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2019 Axe Elite Review

Axe’s most popular bat is the Axe Elite. That popularity is due to its big size offerings and great player feedback. It also fits well as a value bat as Axe isn’t nearly as popular as it should be, which ultimately pushes the price down especially when they come off of manufacturer agreed upon pricing. In other words, if you want a value bat that isn’t well known in the hybrid space its likely there’s an Axe Elite out there with your name on it.

We have been fans of the ergonomic handle on the Axe bat for several years. If you’ve yet to try it then you’re missing out and in just a matter of a few swings you’ll be accustomed to it. The Elite is likely Axe’s best bat—as a two piece hybrid with hot out of the w… Jump to the full review.


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We have been fans of the ergonomic handle on the Axe bat for several years. If you’ve yet to try it then you’re missing out and in just a matter of a few swings you’ll be accustomed to it. The Elite is likely Axe’s best bat—as a two piece hybrid with hot out of the wrapper performance. Generally, our players liked the feel of the bat especially in the USA and drop 5 USSSA versions. The BBCOR version was middle of the pack but still recommendable as general BBCOR differences are small.

Recommendations

Depending on the size you are looking for Axe’s Elite likely has a good option for you. In particular, big hitters in the USA or USSSA space will should consider the drop 5 and we’d recommend that bat for the drop 5 type looking for a balanced swing. (DeMarini’s CF or Slugger’s Select are also great in this department but swing much heavier than the Elite). BBCOR bat isn’t bad but is clearly made for hitters who want an aluminum barrel. The USSSA version are recommendable if you can find them at a good price. Generally, we think the best in the line is the drop 5’s and recommend them often.

BBCOR Elite Recommendations
2019 Axe Elite Review

Axe’s Elite BBCOR is a good bat with some serious potential at the plate. Those in the hybrid space that pass on bats like the Voodoo or Select for any given reason have a real option in the Axe Elite. We like its balanced feel, smooth feel and are fans of the ergonomic handle.

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USA Elite Recommendations
2019 Axe Elite Review

The USA drop 5 version of the Axe Elite is highly recommendable. Those dabbling in the drop 5 space or really considering a jump up from the drop 8 should consider the Axe on their short list. Of course the USSSA space brings with a few highly sought after bats like the CF and Easton Ghost (from 2018), but the 2019 Axe Elite in a drop 5 is a hidden gem whose lack of market awareness helps keep the price down. It’s a great value buy and we’d be all over it if we were in this market segment.

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USSSA Elite Recommendations
2019 Axe Elite Review

We are very high on the drop 5 version of the Axe Elite. It’s a balanced drop 5 for that big 12 or 13 year old looking for a ton of pop in their last years of little league baseball. The drop 10 and 8 are decent but don’t get the type of positive feedback the drop 5 does. Still, though, in the hybrid space there aren’t a ton of great USSSA bats. Save the Voodoo the Axe Elite is one of your only options in the space and if you’re looking for this type of bat then go for it.

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2019 vs 2018 Elite

Not a lot of changes from last year's bat. Check out our 2017 and 2016 model review.

2018

Bat Review

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After a few hours in the cage, a few at the field, and a number of conversations with major vendors and the manufacturer, we take a swing at our 2018 Axe Elite Review.

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Comparable Bats

If you’re looking for an ergonomic handle then your only option is Axe (they have the patent). So, there’s that. But, if you are looking for a two piece hybrid bat with a balanced swing you have at least a few optoins. Most notably is DeMarini’s Voodoo balanced line of bats. In BBCOR, at least for 2020, you have an Easton Fuze too. Slugger makes what is likely the most comparable in terms of sizing options in their Select line of bats. Which one is best? It really just depends on what you want out of a bat but, without a doubt, the Axe is the right choice for some—especially those looking for a more ergonomic handle.

2019 Voodoo Balanced

Compare the Voodoo Balanced Review

Before we are confusing, the 2019 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced is often referred to as just the 2019 DeMarini Voodoo.

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2019 719 Select

Compare the 719 Select Review

The 2019 Louisville Slugger 719 Select is a hybrid bat that serves the two piece space well.

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Research: 2019 Axe Elite

2019 Axe Elite Review

2019 Elite Construction

The Axe Elite (not to be confused with the Axe Elite One) is a two piece hybrid bat. Meaning, the handle is composite and the barrel is aluminum. As well, the bat’s knob is shaped like and Axe to help with more ergonomic swinging. Axe claims the handle increases swing speed and they have some data to back up the claim. Expect a hot out of the wrapper bat with a smooth connection piece. Barrel size is good too.

Bat Sizing Options

The bat comes in lots of sizes.

  • BBCOR | 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
  • USA Drop 5 | 30, 31, 32-inch
  • USSSA Drop 5 | 30, 31, 32-inch
9.5
Pop
9.5
Durability
9
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
8.5
Feel on Mishits
9
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