After a couple of games and several hours in the cage with the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced we are prepared to deliver some feedback. We recommend the bat to any hitter looking for a top shelf hybrid baseball bat. By our estimation it stands in very small company of top shelf hybrid bats. Throw in the fact it focuses on a balanced swing weight and it may stand alone. Below is our 2018 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced Review.
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2018 Voodoo Balanced Recommendations
Hitters who appreciate an aluminum barrel, lighter swing and top shelf smooth feel will love the Voodoo Balanced. The fact this bat has been around, in some form or another, the DeMarini line is proof of its success. It is the most popular hybrid bat on the market today and we see no reason for that to change come 2018.
Parents will love the price point when compared to the two piece composite space. Not only will they save a hundred bucks by going this route instead of the CF ZEN, but they won't have to worry (as much) about the bats durability. Aluminum barrels almost always come with more durability than composites.
If you are a hybrid loving hitter than we would not hesitate to recommend he 2018 Voodoo Balanced. And if you want to get in the hybrid game then we would recommend this one first of all the 2018 options.
2017 vs 2018 Voodoo Balanced Construction
The only difference between the 2017 and 2018 DeMarini Voodoo is the connective piece. In 2017 it was referred to as the D-Fusion handle. The 2018 model has a slimmed down version of the D-Fusion referred to as the 3 Fusion. Less bulk in the connective piece allows DeMarini to use the weight in other places to reinforce performance and durability without effecting swing weight.
Otherwise, the bat is the same between 2017 and 2018. This year's model uses the same aluminum barrel and the same composite handle as is found in the 2017 Voodoo Balanced.
Voodoo Balanced Sizing
At release, the DeMarini Voodoo Balanced comes in a drop 5 and a drop 3. The drop 5 is a USSSA bat.
DeMarini will also release a USAbat for the Voodoo Balanced. We expect to see a drop 10 2 5/8 as well as a drop 9 2 1/2 barrel.
Voodoo Balanced Comparable Bats
We can think of no hybrid bat whose focus is on a more balanced swing. Some would argue that Easton's Z-Core Hybrid would fall into this category. Although we think the Hybrid has a bit of an end load, we would have a hard time disagreeing with those that also considered it a balanced bat.
The 2018 version of the Easton Z-Core is referred to as the Z-Core Hybrid Beast X. At the time of this writing that bat is not yet available so it is impossible to measure real swing weights compared to the Voodoo Balanced.
We know the Voodoo Balanced will be offered in more sizes than the Easton Z-Core Hybrid Beast X.
2018 Voodoo Sources
More background on the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo balanced can be found by referencing a few places. In particular, we relied heavily on our 2017 Demarini Voodoo Review. As well, our bat reviews section might give you a few more ideas as to details behind hybrid bats.