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By Bat Digest
Updated September 25, 2023
The bat felt stiff at impact, which is how they designed it, had a good barrel, and had a swing weight right in the middle of the 2019 fastpitch bats. For a double barreled bat in the single piece space we were highly impressed. In fact, our hitters preferred this bat over bats that priced out $100 more.
The Carbon 1 from Mizuno is made for the hitter who needs a light swing but is also willing to deal with the hand sting that comes from stiff bats. Stiffer bats will transfer more power to the ball---but the trade off is that mishits hurt more on the hands. As such, we recommend the drop 10 Carbon 1 to serious players that are small but swing for serious power at the plate. If you are a hitter that gets everything out of your swing then the Carbon 1 should be a real nice fit. Do note, though, it might not feel as good as other bats on the market. But, no doubt, it will destroy a well hit ball better than anything else you can find. The drop 13 version of the bat is for very young hitters. These younger than 10 year olds should appreciate the super light balance of the bat. But, if they are playing serious fast pitch, then the stiff bat won't be a welcome sign come a mishit and a pitcher with any degree of speed. If you can afford a drop 12 LXT then we'd likely lean that way. Unless, of course, you really want the lightest swing you can find on a composite barrel. Then, the Power Carbon in a drop 13 will make sense.