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Best Fastpitch Softball Bats

Updated March 10, 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 March 10, 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

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
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Specs

Certification: Fastpitch

Sizes: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Drop: 10

Swing Weight: L+

Serial Number: WBL2543010

Original Price: $400

Release Month: October 2021

Best Fastpitch Bat 2022

Fastpitch
2022 Louisville Slugger LXT

$400

Original Price

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

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
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Certification: Fastpitch

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

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Drop: 11

Swing Weight: B

Serial Number: WTDXPZS21

Original Price: $400

Release Month: August 2020

Best Drop 11 Fastpitch Bat

Fastpitch
2021 DeMarini Prism

$400

Original Price

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

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating /10 Total Weighted Rating /10
Specs

Certification: Fastpitch

Sizes: 30, 31, 32

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Drop: 10

Swing Weight: B

Serial Number: FP22GHAD10

Original Price: $500

Release Month: March 2022

Hottest Fastpitch Bat (2022)

Fastpitch
2022 Easton Ghost Advanced

$500

Original Price

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.

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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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Specs

Certification: Fastpitch

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Sizes: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Drop: 10

Serial Number: WBL2543010

Release Month: October 2021

Our Review:

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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.

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Specs

Certification: Fastpitch

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

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

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Drop: 11

Serial Number: WTDXPZS21

Release Month: August 2020

Our Review:

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2022 Easton Ghost Advanced

Hottest Fastpitch Bat (2022)
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.

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Specs

Certification: Fastpitch

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Sizes: 30, 31, 32

Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Drop: 10

Serial Number: FP22GHAD10

Release Month: March 2022

Our Review:

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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eric cash
3 years ago

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

Nate
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian

Did anything ever get tested with DSB

Mike
3 years ago

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.

Diego Diaz
3 years ago

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.

David Chinn
3 years ago

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

Chris
3 years ago

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!

Crystal
3 years ago

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.

mike
3 years ago

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

3 years ago

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.

Julie
3 years ago

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

Jeff Miller
3 years ago

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.

Crystal
2 years ago

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.

David Chinn
2 years ago

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

David Chinn
2 years ago

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.

David Chinn
2 years ago

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

David Chinn
2 years ago

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.

isabella
2 years ago

i use the louisville LXT for slapping and love it.

keri
2 years ago

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

Jenn
2 years ago

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

kendall
2 years ago

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

Chris
11 months ago
Reply to  Brian

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

Jena R Doerr
1 year ago

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

Anon
1 year ago

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. 

Mike
1 year ago

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 ? 

Jeff
1 year ago

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. 

SK Bowers
1 year ago

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

Jean
1 year ago

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? 

Jenna
1 year ago

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

Nate
1 year ago
Reply to  Jenna

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!

Pat
1 year ago

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

Pat
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian

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

Rob
1 year ago

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?

Kenn
1 year ago

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?

Alexis
1 year ago

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!

Steve
1 year ago

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

Chad
1 year ago

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.

Tim
1 year ago

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.

kenzie
1 year ago

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

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