DeMarini is very serious about fastpitch softball bats. In fact, so serious, they make more fastpitch softball iterations than any other specific bat line manufactured by the company. For 2016 there are 7 different types of CF8 fastpitch bats. (In contrast, the extremely popular baseball CF7 only comes in 6).
We’ve worked with these bats for the last few days to get a feel for them. All the feedback we’ve received from elite fastpitch players, and our own experience, is the CF8 fastpitch line is legit. These bats are top shelf performance bats with enough iterations to make any type of player feel right at home at the plate.
The 7 different 2016 CF8 fastpitch bats come in one drop 8, one drop 9, four drop 10s and one drop 11. The below serves as an overview of each one.
The drop 11 (WTDXCFS) will always be the most popular fastpitch bat simply because it is the lightest. The bat serves the larger market of younger players who prefer a top shelf two piece composite bat with a light swing weight.
The drop 11 is not NCAA approved because it’s durability isn’t built for that level of impact. It is, however, built for younger players looking for lots of bat and little swing weight from a top shelf bat company. It is a two-piece composite design with DeMarini’s famed 2.0 D-Fusion handle to make mishits less stingy.
For now, pricing looks best right here.
Designed for elite power hitters the CF8 Drop 8 (WTDXCF8) is the heaviest model in the 2016 line. It is built for clean up hitters who can generate power. The barrel is a shorter than other CF8 fastpitch iterations which is often a preference for those who like a concentrated sweet spot for maximum drive and power.
The drop 8 version is the only bat in the 2016 lineup that does not have the D-Fusion handle. Instead, the handle and transition is stiffer than the other bats as to serve those hitters who understands that sting on mishits is a small price to pay for added power.
Pricing looks to be the best right here.
The Drop 9
This drop 9 CF8 fastpitch bat (WTDXCFF) is for elite hitters who need more gumption than a drop 10 but want the forgiving nature of a D-Fusion which the drop 8 does not have. This bat should fit well with with heavy hitting Division 1 and High School hitters that prefer a smoother hit with less ring.
Really a top shelf and recommendable bat that was our favorite of the bunch.
The 4 Drop 10s
This first drop 10 (WTDXCFP) is designed for hitters who prefer lighter swing weight—which are most. This bat has the improved D-Fusion handle for better feel at contact as well as a slightly oversize barrel and sweet spot for maximum advantage.
We would suspect this bat to have the most play this year due to the wider audience who prefers a light swinging top shelf two piece composite bat with the added durability the drop 11 doesn’t offer.
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The second 2016 CF8 drop 10 fastpitch bat is the Insane (WTDXCFI). This bat is the same as the bat directly above but with greater load toward the end cap. This change in balance point gives the bat more of a sledge hammer type feel which many hitters, especially those who hit for power, often prefer.
The third drop 10 in the 2016 lineup, and new iteration of fast pitch softball bats for DeMarini, is the ‘Slapper’ (WTDXCFA). This unique and impressive bat has an oversize barrele with an ultra light swing weight built for left handers who slap the ball.
The bat also has a reverse spiraled grip which to prevent bunching that left handed with lots of at bats understand all too well. (Slapper Pricing Here).
The Slapper is the lightest swinging bat (by way of swing weight) that DeMarini makes in the fastpitch space and tailored to the left handed hitter whose purpose in life is to get on base.
It should also be noted, this bat is not well suited for power hitters as an oversized barrel and massive hand load could cause both durability and distance concerns. Left handers in the drop 10 space looking for more beef should see the drop 10 Insane above.
The fourth (and pink) CF8 Drop 10 Fastpitch bat from DeMarini (WTDXCFH) is a breast cancer awareness bat nicknamed ‘Hope’. This bat nearly identical to the balanced drop 10 above (WTDXCFP) with the obvious exception of the color and some changes to the end cap for design. ‘Hope’ is a light swinging bat built for a player who like balanced swings and great versatility–and likes pink/purple/breast cancer awareness softball paraphernalia.
There are only 2,000 of these being manufactured so if you need one of these better act fast. Here is a good place to start.
Demarini’s CF8 fastpitch class is robust with a legit fit for any player we can dream up. It has end and balanced loads, sledge hammer feels and ultra handle swing weights, reversed grips for left handers and extended barrels for slappers. The Drop 11 will be a mainstay at the plate in recreation and younger leagues. The drop 9 will find its way to many plate appearances at the highest levels of the sport.
The only real concerns are the topshelf bat price, but those who’ve paid attention to this space understand this is how it rolls. Another concern may be that players who use the drop 11 will suffer from durability issues if they start seeing stiffer competition.
Yet despite those small misgivings, the bat line is highly recommendable as long as you can find the right fit for your style of play. The two piece composite bats with the D-fusion handle are proven workhorses in the space and anyone looking for a top shelf performance fast pitch softball bat will find themselves right at home with the 2016 CF8 from DeMarini.