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Best Big Barrel USSSA Bats

Updated March 25, 2021

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For 2021, we think the best USSSA big barrel bat is Marucci’s new CAT 9 Connect. Its swing weight matches the CF, has as good of exit speeds as the CF, and feels similar to the CF. Considering the CF has been the most popular bat in the USSSA space for years, the players love it. The fact it prices out at $100 less is a real win for the parents.

We find the best big barrel bats empirically. That is, we track thousands of swings from multiple players. We collect exit speeds, ball flights, and survey data from players and parents alike on the bat’s value, durability, performance, perception, popularity, and more. For 2021, our compiled data put the 2021 USSSA Marucci CAT 9 Connect as the USSSA youth bat of the year. The CF is a legitimate and close second. Those looking to spend less on a new bat will like the 2020 Slugger Solo in a drop 10. If you’re willing to buy a used bat, then we like an Omaha from any year in the past four.

Updated March 25, 2021

We’ve updated our 2021 USSSA bats for the final time before the season gets underway. From its release, we are still in love with the USSSA CAT 9 Connect. Due to its popularity, the USSSA CF is still a fan favorite and most believe it is the best despite our exit speed findings.

1. 2021 Marucci CAT 9 Connect

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

Certification: USSSA

Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 10

Swing Weight: L+

Serial Number: MSBCC910

Original Price: $300

Release Month: October 2020

Best USSSA Bat - 2021

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USSSA
2021 Marucci CAT 9 Connect

$300

Original Price

For as long as we’ve been reviewing bats (2014) we’ve never chosen a best USSSA bat that was anything but the CF. But, the CAT 9 Connect just blew us away. We love the bat’s feel, barrel size, durability, price point, and performance. Player feedback is also top-shelf stuff. We have nothing bad to say about this bat and feel like it matches the CF stride for stride in performance and feel and then passes it up in durability and price.

2. 2020 DeMarini CF

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

Certification: USSSA

Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 10

Swing Weight: L+

Serial Number: WTDXCBZ-20

Original Price: $350

Release Month: August 2019

Best USSSA Bat - 2020

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USSSA
2020 DeMarini CF

$350

Original Price

The 2020 CF is a legend. The bat hasn’t changed much over the last few years after its retooling in the 2017 version (to be made legal). But, it still has a huge barrel, light swing weight, and feels great on hits and mishits. We’ve never seen a kid hit with the CF and think anything other than this bat was legit and one of the best, if not the best, in the bunch.

We like the CF even better in a drop 8, but the drop 10 is where 9 through 11-year-old legends are made.

3. 2021 DeMarini CF

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

Certification: USSSA

Sizes: 30, 31, 32, 33

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 5

Swing Weight: B+

Serial Number: WTDXCB521

Original Price: $350

Release Month: August 2020

Best USSSA Drop 5 Bat

USSSA
2021 DeMarini CF

$350

Original Price

The undisputed champion of the USSSA Drop 5 world is DeMarini’s CF. They haven’t changed this bat for a few years but that doesn’t matter. The bat is a ball killer and although a few bats like the Marucci CAT, CAT Connect and Easton Evolution try and make a run, the 2021 CF in a drop 5 is the best drop 5 bat on the market. Of course, we wish it was less expensive. But the drop 5 makes it much more durable than the drop 10 version. The general rule is that if you can swing the CF in a drop 5, then you should swing the CF in a drop 5.

4. 2019 DeMarini CF Zen

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

Certification: USSSA

Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 10

Swing Weight: L+

Serial Number: WTDXCBZ-19

Original Price: $350

Release Month: August 2018

Best USSSA Bat - 2019

USSSA
2019 DeMarini CF Zen

$350

Original Price

Aside from its durability (or lack thereof), the 2019 DeMarini CF Zen in a drop 10 is all anyone could ever hope for. The bat has a great sweet spot, feels fantastic on every hit, and was the most popular 2019 USSSA bat for a reason. Despite the problems, the 2017 through 2018 version had with certification (some got banned), people still flock to this bat.

Note, for sure, the bat still suffers from durability issues. If you are going to buy it, we suggest you either get a terrific deal on a used one or find one from a vendor who can make sure you have a warranty.

As a colorway, DeMarini also released a “Black” version of this exact bat. It is not any different than the other 2019 other than the paint job.

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2021 Marucci CAT 9 Connect

Best USSSA Bat - 2021
CAT 9 Connect Ratings
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Why We Love the 2021 CAT 9 Connect

For as long as we’ve been reviewing bats (2014) we’ve never chosen a best USSSA bat that was anything but the CF. But, the CAT 9 Connect just blew us away. We love the bat’s feel, barrel size, durability, price point, and performance. Player feedback is also top-shelf stuff. We have nothing bad to say about this bat and feel like it matches the CF stride for stride in performance and feel and then passes it up in durability and price.

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Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 10

Serial Number: MSBCC910

Release Month: October 2020

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2020 DeMarini CF

Best USSSA Bat - 2020
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Why We Love the 2020 CF

The 2020 CF is a legend. The bat hasn’t changed much over the last few years after its retooling in the 2017 version (to be made legal). But, it still has a huge barrel, light swing weight, and feels great on hits and mishits. We’ve never seen a kid hit with the CF and think anything other than this bat was legit and one of the best, if not the best, in the bunch.

We like the CF even better in a drop 8, but the drop 10 is where 9 through 11-year-old legends are made.

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Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 10

Serial Number: WTDXCBZ-20

Release Month: August 2019

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2021 DeMarini CF

Best USSSA Drop 5 Bat
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Why We Love the 2021 CF

The undisputed champion of the USSSA Drop 5 world is DeMarini’s CF. They haven’t changed this bat for a few years but that doesn’t matter. The bat is a ball killer and although a few bats like the Marucci CAT, CAT Connect and Easton Evolution try and make a run, the 2021 CF in a drop 5 is the best drop 5 bat on the market. Of course, we wish it was less expensive. But the drop 5 makes it much more durable than the drop 10 version. The general rule is that if you can swing the CF in a drop 5, then you should swing the CF in a drop 5.

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Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 30, 31, 32, 33

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 5

Serial Number: WTDXCB521

Release Month: August 2020

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2019 DeMarini CF Zen

Best USSSA Bat - 2019
CF Zen Ratings
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Why We Love the 2019 CF Zen

Aside from its durability (or lack thereof), the 2019 DeMarini CF Zen in a drop 10 is all anyone could ever hope for. The bat has a great sweet spot, feels fantastic on every hit, and was the most popular 2019 USSSA bat for a reason. Despite the problems, the 2017 through 2018 version had with certification (some got banned), people still flock to this bat.

Note, for sure, the bat still suffers from durability issues. If you are going to buy it, we suggest you either get a terrific deal on a used one or find one from a vendor who can make sure you have a warranty.

As a colorway, DeMarini also released a “Black” version of this exact bat. It is not any different than the other 2019 other than the paint job.

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Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 10

Serial Number: WTDXCBZ-19

Release Month: August 2018

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2021 Louisville Slugger Meta

Best Drop 8 USSSA Bat
Meta Ratings
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Why We Love the 2021 Meta

The truth is, we could have chosen the CF, CAT 9 Connect, and CAT 9 in this spot. But, we thought we’d share the brand love (although Slugger, like DeMarini, is also owned by Wilson). It turns out, too, the drop 8 Meta is an absolute win—which is rare for the bat’s first run. The Meta builds on the Prime series of bats from previous years, uses what they learned in the connection piece in the very popular Meta, and puts that in a great feel, big barrel, and top-end performance of the drop 8 2021 Slugger Meta.

If budget is not a concern and you want what many consider the best drop 8 bats on the market (including us), then you can’t go wrong with the 2021 Louisville Slugger Meta.

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Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Sizes: 29, 30, 31, 32

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 8

Serial Number: WBL2468010

Release Month: September 2020

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2019 Easton Beast Speed

Best Cheap USSSA Bat
Beast Speed Ratings
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Why We Love the 2019 Beast Speed

At the time of this writing, we could find plenty 2019 Easton Beast Speeds available. The original price of the bat was $199, but we found it in a few places for less than $100. With a sub $100 price point new in wrapper, it makes all other bat buys in the USSSA space feel ridiculous. The Easton Beast Speed gets great ratings, has top-end exit speeds, a light swing, a good grip and a big barrel profile. Aside from the composite sound of the CF and the buttery smooth feel of the other two-piece bats on this list it lacks nothing.

If you want a deal on a legit bat in the USSSA space then we think the best cheap USSSA bat on the market right now is the 2019 Easton East Speed.

 

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Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 10

Serial Number: SL19BS10

Release Month: August 2018

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2018 DeMarini CF Zen

Best USSSA Bat - 2018
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Why We Love the 2018 CF Zen

The 2018 CF Zen is a perfect bat. DeMarini has dialed in the feel and barrel performance better than anyone in the USSSA space. We have dozens of players try our every bat in the market (even the small ones), and the Zen always rises to the top, or right near the top, of everyone’s list. This 2018 version is not much different than the 2017 Retooled version. But, even after the retooled 2017 version was released, we still loved it. See our full 2018 CF Zen review.

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Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 10

Serial Number: WTDXCBZ

Release Month: August 2017

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2021 DeMarini CF

Best 2021 Composite USSSA Bat
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Why We Love the 2021 CF

If you chose the 2021 DeMarini CF as your favorite USSSA bat you are in fantastic company. Hitters love the CF in a drop 10, and it is, by all measures, legendary. The bat has a massive barrel, great light swing, and gives the perception of serious pop on just about every swing. The 2021 Demarini CF is the same as the 2019 and 2020 version of the bat, so still suffers from durability issues—although much less than the CF from 2015 to 2017. If it were not for the durability, it’s no holds bar price and the fact composite appears to be a bit less dominant among players in 2021 (no reason, just preference), then the CF would be our favorite. In fact, it probably is our favorite; we’ve just been awarding it, so the last 5 years so are biased towards a change.

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Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 10

Serial Number: WTDXCB721

Release Month: August 2020

The Research

How We Rank Bats

Best USSSA Bats 2020

Diamond Level Bats

Our platinum-level bats meet the best of the best for almost every player. They rank out well in pure performance, availability, relevance, and player feedback. Often, they rank out well in each one of those categories. The CF and CAT 8 are clear winners in the USSSA space. Their drop 10, 8, and 5 options are destructive. Our survey data (you can see below) shows the two bats make up almost 80% of the entire competitive USSSA market. The CF is about 50% more popular than the CAT 8.

Platinum Level Bats

Platinum level bats are highly recommendable. They usually miss the top Diamond level because they fall short in popularity or availability. Meaning, usually, they lack specific sizes or drops. Sometimes, too, they don’t quite get the same stellar ratings on player feedback, although they do perform in our exit speed tests, as well as anything else we measure for the given year. Generally, platinum level bats are great picks, and for the right hitter, they are easily considered the best bat for them.

  • Combat B2
  • DeMarini Voodoo Balanced
  • Easton ADV 360
  • Easton Maxum
  • Louisville Slugger Prime
  • Louisville Slugger Solo
  • Rawlings VELO ACP
  • Rawlings Quatro Pro (See Rating)

Gold Level Bats

Gold level bats are also recommendable—although maybe not to as big a range of players. Gold level bats often see unique designs with good to excellent player feedback and well above average performance ratings. If you are in the market for something unique and can find the right size, then Gold level bats are almost always good choices.

  • Axe Elite One
  • Axe Avenge
  • DeMarini Voodoo One
  • Easton Alpha
  • Easton Fuze
  • Louisville Slugger Prime One
  • Louisville Slugger Omaha
  • Marucci F5
  • Rawlings 5150
 

Our testers hit every 2019 USSSA Baseball Bat. We tracked the exit speeds of those hits, measured barrel sizes and swing weights as well as detailed our testers’ feedback. We graded out each bat and found the best USSSA Baseball Bat for 2019, regardless of price or drop, is DeMarini’s CF Zen in a drop 5.

Best USSSA Bats 2019 Video

Bat League Satisfaction

 

Of some note, USSSA buyers and players are generally pretty happy with their bat. They rank out close to BBCOR players and just like Fastpitch (which are 79/100. USSSA bat buyers and users are a reasonable amount happier with their bat choices than the average USA Bat owner.

Best USA Bats Rating Chart

What Users Think is the Best USSSA Bat

The inner ring of the chart below is league, and the 2nd ring shows what proportion of players in that league use a particular brand of a bat. The third ring shows which bat the brand owners of the 2nd ring think is the best bat.

For example, DeMarini and Marucci are the most popular USSSA bats. But, a more significant proportion of Marucci owners think DeMarini is best when compared to the portion of DeMarini owners that think Marucci is best. You can see that by the size of the red DeMarini on the outer ring of the USSSA Marucci section when compared to the orange Marucci found on the outer ring of the DeMarini USSSA section.

In any event, there is plenty to learn from the chart, and we won’t bore you by writing it all out here.

What is the difference between a Senior League bat and a Big Barrel Bat?

There is significant confusion in the industry surrounding the terms’ big barrel’ and ‘senior league.’ Each vendor often uses them interchangeably. Technically, a 2 5/8 bat that is NOT a drop 3 is considered a Senior Barrel bat. Big Barrel bats are 2 3/4 sized bats. But, don’t expect the vast majority of vendors and manufacturers to make the distinction.

What is a Junior Big Barrel Bat?

Junior Big Barrel bats are 2 3/4 inch baseball bats meant for smaller players. They often come in a max size of 26 or 27 inches and have considerable drop weights. These bats are usually not rated for pitch speeds over 45 miles per hour.

What is the best Big Barrel Bat for a 10-year-old?

We cover the 10-year-old question exclusively in the best bat for a 10-year-old article.

Can you use a Big Barrel Bat in Little League?

If you are talking about the official Little League, then the answer is no. They use USA Bats now, and you can read all about that stuff here.

Are all bats the same?

It is probably safe to say that a top-shelf bat from any number of companies performs at peak powers. If it says Slugger, Easton, DeMarini, Rawlings, Axe, Anderson, Marucci, or Combat (and maybe one or two others), then you can bet the bat is legit.

Are better bats always more expensive? Bats that have higher price points tend to have larger barrels, more specific swing weights, and technological innovations that dampen hand sting.

Are better bats always more expensive?

Bats that have higher price points tend to have larger barrels, more specific swing weights, and technological innovations that dampen hand sting.

Are Swing Weight and Bat Load the Same?

To the contrary of what many vendors often erroneously claim, a bat with an end load does not also have a high swing weight or MOI (mass moment of inertia). Instead of where the load is found in a bat is only one of many factors that determine swing weight—the most important of which is arguably the total length of a bat. Just because a bat has a handle or end load does not also mean it has a low or high swing weight. You can prefer an end-loaded bat but get a low swing weight by only getting a shorter size. See our swing weight charts.

What is the Right Bat Size

We think the right size bat is way more important than the right model bat. Never buy the wrong size in the model you or your player might believe is hottest. Our data shows that the most significant piece to determine exit speeds is the swing weight of a bat. It follows that fitting the right size to the right player is single most important piece of data to get right. You can see more on our bat size chart.

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Biden
Biden
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian

This still was a great list and helped a lot thank you!

Pete
Pete
1 year ago

Looking for USSSA advice. My son is 13 and will need a -8 or -5 in the spring. He’s 5-4 and about 115 right now, but I expect him to be at least 5-5 if not taller by the time spring rolls around. A 31 is the longest bat he’s swung so far – at 31-21 (Prime) in Little League and 31-23 (Velo) in USSSA — so I’m a little nervous about going up to a 32, but based on the size charts I think that’s probably what he should be swinging in the spring? Would you agree with that? I think my plan is to get him a -5 since he’ll probably be going up to BBCOR sometime next year. 

Also, any recs on which bats will be more on the balanced side? I’m willing to buy a new bat and pay up to $300-350.

Dave
Dave
1 year ago

My son has been using a USSSA Easton Beast Speed Hybrid for the last couple years in a 30 and 31 lengths. I am looking for something similar in a drop 8 for next year. Outside of the CAT 9 Connect that is impossible to find in stock, is there anything else I should be looking at?

Justin
Justin
1 year ago

Have a soon to be 13 y.o., 5’5” / 125 lbs. Really athletic and pretty strong kid. Has a few 260/270 bombs but more of a line drive hitter. Goes the other way really well. Spent the fall transitioning to -5, now ready to make a purchase for his bday. Likes the Bonesaber (hasn’t hit yet), Rawlings Velo ACP, and Cat9 (loves hitting a -8 Cat7 this Summer). Any thoughts?

Dustin
Dustin
1 year ago

My 8 yr old son has a few bats I got used. Louisville slugger catalysts, combat pg4 and a Louisville slugger attach (2013 Model). As it is a bit chillier in northern Illinois this spring, he get hand sting when he swings hard and I notice him letting off with all but the attack. He says that is the only one that doesn’t hurt his hands. I am guessing it’s because the old attack is a 2 piece bat. I know there are a lot better bats out there, but the bat with the most pop in the world will not make up for a reduced swing. I am looking for the best new bat that: #1 has low hand sting and #2 has good pop. What do you suggest? 

Clifton
Clifton
1 year ago

My son is a 12-year-old and playing up in the 13-14 division. He is swinging a 31/23 but uses a 31/28 for wood in the cage… Should I get him a 31/26 USA bat or a Solo Bbcor (light swinging) as his next bat… Would the lightest swinging BBCOR be better than a -5 USA bat?

Clifton C. Silva
Clifton C. Silva
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian

?thank you very much for the detailed response. That helps me a lot with the decision.. Looks like I’m hoping for some Black Friday deals.. Take care, God bless and stay safe!!!

Taylor
Taylor
1 year ago

I’m a 5 hole hitter and I dont know what to buy between a cf zen black and Cat 8. I’m not really a home run hitter, I’m more of a double and single hitter. I dont really have much of a budget either since I’m using my birthday money. Hope u can help.

Lesley
Lesley
1 year ago

My 9-year-old made a travel team this spring and needs a USSSA bat. He has been using a Demarini Voodoo One 29/19 USA bat, which seems to be the right size. He is a skinny kid and could work on his strength, so I would say not a power hitter, but sometimes he wows us. The new league has a barrel restriction of no larger than 2 5/8. I thought I had narrowed it down to the 2017 Marucci CAT 7 but then noticed it is a drop 8. Does that 2 ounces make a huge difference? My husband says yes. But it gets such good reviews, and they don’t make 2 5/8 anymore. Also looking at the 2019 Easton Beast Speed & Beast Speed Hybrid (but a little afraid of a 2 pc as I am unfamiliar with these). We live in the cold Northeast, and now I am reading it isn’t good to use some bats in the cold. Am I on the right track? Any other ones I should look at? I am ok with older models as there are more reviews but will pay for the right bat. I cheaped out in the past with bats and now can see the difference in spending more for a quality bat. 

Eric
Eric
1 year ago

My son is playing 8U USSSA this season. He has a 2016 -11 Easton Mako and a 2019 Cat 8 Composite. Both bats claim to be 18-ounce bats. Mako 29/18 and Cat 8 Comp 28/18, my son is not a big 8-year-old he’s a little over 4 feet tall and weighs in the 60-65 pound range. Which of the bats would have a lighter swing weight? Or should I be seeking out a different bat for him? 

Dave
Dave
1 year ago

I am looking for a USSSA hybrid drop 8 for my son. He has liked the hybrid feel of his beast speed hybrid but that only comes in a drop 10.

Harrison
Harrison
1 year ago

Would you recommend the Easton adv 360 for a 12 year old that plays high level u trip ball. He bats lead off but isn’t really your typical lead off hitter, he punches balls in gaps and occasionally puts balls over the wall. He is 5’6 108 lbs. we are leaning toward the adv 360 but what would you recommend for him. Anything but the cf, we think he would probably break a cf considering we live in Arkansas and the temperatures get unpredictable during baseball season. Thanks

Harrison
Harrison
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian

Thank you sir, We also watch your youtube videos and are subscibed to your channel, Hope you and your family have a merry christmas. And thanks for the support!

Adam
Adam
1 year ago

Hey guys, I really respect your evaluation processes. So, I am considering moving my son up to a drop 8 USSSA bat. He is short, but has a good swing. I have noticed in slow-mo video that his bat slows on contact with the ball. He hasn’t had trouble catching up to faster pitchers so I wanted to get a bigger bat. My main question is what your thoughts were on weight versus length. Again, he’s small for his age, 11. I don’t want to sacrifice bat control, so I’m thinking of keeping the same 28″ length but moving to a 20 ounce bat…limiting me to either Marucci or Victus…same company anyway. Am I wrong in assuming that moving up to a 29″ drop 10 would have less effect on “stopping the bat” at contact…and more negative effect of bat control that keeping the 28″ but moving to a drop 8?

Kirk
Kirk
1 year ago

Looking for some guidance on a bat for my 12 year old son. He is 5 feet and 90 pounds. This will be his first year using a USSSA bat. Previously, he was using a USA bat. He likes the lighter bats, his USA bat is 29” drop 11. Wondering about alloy vs. composite and any other recommendations. I would prefer to stay under $200 if at all possible.

Josh
Josh
11 months ago

Hi, I have a soon-to-be 9 year old that’s on the larger side (56″, probably about 90 lbs now). He’s swinging the Cat 9 28/18 pretty well, but as with most young players, he’s got a little bit of elbow drag. I was thinking about getting him a 2021 Axe Avenge Pro to give him a little help with his hands (we bought a used 2019, and he does well with it) once he’s ready to move up to 29/19. But the exit speed data doesn’t seem encouraging for that bat. Is the reworked handle for 2021 the issue, or is this just a mediocre bat?

Josh
Josh
11 months ago
Reply to  Brian

Thanks, Brian. I think the drag is mostly just not getting his hands
out in front. He was whiffing on the insider bat off a tee up until we
really started working on it the past couple of weeks. Now he can line
them up pretty reliably, but when he transitions back to a regular bat
he still lets his hands follow the top hand elbow. I’m not looking to
fix it with a swing weight change but rather hoping the axe handle
would encourage him to take his hands to the ball earlier, because he
has more leverage to whip the barrel later in the swing.

Do you like the CAT 9 Connect over the CF Zen? Thanks

Cory
Cory
9 months ago

Need a USSSA bat for my 11 year old son. He is approx 5ft and 115 lbs. I am curious as to what size (especially drop) he should be using. He is currently swinging the Easton ADV 360 30 drop 10. Any suggestions would be appreciated

Cory
Cory
9 months ago
Reply to  Brian

Thank you so much

Oscar
Oscar
8 months ago

I have a 9 year old 4’ 5” 85 lbs not power hitter playing usssa play what size drop and model do you recommend

Matthew
Matthew
8 months ago

Hello. I have a 9 year old that is currently swinging a 30/20 LS Prime. He seems to be early on everything. I’ve let him swing his older brother’s 31/23 CF and he seems to handle it well. Do you feel like a 30/22 for a 9 year old is crazy? If not, what do you recommend?

Arth
Arth
6 months ago

Is Axe avenge Pro really comparable to other top of the lines like CAT 9 composite in terms of performance? Or is it all about the handle? Thanks.

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