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By Bat Digest
Updated September 25, 2023
Our research on the Axe bat design spans well over 2 years now and includes hours and hours of hitting experience. Add to that our obsession with learning everything about the 2017 Axe Danielle Lawrie Fastpitch Bat and we have enough data for a review. On the whole, the Axe Lawrie is built as a value purchase in the light swinging fastpitch space. It should serve well for the newer player looking for enhanced mechanics and a smart buy. Our younger hitters enjoy the predictive impact barrel, as well as the ergonomic handle for a smoother feeling swing.
Players looking for a light swinging value purchase in the fastpitch space should seriously consider the Lawrie fastpitch bat. The 2016 and 2017 should be interchangeable---unless a serious preference for design needs to be taken into consideration. Prices between the two during the time of this writing are rather similar. In terms of a drop 12 value purchase, we know of no other bat as good as the Lawrie fastpitch from Axe. Its ergonomic handle built to improve mechanics are perfect for the younger player looking to get the best hacks in. The bat's light drop 12 swing and entry-level price point fit the newer player well. If those characteristics describe you, then you may have found your bat.
The Axe Lawrie Fastpitch bat is a single piece and single-walled aluminum alloy bat. Of course, it comes in the traditional 2 1/4 fastpitch barrel size. What is most unique is the asymmetric handle, which allows for a smoother swing. It also forces a predictive impact on the same side of the barrel always to contact the ball. Knowing this, Axe engineers design that side of the barrel specifically for impact. They often refer to this as one-sided hitting. In these regards, the 2017 Lawrie is no different than the 2016 version. With the color change's obvious exception to match the baseball bat design for 2017, the 2017 Axe Lawrie is a reprint of 2016's model. This is a common approach in the value, drop 12, fastpitch space.