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By Bat Digest | Last Updated October 31, 2022
The 2023 Easton Ghost unlimited is a highly popular bat new to Easton’s dominant Ghost line. The bat is a single-piece composite that uses a locking system between the barrels and a unique process that increases the barrel length considerably. So far, the bat has been trendy, to say the least. It tops our charts week in and week out and feels destined for our best fastpitch bats. It’s possible this version of the Ghost packs the punch we’ve come to love but solves some of the durability issues found in the two-piece versions.
The drops 10, 9, and 8 come in a wide range of lengths. The drop 10 is the most popular and highest-rated. The bat is recommendable across the board.
Generally, we think the drop 10 is an excellent bat for anyone who wants the best the game has to offer. It is hot out of the wrapper and provides the best punch in the game. If the bat’s durability issues can be solved with this one-piece double barrel design, it might become even more dominant than the Ghost Advanced. We think it’s worth the bet if you’re in the market for the best the game has to offer.
It’s hard to find single-piece composite bats in the fastpitch game. In that sense, there are very few comparable bats. However, in terms of performance, feel and curb appeal, bats like the LXT from Slugger as well as previous versions of the Easton Ghost Advanced can compare nicely.
There has not been a single-piece double-walled Ghost bat from Easton. So, this 2023 version is the first of its kind. You can look for a similar barrel performance in bats like the 2022 Easton Ghost Advanced. Although a two-piece bat, it has a similar feel and vibe to this new 2023 single piece.
The 2023 Easton Ghost Unlimited is a double-barrel bat that uses a composite barrel design for a long barrel. This end cap has a lot of give for a natural bounce toward the length of the barrel. The Unlimited also has the soft knob Easton refers to as the Power Boost and an exciting connection system between the two barrels that make for a great sound and good feel.
The overall rating uses seven different weighted metrics to determine our overall score. Half of total rating comes from the player and our exit speed tests (Player Rating: 25%, Performance: 25%).The other categories are Relevance (20%), Demand (10%), Durability (10%), Resell Score (5%), and Tech Specs (5%).
*: When a bat is denoted by a star (*) it is a preliminary rating. Expect it to be updated as we learn more about the bat and gather more data.
(PlaRa) Player Rating: We measure player rating from user reviews. Those users include our own hitters that we test at the lab as well as reviews we find online.
(ExVe) Performance: Performance measures the exit speeds and distances we capture in our hitting lab with HitTrax using these bats.
(Relv) Relevance: We measure the number of sizes and the MOI of the bat. Bats with a wider range of options get a better score.
(Dmnd) Demand: Demand is measured by consumer sentiment and the buzz around the bat.
(Drb) Durability: A bat’s durability is measured by user reviews as well as feedback from manufacturers.
(ReSl) Resell Score: Based on the price the bats go for used. Higher prices mean greater user demand which means, generally, a better bat. A resell value closer to its original price means a higher score.
(Tech) Tech Specs: We rate the bat on its technological advancements from previous years and compared to the industry at large. This is our chance to reward companies who are trying to innovate.
MOI or Mass Moment of Inertia is a measurement of bat swing weight. This quantifies how difficult it is to swing a bat. The industry often refers to this as things like End Load or Balanced but those words have been overused to the point of meaninglessness. We measure the actual swing weights of each bat we test using the industry-standard pendulum period, balance point, and scale weight. You can read more about that here.
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
The types of bats are single-piece alloy (SPA), two-piece composite (TPC), single-piece composite (SPC), hybrid (Hyb.), and wood (Wood). Hybrid bats are made of composite handles and alloy barrles.
The estimated date the bat began distribution.