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2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha Review

2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha Review

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With the exception of a swing weight increase on the 33 and 34-inch BBCOR, the 2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha stays unchanged. That is a good thing.  We think the entry level hitter looking for a big barrel on a more reasonably priced bat will like it. As well, big hitters who want a stiff and durable bat will love it too—as many college players prove true. We have hit with the bat among several hitters, tracked exit speeds and measured its metrics. That data goes into this player generated 2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha review.

Our hitters like the big barrel and great feel when you put on on the sweet spot. Off the sweet spot you can expect some hand sting. But, many choose it over bats that are several hundred dollars more due to its performance and price points.

Note, the 33 and 34-inch bats swing very heavy. … Jump to the full review.


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Our hitters like the big barrel and great feel when you put on on the sweet spot. Off the sweet spot you can expect some hand sting. But, many choose it over bats that are several hundred dollars more due to its performance and price points.

Note, the 33 and 34-inch bats swing very heavy. In fact, the 34-inch BBCOR Omaha is the heaviest swinging BBCOR bat Slugger (and pretty much anyone) makes. The 32, 31, 30 and 29-inch bats have an average to below average swing weight per length in the BBCOR category.

The 29-inch BBCOR is an ultra light swing, only slightly heavier than the lighest swinging BBCOR bat which is the Slugger Solo in a 29-inch.

Recommendations

We recommend the 2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha to players looking for a performance bat that is a value buy. It is a bang for your buck bat for sure. Although more expensive two piece bats feel better on the hands and likely have better performance on the outer ends of the barrel, the 2020 Omaha can make it fly if you can barrel it up and hits on the sweet spot feel as good as any thing on the market today.

BBCOR Omaha Recommendations
2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha Review

As we mention above, the 2020 BBCOR swings ultra heavy for the 33 and 34-inch versions. But, the 32, 31, 30 and 29 are between average and light for their weight class. If you want a balanced feel than the 32 will make some sense. But the jump from the 32-inch BBCOR to the 33-inch BBCOR feels like a 25% jump in swing weight. Most inch differences are closer to 10%. In other words, a different kind of hitter will swing the 33 when compared to the 32, so choose accordingly.

Clearly, Slugger made the 33 and 34 for big hitters who want a big stick and kept the 32 and below for the high school type player looking for a new 2020 bat and a value purchase.

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USA Omaha Recommendations
2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha Review

In truth, no USA bat has really come ahead of the pack. If any, we think Slugger’s more expensive hybrid brother, the Select series, is the winner. That Select series uses a very similar alloy in the barrel as the Omaha USA. But, the end cap and handle are different. If you are in love with the USA Select series from Slugger don’t think the 2020 Omaha is a comparable cheaper substitution, it is actually quite a bit different in feel and performance. That said, the 2020 Omaha USA bat is an entry level USA bat that, at least to date, has proven good enough performance that bats three times their price aren’t worth it. We’d buy a Omaha USA before a two piece composite in this space. Granted, we’d buy a hybrid bat in this space before any other.

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USSSA Omaha Recommendations
2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha Review

The drop 5 version of the Omaha gets amazing ratings. The heavier drop on a well built single piece aluminum bat can absolutely rake in the right hands. The drop 10 version isn’t as loved. Those looking for a light swing via a drop 10 tend towards composite barreled bats that have a bigger barrel and longer sweet spot. That said, plenty of drop 10 players like the Omaha enough and the price point makes it attractive.

There is also a coach pitch version of the bat (aka JBB) that runs at about half the price. This is a great bat for the young guy looking for a big barrel and a great looking bat, we think. But, for sure, the bat is not rated for the speeds that a drop 10 or drop 5 USSSA youth player might see. don’t expect you’re getting a deal on the 28/18 in a JBB that is half the price of the 28/18 drop 10.

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2020 vs 2019 Omaha

Compared to the 2019 Louisville Slugger Omaha 519 there are no changes with the single exception of the 33 and 34-inch BBCOR swing weights---which increased dramatically. The 32-inch and below are the same bat. On the USA and USSSA versions, the graphics are upgraded and that is it. Expect the same ST7 Alloy, 1 piece connection, Hub End cap and standard grip are on the 2020 Omaha.

2019

Bat Review

519 Omaha

We've hit with every 2019 Omaha 519 from Slugger. This series of bats, not changed much over the course of several years, is just what the traditionalist ball player prefers.

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2018

518 Omaha

We had an exclusive sneak peak at the Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha. The bat comes with a few upgrades when compared to the 517 Omaha.

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2017

Bat Review

517 Omaha

As one of the very first to swing the original 515 and 516 Omaha from Louisville Slugger, we have hit regularly with each of those bats over the course of the last two years.

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Comparable Bats

A single piece aluminum bat has some friends. There is not a bat company on the planet which doesn’t try and produce a big barrel, average swing on an aluminum bat in the performance space. The most successful of these is Marucci and their CAT line. Rawlings Velo and 5150 as well as DeMarini’s Voodo and Easton’s Beast line are all good examples. Each have their own reasons with the CAT winning in popularity and feel. Otherwise, if you’re struggling to choose between the Omaha and another single piece aluminum our advice, in most instances would be: flip a coin, move on with life.

2019 Velo

Compare the Velo Review

After recording several hitter’s experience with the 2019 Rawlings Velo, we write this review.

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2020 CAT 8

Compare the CAT 8 Review

We are bombarded with questions about the release date of the Marucci CAT 9.  But, the 2020 Marucci Cat line in BBCOR is the CAT 8 Black. They only release every other year. This year, they updated the color scheme on a few of their bats due to the new white bat NCAA ban.

For the heretofore unknown Marucci CAT 9 (if that is even what it will be called) we have no expectation for that release for until the summer of 2020. But, that is just our guess based on their previous release of the CAT 8 and CAT 7 in years passed. They are capable of surprising all of us. You will note, the 2020 USA CAT bat is called, just that, the 2020 Marucci CAT USA.

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2020 Solo

Compare the Solo Review

Our 2020 Louisville Slugger Solo review comprises the USA, USSSA and BBCOR versions of the bat. We have hit each of the Solo bats extensively in game, cage and tee work among several different hitters. Compared to 2019 the only change is an upgraded end cap on the BBCOR version to give even a little lighter swing weight. The USA and USSSA stay the same save the graphics. Hitters should expect the same broad sizing options, light swing, big barrel considering its construction and high end performance. Our expectations are, as it has been in years past, that the 2020 Slugger Solo will be the bat of choice for the value seeking serious baseball player as well as the occasional rec player who wants a reasonable top end bat.

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Research: 2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha

2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha Review

2020 Slugger Omaha vs Solo

Both the Solo and the Omaha are single piece bats. But, the Solo uses an extended composite end cap that helps bring down the swing weight. As such, you’ll find the Solo swings 5 to 10% lighter than the Omaha in any length/weight option.

As well, the 2020 Solo comes stock with a more premium grip. It feels a bit more like a Lizard Skin while the Omaha’s stock grip in 2020 is pretty basic. Both work, but it is a fundamental difference.

In terms of overall performance, it is very hitter dependent. The Solo works best in hitters looking for all the bat speed they can muster. Smaller and newer hitters tend to prefer the bat—especially in the USA space where the Solo comes in a drop 11 while the Omaha only has a drop 10. Bigger hitter, or those more on a budget, will like the stiff feel and super responsive feedback you’ll get on power drives and mishits.

Both bats will ring your hands if you mishit the ball.

 

2020 Omaha Construction

The 2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha is a single piece aluminum bat with a simple end cap and standard grip. With the exception of the 33 and 34-inch BBCOR bat the 2020 Omaha should be considered an average to light swinging bat. The bat has not changed fundamentally upwards of 5 or 6 years—and this is not a bad thing.

Bat Sizing Options

In BBCOR you’ll find a 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34-inch version. Remember the 33 and 34 inch version are end loaded bats while the 32-inch and below swing light.

2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha BBCOR Review

The USSSA 2020 Omaha comes in a drop 10 and a drop 5 with a 26 to 32-inch and 30 to 32-inch length, respectively. As well, there is a coahc pitch/jbb version of the 2020 Omaha in a 25 to 28-inch version.

2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha USSSA Review

2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha Junior Big Barrel Review

For 2020, the USA version of the Omaha is, again, a drop 11 in sizes 27 to 32-inch.

2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha USA Review

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Pop
10
Durability
9
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
7.5
Feel on Mishits
10
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