We have now spent considerable time both in the cage and during games with the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One balanced. The bat is built for a value purchase in the single piece aluminum space for players who want that hot out of the wrapper feel on a light swinging single piece aluminum bat. From our view, it is easily recommendable. In more detail below are our 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One reviews and recommendations.
The 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One begins retail sales around the 1st of September 2018.
DeMarini Voodoo Balanced Recommendations
We recommend the 2018 Voodoo One for the all fields hitter with occasional power who likes a light swing and the hot out of the wrapper feel of a single piece aluminum. Its distinguishing feature, when compared to most other bats on the market, is the stiff feel of a single piece bat. The bat swings more akin to wood than two piece bats.
The bat is a great game bat for the hitter described above. But, it is also a great game bat for the player willing to move into the realm of big boy single piece wood and aluminum bats. It could be considered, if you will, the gateway drug for a player looking to ultimately use wood.
Why You Might Like
- The price---or a performance space bat the Voodoo One reaches more players' bottom lines
- Stiff, singe piece bat delivers great power transfer to the ball
- Hot out of the wrapper means no work in period---you know it's ready to rock on day one
Why You Might Not Like
- Barrel size could be larger, but it is not small
- Although the light swing helps generate control and bat speed, it works against you in terms of overall power
- Although hand ring was not a serious concern with our testers, do know that single piece aluminum bats tend to ring the hands more on mishits than the buttery feel of two piece bats
What's New with the Voodoo One Balanced
The biggest upgrade to the line of the 2018 Voodoo One Balanced is the addition of sizes. As in 2017, the bat will come in a drop 10 2 3/4 as well as a BBCOR. For 2018, expect an additional drop 10 in the 2 5/8 space as well as an iteration in the new USAbat makeup.
In terms of overall performance, barrel size and swing weight, there are no considerable differences between the 2018 and 2017 models. The 2017 model, especially in the BBCOR space, was a rock star of a bat. The vast majority of individual reviews, including our own review, were glowing. For the right type of hitter the 2017 Voodoo One Balanced was a perfect fit. We expect it to be no different for the 2018 model.
DeMarini Voodoo One Sources
The most well read sources on the DeMarini Voodoo One balanced is found on this site. Last year's model, the 2017 Voodoo One, and a sister bat of the 2018 Voodoo One, the 2018 CF Zen, can be found at the links below.
2018 DeMarini Lineup Overview
As a general overview of the 2018 DeMarini bat line, the following chart may be helpful.
- Light Swing
- Value Price
- Smaller Barrel
- Hand Ring
Insane Endload & Balanced Version
- Great User Ratings
- Non-Composite Barrel
- No Extra Light Swing
Endload & Balanced Version
- Light Swing
- Best Performing Barrel
- Work In Period
2018 DeMarini Voodoo One Balanced Review
DeMarini Voodoo One Sizing
Below is the list of sizes the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One balanced will be offered in. The 2 5/8 drop 10 as well as the USAbat are new to the 2018 line.
- BBCOR 31 to 34 inch
- Big Barrel 2 3/4 Drop 10
- Senior Barrel 2 5/8 Drop 10
- USAbat Bat
2018 Voodoo One Construction
As a single piece aluminum bat there are not many unqiue changes a company can make. (Ahem, says the Rawlings VELO). DeMarini's Voodoo One is a light swinging single piece aluminum bat built with a large barrel and stiff feel in mind.
DeMarini refers to this alumimnum as a X14 alloy. It is the same material used in the 2017 bat. The alloy is a reference to an aluminum with different additives. Those additives are often proprietary to the companies that make them and are used to create a more durable bat without sacrificing swing weight and barrel size.
2018 Voodoo One Comparable Bats
In terms of a single piece aluminum bat the world is your oyster. There are literally dozens of cheap and not so cheap single piece bats on the market today.
If you narrow those down by ones claiming to be in the performance space and those that have a light swing weight, the list gets much smaller.
One bat that still fits the bill is the 2018 Louisville Slugger 517 Omaha. It, like the Voodoo One, comes in a number of sizes and focuses on a lighter swing within a single piece aluminum bat.
There are other similarly priced single piece aluminum bats. Those, like the Rawlings VELO and Marucci CAT 7, also use some variable wall thickness and unique tech in the handle or knob to be different enough that we would keep them off the comparable list.