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By Bat Digest | Last Updated June 14, 2022
Our 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel Fastpitch review consists of three hitters feedback over the course of two days and nearly 400 hits. We measured exit speeds, barrel sizes and direct player feedback. We also did actual swing weight tests. In short, the 2020 Easton Ghost Double barrel is an end loaded fastpitch bat that can hit absolute rockets. It’s swing weight is considerably heavier than any other fastpitch bat on the market. But, many players LOVE that about it.
Our stronger hitters loved everything about the 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel. In fact, they chose it as their favorite power hitter fastpitch bat for 2020. Our smaller hitter had trouble generating the same amount of bat speed they could with lighter swinging bats like DeMarin’s Prism or Slugger’s LXT. Yet, again, the heavier hitters were huge fans.
The Easton Ghost Double Barrel gets fantastic reviews online. It is the favorite bat of many fastpitch players. We found that stronger hitters that want as much gumption possible yet still want to keep the smooth feel of an expensive two piece will love this bat. As well, smaller players that want to increase total mass at impact like the Ghost’s feel too. But, we caution, it does swing heavy—nearly 20% heavier than the lightest bats in the same drop space. (That is, a 33/23 Easton Ghost Double Barrel will feel 20% heavier than a Demarini CF in a 33/23). If this is the bat you choose, plan your sizing accordingly.
In terms of super end loaded 2020 two piece composite bats there really aren’t any. In terms of swing weight, the 2020 Slugger Xeno is next on this list—but that is a legit 10% lighter still than the Easton Ghost Double Barrel. It would be the most ‘comparable’ swing to the Xeno’s weight—but the Double Barrel has a connection piece that feels more similar to the CF or LXTs of the world. That is, a softer connection on an endloaded bat.
The major differences between this year’s 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel and the 2019 version is the dual certification found on the 2020 version. That is, the 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel is certified for both ASA (High School Fastpitch, etc) and USSSA fastpitch leagues. The previous year’s bats were only certified in individual leagues.
Like previous years models, the 2020 Double Barrel has two barrels–and inner and outer. the inside barrel controls the performance of the middle parts of the barrel while allowing the outsides of the barrel to get peak performance. Dual barreled fastpitch bats are not unique to Easton and they are wide spread enough to justify their existence for sure.
The barrel material is, ultimately, Easton’s take on a high end composite built for comprehensibility, durability and the right amount of flexibility. Easton’s marketing jargon refers to this as “Xtra Tough Resin Matrix”. Which is, in some sense, a shiny name on the idea of a plastic material that is strong, pliable to some degree and uses a crisscross type composite pattern with some special.
The connective piece is used in several of Eaton’s high end two piece composite and hybrid bats. They call it the “Connection+”. It uses a foam piece which keeps it strong yet light. The connection piece is generally though to be loose in a good way—allowing for super smooth feels on both hits and mishits. This type of feel is the most common in high end fastpitch softball bats.
Easton’s Double Barrel handle is a traditional 29/32″ size with soeme Easton branded grip called Hyperskin. The grip material is nothing to write home about, but our hitters liked it enough not to complain. Of course, switching it out with any other type of grip, like a Lizard Skin, is easy enough.
As we note above, the certifications of the 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel fastpitch bat are in the ASA and USSSA space.
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.