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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The StringKing Bat line consists of two BBCOR and two USA bats. Both come in “Pro” and a “Pro Metal” versions. The Pro Metal uses a higher grade alloy than the other, but both perform well and have top-end performance. For the price, they are likely the best value buys on the market today. Few know about the bat’s and their distribution is small, but those who have hit with them are big fans for their price point, performance, and durability.
Our hitters like the stiff feel and reasonably balanced bat. They also had plenty of comments on the graphics, or the lack thereof. They generally liked the grip, the feel off the good hits, and the barrel size.
We recommend the StringKing Metal for single-piece bat lovers who want a fantastic value buy. We didn’t find much feel or performance difference between the Metal and Pro Metal. But, we’d guess, there was likely some long term durability differences between the two–although we noticed none over our several hundred hits.
Single-piece aluminum bats are plentiful. However, very few price out under $150. Your most likely similar price point is in the Rawlings 5150. But, the StringKing feels better than that bat. Other bats like the VELO, Omaha, Solo, Fuze and Alpha (to name a few) are similar in a single-piece bat with a tendency towards a balanced swing.
The StringKing Metal and Metal Pro are the first iterations of their model line. Meaning, there is no previous version of the bat.
StringKing uses a higher grade alloy for their Metal Pro bats and a slight downgrade for their Metal bats. Both are single-piece aluminum with balanced swing weights. The knobs, endcaps and grips are all pretty straight forward. StringKing’s claim to fame is that they meet the BBCOR standard as well as anyone else and are 1/4 the costs.
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.