After hitting with the 919 Prime from Slugger in four games and several hundred hits in the cage, among a few different players, this is our 2019 Louisville Slugger 919 Prime Review. Generally, the bat feels much like it did last year.
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The two piece composite with a smooth connection makes for a great feel on hits and mishits. We’d recommend it for hitters who want a bat with a balanced to light swing weight, a great feel on hits and mishits, as well as a smooth connection.
There are a few fundamental changes to the 2019 Prime when compared to the 2018 Prime.
We hit with the 918 Prime for an entire season. One of our BBCOR players used the 32/29 during his high school play.
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.
The two peice composite bat space is no stranger to competition. Every serious bat company seems to make a really good one in this space. In terms of a similar swing weight and feel on contact look for the 2019 CF Zen and the 2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro. Each of those bats, like the 919, come in a number of sizes and leagues.
If you want to be crazy then Slugger sure would like to see you consider their Meta 9 Prime. New for 2019 this is the flagship bat of Slugger’s bat offering. It has some serious upgrades from the 919 Prime and worth a look. If you can believe it, it also costs more.
The big buzz this year, we predict, will be the Meta 9 Prime from Slugger. If for anything the fact it our prices every bat on the market by $50. But, the meta is a stiff feeling and massively barreled two piece composite bat.
Of course those looking at the 918 will wonder why not save $50 and get the other two piece composite barrel in Slugger’s line up (the 919 Prime). We suspect many will face this dilemma. Ultimately, there are two things you’ll find in the Meta 9 you won’t find in the 919 Prime. If that is worth your $50 we simply can’t tell.
Note, as well, the Meta 9 will ONLY come in a BBCOR sizes. Expect the 919 in USA, USSSA and a wide range of BBCOR sizes.
The 919 Prime from Slugger is a two piece composite bat. Meaning, the bat’s barrel and handle are constructed separate and then put together post production. How a bat connects its handle to its barrel considerable affects its performance and feel. Slugger’s connection is know for a real great feel on both good and bad hits. It is not a terribly stiff connection. Which, of course, has its downsides too in that you might loose some power on off-center hits.
We liked the 918 Prime in BBCOR so much because it came in a great range of sizes. Especially in BBCOR. It was one of the only composite BBCOR bats you could find in shorts like a 30.
Expect the same generous sizing options in the 919 prime. That is, short USSSA and BBCOR options.
Maybe most noteworthy, the 2019 919 Prime will come in a USA Bat version also. This is big news for Slugger fans who spent much of last year looking for a high end USA Bat but couldn’t find a slugger option (although the 718 did just fine).
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