Experience: Over a year ago we reviewed the Axe Handle bat lineup and were thoroughly impressed. Within that year, Axe Bats made an agreement with Victus Bats and designed the first MLB prototype of the bat. Major players in the league (Dustin Pedroia) started using the stick and the Axe bat from Victus got an insane amount of coverage nationally. We like to think that buzz is because of this small, yet well read, blog of ours. 🙂
Recently we got our hands on the Victus Bats Axe Handle (price check) and spent two hours in the cage. The bat is more formally known as the DP15A (Axe) Victus Pro Maple Bat. We spent another hour reading as many reviews and stories on the bat as we could find (there were plenty). We also picked the brain of the engineers behind the asymmetric shaped handle. Earlier today, before pushing publish on this article, we spent time our best wood bat reviews page. That gave us a good feel for the wood bats out there.
Recommendations: In the end, we would be confident recommending the Axe handled Victus Bat to any player looking to get the absolute most out of a wood bat experience. A soon to be impressive list of MLB players would agree. If you prefer a hard maple wood bat, prefer one that passes ink dot standards and are okay getting used to an asymmetric handle, then this wood bat makes perfect sense.
Construction: The Victus bat is a tradtional Maple Hard wood bat with an ink dot test made for elite players in the wood baseball bat space. More significantly, the bat’s handle is shaped like the bat handle on an axe. We have previously reviewed the functions of a bat from Axe Bats, but as a refresher:
- An axe shaped bat handle allows you to:
- Get to the ball quicker. Studies have shown, really, that a handle with an asymmetric shape allow your wrists to more naturally drive to the front of your body. When your hands are more easily drawn towards the baseball, bat speed naturally increases. As a result, an axe shaped handle gives you the ability to get to the ball quicker.
- Hit on the right side of the barrel. Since an axe shaped handle forces your hands onto the bat in a certain way, it guarantees contact on the bat happens on the same side of the barrel. From an engineering standpoint this is great news. If you know where contact will always be made you can force the best part of the barrel directly to the ball at contact. In a wood bat in particular, this not only gives you greater density by hitting directly on the face grain, but also increased durability.
- Decrease hand sting. It could be argued, the asymmetric handle does for the bottom hand what a ProHitter does for the top hand. That is, a bat handle that conforms to the shape of your hands more fully is better capable of distributing hand sting throughout the entire palm and giving you better grip on the bat. As a result, the bottom hand shaped more according to how your hand wants to be shaped during a swing doesn’t have as much hand sting as a traditional knob. Less hand sting means more confidence, harder swings and less injury.
Sizes: The Victus Maple bat with the Axe Handle comes in 32, 33 and 34 inch length with a made to order drop of 1, 2 or 3. The bat is only under the custom section on the Victus site so colors and options are a plenty.
Other Bats: There are no other hard maple bats with an ink dot test that have the Axe Bats grip. Axe does make a high end composite wood bat but there is no ink dot test and it isn’t a pure wood bat so may not be legal in your league. Otherwise, Axe makes a whole slew of bats including a 2016 Hyperwhip bat that takes one sided hitting to the next level—but it is aluminum. If you want an ink dot tested wood bat with an axe handle you have one option: The Victus Bats Axe Handle DP15A (price check).