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2020 DeMarini Voodoo Review

2020 DeMarini Voodoo Review

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2020 DeMarini Voodoo Review: Best Hybrid. Proven. The DeMarini Voodoo has long been one of our favorite bats. Last year it was our favorite USA Bat. We contend there, as we will here, that a hot out of the wrapper USA performing bat with a CF like connective feel is a perfect fit for the USA player. In BBCOR the Voodoo is our favorite hybrid bat with a top end exit speeds regardless of price or design. The only lackluster Voodoo is in USSSA which is overshadowed by its more expensive CF kin. Our Score: 9.9/10 (BBCOR); 9.9/10 (USA); 8.0 (USSSA).

Our hitters love the feel of the 2020 DeMarini Voodoo. Younger hitters, especially those in the USSSA space, have an expectation of better off the bat feel than the Voodoo offers. But, BBCOR and USA players think its a great performing and feeling bat, worthy of most serious baseball players look… Jump to the full review.


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Our hitters love the feel of the 2020 DeMarini Voodoo. Younger hitters, especially those in the USSSA space, have an expectation of better off the bat feel than the Voodoo offers. But, BBCOR and USA players think its a great performing and feeling bat, worthy of most serious baseball players looking for balance a great connective piece.

There are now several versions of the Voodoo in 2020 and keeping track of them is not easy. In short, the Voodoo is a balanced bat that comes in a BBCOR, USA and USSSA. There is also a Voodoo One that is a single piece version (without the connected handle) of the Voodoo. As well, there is a “The Goods” bat that is new for 2020 that replaces the Voodoo Insane in BBCOR of previous years.

Recommendations

The 2020 DeMarini Voodoo is a balanced swinging bat with a more reasonable price point and a top end two piece connection. As such, we think it works well for the hitter who likes needs bat speed and a smooth contact feel but also does not want the hand ring associated with stiffer aluminum barrels. Do NOT think of the Voodoo as a poor man’s CF. It is a hot out of the wrapper bat that many college players prefer due to its aluminum barrel. Granted, many of those hitters like the stiffer feel found in an Insane or The Goods version of the bat. But the idea is roughly he same for younger guys that like hot out of the wrapper aluminum bats.

Although the end cap is changed from 2019 to 2020, we don’t think that enough to pay much of a premium for the newer one. Unless you are fully committed to the color scheme of the 2020 Voodoo, we suggest you prefer a discounted 2019 version over this years as long as supplies in your size last.

BBCOR Voodoo Recommendations
2020 DeMarini Voodoo Review

The 2020 BBCOR DeMarini Voodoo is a CF type feel with an aluminum barrel. There is no work in period. The swing weight feels just the same and the connective piece is exaclty the same. The only difference is the aluminum barrel on the Voodoo and the composite barrel on the CF. We think the Voodoo is less popular than it should be. The price point makes it attractive too.

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USA Voodoo Recommendations
2020 DeMarini Voodoo Review

In USA we recommend the bat across the board. The drop 10 and drop 5 are big hitters with long sweet spots and a top shelf feel on hits and mishits. The USA version gets buried a bit in the marketing literature due to the fact DeMarini has a more expensive CF in the USA space. Just because people aren’t talking about it doesn’t mean it isn’t fantastic.

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USSSA Voodoo Recommendations
2020 DeMarini Voodoo Review

USSSA bats are dominated by huge composite barrels. Although the 2020 DeMarini Voodoo does have the same high end connection piece of the very much loved CF, the aluminum barrel on the Voodoo has yet to attract a lot of attention. Most aluminum barrel shoppers in the USSSA space stay with a bat like the 518 Omaha or Marucci Posey28 Metal. This does not mean that bat is without recommendation. The right player the Voodoo well—more than likely a drop 5 hitter with great bat speed. But, in practice, most USSSA hitters tend towards composite barrels or the higher end single piece alloys in the USSSA market. If you want a two piece connection on an aluminum barrel in the drop 5 or 10 space then this 2020 DeMarini Voodoo will be your ticket.

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2020 vs 2019 Voodoo

Compared to the 2019 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced the only change is a new "ReACTOIN END CAP". This new end cap helps with barrel durability without sacrificing swing speed. The Reaction End cap is the upgrade in each of the BBCOR, USA and USSSA line as well as the 2020 CF models. Otherwise, expect the same bat with X14 alloy in the barrel, a two piece hybrid with the 3-fusion technology that DeMarini uses in all their high end bats. The real changes between the 2019 and 2020 DeMarini Voodoo lines is actually what is NOT there: the Voodoo Insane. Instead, DeMarini adds a "The Goods" bat in that place that has a stiff connection and heavy swing weight.

2019

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Voodoo Balanced

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

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2018

Voodoo Balanced

After a couple of games and several hours in the cage with the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced we are prepared to deliver some feedback.

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Comparable Bats

If you want a balanced HYBRID bat in the BBCOR, USA or USSSA space their really are NOT a lot of options. Slugger’s hybrid (the Select line of bats) are end loaded. Rawlings does not have a traditional hybrid bat for 2020. Marucci’s CAT 8 Connect is also end loaded.

Easton, for 2020, has a 2-piece hybrid bat called the Fuze Hybrid. It is, at least for 2020, the most comparable bat to the 2020 DeMarini Voodoo. But, unlike the Voodoo, the Fuze will only come in a BBCOR for 2020 while the Voodoo has a USSSA, USA and BBCOR.

2020 The Goods

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2020 DeMarini The Goods Review: Endloaded, Stiff, Big Hitting. We put the 2020 DeMarini The Goods two piece bat in the hands of 3 serious BBCOR ball players. Each found the bat to swing heavy (in a good way), feel great and look fantastic. We also watched many NCAA 2019 College World Series players give it a shot. The bat is a great shift from the Voodoo Insane of 2019 and is clearly built for the big hitter who still likes a two piece hybrid instead of a single piece aluminum. Our Score: 9/10.

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2020 Select

Compare the Select Review

This comprises our 2020 Louisville Slugger Select and 2020 Louisville Slugger Select PWR review. The former (no “PWR”) is a balanced swinging drop 10 and 8 USA hybrid bat as well as a VERY end loaded drop 5. The later (with the “PWR”) is a BBCOR version of the bat that is the next generation of the end loaded 719 Select. Both bats, the Slugger Select and Slugger Select PWR, comprise Sluggers’ 2020 two piece hybrid line. We hit both bats for this review, compared exit speeds and swing weights to previous years and write this 2020 Louisville Slugger Select Review.

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2018 Beast X Hybrid

Compare the Beast X Hybrid Review

Easton continues their two piece hybrid design for the 2018 class in a newly named Easton Beast X Hybrid.

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Research: 2020 DeMarini Voodoo

2020 DeMarini Voodoo Review

Voodoo Vs The Goods

Voodoo Vs Voodoo One

2020 Voodoo Construction

The 2020 DeMarini Voodoo in BBCOR, USA and USSSA is a two piece hybrid bat. This means the barrel is aluminum while the handle is composite. This setup delivers a hot out of the wrapper bat (no work in needed) and the comfort of a nice two piece feel on hits and mishits. The bat’s durability increases over its more expensive CF brother, but still packs a good punch and feels fantastic.

For 2020 they added a new end cap called the Reaction End Cap. Redesigning the end cap to hone in the swing weight and perfect the durability is a common approach that most bat companies follow for a bat.

Bat Sizing Options

  • 2020 USA DeMarini Voodoo Drop 10 | 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
  • 2020 USA DeMarini Voodoo Drop 5 | 30, 31, 32-inch

  • 2020 DeMarini Voodoo USSSA | Drop 10 | 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
  • 2020 DeMarini Voodoo USSSA | Drop 5 | 30, 31, 32, 33-inch

2020 DeMarini Voodoo Review

  • 2020 DeMarini Voodoo BBCOR | Drop 3 | 30, 31, 32, 33-inch

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Player Feedback Rating:
8.5
Pop
9.5
Durability
9.5
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
9.5
Feel on Mishits
9.5
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