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BBCOR Swing Weights | Lightest & Heaviest BBCOR

BBCOR Swing Weights | Lightest & Heaviest BBCOR

September 16, 2020 | by | @BatDigest

We measured the swing weight of 2020 BBCOR bats in the 33/30 inch realm. Roughly speaking, as we change to different lengths, then the order of swing weights stay the same. The apparent exception for 2020 is the Omaha, which uses a more massive swing for the 33 and 34-inch bats than it does for the 29 through 32.

BBCOR Swing Weights

2020 BBCOR Swing Weights (Lightest to Heaviest)

  1. Velo ACP
  2. Easton Maxum
  3. Victus Vandal
  4. Quatro Pro
  5. Slugger Solo
  6. DeMarini Voodoo One
  7. Axe Avenge
  8. Slugger Meta
  9. Slugger Prime
  10. DeMarini Voodoo Balanced
  11. DeMarini The Goods One Piece
  12. Slugger Select PWR
  13. Axe Elite
  14. Marucci CAT 8
  15. DeMarini The Goods
  16. StringKing Metal
  17. Slugger META PWR
  18. Slugger Omaha
  19. Axe Elite One

 

We measured the swing weights of the 2019 and 2018 33-inch BBCOR bats. As a group, their swing weight varies no more than 12% in total. But, of note, swing weights, and scale values are not well correlated.

Definitions of Scale Weight and Swing Weight

BBCOR Swing Weights 2019

Scale Weight: What a bat weighs on a scale. (Not to be confused with its stated weight. Most bat’s scale weight is a once or two more than their stated weight.)

Swing Weight: A physical measurement of the bat that determines how difficult it is to swing. Based on a few factors, including the balance point, pendulum period, and scale weight.

Why Does This Matter?

Misunderstanding the difference between scale weight and swing weight will get you a bat that is not for you. Swing weight is how hard it is to swing a bat, and scale weight is how much it weights. As we point out below, those two things don’t correlate too well.

Determining a swing weight by only holding a bat is far from understanding the nature of how bats swing.

2019 and 2018 BBCOR Bat Swing Weight Data

2019 BBCOR Swing Weights

We use the data below and our ball exit speed and barrel size to write our baseball bat reviews (BBCOR section). Our data also informs our decision as to the best 2019 BBCOR baseball bats.

2019 BBCOR Swing Weights

ModelLengthSwing WeightScale Weight
Cat 8 Connect33984630.85
Dirty South KAMO33978031.05
Voodoo Insane33965031.1
Easton Alpha33961031.2
515033955931.2
Voodoo Balanced33940031.1
CF Insane33940031.2
Easton FUZE33938630.9
Select 71933935031.1
Easton 13.633930331.55
Easton ADV33919530.85
Voodoo One33915030.75
Prime 91933915031.2
519 Omaha33915030.85
Mizuno Carbon33911631.05
Hot Metal33910430.95
Meta Prime33910030.85
VELO33896530.7
CF Zen33890031.15
Solo 61933890030.85
MAXCOR33889530.95
Axe Avenge33886931.2

Lightest Swinging BBCOR Bat

The lightest swinging 2019 BBCOR bat is the Axe Avenge. It is the lightest is surprising to us, and maybe to most. But, Axe set out to make the fastest swing on the market, and they did it.

Heaviest BBCOR Bat

The most massive swinging 2019 BBCOR bat is Marucci’s CAT 8 Connect. This is built for the big hitter looking for all the beef they allow. Some surprise is the 2019 Dirty South KAMO real close in the massive swing weight department.

2018 BBCOR Bat Swing Weights

Index
Easton Beast X Loaded1.122
Marucci CAT 71.099
DeMarini Voodoo Insane Endload1.099
Mizuno MaxCor1.097
Mizuno Generations1.085
Rawlings 51501.078
Easton Beast X Speed1.077
Marucci F51.073
Mizuno Covert1.073
Easton Z-Core Lock & Load1.071
DeMarini CF Zen Insane1.067
Rude American MOAB Power1.062
Slugger 918 Prime1.056
Slugger 516 Omaha1.053
Rawlings VELO1.045
Rawlings Quatro1.044
DeMarini Voodoo Balanced1.043
Combat Maxum1.023
Easton Ghost X1.019
DeMarini CF Zen Balanced1.015
DeMarini Voodoo One1.012
Slugger 618 Solo1.000

The Heaviest Swinging BBCOR Bat

Heaviest Swinging BBCOR Bat 2018

When comparing the 33-inch BBCOR bats, we found the Easton Beast X Loaded to swing 12% heavier than the 2018 618 Solo. In practice, this is a considerable difference and something that can be felt immediately.

We would guess the 32 inch Easton Beast X Loaded runs 2 to 3% heavier (in terms of swing weight) than the 33-inch 618 Solo.

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The Lightest Swinging BBCOR Bat

Lightest Swinging BBCOR BAt

For two years in a row, the Slugger 618 Solo has been the lightest swinging bat we have found. It runs as a single piece aluminum with an extended composite end cap. And, get this, it also comes in a 29-inch bat. That 29-inch BBCOR is the lightest swinging highschool BBCOR bat on the planet. It isn’t close.

Other real close options, and within our margin of error, are the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One, the DeMarini Zen Balanced, and Easton Ghost X.

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Do These numbers hold for non-33-inch BBCOR Bats?

Although we cannot be sure, we believe the numbers translate respectively when you shift from a 33-inch BBCOR to a 29, 30, 31, 32, or 34-inch BBCOR bat. Meaning, for example, we still think the 618 the lightest swinging 32-inch BBCOR too. The changes between different models and brands are so minute that we believe it likely the bats change order rankings—although by some imperceptible amount—as we change BBCOR lengths.

But, when compared to non BBCOR bats, we think there little to no correlation between these models and their USABat or USSSA bat comparisons. You can see our analysis on the USABat swing weights here.

How to Interpret the Swing Weight Index

After measuring the 2018 BBCOR bat swing weights, we assigned the lightest swinging bat (Slugger 618 Solo) a score of 1. We then took the percentage difference between the 618 and every bat on the list, and that number became the index.

For example, expect the Easton Ghost X to swing 1.9% heavier than the 618 Solo and the Mizuno F5 to swing 7.3% heavier.

Standard Errors and Accuracy

Although we are confident in the repeat-ability of our swing measurements, we do not submit they are perfect. Our best estimate is we run no less than 200 points off. Meaning, a percentage swing of 2 to 3%, either way, would be a reasonable margin of error.

As well, a percentage point or two one direction or another is virtually indistinguishable to any given player. A bat with a 4% change any given direction on the above chart is likely not noticeable by anyone.

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Nora Fisher
Nora Fisher
2 years ago

Why does the price go up whn ther bat is pretty much the same ?

Dave
Dave
2 years ago

So does swing weight translate to wood bat turn models? With wood bats I am used to seeing balanced defined as a 110 turn, a little end loaded defined as a 271, and a lot end loaded defined as a 243. Do these wood turn models correlate to swing weight in this evaluation?

When buying a wood bat, the 271 and 243 turn models get marketed to power hitters or hitters looking for more power. Where as with composite bats it seems like the marketing hype is all about being “balanced” which sounds like a 110 turn to me.

Tiffany Schafer
Tiffany Schafer
2 years ago

How does the Marucci Posey BBCOR rank in among these bats?

Michael
Michael
1 year ago

Hello,
Thank you for putting up this info. It is super helpful and, as you know, pretty much impossible to find anywhere else.
Would you be willing to include a link to the 2018 swing weight data you had previously posted? It would be interesting to compare between years.
Thank you!

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Little confused. You said the axe avenge is the lightest swinging bat. But then it’s not listed under The Lighedt Swinging BBCOR Bat. Please clarify thanks!

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

Why are the values for the 2018 bats different from the 2019 bats? Would be nice to be able to compare the two lists.

Austin Hamilton
Austin Hamilton
1 year ago

where can i find the calculator and or spreadsheet for the swing weight of a bat?

Coodoo
Coodoo
1 year ago

Where is the CAT 8 on this list? It is a popular bat and was redesigned to have a lighter swing weight than the CAT 7. Would like to be able to compare.

Thanks

Keith Boileau
Keith Boileau
11 months ago

618 Solo is the perfect bat for a smaller player transitioning to BBCOR. We have a 31/28, my son loves it. Super light, great pop. We also picked up a 917 Prime 32/29 in case he shoots up. (fingers crossed)

Dale
Dale
19 days ago

Can you publish these same tables for USSSA bats in both the -8 and -5 categories? Would really be helpful since the BBCOR and USSSA bat of the same model name could be very different and fall into the table very differently. Would greatly appreciate it!

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