After 2 solid hours in the cage with Slugger’s 2017 917 Prime in tow we have a good grasp on its total performance, how it compares to it’s predecessor and what type of hitter will appreciate this bat the most.
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We’ve also measured it’s swing weight and overall barrel size in relation to its peers as well as considered user reviews. Our emails with Louisville Slugger’s bat team and our thousands of hours in the bat evaluation space were also helpful in our review.
We spent 8 hours evaluating and researching the 2016 Louisville Slugger 916 Prime baseball bat.
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The 2017 Louisville Slugger 917 Prime fits in the most competitive niche of non-wood baseball bats. That is, the light swinging two piece composite space with an emphasis on a large barrel and max performance. This realm is not only the most crowded space but also the most expensive. Easton’s MAKO, DeMarini’s CF Zen, Adidas RBZ and Axe’s Avenge are just a few.
It should also be noted, the most crowded space in the bat market is also the most coveted. A light swinging bat with a buttery feel even on mishits with an over sized barrel for maximum contact possibility is what most players want if they have the choice.
We get dizzy, admittedly, when we start measuring and weighing and endlessly comparing performance-based top-shelf baseball bats. Specifically comparing those in the same class as the 917 Prime (the two piece composite balanced bats) gives us clinical vertigo.
These bats are so much more alike than different and, what we all know but don’t admit enough, any great hitter will be fine with any of them. However, we do think a certain type of hitter would appreciate the 917 Prime from Louisville Slugger’s 2017 line more than other types of bats. Those criteria would include at least some of the following. The hitter:
When compared to the 2016 Prime the 917 has many similarities. Namely, the bat’s general construction is built for the player who likes a light swinging two piece composite with a buttery feel and a good sized barrel.
There are a couple of differences very much worth noting. The 2017’s version improves upon the size of the usable sweet. A new composite in the 917, likely developed in conjunction with Slugger’s new boss Wilson (who owns DeMarini too), expands the length of the usable sweet spot when compared to the 916. It’s a noticeable difference in the cage. Also, Slugger tightened the connective piece (they call the TRU3 design) for added durability and a little more feel at contact.
The 2017 Louisville Slugger 917 Prime will be available in the following sizes.
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