After considerable time with the Flex line from Anderson, we have some determinations and recommendations about the slow pitch version of the bat. The 2017 Slowpitch Anderson Flex Softball bat is a single piece aluminum with a slight end load. We would recommend it for those that like a noticeable ping on contact, play in cold weather and/or like the stiff feel of a single piece aluminum. Below we detail further our 2017 Anderson Flex Softball Bat Review.
2017 Anderson Flex Softball Bat Review Article Contents
2017 Anderson Flex Softball Bat Review Sources
There are not a ton of sources for on reviews of the 2017 Anderson Flex slowpitch bat. As a smaller player in the market, and as a niche bat, the Flex does not get much press. We did find a few places we thought were helpful. Offsite, Justbats.com product section was useful, as was Amazon’s product page. On this site, we reread our Anderson Flex (baseball) review as well as the 2017 Anderson bat lineup page. Both served as good reminders to the type of niche bat Anderson is willing to produce and dominate within.
Also, you may find the actual Anderson product page on their website at least somewhat helpful.
2017 Anderson Flex Softball Bat Recommendations
If you are looking for a run of the mill, averaged price softball bat, you will likely be disappointed in the 2017 slowpitch Anderson Flex. Although priced in that realm, the bat is a single walled, one piece aluminum that does not swing like other bats you may be accustomed to. It does not, for example, have the buttery smash of a two piece, or the longer sweet spot of a composite. Instead, it hits hard like a wood bat and is designed to work well in cold weather.
As such, if you need a bat that performs well in cold weather, or prefer an endloaded single piece aluminum, then the 2017 Anderson Flex Softball is not just your best option, it is almost your only one.
2017 Anderson Flex Softball Bat Sizing
The 2017 Anderson Flex slowpitch softball bat comes in the traditional 34-inch length. The weight drops are between a 7 and 4. Meaning, the bat is offered in a 34/27, 34/28, 34/29 and 34/30.
Uniquely, each of these bat lengths add a half ounce of weight to the endcap. This gives an already strong swinging aluminum bat an even deeper balance point. It is a dead serious end loaded bat.
2017 Anderson Flex Softball Bat Construction vs 2015
There are no frills to the 2017 Anderson Flex slowpitch softball bat—that is, if you don’t think an added half ounce to the end cap of your bat is frilly. They are, for all intents and purposes, a bat.
For 2017, when compared to the 2015 version, they added not only that half ounce to the end cap, but also upgraded the alloy, which they claim is more durable without affecting swing weight. The 2015 version did not get the best of reviews, but to our point above, we think the poor reviews came from players who did not know what they were getting themselves into.
2017 Anderson Flex Softball Bat Comparable Options
The most comparable bat to the 2017 Anderson Flex slowpitch softball bat is the 2015 version. Both are single piece aluminum bats built with a single wall. The 2017 changes include an upgrade in alloy and an added half ounce endload. Other than that, there are so few single piece aluminum bats in the slowpitch space with an added half ounce endload that we looked for a quite a while without finding a single one.