must first understand two principles of ball flight: ball rotation and flat faced hitting. Ball rotation and flat faced hitting matter for the Mizuno MaxCor because its barrel is uncommon. The MaxCor is on the growing list of outside the box thinking which drives metal and composite bat manufacturing these days (see the Easton MAKO Torq and RIP-IT Helium).

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2015 Mizuno MaxCor In Depth Review

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