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By Bat Digest
Updated September 25, 2023
We've now had several batting practice sessions with several hitters using the 2017 Louisville Slugger LXT Hyper fastpitch bat.
In that time, we've discussed with those at Slugger corporate, read a number of other online reviews from vendors on their first take and watched a dozen or so other players hit with the 2017 LXT Hyper. We used that insight to compile these recommendations and our 2017 Louisville Slugger LXT Hyper Review.
In that process, we have confirmed the bat's prowess, performance and massive size offerings. We also submit the LXT Hyper may have the best progeny of any fastpitch bat on the market today. As such, we'd recommend the LXT Hyper to nearly any serious player looking for a top shelf performance fastpitch bat. If you play 35+ games a season then it's likely there is a fitting size for you in the 2017 LXT Hyper from Slugger. The 2017 LXT Hyper from Louisville Slugger may very well be the most popular performance fastpitch bat for 2017. Some reasons for this: The LXT line from Slugger is a well known and very well received stick at all levels of the sport. The LXT Hyper covers nearly every swing size imaginable. The balance swing weight is exactly what most players prefer. The more flexible transition makes for very silky smashes and tolerable mishits.
The LXT Hyper fastpitch bat is made of two composite pieces fused together in a design feature Slugger refers to as a TRU3 connection. This TRU3 connection places a sting dampening slug between the barrel and handle and has been on several previous iterations of Slugger performance bats.
The bat also boasts an inner and outer barrel. The outer barrel is hot out of the wrapper--requiring no break in time---while the inner barrel works as a sort of governor to make sure the outer barrel doesn't exceed maximum performance. This dual walled design isn't unique to Slugger's LXT Hyper, but it's use among several high end performance softball bats to achieve maximum performance and good durability at all pitch speeds shows the idea's value.
What is different in the LXT from last year's 2016 LXT Plus, however, is the focus on a longer sweet spot with a new composite design---Slugger is calling this PBF technology---which, they claim, doubles the size of the sweet spot. We didn't hear any complaints of the bats sweet spot being too small in the LXT Plus, but a longer sweet spot is never a bad thing. If the sweet spot is actually double in size then it would be impossible for us to confirm. We have no doubt it's bigger.
The other major difference from last year is cosmetic in the option for a custom made LXT Hyper.