To cap off our slowpitch softball best bat list, and to support our best USSSA slowpitch bat, we have compiled our notes, the notes of big time players and big time vendors to come up with the best ASA Slowpitch Softball Bat. Although the market for 2018 ASA bats are thick, we whittled them down to a manageable few.
BEST ASA SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL BATS
|Miken Freak Platinum: FKPTMA||Overall||1||$$$||5/5|
|DeMarini Raw Steel: DXSTL||13-inch Barrel||2||$$$||5/5|
|Miken DC-41 SuperMax: MDC41A||14-inch Barrel||3||$$$||4.5/5|
|Easton Helmer Flex Loaded: SP16BHFXA||Value||3||$$||4.5/5|
|Worth Legit: SBLGSW||100% Alloy||3||$$||4.5/5|
|Louisville Slugger XXL Alloy: WTLXXLA16B||100% Alloy||3||$||4.5/5|
Best ASA Slowpitch Bats Sources
We review the top shelf performance softball bats every year. That information, combined with our obsession with every bat and bat technology that has been released since 2014, provide a significant source of information on the best ASA bats.
As well, we have spoken with a number of vendors and manufacturers on their bats. Some of that information can be found on their websites. See, for example, the Miken site. As well, conversations with major buyers at JustBats.com give us serious insight as to what ASA bats people are actually purchasing.
In addition to those sources above, see our best bats page.
Best ASA Bat Recommendations
Of course, as we state in every best bat article we write, the best bat for many is not the best bat for all. There are as many best bats as there are player types and their corresponding budgets. For the list below, we take less consideration on total price as we do on player feedback and overall performance.
If you find the bats below enticing, we suggest your next step is to visit major vendor sites and see what type of deal you might be able to get. As these are slow-pitch bats, and as the composites below have a penchant for breaking, we stress the value of getting them from vendors that will offer you a real receipt.
Best ASA Slowpitch Softball Bat Awards
Go to any serious slowpitch softball tournament in an ASA league and you will find this Freak Platinum in abundance. It is the most popular bat in the space right now (save, maybe, the Helmer below). The bat has a great smash, tons of power to all fields, and serves the purpose of hero maker. A nice stiff transition keeps balls flying deep while maintaining a smooth ride on the hands.
We could not recommend a bat any more fervently.
Although not as popular as Miken's Freak Platinum we think Demarini's Steel is a great 2nd choice in the ASA space. It is also a very unique bat in that it comes as a two piece full alloy bat with a single walled barrel. That means you get a smooth smash like the Freak Platinum but the added durability (and no work in time) with the Steel. You will also notice a real slim handle feel that a number of players prefer. DeMarini loves this bat, and so do we.
Much like our best USSSA bat, we had to put on the DC41. But this DC41 is an ASA specific bat that uses that same long, 14-inch, barrel, one ounce end load and a unique four piece design (that you can read about here).
In terms of the 'best value ASA bat' the Helmer has the market cornered. At a fraction of the price when compared to some others on this list, the Easton Helmer stands as a bright spot in an industry riddled with overpriced garbage.
As the only 2016 bat to make this end of 2017 list, the Worth Legit slowpitch bat gets remarkable ratings for value and durability. This bat is approved in USSSA and ASA and comes hot out of the wrapper with a full aluminum barrel. Most aluminum barrel slowpitch bats tend to struggle with a too heavy swing weight but Worth somehow solved the riddle. Expect a light swing and a hot out the wrapper feel with this guy.
Also, we should note, the Worth Legit may serve as the best cold weather slow pitch softball bat. Aluminum's durability tends to do better with cold softballs that condense more and are a harder hit. If we were to have an extra BP or cold weather bat in our bag it would be the Worth Legit.
A lot of people spend more than $80 on gas driving to an ASA slowpitch tournament. So an XXL Alloy from Slugger, and the double wall aluminum design, at $79 retail is a no-brainer. Especially considering the type of reviews the bat gets. Does it have the perfect balance of the Platinum or the ultra smooth smash of the Easton Helmer? No. But it hits balls far and you'll feel better about yourself as you trot the bases with another $200 in your wallet.
Those who like the stiff feel of a single piece aluminum bat would do well by filling up with this tank of gas. You can thank us later.