Of the 15 slowpitch softball bats Slugger releases in 2016, four of them fall under the Super Z name. We spent several hours with these bats in our hands and more exchanging emails with Louisville Slugger on the Power Z line of bats. We also spent some game time evaluating player impressions of the Power Z in addition to our own time in the cage. This is the information, combined with our experience in the performance bat softball space, we use to write our 2016 Louisville Slugger Super Z Review.
2016 Slugger Super Z Recommendations
Our feedback shows the Super Z is most preferred by players with top end swing speed, as well as players who prefer stiff transitions or just one piece bats. Of course you’ll need to be able to afford the bat as well.
As such, we recommend the 2016 Slugger Z for players that like a rock solid transition in a two piece full composite bat and have above average swing speed and power. In particular, the end loaded Super Z from Slugger may very well be our personal favorite slow pitch softball bat for 2016. Great power and feel with a super stiff transition.
2016 Slugger Power Z Categories
To understand the lineup, it is easiest to consider the Power Z in two broad categories: dual stamp and single stamp. The dual stamped Power Z is approved for play in ASA and USSSA. The single stamp is approved only in USSSA (aka U-tripple-S-A).
Once you grasp that differentiation, the next split is a function of the bat’s load. The load, you will recall, is a function of where the balance of the bat is felt. Both the double stamp and the single stamp Power Z come in a balanced load and an endload. The end load has a black knob and the balanced load has a white knob. If you’ve done the math right, you’ll find that means there are four different Super Z Bats.
2016 Super Z Catalog
2016 Slugger Power Z Video Reviews
2016 Slugger Super Z Sizing
All slowpitch bats are 34 inches, so the only thing to concern yourself with in sizing is the drop. The drop, you will recall, is the numerical difference between the bat’s length in inches and weight in ounces. The Super Z’s drops range in sizes from 8 to 6.
All the bats use a standard 7/8 inch handle and a 12 inch barrel. The knobs are slightly tapered.
2016 Slugger Super Z Construction vs Z-2000
The Super Z in 2016, like the Super Z in 2015, is a two piece bat. Those two pieces, the handle and barrel, are made of composite. The transition in the Super Z is what many consider its most notable feature. In particular, the transition is remarkably stiff insomuch it often feels like a two piece bat. As such, all your swing’s power is delivered to the ball at the express consent of potential hand ring.
Additionally, the Super Z uses two inner barrel rings (you can’t see these) to allow the bat to perform hot out of the wrapper, yet not exceed the legal limit. These rings work as a sort of governor on the barrel flex.
Compared to the Super Z from 2015 and the Z-2000 from 2014, there are no changes effecting performance when compared to the Super Z from 2016. The stiff transition two piece composite is still alive and well in this iteration. The inner barrel discs for hot out of the wrapper performance are also present. The only real change is the colorway.
2016 Slugger Super Z Comparable Bats
The two piece composite space in slow pitch softball is, to say the least, crowded. Miken’s Physco, DeMarini’s Jiggy and Worth’s Legit are likely the three most popular in the space. Each have numerous iterations under the same brand to accommodate load preference and league standard needs. Each have a different level of stiffness, but in comparison, the Super Z is as stiff or stiffer than any of them. We’d put the Super Z in the same class as any stiff two piece composite slow pitch bat you can find.
The most comparable bat to the Super Z is actually Slugger’s 2015 Z-2000. Of course, as well, the 2016 Louisville Slugger Z4 has some similar features (although a much more flexible transition). You may also find a review of Slugger’s 2016 Hyper Z helpful.