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By Bat Digest
Updated October 3, 2023
For October 2023, the top USSSA big barrel bat is the 2024 Easton Hype Fire (Drop 10). While durability might be a concern, many players and their parents prioritize hitting home runs over the price. We'd highly recommend buying from authorized outlets for warranty protection. Other great options include Marucci's CAT X Composite and DeMarini's CF Mashup. Don't overlook budget-friendly choices like Easton's ALX and Maxum Ultra.
We get performance data from our bats directly from real USSSA hitters. And we use that data to find the best USSSA bats empirically. That is, we track thousands of swings from multiple players. We collect exit speeds and ball flights and survey data from players and parents alike on the bat's value, durability, performance, perception, popularity, and more. You can see the results below for 2024 bats (and all previous years); these are updated as the season rolls along. If you want 'hot' then know that most bats perform about the same. There may be some sight advantage to the Hype, but it isn't nearly as much as people claim online.
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.
We don't see any major changes to the USSSA line in the short run. However, some rumors suggest we'll see a few new USSSA bats in October of 2023.