Before we are confusing, the 2019 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced is often referred to as just the 2019 DeMarini Voodoo.
Some vendors have it one way and some the other. This is not to be confused with the Voodoo Insane or the Voodoo One. The Voodoo Balanced, the subject of this review, comes in a BBCOR as well as a USSSA and USA drop 10 and drop 5. We’ve hit with each of these DeMarini Voodoo’s for 201… Jump to the full review.
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Some vendors have it one way and some the other. This is not to be confused with the Voodoo Insane or the Voodoo One. The Voodoo Balanced, the subject of this review, comes in a BBCOR as well as a USSSA and USA drop 10 and drop 5. We’ve hit with each of these DeMarini Voodoo’s for 2019 (as we have with the Voodoo line since 2014) and leave below what we have learned.
In so many ways the Voodoo Balanced is exactly what we want in a bat. A great feel and dynamite performance. It is no surprise the many elite hitters at the college level use the Voodoo lineup.
DeMarini claims to have made some upgrades to the handle in the 2019 version of the Voodoo. Our experience has been that we love both years of the bat line. We couldn't tell much difference, in our hitting, from the 2018 or 2019 handle. Both feel great on hits and mishits. The biggest difference is the addition of a drop 5 in the USA Space. A heavier swinging hybrid in the new standard will serve a lot of kids real well--especially those bigger 13 and 14 year old Babe Ruth players that can swing either BBCOR or USA.
After a couple of games and several hours in the cage with the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced we are prepared to deliver some feedback.
In terms of a two piece hybrid bat with a composite handle and an aluminum barrel look how about Slugger’s 718 Select? These bats feel real similar in the USSSA and USA space and comes in a similar size and price.
In the BBCOR realm, we think the most comparable bat is Easton’s new Project 3 13.6 Hybrid. This is a mid to light swinging two piece hybrid. Big barrel and a proven connection piece. But, the 13.6 only comes in a BBCOR.
Two differences exist between the Voodoo and the Voodoo Insane. The first is the more obvious: swing weight. The Voodoo Insane swings about 5% heavier than the Voodoo Balanced in a similar size. The second is the stiffness in the connection. While the 2019 Voodoo has a similar feel as the 2018 Voodoo, the 2019 Voodoo Insane increased the stiffness in the handle. This produces more power at impact but at the express consent of a less smooth smash on mishits.
The major difference, and maybe so obvious it is not worth saying, the Voodoo Insane is a BBCOR only bat. If you want a heavier swinging USA or USSSA Voodoo then look for the drop 5 in either of those “Balanced” categories.
The 2019 DeMarini Voodoo (Balanced) is a two piece hybrid bat. Hybrid refers to the fact that it has a composite handle and an aluminum barrel. The handle and connection piece is the same they use on their high end CF Zen and CF Insane lines. It is a decently stiff connection with good durability and a feel that most hitters just love. The barrel is a high grade aluminum that is considered a standard top shelf by most in the industry. More than a few elite college teams and players prefer DeMarini’s aluminum barrel over any other.
The Voodoo Balanced swings 5% heavier than the CF Zen. That is equivilant to, roughly, a 0.5-inch longer length. In other words, a 33-inch Zen will swing like a 33.5-inch Voodoo.
In the USSSA and USA space going from the drop 10 to the drop 5 is akin to moving down more than 3 full inches. So, a 32/22 Voodoo “feels” like a 29/24 Voodoo. But, note, they don’t make a 29-inch Voodoo drop 5. In other words, going to a drop 5 from a drop 10 in the Voodoo has no practical equivalency in swing weight.
Check our bat size chart for specific information on your body type.
The 2019 DeMarini Voodoo will come in a USSSA, USA and BBCOR version. Here are the sizes—remember only some are available at some retailers so look elsewhere if you can’t find your size.
BBCOR: 30 – 34-inch (Drop 3)
USSSA: 28 – 32-inch (Drop 10)
USSSA: 30 – 33-inch (Drop 5)
USA: 28 – 32-inch (Drop 10)
USA: 30 – 32-inch (Drop 5)
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