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2016 Anderson Rocketech Fastpitch Bat Review | Hot in the Cold


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We’ve hit with the Rocketech 2.0 fastpitch from Anderson a dozen times. Several different hitters used the bat. We’ve also read the reviews of several hitters that use the Rocketech regularly. As well we’ve discussed the manufacturing process of the 2.0 Rocketech with the creators at Anderson Bat Company. Additionally, we’ve spent hours observing top performance fastpitch bats and can make what we think are fair comparisons to the Rocketech 2.0. These data points were compiled into the following 2016 Anderson Rocketech fastpitch bat review.


General Recommendations

We would recommend the Rocketech 2.0 Andreson Fastpitch bat to hitters who fit any or all of the following. The hitter may:

  1. Need or prefer as much power transfer as possible.
  2. Have a strong swing and not lack for bat speed.
  3. Is comfortable with a hand ring on mishits.
  4. Play in colder weather (sub 60 degrees) and need a non-composite barrel.

In our long-winded ‘best fastpitch softball bat article,’ we claim the Anderson Rocketech 2.0 bat like the best bat on the market for cold-weather players. We stand by that claim 8 months later.

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Comparable Bats

We’ve searched far and wide and can’t quite come up with any bat like the Rocketech 2.0. A single-piece aluminum stick with a considerable barrel and an endload is a bit like a unicorn in t

Construction

The Anderson Rocketech 2.0 fastpitch bat is unlike most other performance bats in the market. The bat is made as a single-piece aluminum stick, while most other top-shelf performance bats are two-piece composites. The single-piece aluminum is built with a heavy-hitting player in mind who often prefers an endload and power. The bat’s length in inches to weight in ounces is different by 9 (making the bat a “Drop 9″).

[su_note note_color=”#dfe5ea” radius=”4″]Notes on Single Piece Bats:

Theoretically, a single-piece aluminum bat transfers maximum energy to the ball. Unlike two-piece bats, which absorb energy through a flex in the connection. This max energy transfer, claimed by single-piece bats, comes at a cost: hand ring on mishits. Manufacturers attempt to compensate for hand rings on single-piece bats by adding weight.

In practice, the theory of single-piece bats is generally confirmed. Players who tend to prefer single-piece bats (either composite or aluminum) have monster swings and are comfortable with a bit of hand ring. Additionally, in baseball and softball, single-piece bats are used by players with higher slugging percentages.

Also, we should note that single-piece aluminum bats are preferred for cold weather. Composite bats, you may have learned the hard way, often crack in the chill. Manufacturers generally claim sub-60 degree weather as off-limits. Remember, it’s the bat’s temperature, not the air. Some have also learned this by taking a cold composite bat into a warm hitting facility to see the bat still crack.