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Best Fastpitch Softball Bats

Updated August 4, 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 August 4, 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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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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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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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: WTDXCFP-22

Original Price: $400

Release Month: October 2021

Best Fastpitch Bat 2022 (Light Swing)

2022 DeMarini CF Fastpitch Drop 10
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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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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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Certification: Fastpitch

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Sizes: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 10

Serial Number: WBL2543010

Release Month: October 2021

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2021 DeMarini Prism

Best Drop 11 Fastpitch Bat

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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

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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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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

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Certification: Fastpitch

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Sizes: 30, 31, 32

Drop: 10

Serial Number: FP22GHAD10

Release Month: March 2022

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2022 DeMarini CF

Best Fastpitch Bat 2022 (Light Swing)

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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.

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Certification: Fastpitch

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

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

Drop: 10

Serial Number: WTDXCFP-22

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.

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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.

Comments

kenzie says:

I saw the DeMarini Prism (-10) Fastpitch Bat in the pic but were was it on this list

Tim says:

Can you please explain to me how you came up with the “great durability” rating of the Ghost bats? I think we’ve had about 8 to 10 over the years between my two slapper daughters (now 13 and 17) and never had one last a season. I’ve known many people with the same experience and the public ratings are full of people with the same complaint. You can say a lot of good things about the Ghost but “great durability?” Please enlighten me. Perhaps I am missing something.

Brian says:

Hey Tim,

Good find. Thanks for bringing that to our attention. We werea bit confused when we saw what you wrote.

As you can see from above in the article we write,

“We also like the Easton Ghost Advanced. However, we aren’t convinced Easton fixed a lot of the durability issues surrounding the bat. If you’re okay with a bat that has a short life span and want some of the best feel and pop around, then the 2021 Easton Ghost Advanced is a legit choice.”

It’s a long story, but these articles are compiled in a way that you might not first imagine. We don’t write it from top to bottom. Instead, we use some PHP and a database of reviews and writings to get put it here. It is a godsend in getting to organize all of the different articles we have on the site and it really helps us keep track and update information on bats. But it also increases our chance there is an error.

Basically, you helped us find an error in the code. It was pulling a data point from somewhere else.
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That’s likely more explanation than what you needed, but there you go. You know as well as we do, the Easton Ghost is about as non-durable as they come. Anything after 500 hits is on borrowed time. We’d like to say they fixed that in the 2020 Ghost Advanced, but that seems just as non-durable.

Thanks agian.

Chad says:

Hey Guys,
First off, I appreciate the time and effort you put into researching FP Bats year in and year out. Said research results provides us readers the luxury of not having to shoulder the process ourselves. So thanks!!

My question falls into the category of BEST FP BATS OF ALL TIME…
Understanding that each season generally brings with it something new or different in regards to the advancement in bat technology. Some of those tech advancements that are deemed as a SUCCESS we’ll see applied to new bats ~sometimes w/ minor tinkering~ year after year.
As we know that with those advancements generally comes with an increased price tag. Each year we purchase one of those new bats with the new price tag to which I’m fine doing for my daughters.
So while reading your above article it got me wondering if any of the older bats available online ~of both the NEW & USED varieties ~ are worth considering as say a backup bat??
More-so possibly finding a bat having time tested technology that can be found at a great value, and still give us a quality result in the batters box??

One bat in particular that came to mind is the 2014 Easton Mako FP14MK.

Brian says:

Hey Chad,

Good thought. It will come as no surprise that most “improvements” in fastpitch bats are more marketing than actual improvements. We’ve found older bats—especially the older model LXT’s and XENO’s to be fantastic compared to ‘modern day’ bats. We have not has as much success with the older Easton MAKO FB bats–Easton did not really come on the scene with a legit fastpitch bat until the Ghost. That said, plenty of college teams used the MAKO and had success with it.

In other words, we are all about older bats, especially the LXT, and don’t believe any new advancement has improved performance to the extent that they are “must-buys” over the current model. Of course, it’s fun to have a new bat, and warranties and durability matter too. There’s always a good reason to buy new stuff.

Anyways, I hope that helps, and thanks for reaching out.
Bran

Steve says:

My daughter has a 2018 Louisville Slugger LXT (30/20) and loves the bat. My other daughter has a 2019 Louisville Slugger LXT (31/21) and also loves the bat. I feel like the 2019 has slightly more weight at the end of the bat than the 2018. My daughter who swings the 2018 says that she doesn’t like the feel of the 2019. Is this all in our heads or is the 2019 slightly end loaded compared to the 2018 ? My daughter who is using the 2018 needs a new bat and I am looking for a comparable bat to the 2018 LXT. I think of it as more of a balanced swing with the potential upgraded technology (2 years worth at least) , can you please make a suggestion to check out in the 2020 or 2021 Year ? Thanks in advance

Brian says:

Steve,

Thanks for the question. The major change between the 2018 and 2019 LXT was the connection piece. Slugger claimed, and we also measured, the swing weights to be very similar. So, it might be just a perception thing when your daughters are comparing the two. However, it turns out, quality control on even the best bats isn’t as great as we’d hope. It is also possible that the variance in individual bats has made the 2019 actually heavier.

The 2020 LXT and 2021 LXT are great bats, no doubt. But, to your point, so are the 2016/17/18/19 LXT. The bat really hasn’t changed much over the years. They “upgraded” the end cap and connection piece. But, in terms of a light swinging two-piece composite with a big barrel and a really soft connection, that is the LXT. We don’t believe the performance is any better on the ’21 or ’20 as it is in the ’17 or ’18.

All that said, we like the newer LXT and think it our favorite 2021 Fastpitch bat. At some point, the girls can handle more weight in their bats, and that would be a good time to jump into the newer version at the right size. We’d have the right size bat over the right brand bat any day of the week.

In any event, we hope that helps a bit. Glad to see you like the LXT. Every girl we’ve had hit with the LXT has only good things to say.
Brian

Alexis says:

Hi, I am Alexis. I am a Sophomore in High School. My first year of high school just canceled and I am looking for a good first composite bat. I am afraid of getting a bat that will break on me. I have been playing softball fastpitch since 4 maybe, but only wreck and all-stars. I had an opportunity to play travel but didn’t. I am looking for a good composite bat, that will give me the run for my money and that will last. I have mainly had Eastons, just not sure what bat. I have watched many of your softball videos. I like the look of a Demarini bat but have never swung one. I have swung the Easton Stealth End Loaded but nothing else. I need help with what bat I neeedddd!!!! Please help!

Brian says:

Alexis,

Thanks for reaching out. Glad to see you’re taking this challenge on your own.

If it were us, we’d find an older LXT on eBay. Any LXT since 2018 is fantastic. You can usually find pretty good deals. (At the time we answered this, we found this 2018 here for $120. It looks like it’s in good shape. We don’t know this seller, so, as always on eBay, beware.)

If you want something new that will NOT break, then we like the Anderson Rocketech. However, it’s an aluminum barrel and is a monster. However, it also swings heavy. So, you’ll probably want to make sure you size down an inch from your normal size. Otherwise, stay away from Easton’s Ghost (not because it isn’t good but because it breaks).

In the end, we think the LXT is about as durable as composite bats get. We like the idea of going used in this market as the bat hasn’t changed substantially for several years and is good all around.

I hope that helps, and thanks for reaching out.

Kenn says:

My daughter keeps breaking the 2020Ghost Double Barrel and 2021 Adance Ghost Double Barrel. She loves the bats but they keep breaking. I understand the natural of the design. The sweet spot and the distance is a plus for the bat. Would you recommend another bat. We have consider buying an older model blue ghost as a practice bat. What do you suggest?

Brian says:

Hey Kenn,

That Ghost Advanced is a fun hit, but anything after 500 hits feels like borrowed time. We like the XENO as a replacement for a few reasons. Although it doesn’t swing as heavy, it has a stiff barrel, top-end performance, and feels relatively decent. We also like its price point. For 2021, Slugger is only selling their new XENO directly on their site. But there appears to be plenty of inventory for older models elsewhere. The bat hasn’t changed for a few years now, so we’d go with any deal you can find. The Xeno is an all-time great. We might consider sizing up an inch or going down a drop compared to the Advanced she swings because it will not swing as heavy—but not that much more, so don’t overdo it.

I hope that helps, and thanks for the question.

Rob says:

Fastpitch. Daughter is 15. Purchased ghost advance 33/23 in April of 2020. Just broke the 3rd one. Two cracked and one began coming apart at handle/barrel. So far bats have been replaced under warranty. Worst part is without a bat for 3-4 weeks with each warranty submission. We play and practice year round. Love the bat but durability major issue. What would you recommend for a back up bat that is similar to the Easton Ghost Advance in either a 33/23 or a 34/24?

Brian says:

Hey Rob
Your definitely not the only one having trouble with the Ghost. Anything after 500 hits is borrowed time.
We like the FNX and the XENO as replacements. Neither swing as heavy as the Ghost, but they can hit it just as far. So, based on all you said there, we’d go with the 34/24 Xeno. Doesn’t matter what year as that bat hasn’t changed in a long time.
Hope that helps and thanks for reaching out.

Pat says:

Been watching your videos to try and find a new bat for my daughter who has gone through 2 dual stamp ghosts and one advanced this season. Cracked all of them and Easton replaced.

So looking for an alternative, she is 11 and plays A level 12U, 5’0 90lbs very strong hitter and been swinging 31/21 since 10u so about 1.5 years.
Thoughts on CF, LXT, and Xeno compared to her ghosts which she loves but just not holding up.

Thanks

Brian says:

Hey Pat,

We’d go with the XENO all day in that case. It’s the most like the Ghost Advanced in its swing weigh (although it does swing lighter—everything swings lighter than the Ghost Advanced). But the Xeno is made for the elite power hitter type and it sounds like that’s who your daughter is. The CF and LXT are light swinging, semi-flexible bats that are good (we like the LXT better) but are more for the slapper/base hit type player.

And, to boot, the Xeno is usually considerably less expensive. And, it doesn’t matter what year. The Xeno hasn’t changed for a while. It’s been a great bat for quite a while.

Pat says:

She doesn’t look like your power hitter at this point in time and being a young 11. She hits for high average and doesn’t strike out much so kind of a contact hitter with good power and that was why i was unsure with these bat choices.

thanks

Jenna says:

I do not recommend the Demarini Prism. Breaks very easily.

Nate says:

Super, super impressed with the Marucci Echo Connect. Amazing hot bat! Overnight game changer for my first year 14u player. Hitting the fence on the fly consistently now. Several girls in the team have hit it out with the Echo. They literally pass it down the lineup, so many of them love it. She also has a XENO and Quatro pro. All good bats but that Marucci is hot!

Brian says:

Good stuff, Nate. Thanks for sharing.

Jean says:

Looking for a high quality last year model (2019) composite bat for my 15 year old daughter, 5’2″, 108 lbs. Plays HS and travel, she is a contact hitter, not really heavy hitter. What bat and size/weight do you recommend? 

Brian says:

Jean,

We think the Louisville Slugger LXT might be the best all-time fastpitch bat. It’s smooth, long barrel, light swing, great feel is made for the contact hitter who wants all the power a bat can deliver. Really, you can never go wrong with that one.

Of course, you have some other good options like the CF and PRISM. But, in terms of predictability, we’d go LXT. In terms of sizing, knowing nothing other than her age and height, we’d go a 32/22. If she’s a great player, you might want to go to the drop 9 (32/23) or size up an inch in the drop 10.

I hope that helps! Good luck!.

SK Bowers says:

My daughter is a slap/contact hitter, she is 5’5 115 pounds. Do you have a bat suugestion? 

Brian says:

SK,

DeMarini made that Slapper bat for a few years, and it seemed to fit really well. It is, basically, a CF with a bit bigger barrel and a backward wrapped grip. But, in truth, slappers need big barrels, light swings, and quick feet. Bats won’t help with the last one there, but the CF, Prism, and LXT should all be perfect fits for a contact hitter/slapper. Aside from the paint jobs, those bats all feel about the same. At least that’s what we think. Probably some others out there who have some opinion on that too.

Jeff says:

Dr Bat guy I am looking for a bat for my 14 yr old twins. One bats right handed one swings left. The righty has a very compact and a short swing. She is a line drive, fly ball hitter and swings the 2017 Lousiville Slugger LXT. The lefty has a little more of a hitch in her swing and at times swings late, but does hit line drives and hard ground balls to he opposite field. She swings the 2017 East Ghost. Both bats are 32/22. We are playing in USA and USSSA tourneys this year and was looking for advice and what bat or bats I should get them. Hoping to just get one, but understand one might not work for both. 

Brian says:

Jeff,

Thanks for the email. What a fun problem to have with twins buying bats. I’m sure that adds up pretty quickly!

We’re trying to think of a bat that is somehow between the LXT and the Ghost. Our knee jerk reaction would be a bat like the XENO. That thing consistently performs as well as any other fastpitch on the market. And, it doesn’t swing as light as the LXT but also not as heavy as the Ghost. However, it’s a stiff bat, so it will feel quite different from what they are used to.

We are big fans of the LXT for that age group. I’m thinking, if we had to choose one bat, we’d likely go with a 32/23 drop 9 LXT from 2019. That gives you a bit more power for the righty and a lighter bat for the girl swinging the heavier Ghost.

Of course, that’s a pretty broad guess. We know most folks are delighted with the LXT, so it’s as good a bet as any.

If you want to go two bats, we’d say either size down an inch or find a lighter swinging bat like the LXT or CF for your lefty. And, for the righty, don’t fix what isn’t broke. If anything, get her a newer LXT or, as we said above, get a drop LXT in a 32/23.

I hope that helps and gives you at least some ideas on where to start next.

Thanks!

Mike says:

Looking for 33” 22oz balanced demarini Fastpitch bat that can be used in college . Any suggestions , my daughter is 5ft 4 and weighs about 115 pds. If there are not any demarini bats can you suggest another quality bat . Or do you think she could swing a 33” 23 oz because of being balanced ? 

Brian says:

Hey Mike,

It has a stiff feel, but we are in love, and always have been, with the Slugger Xeno. It feels a bit different than the less stiff LXT/Ghosts of the world. But, it is a great swing and, according to our exit speed tests, does as well as anything out there. If that one doesn’t sound interesting, then the LXT from Slugger might be the most popular bat in NCAA fastpitch play. It hasn’t changed much over the years so any year from 2016 through 2021 would do you good.

Hope that helps, at least, put you on the right track.

Good luck!

Anon says:

She is 5’9, 150, and swings better than most men. 14 over the fence last year alone. Strong in the box! Xeno 2019, 2020, LXT 2019, or 2020. 

Brian says:

Xeno! We’d look at getting a Xeno in a drop 9—maybe even a drop 8 if she can handle it. Xeno’s are fantastic power hitters bats as they are extra stiff, have good barrels, and a tiny bit of an end-load.

In terms of what year, the 2019 and 2020 Xeno are the same bats, essentially, with a different paint job. Whatever one you can find for a better deal, assuming you can find the right size, we’d guess it was the 2019 XENO.

Good luck!

Jena R Doerr says:

where is the actual review of the best bat? also the link to chart does not work.

Brian says:

Jena,

Thanks for the heads up. Apparently, something went psycho on our backend server for a little bit. Appears fixed now. Thanks for reading!

kendall says:

I would like to know why the ghost is the hottest bat out there and why they break so easily.

Brian says:

They definitely break often. We think, after about 500 good hits, you are on borrowed time. But, before then, it’s a ball killer.

Chris says:

500 hits for the ghost? My 13 year old broke hers halfway through the first bucket of soft toss.

Brian says:

Ha. Sounds about right. Sorry about that. But it probably looked really good for those first 5 or 10 swings, eh? 🙂

Jenn says:

Your video shows them trying the Prism but I don’t see it in your comparison chart. Where did end up in comparison?

Brian says:

Hey Jenn, good question. Our problem is our little format for that chart only can go to 10. So, we were limited. the Prism was the most like the CF. Hope that helps.

keri says:

Great information on bats. Please do a review on the Axe fastpitch bats especially the Avenge Power Gap.

Brian says:

Will do. Good times ahead.

isabella says:

i use the louisville LXT for slapping and love it.

Brian says:

For sure, that’s one of our favorite Fastpitch bats.

David Chinn says:

Really happy to see you included the one piece Muzuno F20 PWR CRBN 1 in your current testing. I’m a big one piece bat fan and few brands do them justice. Mizuno and Marucci certainly do! Looking forward to your test results.

Brian says:

David,

Thanks for noticing. Our hitters REALLY liked the 2020 Mizuno Carbon 1. Big hit across the whole barrel and really a great and more reasonable price point. Highly recommendable for sure.

David Chinn says:

The 2018,2019 David Chinn and 2020 Mizuno fastpitch softball bats all hace Double Wall Construction.

David Chinn says:

You should know that the F20 PWR CRBN 1 Mizuno is a one piece bat and comes only in drop 8,9 snd 10. In the right hands it might be a power hitters dream come true! Hope you test it.

Brian says:

Good thought Dave. Definitely some real differences in hitter preferences here.

David Chinn says:

The Mizuno fastpitch softball bats have always been great and more innovative then the eell known brands!

Crystal says:

My 9 year old has a 2018 Xeno drop 11 she had for 2 years now. She is hitting solid in the cage but she does swing late at times. We just purchased a 2019 LXT drop 12 hoping it will help in her late swings…we shall see.

Jeff Miller says:

Has anyone tried the Axe bat Avenge or Avenge Lite? My daughter is 13 and been using the 2018 Element 33/21 and it has plenty of pop. Looking at 2 piece composite bats and she is very comfortable with the Axe handle but rarely see them in reviews against other regular handled bats. Looking for any feedback as not everyone has $300 to drop on an inferior product. Looking for a little guidance.

Julie says:

Has anyone used the 2019 Rawlings Quatro softball bat? Any positive or negative feedback?

My daughters first two-piece construction Fastpitch bat was the Xeno. As she has grown we bought another xeno, and then we decided to switch to the LXT when it was time to get a longer bat. She is an aggressive contact and power hitter. It has been a struggle for her to get acclimated to the LXT, and after 3 months it had some pieces come loose on the inside. We are actually relieved because now it has given her the opportunity to switch back to Xeno with a warranty replacement. We are so excited for her to start swinging with the 2019 xeno drop 10. I think the bat just gives her more feedback when she swings with it. She has had to start using her old Xeno since the LXT broke and her hitting has improved so much. It is shorter though so now that the longer bat is in I am almost fully confident she will ease right in.

Brian says:

Sounds great Britany. That Xeno is tried and true. Glad you like it like our hitters do.

mike says:

there is now a ASA stamped easton ghost any chance of a review

Crystal says:

You are using bat models Mizuno Carbon 2 (black and blue) and Mizuno Power Carbon (black & purple) interchangeably in this article. Which one was actually the front runner? If going by the picture and the video, I would think Power Carbon – but you call it the Power Carbon 2 which is putting the 2 names together, help! We are thinking about just buying one to try out because we can’t find a single place within 3 hours of us to go swing one.

Brian says:

Hey. Thanks and sorry for the confusion. The Power Carbon is the one we like. The Carbon 2 is fine, but not like the Power Carbon. Which, turns out, is also a 2 piece bat—hence our misstatements. We corrected the instance of the Power Carbon 2 in the article to read Power Carbon. The video is of the Power Carbon. Thanks.

Chris says:

Great review! You mentioned the drop on the various test bats in this review. Curious to see the length of the bats being used by the girls. I am assuming 31” but hoping you had that data. Thanks and again exceptional and super informative review!

Brian says:

David. A few differences. The 2018 is a single wall bat, the 2019 is double. The 2019 and 2018 have different types of connection pieces too.

They have the same handle and, as far a we can tell with the sizing we have, a very similar barrel profile.

David Chinn says:

How is the Mizuno Power Carbon 2 any different from the 2018 Mizuno Ghost (except for the paint job)?

Diego Diaz says:

Can you test and review the new Demarini Prism and the Mizuno Titanium F19 and check the performance and the exit velocity? I have interest on these bats, but I am not sure that these $400 bats can do better that the Ghost, Xeno,the CF Zen and/or the Mizuno Carbon 2.

Brian says:

We are working on those bats as we speak. Should have some stuff up this coming week. You’ll also find the raw exit speeds, when we finish those here shortly, on our raw exit speed data test.

Thanks for reading!

Mike says:

Did you plan to review the Easton ghost? I would interested to see where it compares. I know the 2018 models had comparable exit speeds to the Mizuno.

Brian says:

Hey Mike,

Thanks for the note. We don’t have the Ghost in this set because it isn’t an ASA bat and we were just using fastpitch girls (highschool) to test the bats—and didn’t think it a great comparison. We’ll have some more data on the ghost later this year. And we’ll need to get an ASA version of the ghost in to do the testing. It’s weird they have a dual stamp bat, but we get it. Anyways, hope that helps.

eric cash says:

You should test dirty south bats kamo and lady swag…. plenty of pop in those bats.

Brian says:

True. Eric. We are on it!

Nate says:

Did anything ever get tested with DSB

Brian says:

Hey Nate,

No. We never tested the DSB fastpitch bats. We had a bit of a hard time getting a hold of them and then didn’t find the demand from our readership large enough to justify the price.

That said, we do like the baseball versions of the bats which we have tested. We are also pretty confident that bats like the CF, LXT, XENO and Ghost perform at the top of the allowable limit. Nothing can be better than those bats. If the DSB fastpitch is as good we are not sure. From what we’ve been told by others it is a fun hit and gets good reviews.

Let us know what you think if you do end up hitting with it.

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