We spent three hours in the cage with the 2016 Axe Avenge baseball bat, another hour reading online reviews from trusted sources and one on the phone with some of the Axe Bat engineers. We’ve also spent countless hours in the cage and in game with previous versions of the 2016 Axe Avenge bats.
After evaluation, we are comfortable recommending the 2016 Axe Avenge bat to those who prefer two piece composite bats, can appreciate a bat with an asymmetric handle and are looking for top shelf performance bat.
The 2016 Axe Avenge bat is the top shelf version built from a long line of bats from Axe Bats (owned by Baden Sports) and their noteworthy asymmetric handle. They patented the now famous Axe handle several years ago and have never looked back—producing bats in the softball, fast pitch, baseball and wood bat space. Just last year, and as a major breakthrough in American baseball psyche, the Axe handle was added to a Victus Bat and swung by, among others, Dustin Pedroia on a pretty consistent basis in the 2015 season. That verification of the technology put Axe bats on the map to stay—as if it wasn’t already.
The idea of an asymmetric handle and a one sided hitting has been fleshed out at every level of baseball and softball. The 2016 Axe Avenge is the progeny of years of experience in producing consistent performance baseball bats with an asymmetric handle.
Three unique features grace the 2016 Axe Avenge baseball bat:
- Asymmetric Handle: We’ve discussed, at length, the benefits an asymmetric handle brings to your game. As a primer for some and a review for others, the asymmetric handle creates an ergonomic method for proper swing mechanics. Namely, the ability to drive the knob of the bat to the baseball more easily. Such movement is proven to increase swing speed and forces the barrel of the bat into the swing plane sooner—allowing for both better hit balls and more opportunity for contact.
- Asymmetric Handle (continued): An asymmetric handle also forces contact on a single side of the barrel. This allows engineers to drive technology to the hitting side of the barrel. As an example, the 2016 Axe Avenge uses a directional insert (ACR Insert) within the bat to support the contact side of the barrel for more consistent performance and durability.
- Upgraded from the 2015 Axe Avenge, the casing on the knob comes in a wire framed design which dampens the sting on mishits. Axe Bats refers to this as the Endogrid knob. We tested this out side by side with the 2015 Axe Avenge and we definitely felt a difference.
The 2016 Axe Avenge will come in several sizes:
- BBCOR: 31, 32, 33 & 34 inch lengths (drop 3 of course).
- Big Barrel: 28, 29, 30, 31 inch lengths in a drop 8.5 and 2 5/8 barrel.
- Youth Barrel: 28, 29, 30 31 inch lengths in a drop 11 and 2 1/4 barrel.
No other bat on the market has an asymmetric handle, unless it’s made by Axe Bats. The most similar bat to the 2016 Axe Avenge would be the 2015 Axe Avenge. The 2015, however, does not contain the new Endogrid knob for dampened sting on mishits nor the directional support disc only made possible by a bat with one sided hitting.
If you are willing to forgo the asymmetric handle and barrel built for one sided hitting (which would be the reasons to get the Axe Avenge in the first place) then you’re back to square one. Other high end two piece composite bats in the 2016 space are the DeMarini CF8, Louisville Slugger’s 916 Prime, Adidas RBZ EQT and the Easton MAKO. If you’d like something a bit more unique—like the Axe Avenge—then maybe take a look at the 2016 Easton MAKO Torq with its famed spinning handle.