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Best Fastpitch Softball Bats

Updated September 27, 2022

By Bat Digest

After lots (and lots) of hitting, we think the 2022 Louisville Slugger LXT is the best fastpitch bat on the market today. Although not cheap, the bat has all the sizes anyone wants, has a long track record of great success at any level of the sport, and can hit the ball a country mile. It’s a great combination of feel, performance, durability, and swag.

We took three high school players and every 2022 fastpitch bat we could find (which was all of them). In truth, all fastpitch bats performed well. Taking everything into consideration, our hitters determined the 2022 Louisville Slugger LXT is the best fastpitch bat. We also like the Easton Ghost Advanced. However, we aren’t convinced Easton fixed a lot of the durability issues surrounding the bat. However, if you’re okay with a bat that has a short life span and wants some of the best feel and pop around, then the 2021 Easton Ghost Advanced is a legit choice.

Updated September 27, 2022

We have finally had a chance to review and update our 2022 bat rankings for fastpitch. Although late to the party, we think we’re right. 🙂

1. 2022 Louisville Slugger LXT

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Certification: Fastpitch

Sizes: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Drop: 10

Swing Weight: Light+

Serial Number: WBL2543010

Original Price: $400

Release Month: October 2021

Best Fastpitch Bat 2022

2022 Louisville Slugger LXT Fastpitch Drop 10
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2022 Louisville Slugger LXT

$400

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The 2022 Louisville Slugger LXT Fastpitch bat in a drop 10 is our hitter’s favorite bat for 2022. It also ranks out in the top echelon for exit speeds, gets crazy great reviews online, and is available in a wide range of sizes. It works well for the big hitter who still wants a drop 10 in a 34 and the newer hitter looking for their first taste of serious performance fastpitch. All in all, the 2022 LXT is an easy choice for our best 2022 Fastpitch bat.

2. 2021 DeMarini Prism

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Certification: Fastpitch

Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Drop: 11

Swing Weight: Mid

Serial Number: WTDXPZS21

Original Price: $400

Release Month: August 2020

Best Drop 11 Fastpitch Bat

2021 DeMarini Prism Fastpitch Drop 11
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2021 DeMarini Prism

$400

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The 2021 DeMarini Prism in a drop 11 is about as good as it gets in this drop. To be sure, some don’t like it but those people are usually the ones who should have bought a drop 10 or 9. But, those who need/want a super light swing, a lot of flex on hits and mishits (meaning your hands won’t hurt) with a great top-end performing barrel are looking in the right spot with the 2021 Demarini Prism Drop 11.

3. 2022 Easton Ghost Advanced

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Certification: Fastpitch

Sizes: 30, 31, 32

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Drop: 10

Swing Weight: Mid

Serial Number: FP22GHAD10

Original Price: $500

Release Month: March 2022

Hottest Fastpitch Bat (2022)

2022 Easton Ghost Advanced Fastpitch Drop 10
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2022 Easton Ghost Advanced

$500

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Depending on who you ask, the 2022 Easton Ghost Advanced has updated its carbon fiber barrel to be more durable than previous versions. If Easton has cracked the code of that same performance in the 2020 with a more durable stick then they’ll be on to a must-have bat. Early reports about the bat breaking aren’t nonexistent and we’re holding our breath to see if these are aberrations or indications. In either case, if you have a high tolerance for a bat breaking and think the $50 they added to the bat’s price is justified then go for it. In any case, the bat can hit the seams off the ball and is consistently rated among hitters and reviews as the hottest bat, we’ll just have to see how long that lasts.

4. 2022 DeMarini CF

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Certification: Fastpitch

Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Drop: 10

Swing Weight: Light+

Serial Number: WTDXCFP22

Original Price: $400

Release Month: October 2021

Best Fastpitch Bat 2022 (Light Swing)

2022 DeMarini CF Fastpitch Drop 10
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2022 DeMarini CF

$400

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A lot of people, including us, love the 2022 DeMarini CF. It’s a fantastic performing bat with a big barrel and light swing. Our smaller hitters that like more flex in their bat preferred this CF over all the others. It’s a great bat that has proven the test of time for the last several seasons.

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Best Fastpitch Softball Bats

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2022 Louisville Slugger LXT

Best Fastpitch Bat 2022

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LXT Ratings
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Why We Love the 2022 LXT

The 2022 Louisville Slugger LXT Fastpitch bat in a drop 10 is our hitter’s favorite bat for 2022. It also ranks out in the top echelon for exit speeds, gets crazy great reviews online, and is available in a wide range of sizes. It works well for the big hitter who still wants a drop 10 in a 34 and the newer hitter looking for their first taste of serious performance fastpitch. All in all, the 2022 LXT is an easy choice for our best 2022 Fastpitch bat.

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Specs

Certification: Fastpitch

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Sizes: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 10

Serial Number: WBL2543010

Release Month: October 2021

Our Review:

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2021 DeMarini Prism

Best Drop 11 Fastpitch Bat

Amazon

Prism Ratings
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Why We Love the 2021 Prism

The 2021 DeMarini Prism in a drop 11 is about as good as it gets in this drop. To be sure, some don’t like it but those people are usually the ones who should have bought a drop 10 or 9. But, those who need/want a super light swing, a lot of flex on hits and mishits (meaning your hands won’t hurt) with a great top-end performing barrel are looking in the right spot with the 2021 Demarini Prism Drop 11.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: Fastpitch

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33

Drop: 11

Serial Number: WTDXPZS21

Release Month: August 2020

Our Review:

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2022 Easton Ghost Advanced

Hottest Fastpitch Bat (2022)

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Ghost Advanced Ratings
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Why We Love the 2022 Ghost Advanced

Depending on who you ask, the 2022 Easton Ghost Advanced has updated its carbon fiber barrel to be more durable than previous versions. If Easton has cracked the code of that same performance in the 2020 with a more durable stick then they’ll be on to a must-have bat. Early reports about the bat breaking aren’t nonexistent and we’re holding our breath to see if these are aberrations or indications. In either case, if you have a high tolerance for a bat breaking and think the $50 they added to the bat’s price is justified then go for it. In any case, the bat can hit the seams off the ball and is consistently rated among hitters and reviews as the hottest bat, we’ll just have to see how long that lasts.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: Fastpitch

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Sizes: 30, 31, 32

Drop: 10

Serial Number: FP22GHAD10

Release Month: March 2022

Our Review:

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2022 DeMarini CF

Best Fastpitch Bat 2022 (Light Swing)

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CF Ratings
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Why We Love the 2022 CF

A lot of people, including us, love the 2022 DeMarini CF. It’s a fantastic performing bat with a big barrel and light swing. Our smaller hitters that like more flex in their bat preferred this CF over all the others. It’s a great bat that has proven the test of time for the last several seasons.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: Fastpitch

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33

Drop: 10

Serial Number: WTDXCFP22

Release Month: October 2021

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The Research

Should You Buy Used Fastpitch Bats?

eBay searches for the 2016 LXT Plus from Slugger are plentiful. Many of those searches turn up used bats—the history of which is often questionable. There are some circumstances in which we’d suggest buying a used LXT Plus. In particular, we are more willing to purchase an LXT plus that is a few months old instead of a few days old. There is a higher probability the problems of a composite bat will rear its head when it’s new. The fact the hitter never had a good enough experience with the bat to keep it suggests something may be wrong. This reality keeps us away from ‘used’ bats that are only a few weeks old.

On the other hand, bats with a season or so of good use prove the hitter had success with the bat but just outgrew it. Composite tends to get more productive over time, so a bat with a year of use likely performs better than one out of the wrapper. As such, we look for a dirty handle and scuffed up a barrel as a good thing in the used market.

How We Tested

To make our decision, we’ve spent over 200 hours testing, reviewing, reading, and writing reviews on every performance fastpitch softball bat in the market. This effort also includes nearly 40 fastpitch models with roughly innumerable sizing options. Most of our testing happened in cage work. Much of the rest on the field among different hitters. Almost always, the hitter had multiple fastpitch bats at their disposal. The hitter would often change between one particular bat and another in a matter of just minutes.

Further, we’d spend considerable time hashing out particulars of many of the bats we used with those who used it and those who manufactured it. Many of these conversations, with both players and engineers, were long and helpful. Additionally, we found, to our surprise, writing our fastpitch softball bat reviews, which are vetted by our readers, kept us on our toes. Our data needed to be both accurate and helpful. Some days a very tall task when considering bats in the performance fastpitch space are so very similar. Those processes above have led us, over the years, to conclude which bat generally fits the most amount of players.

None of this is to say we’d hesitate to recommend other bats—as there are a handful of good ones. But the 2016 Louisville Slugger Drop 10 LXT Plus consistently rises to the top any way we slice the data.

Areas of Concern

It’s an admitted stretch to claim we’ve found the best fastpitch softball bat. Not that we can’t test and measure things scientifically, but hitting, at its core, is much more an art than it is a science. What bat is best for you individually can not be decided by some metrics and hitting data we’ve gathered. As such, we disclaim here that the LXT Plus is the BEST bat for everyone. Instead, we claim this fastpitch bat is the best for more people than any other. As well, we’d be comfortable stating, and nearly every player would have success with this bat. If it is indeed the particular ‘best’ for your hitting and type and needs is a question, we can’t answer.

What makes a good fastpitch bat

Within our testing, four common themes arose from players discussing what they did and did not like any particular bat. They are (1) the barrel size, (2) the balance point, and (3) the feel of the bat at contact and (4) the bat brands’ reputation. All preferred a larger barrel. Most preferred a balance point in the middle of the bat instead of toward the end. And nearly all preferred a relatively smooth hit on contact. These four factors weigh heavily in our decision to determine the best fastpitch softball bat.

Our Biases

We don’t imply this should mean we have no biases—all baseball and softball players do. We are among them. But we can say our livelihood does not depend on if you prefer a particular brand of bat that we review. In the end, we are parents and players who love the game and think it useful to share the data and feedback we’ve compiled. Our hope is the approach is both nonthreatening and unbiased. If other parents and players find something useful in these pages, then we feel successful.

Why Trust Us

Well, maybe you shouldn’t. We are simply a group of parents and players looking to document our collective performance on fastpitch and baseball bats. We don’t profess to be the end all be all in determining bat performance. That quest is usually better left to science labs. But we’ve swung every baseball, softball, and fastpitch bat in the performance space since the middle of 2013. With that said, we’ve reviewed hundreds of bats.

Within that process, we not only swing the bats extensively, but we talk to manufacturers about the bat’s design. We talk to players at all levels of the sport about their experience. Also, we study every available review we can find online or elsewhere. Then, we take that data and put together a 700 to 1200 word review that, at least we believe, is the most thorough and objective you would be able to find.

We don’t sell bats as a manufacturer or a vendor. As such, we have no incentive one way or another to push a particular brand or bat type. No doubt, we do have incentives. Our motivations lie in convincing the reader to click on an ad or follow a link to buy Amazon. Not a guilt-free process for sure, but it doesn’t come with any particular brand bias (as long as they sell it on Amazon or eBay).

What is the Right Bat Size

Finding the right bat size is the most crucial part of finding the best fastpitch bat. Take a moment to check out our bat size chart. Bat Size Chart

Bat Rumors

All the rumors we have heard (that Easton would release a new Ghost) are complete. We’ll keep our ear to the grapevine and update if we come by any ideas.

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