We have now spent considerable time both in the cage and during games with the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One balanced.
The bat is built for a value purchase in the single piece aluminum space for players who want that hot out of the wrapper feel on a light swinging single piece aluminum bat. From our view, it is easily recommendable. In more detail below are our 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One reviews and recommendations.
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DeMarini Voodoo One Video Review
Why You Might Like: The price—or a performance space bat the Voodoo One reaches more players’ bottom lines; Stiff, singe piece bat delivers great power transfer to the ball; Hot out of the wrapper means no work in period—you know it’s ready to rock on day one. Why You Might Not Like: Barrel size could be larger, but it is not small; Although the light swing helps generate; Control and bat speed, it works against you in terms of overall power; Although hand ring was not a serious concern with our testers, do know that single piece aluminum bats tend to ring the hands more on mishits than the buttery feel of two piece bats
BBCOR Voodoo One
DeMarini Voodoo One
We recommend the 2018 Voodoo One for the all fields hitter with occasional power who likes a light swing and the hot out of the wrapper feel of a single piece aluminum. Its distinguishing feature, when compared to most other bats on the market, is the stiff feel of a single piece bat. The bat swings more akin to wood than two piece bats.
USA Voodoo One
DeMarini Voodoo One
After much hitting of the Voodoo One, we think it a decent option for the value USABat space. It lacked the feel and barrel size we like on more expensive bats. No specific technology to dampen the sting really made smaller players shy away. But, for stronger hitters that don’t mind hand sting, or a good BP type bat for cold weather, the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One USABat might be the perfect fit.
In terms of barrel size it leaves at least a bit to be desired. But it’s price point, and single piece design, put the barrel size, swing weight and barrel size in the same categories of other similar bats.
USSSA Voodoo One
DeMarini Voodoo One
The bat is a great game bat for the hitter described above. But, it is also a great game bat for the player willing to move into the realm of big boy single piece wood and aluminum bats. It could be considered, if you will, the gateway drug for a player looking to ultimately use wood.
2018 vs 2016 Voodoo One
The biggest upgrade to the line of the 2018 Voodoo One Balanced is the addition of sizes. As in 2017, the bat will come in a drop 10 2 3/4 as well as a BBCOR. For 2018, expect an additional drop 10 in the 2 5/8 space as well as an iteration in the new USAbat makeup.
In terms of overall performance, barrel size and swing weight, there are no considerable differences between the 2018 and 2017 models. The 2017 model, especially in the BBCOR space, was a rock star of a bat. The vast majority of individual reviews, including our own review, were glowing. For the right type of hitter the 2017 Voodoo One Balanced was a perfect fit. We expect it to be no different for the 2018 model.
In terms of a single piece aluminum bat the world is your oyster. There are literally dozens of cheap and not so cheap single piece bats on the market today.
If you narrow those down by ones claiming to be in the performance space and those that have a light swing weight, the list gets much smaller.
One bat that still fits the bill is the 2018 Louisville Slugger 517 Omaha. It, like the Voodoo One, comes in a number of sizes and focuses on a lighter swing within a single piece aluminum bat.
There are other similarly priced single piece aluminum bats. Those, like the Rawlings VELO and Marucci CAT 7, also use some variable wall thickness and unique tech in the handle or knob to be different enough that we would keep them off the comparable list.
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2018 DeMarini Voodoo One USA Bat Review (In Depth)
Not to be confused by the name, although you could have fooled us, the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One Balanced is not the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced USABat. This article is the the single piece 2018 DeMarini USABat Voodoo One Review. The hybrid version (aka just DeMarini Voodoo) is identified by a connective piece between the barrel and handle. The Voodoo One is a drop 10 in a 2 5/8 barrel meant for the new USA Bat standard and is intended as the entry level model in DeMarini’s performance line of 2018 bats
Voodoo One Construction
The Voodoo One in the USABat space, much like its BBCOR version, is a straight forward aluminum single piece bat. DeMarini makes not audacious claims about the inner workings of their barrel on this bat. They use a high grade aluminum barrel that is the same one they use on the more expensive hybrid Voodoo bat.
The most innovative piece found on the Voodoo One is the end cap. The end cap uses three pieces fused together to help increase durability and control swing weight. But, make no mistake, it is ultimately an end cap—and it’s hard to get too excited about that.
Voodoo One USABat Comparables
There are atleast a few single piece bats in the drop 10 space within the USABat standard. Most notably, and likely most comparable swing to the DeMarini Voodoo One USABat is the Rawlings VELO drop 10.
Both bats are single piece aluminums, have a light swing weight and in run a similar price point. Rawlings’ does use an extended composite end cap and technically has a lighter swing weight, but they are close.
Neither bat has a remarkable barrel size and the hand sting on both is to be remembered. But, in terms of a single piece aluminum meant to take a beating and at least put you in the performance category of bats, the Voodoo One and Rawlings VELO are spot on.
2018 Voodoo One Construction
As a single piece aluminum bat there are not many unqiue changes a company can make. (Ahem, says the Rawlings VELO). DeMarini’s Voodoo One is a light swinging single piece aluminum bat built with a large barrel and stiff feel in mind.
DeMarini refers to this alumimnum as a X14 alloy. It is the same material used in the 2017 bat. The alloy is a reference to an aluminum with different additives. Those additives are often proprietary to the companies that make them and are used to create a more durable bat without sacrificing swing weight and barrel size.
Bat Sizing Options
Below is the list of sizes the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One balanced will be offered in. The 2 5/8 drop 10 as well as the USAbat are new to the 2018 line.
BBCOR 31 to 34 inch
Big Barrel 2 3/4 Drop 10
Senior Barrel 2 5/8 Drop 10
USAbat Bat Drop 10