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By Bat Digest | Last Updated June 14, 2022
The 2019 version of the Ghost Double Barrel is a USSSA/NSA certified bat. IT DOES NOT WORK FOR NCAA OR HIGH SCHOOL fastpitch. This is the Gold/Black version of the bat.
Those looking for the Easton Ghost Double in a ASA/High School/NCAA league should look at the 2018 version of the bat. This is the Blue/Black version of the bat.
We hit with, and measured all sorts of items on, the 2019 Easton Ghost Double Barrel fastpitch bat. Our bigger hitters, those with power, really liked the bat. Fitting, since our swing weight measurements showed it one of the heaviest swinging drop 10 fastpitch bats on the market. Smaller hitters also liked the sound and the connection piece. We took their feedback, all the data we gathered and everything we read online about the bat to make this 2019 Easton Ghost Double Barrel Review.
At the price point ($350) you have a lot of options in the fastpitch space. Nearly every serious bat you can find for that price. And, if you’re up for getting last year’s model, it’s probable you can save several dollars off that price.
That said, those who should lean towards the Easton Ghost Double barrel are ones who need or prefer an endloaded bat. Our measurements of the Easton Ghost Double Barrel showed it to swing 13% heavier than the 2019 Slugger LXT of the same (32/22) size. 13% is a considerable difference and noticeable.
In terms of a high end bat with a heavy swing weight and a smooth connection point, we think Slugger’s PXT is a legit comparable model. The barrels, feel and swing weight are identical. Both also have the shortest barrels of the class we measured.
Not identical is the price. The PXT runs $50 MSRP higher than the Ghost Double Barrel. As well, the PXT barrel profile is a tiny bit smaller than the Ghost Double Barrel.
Both the bats come in a drop of 9 and 10. (Granted, the drop 9 is actually the 2018 Ghost Double Barrel that is NOT USSSA certified). But, only the Ghost comes in the drop 11 while the PXT comes in a drop 8.
The barrel constructions on the bats are quite different. The Ghost uses a double-barrel design (hence the name) while the PXT is a ring-free bat (meaning they don’t use any rings in the bats. Easton didn’t invent the idea of a double-barrel for a fastpitch bat, but they are sticking with it for the Ghost.
If you are looking for another double-walled fastpitch bat, like the Ghost, then check out the new 2019 Prism from DeMarini.
The only (And Biggest) difference between the 2018 and 2019 versions of the bat are the certifications.
Other than the certification, there are not many changes in the bat’s construction. That is, they both use the Connection+ for the two-piece design and are made of composite. They both also cost about the same too.
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.