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By Bat Digest
Updated September 25, 2023
Our hitters like the semi-flexible handle, big barrel, and top-end performance. Although slappers could use it, it's much more a middle power and base hitters bat. They thought the Slugger LXT for 2021 swung heavier than a bat like the CF but noticeably lighter than a bat like the Easton Ghost Advanced.
The Louisville Slugger LXT 2021 is for middle power and base hitters types at all sport levels. The drop 8 and 9 serve the big-hitting high school and collegiate players well. The drop 10 and 11 are made for those who still need bat speed help but want at least a bit of gumption in their bats. Exit speeds are as good as they can get in the 1.20 ASA fastpitch approved bat world. Expect to get and pay the most for the 2021 LXT.
Compared to the 2020 LXT, the LXT for 2021 has a different end cap and a new stock grip. Both marginal changes didn't affect our player's sense of the bat's feel or performance. It is still a semi-stiff two-piece composite bat with a big barrel and balanced swing. At least at the time of this writing, there will not be a drop 12 LXT for 2021. The 2020 version did come in a drop 12 but, maybe due to COVID and the lack of demand for sporting goods in general, the Slugger LXT for 2021 is only a drop 8 through drop 11.
Louisville Sluggers LXT 2021 is a two-piece composite bat with a long barrel and a generally balanced swing. The drop 11 doesn't swing as light as you might expect, but the drop 8, 9, and 10 all swing with 5% of the average of fastpitch bats in their given length and drop class. There is plenty of marketing jargon used to describe the LXT for 2021 (as there is for every bat on the planet). Here is what Slugger uses on the 2021: PBF technology (meaning a disc inside the barrel), VCX2 connective piece (which is an elastic plastic-type piece that goes between the handle and barrel to make it feel better on hits), the COPA end cap (an endcap), and an LS Comfort Grip because, apparently, they didn't want to pay for the rights to stock it with Lizard Skin as they have in years past.