After several hundred hits with the USABat 718 Select in both the drop 5 and drop 10, we write this 2018 Slugger USABat 718 Select Review. Generally, our hitters preferred the two piece design over any single piece bat we tried in the USA baseball bat space. The drop 5, although obviously heavier, felt great in our more advanced hitters' hands and many of them preferred it over any other drop 5 in the space. These bats, unlike the 718 BBCOR version, should be considered a balanced swing in their class.
718 Select USABat Hitting Video
Best Place to Buy
Throughout the 2018 season you can expect to find the 718 Slugger USABat at most major retailers online. Expect the drop 5 to be more difficult to find than the drop 10. We like to check the regular bat haunts likeand closeoutbats. We never buy a bat before checking the price on Amazon.
718 USABat Recommendations
In the first year of production, we think a hybrid bat is destined to be the best in the USABat space. We like how they don't sting on contact, but provide the benefit of really good performance. The 718 Select falls right into the sweet spot of great USABats, and should be considered a top tier bat for 2018.
In our testing, the drop 5 was one of our favorite bats. If you are capable of swinging such a low drop then we are confident you'll love the feel too. Although the barrel size is not as large as most composite barrels in the 2018 USABat space, we found our drop 5 exit speeds to rival any bat on the market regardless of barrel construction.
The drop 10 is in the thick of stiff competition for the 2018 USABat niche. But, even still, we think it a worthy competitor even to bats that are considerably more expensive. Expect a somewhat heavier swing weight when compared to other drop 10's in the space, but it is still light enough to swing for a true drop 10 swinger.
Slugger 718 Select Construction
The drop 5 and drop 10 USA 718 Slugger bats are constructed identically. That is, a hybrid bat that consists of a composite handle, Tru3 connective piece and an aluminum barrel. This is, by the way, the same way the 2018 BBCOR 718 Select is constructed, too.
The Tru3 connective piece is a mainstay in Slugger bats. Their top shelf 918 Prime has used this connective instrument that consists of a composite slug within the bat to dampen sting, for several years. The Tru3 connective design allows for, what we consider, the smoothest swing in the industry. It is literally difficult to make a mishit hurt your hands. (Still possible, no doubt, but remarkably rare).
Although the BBCOR version of the 718 Select is definitely end-loaded, both the drop 5 and drop 10 USABat versions have more focus on balance than beef. This lends for more usefulness in younger and smaller players' hands. Attribute much of that light swing to the upgraded composite end cap (Slugger calls this an SBC) that removes enough weight in the end of the swing to consider it a balanced bat.
718 Select USABat Comparables
The USABat space is new enough that some bats stand alone in their category. The 718 Select, for better or worse, is not one of them. In fact, the hybrid space is surprisingly crowded in the USABat space.
The most comparable to the 718 USABat, we think, is Easton's Beast X Hybrid. The Beast X Hybrid is a drop 10 bat built with a hybrid design. The barrel is bigger on the Beast X Hybrid, but that made no difference in our exit speed tests.
718 USABat Select Sizing
- 29, 30, 31 & 32-inch