As one of the very first to swing the original 515 and 516 Omaha from Louisville Slugger, we have hit regularly with each of those bats over the course of the last two years.
We recently spent considerable time in the cage with the new 2017 Louisville Slugger 517 Omaha. That direct analysis, combined with well over a thousand hours of writing, reviewing and researching performance single piece aluminum bats, goes into our 2017 Louisville Slugger 517 Omaha Review.Jump to the full review.
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We recently spent considerable time in the cage with the new 2017 Louisville Slugger 517 Omaha. That direct analysis, combined with well over a thousand hours of writing, reviewing and researching performance single piece aluminum bats, goes into our 2017 Louisville Slugger 517 Omaha Review.
The major upgrade from the 2016 516 are an improved alloy for a lighter swing speed. We can confirm that. Additionally, while the physical barrel hasn't increased much (if at all), Slugger claims the usable barrel, due to an upgraded alloy, has also increased. This, in theory at-least, creates a larger sweet spot. There really is no way for us to confirm this. Another change from previous years is a custom Lizard Skin grip.
We spent three hours in the cage using the 516 in comparison to other single piece alloy bats and other bats in the 2016 Slugger line up
The 515 Omaha from Louisville Slugger is the third of four bat in their 2015 top shelf bat line.
The vast majority of big box store mass production bats are single piece alloy designs. However, few of them are designed to reach peak performance in terms of BBCOR and BPF standards. Within those few stands the 517 from Slugger. Two others come to mind: the 2017 Rawlings 5150 and the 2017 Easton HMX Speed.
JustBats purchased the exclusive rights to the CAT 6. That is, the updated look on the CAT 6—with the red base and white accents—is a JustBats only bat. The expectation, as far as we understand it, is that such will be the case indefinitely. Making such an arrangement, as far as know, a first.Price Check
Maybe unsurprisingly, there are not many great 517 resources online. As the season goes on, and as many players start posting their experiences online, more should come. Putting together this review we relied heavily on our own experience with the 517 and well as the 2016 516 and 2015 515. Since the bats haven’t changed substantially, we also put some stock in general user reviews of these older models via Amazon’s and Justbats’ user reviews. We also spent a fair amount of time looking at Louisville Slugger’s site and a few other vendors’ product offerings to confirm sizing. Here is the list:
The 517 from Slugger is a single piece aluminum bat. It is a straight forward bat that doesn’t boast any new tech. It, after all, a bat. And they make no bones about it.
From a pure weight and length perspective, few bats have more iterations than the 517 from Slugger. This is due, in large measure, to the bat’s success in terms of parent and player appreciation. Parents, we are assuming, appreciate the price point, and many players are perfectly happy with the bat’s performance. Such has been the case, and with the 2017 version, it looks like it will continue to be so.
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