We would recommend the 2016 Easton Z-Core Hybrid TORQ (Price Check*) to players who prefer a big barreled bat with a moderate swing weight in an aluminum barrel and composite handle combo. Also, maybe most importantly, the hitter must be comfortable with a bat that has a rotating bottom handle. If that is you, then you are looking in the right place.
The 2016 Easton Hybrid Z-Core TORQ will be available in BBCOR only. Standard 31, 32, 33 and 34 inch lengths with a drop 3 and a .50 BBCOR stamp are all available.
The bat will not be available in a Big Barrel, Youth Barrel or T-ball sizes. Those looking for a hybrid bat from Easton in those barrel sizes will need to look at the 2016 Easton S2.
The 2016 Easton Z-Core Hybrid TORQ is a two piece baseball bat built with a composite handle and aluminum barrel. It is identical to the 2016 Easton Z-Core Hybrid but it has a spinning bottom handle. The aluminum barrel, like the Z-Core bats from 2015 (S2z and S3z) have a composite sleeve inside which gives it the strength and durably to be severely over sized. This is a good thing.
Like the 2015 Easton S2z and S3z, the Easton Z-Core Hybrid TORQ will use a spiraled carbon fiber handle design to decrease sting on mishits and add to a buttery soft swing and ping. We are not sure if this actually works any better than other two piece designs, but we do find the two piece design on most bats does indeed remove hand sting.
The swing weight of the bat measures as a middle of the road swing weight. This makes the bat about 5% heavier than the famous MAKO and about 5% lighter than the Hybrid XL.