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By Bat Digest
Updated September 25, 2023
We recommend the bat to good and great fastpitch players who need as much performance from their bat as possible. Those willing to try a relatively new bat in the balanced two-piece composite fastpitch space will feel right at home.
We would recommend the 2017 Marucci Pure to hitters who fit in at least one of the categories below:
The Marucci Pure is constructed of two pieces: handle and barrel. Both are composite material. The barrel is as long as they allow in the fastpitch space. It is connected to the handle similar to how the 2017 Marucci CAT Connect does their connection. Which is, the handle screws into the handle. The threaded material making the connection is designed to dissipate vibration between the barrel and handle. Other companies fuse the two pieces of the bat together somewhat differently with the same intent: minimize hand sting on mishits and encourage a buttery feel on big hits. Our batting cage time confirmed this is true with the Marucci Pure. Their connective design (which they refer to as SDX) does a very good job of producing creamy jacks on dead center hits and dampens vibration on mishits. Better than other performance designs on the market we are not so sure---but as good as anything we've tested to date. (And we've tested a lot). Notes: Fastpitch Two-Piece Composite Comparisons Every serious performance bat company playing in the fastpitch space has a two piece composite designed bat as their flagship stick. Some differences are noted in three areas: