The Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat: The Transition to BBCOR

Best Drop 5 Bat

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We have hit every drop 5 baseball bat on the market in the post BESR era. That would mean circa post-2014. In 2017 alone the number of bats is close to 20. Some we have loved, others not so much. While tracking our progress and keeping detailed reviews of each experience, this page serves as our over-arching ‘best drop 5 baseball bat’ page. Our intent is to update it often and you can see that date below.

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Last updated: Thursday, February 16, 2017

Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat Table

Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat

Aluminum BarrelMarucciCat 7 Price 5/5
End LoadEastonMAKO XL TORQ Price5/5
Composite BalancedSlugger917 Prime Price5/5

Who Should Use An Endloaded Drop 5?

Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat

There are many end loaded drop 5 bats that swing with a greater MOI (swing weight) than many BBCOR bats. Meaning, an endloaded drop 5 bat with a BPF 1.15 stamp can be a bigger hitter than any number BBCOR bat. As such, those who hit with an end-loaded drop 5 are bomb making hitters that pack serious punch.

Who Should Use a Balanced Drop 5?

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The balanced drop 5 is a conundrum. Indeed, one chooses a drop 5 to get more power because your swing speed has maxed out and the greater weight gives you more power. But one would use a balanced bat to help increase bat speed and make better contact with the ball. So, a balanced drop 5 creates some logical inconsistencies.

But, we consider those looking for a drop 5 in a balanced model can either

  1. Not find enough weight in a drop 8, but also think an end loaded drop 5 is too much to handle. Or,
  2. They appreciate the feel of a balanced bat, but can wield the power of a drop 5.

Who Chooses An Aluminum Barreled Drop 5?

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An aluminum barreled drop 5 would fit a player who wants hot out of the wrapper performance and more feel through contact. As such, there are a decent number of drop 5 baseball bats that have an aluminum barrel. Most of these bats are end loaded. Some, however, are single piece aluminum bats. Others are hybrids that have a composite handle and an aluminum barrel.

Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat: End Load Option

Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat

We are going to get a few eye rolls for this choice, but as of this publishing, the drop 5 2016 Easton MAKO TORQ XL is our favorite drop 5 in an end loaded version. There are other bats, no doubt, that match this one in terms of barrel size and a nice end loaded feel. Many of those bats also have great performance. But, none of them are anywhere close to the price point. These older model TORQs can be found at serious discounts.

If you hate the spinning handle, just tape it down.

Price check this bat here on Amazon. You can read our XL TORQ review on the bat here.

Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat: Balanced Option

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The drop 5 Louisville Slugger 917 Prime is the now largest barrel Slugger has ever built. The performance across the entire length of the barrel has proven top notch by hitters across the country.

However, they are not the only ones to crack this code in this particular niche. The CF Zen, and Easton MAKO Beast are two other very legit options in the drop 5 space. Both have large barrels and great performance. But, for us, the 917 is our favorite in terms of aesthetics and a little less cliche’.

Check Amazon’s price. See our full 2017 Louisville Slugger 917 Prime Review.

Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat: Aluminum Barrel Option

2017 Marucci CAT 7 Review

Our best Drop 5 Aluminum barreled bat may have been the easiest choice. The 2017 Marucci CAT 7 is a beautiful stick built with a lot of direct power and very little flex on contact. Our experience maintains the bat possess wood like power transfer without the associated ring in the hands due to their ring free knob design. Marucci’s CAT 7, modeled after the CAT 6 and CAT 5,  is an upgrade on previous versions with a larger barrel. The CAT 7 is one of our favorites across the board.

Amazon pricing is here for the Marucci CAT 7 Drop 5. Our Marucci CAT 7 Review can be found here.

Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat Recommendation Overview
Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat

We have long argued that if you can reach near max bat speed and control with a drop 5 bat then you should be swinging one. That is, of course, if you are not yet in a BBCOR league where drop 5’s are prohibited. Simple physics tells us that if you can hold swing speed high and increase the mass of the bat then you will hit the ball further. Hence, a drop 5—which is the heaviest weight before BBCOR—will create the strongest impact. As such, if you can swing one then you should be.

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