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By Bat Digest | Last Updated May 17, 2023
The 2023 Easton Ghost Double Barrel offers the same performance as its predecessor, the 2022 model, with an updated paint job. This bat is designed for all associations, available in drops 8, 9, 10, and 11. On their site, Easton says it is a ‘new’ “sonic comp”, claiming enhanced durability without altering the familiar sound. But beware, this is commenting on this 2023 version compared to the 2021 version, not the 2022 version. Notably, the drop 10 and 11 variants feature a lighter swing feel and a distinct end cap, catering to smaller hitters, while the drops 8 and 9 accommodate bigger hitters. If you’re willing to treat a bat like you would fine China, this might be the one for you. It can rake for the 200 to 400 hits you can count on it for.
This bat is usually in high demand because it’s hot from the wrapper. But we sincerely aren’t sure we’ve seen a bat break more often. Everyone reports it breaks. If you can swing even mildly hard, don’t expect to get much more than 200 or so swings. That is not an exaggeration. Please, buy it with a warranty, keep the receipt, and only use it as a gamer.
Note, too, the Ghost “Double Barrel” is the same as the Ghost but different than the “Ghost Advanced.” Some places leave out the “Double Barrel.” It’s serial number is the “FP23GH.”
In terms of swing weight and pop you won’t get a better bat in the fastpitch space. The biggest problem is that it breaks and breaks often. Anything after 200 hits is playing on borrowed time. As such, it’s hard to fully recommend the bat across the board. If you want an elite performance bat and are willing to do a warranty replacement in the first 1/3 of the season, then this bat is for you. If you want something that will last then look elsewhere.
Bats like the LXT, Ghost Advanced, CF, and Xeno are all similar types of bats to the Ghost Double Barrel. Of course have their unique feature. But all of them are two-piece composite bats with a big barrel and excellent performance.
There are no changes between the 2022 Easton Ghost Double barrel and the 2023 Easton Ghost Double Barrel.
The 2023 Easton Ghost Double Barrel Fastpitch Bat features a barrel diameter of 2 1/4 inches and holds the certification for all associations. It is equipped with a concave end cap and constructed with a 2-piece composite frame. The bat comes with a 1.8mm Hyperskin Diamond Grip and an ultra-thin 29/32″ handle. It is designed for use at the college and high school levels. Made from composite material, it belongs to the Ghost series and is intended for softball. The bat incorporates Sonic Comp™ Technology and comes with a 1-year warranty. It was released in the year 2023.
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The 2023 Easton Ghost Advanced is unparalleled in swing weight and pop, making it an exceptional choice for fastpitch players seeking elite performance. However, it is essential to note that the bat has been known to break frequently, especially after surpassing 200 hits. While this may raise concerns, this bat is a perfect fit for players who prioritize top-notch performance and are open to utilizing the warranty for a potential replacement during the initial portion of the season. If durability is your primary concern, we recommend exploring other options. Ultimately, the 2023 Easton Ghost Advanced offers unmatched swing weight and pop, catering to players prioritizing immediate performance impact.
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.