Two years ago, we took the new Anderson Flex for a spin, and with plenty of 2015 Flex cage time since, it still serves as one of our main BP bats. With that in mind, you can imagine our excitement to try out the 2017 version. We have come a long way since then, and after several hours of hitting and comparison, the following comprises our 2017 Anderson Flex Review.
2017 Anderson Flex Construction Upgrades
For 2017, the Flex continues the one piece aluminum track it started in 2015. The barrel size and general contact feel are very similar to the previous model. The swing weight, however, has decreased slightly. This feature improvement, as we understand it, is attributed to the upgraded, lighter end cap found only in the 2017 version.
There is also a color/design upgrade for 2017.
2017 Anderson Flex Sizing
Like the 2015 versions, the Anderson Flex comes in a BBCOR (drop 3) and a 2 3/4 drop 10. Those looking for different drops and barrel sizes in the Anderson brand should check out the 2017 Anderson Centerfire.
2017 Anderson Flex Comparable Bats
There are a number of single piece aluminum bats built for a stiff feel and good power transfer. The 517 Omaha from Slugger and the 5150 from Rawlings are likely the two most popular with the best user reviews.
Anderson Flex Recommendations
For us, the Anderson Flex serves as a legitimate BP bat for cold weather play. It has a decent sized barrel that is enough to hit a rope every now and again. Our experience showed favorable reviews on pure performance. The improvement in the 2017 model for a lighter swing will be a bonus most players.
However, we do not expect anyone to think they have somehow cracked the code on fantastic bats with a 2017 Anderson Flex purchase. In the end, it is a single piece design with aluminum construction that creates a stiff wood-like feel and a more focused sweet spot. Our recommendation is this bat is the right approach for cold weather days. As such we would recommend it. But, if top shelf performance on an oversized barrel with an ultra-light swing is in your future, then keep looking.
Anderson Flex Sources and Reviews
We referenced Anderson’s site a number of times to verify sizing and end cap construction. Of course, our 2015 Anderson Flex Review was also very helpful. Our Louisville Slugger 517 Omaha Review and our 2017 Rawlings 5150 Review are useful too. As the bat has not changed much, Amazon’s user reviews on the 2015 Flex are also referenced.