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FYI: There is a newer version of this bat

We hit with the 918 Prime for an entire season. One of our BBCOR players used the 32/29 during his high school play.

He loved the smooth feel on hits and mishits as well as the occasional bursts of power. The balance was right in line for this 2 hole base hitting type player. We would recommend the the bat for the same. That insight, and others, are found in this 2019 Louisville Slugger 918 Review.

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Industry Reference Guide

Other reference pages on the 918 Prime can be found no these industry pages below. We refer to them, as well as our own data and experience, to write this 2018 Louisville Slugger 918 Prime review.


Louisville Slugger 918 Prime Video Review



Recommendations

BBCOR 918 Prime

Louisville Slugger 918 Prime

This is Slugger’s 3rd iteration of their high end two piece composite bat. It has improved, no doubt. Online reviews give it great ratings and most players who want a light swinging two piece composite bat in the BBCOR space are pleased. Good performance and a top shelf feel—it is hard to even make your hands hurt.

USSSA 918 Prime

Louisville Slugger 918 Prime

Not sure why the USSSA big barrel Prime series of bats from Slugger have failed to gain traction in the Big Barrel space. Seems like players tend towards DeMarini’s CF Zen or the Cat 7 or Cat 8 before they go this route. Regardless, these bats are real good finds and you often pick one up for cheap.

2018 vs 2017 918 Prime

The most exciting thing for the 2018 Slugger 918 Prime is the opportunity to create a custom bat. Slugger has taken, almost verbatim, the site from their sister company DeMarini and built the opportunity to produce a custom bat.

We were given a chance to take the process for a spin pre-release and can say it was as smooth as we could hope for. Dozens of great color options, the chance to personalize the barrel and the lizard skin options were all great touches. You can expect an update to this page when we get our hands on our Custom 918. Here is an image of the bat we produced.

Comparable Bats

Not many years ago, the two piece composite space only had a few legitimate options. Now, several two piece composite bats grace the plate. In addition to the 917 Prime, another very similar bat is the Easton MAKO Beast.

At the time of this writing, the MAKO Beast is the most recent BBCOR bat on the market for Easton. It is a 2017 model. Soon, for 2018, Easton will release an Easton Ghost bat in BBCOR. At this point, how comparable that bat will be to the 917 Prime is anyone’s guess.

See the Beast and other BBCOR bat reviews here.

Research: 2018 Louisville Slugger 918 Prime

2018 Slugger 918 Prime Review

918 Prime Swing Weight

The 918 is the second lightest bat of the 4 marquee bats in the 2018 Slugger lineup. It runs with  a swing that is about 5% heavier than the 618 SOLO, about 5% lighter than the 518 Omaha and about 10% lighter than the 718 Select.

Custom 918 Prime

It took the requisite 4 weeks to get out 918 Custom. Although the pictures don’t quite do it justice, the thing is flat out beautiful.

2018 Slugger 918 Custom Review

End Cap, Composite Design 

918 Upgrades don’t just stop at the custom option selector. Compared to the 917, you can expect a larger barrel. This is made possible by a new composite structure and the change of a lighter weight end cap. And, a lighter end cap allows for more mass in the barrel. Slugger smartly used more of that mass to create a larger barrel.

2018 Slugger 918 In Depth Review

The 2018 Prime brings with it a new end cap and a new composite structure. This, ultimatley, produces a larger barrel than the 917 Prime and should be a welcome relief to those who found the 917 lacking in barrel size.

The new micro composite barrel structure also adds to the weight decrease this year. Expect a light swinging two piece composite with a good sized barrel. All, we think, great upgrades from the 2017 version. And, if the price is right, worth the premium.

As well, the 918 will use the same TRU3 connective piece that was found in the 2017 917 Prime.

Bat Sizing Options

  • BBCOR 31 to 34 Inch
  • Big Barrel Drop 12, 10, 8, 5

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