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Best Drop 5 Baseball Bats

Best Drop 5 Bat

Based on our years of data, we rate the best drop 5 bats in USSSA and USA here for 2022 and earlier.

We have hit with every drop 5 baseball bat on the market since 2014 through 2022. In the USSSA bat space, we recommend the 2022 DeMarini CF Zen, although models back to 2017 will do. The price increases as the older versions of the CF become more rare. If all the prices were the same, we love the 2017. However, it isn’t worth the premium the market is asking for that bat. Be happy with a 2020/21/22. (Note: The 2017 version of the CF is not legal in all leagues. Check our illegal bat list here).

Our favorite USA Bat is DeMarini’s The Goods One. This is a single-piece alloy bat with a reasonable price point and enough weight in the barrel to not ring the hands too bad on mishits. But if you can barrel one up, watch out.

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Updated February 8, 2024

After hitting with the vast majority of 2022 Drop 5 bats over several days with several different hitters we updated this list.

Also, 13 Year Old players in USSSA tournaments are required to swing nothing lighter than a drop 8 bat in 2020. That should make the amount of drop 8 and 5 bats increase. Here is the rule change verbatim: “Effective January 1st 2020, all 13U events and all teams in 13u events must use a maximum drop 8 (-8) bat with the official USSSA1.15 BPF Mark permanently stamped. All 14u events and all teams in the 14u event must use a maximum drop 5 (-5) bat with the officialUSSSA 1.15 BPF Mark Permanently stamped. “

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What is the Right Bat Size

Most drop 5 bats only come in nothing shorter than a 30-inch. This makes sense as those who look for a drop 5 are usually bigger and looking to wield a heavier bat.

In terms of choosing the right sized drop 5 bat the most useful data set we have is that on our Bat Size Chart.

We found there are virtually no reports of folks using drop 5 bats before age 11. At age 11 the most common is a 31/26 and only 5% of hitter use that. At 12 hitters use a 31/26 more times than they use a 32/27 and roughly 15% of 12 year olds use a drop 5. 13 year old non BBCOR players third most popular bat is a 32/27.

Bat Rumors

At the time of this writing we have hit with the vast majority of 2020 drop 5 bats. We don’t think much will change between now and when the season starts. But, if we do happen to run across a new drop 5 bat we will update the results here if it can beat anything out. Otherwise, consider the above the data the most up to date information we have on drop 5 bats.

FAQ on Drop 5 Bats

What’s the Best Drop 5 BBCOR Bat?

Nice trick question. BBCOR bats do NOT come in a drop 5. So, there’s no such thing. All BBCOR bats come in a drop 5 and only USSSA or USA bats are drop 5. However, if you want a nice light swinging BBCOR bat then check out our best light swinging BBCOR bat category.

Who Should Use An Endloaded Drop 5?

There are many end-loaded drop 5 bats that swing with a greater MOI (swing weight) than many BBCOR bats. Meaning, an endloaded drop 5 bat with a BPF 1.15 stamp can be a bigger hitter than any number BBCOR bat. As such, those who hit with an endloaded drop 5 are bomb-making hitters that pack a serious punch.

Who Should Use a Balanced Drop 5?

The balanced drop 5 is a conundrum. Indeed, one chooses a drop 5 to get more power because your swing speed has maxed out and the greater weight gives you more power. But, one would use a balanced bat to help increase bat speed and make better contact with the ball. So, a balanced drop 5 creates some logical inconsistencies.

We conclude that those looking for a drop 5 in a balanced model can either:

  1. not find enough weight in a drop 8, but also think an end-loaded drop 5 is too much to handle, or
  2. appreciate the feel of a balanced bat, but can wield the power of a drop 5.

Who Chooses An Aluminum Barreled Drop 5?

An aluminum barreled drop 5 would fit a player who wants hot out of the wrapper performance and more feel through contact. As such, there are a decent number of drop 5 baseball bats that have an aluminum barrel. Most of these bats are end loaded. Some, however, are single-piece aluminum bats. Others are hybrids that have a composite handle and an aluminum barrel.

What is the Right Bat Size?

Most drop 5 bats only come in nothing shorter than a 30-inch. This makes sense as those who look for a drop 5 are usually bigger and looking to wield a heavier bat.

In terms of choosing the right sized drop 5 bat the most useful data set we have is that on our Bat Size Chart.

We found there are virtually no reports of folks using drop 5 bats before age 11. At age 11 the most common is a 31/26 and only 5% of hitter use that. At 12 hitters use a 31/26 more times than they use a 32/27 and roughly 15% of 12 year olds use a drop 5. 13 year old non BBCOR players third most popular bat is a 32/27.

What is a drop 5 bat?

A drop 5 bat is a a baseball bat that has a numeric difference between its weight in ounces and its length in inches of 5. Drops are how bats are categorized. Drop 5 bats generally swing heavy compared to their drop 10 and drop 8 counterparts and are made for stronger youth hitters. A 32-inch drop 5 should weigh around 27 ounces.

Drop 5 Softball Bats?

Fastpitch bats do not come in a drop 5. The heaviest those get are the drop 8s although there are some who dabble in drop 7s. Slowpitch bats are all over the place but rarely come in a drop 5 too, although you can certainly find some.