One of the most exciting reviews we ever get to do each year is the new iteration of bats from DeMarini. Their CF (which stands for Carbon Fiber) line is one of the most talked about lines in both baseball and softball.
Why the Name?
Last year DeMarini’s baseball line departed from the naming structure a bit by using the CF Zen and CF Insane instead. The fastpitch line stayed the course and named their set of bats the the CF9. For 2018, we have learned they will be releasing the CFX as the new fastpitch bat line name. Baseball will be keeping the CF Zen name and will be referred to as the 2018 CF Zen.
DeMarini CFX Review Contents
DeMarini CFX Review Sources
As of today, there is very little information on the CFX available. But, more and more gets added every day. DeMarini is in the process of doing a teaser launch for the bats for their big release closer to June. For this 2018 DeMarini CFX review we paid a lot of attention to the DeMarini Fastpitch Instagram account. For this specific review we also exchanged emails with the manufacturer and a few major vendors on the subject.
Also, some major vendors, like closeoutbats.com, released some teaser images that were at least interesting. A few major vendors received very limited releases of the bat. If you want an early release buy these as fast as possible. Most are usually sold out within hours.
On this site we revisited our DeMarini CF9 reivew in the hopes it would make us sound smarter while writing this one. You’ll be the judge of that. But that was a helpful review to show the massive breadth of hitting options the CF9 Fastpitch line covers.
DeMarini CFX vs DeMarini CF9
We know virtually nothing about the differences between the CF9 and the CFX. The only indication there may be significant changes is an image we captured of the transition point. The D-Fusion handle, a mainstay on the CF series, looks to have gone through, if nothing else, a serious aesthetic upgrade. We will see if it means anything else functionally soon enough. But, the picture perked our interests.
As one of the most successful fastpitch bat lines on the market we suspect the CFX, like the CF9, will come in a variety of sizes and drops for every hitter imaginable. We will update this when we get an exact count and the bats are ready to go live.
DeMarini CFX Recommendations
If the 2018 Demarini CFX bats are anything like the CF9 or CF8 fastpitch lines, then you can expect them to come highly recommended. The CF series has done as good a job as anyone, arguably better, by offering a number of iterations in swing weights and drops for any type of hitter. We expect to see the very popular Slapper. Additionally, the Insane and traditional drop 10 and drop 11 CFX bats should be here too. As they are released and as we get a chance to get in the cage with them this page will be updated.