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The 2017 Z-Core XL from Easton is a revamp of the 2015 model. (You can see that here). Knowing that and adding to that our knowledge of the general upgrades from the 2017 Z-Core, we write this 2017 Easton Z-Core XL Review.
You may also find value in visiting the 2017 Z-Core Speed and Hybrid reviews. These two bats are built with the same barrel as the XL, just with a balance point more toward the knob. You may also find the entire 2017 Z-Core and MAKO lineup overview helpful as well.
Why & How We Would Buy
We would buy the 2017 Z-Core XL if we were:
- a power hitter who wants an end loaded swing
- a legit high school or collegiate player with sound mechanics
- happy with honest feedback on every hit and the occasional hand sting
- looking for a large barrel for a single piece aluminum alloy
We would price shop. Starting here (Amazon). Since there aren’t any changes from the 2016 version, we would look for new, in wrapper, warrantied bats from trustworthy vendors in a 2016 model, as there isn’t a significant difference with the 2017 version.
Why We Might Not Buy
We would not buy the Z-Core XL if we were:
- looking for a balanced or hand loaded bat weight distribution
- in need of buttery smashes of two piece composites or hybrids
- not in a BBCOR league
- still in the growing phase and our mechanics weren’t perfect (we’d prefer a balanced bat in the two piece composite space)
- on a serious budget or looking for used (aluminum is hottest out of the wrapper)
2017 Z-Core XL Sizing
As we mention above, Easton’s 2017 Z-Core XL will come in BBCOR only. This means, as you may know, the bat is a drop 3. That is, the numerical difference between the bat’s length in inches and the bat’s weight in ounces is three.
BBCOR also restricts the pop of the bat to the 1.15 BPF bat standard. 1.15 BPF bats are in the youth space.
Lengths of the 2017 Z-Core XL will come in 31, 32, 33 and 34 inches.
2017 Z-Core XL Construction vs 2016 Z-Core XL Speed
Like last year’s 2016 Z-Core, the 2017 version is a single piece aluminum alloy bat with a heavy swing weight. The barrel is the exact aluminum barrel found in all the Z-Core lines. For at least a couple years now, Easton has used an inner sleeve in the bat’s design to increase the size of the barrel and sweet spot. It is the largest barreled single piece alloy on the market.
Our measurements showed this bat swings about 20% heavier than the MAKO. The Easton Z-Core XL is 10% heavier than the Z-Core Speed. These measurements confirm the bat as one of the heaviest swinging sticks per bat length on the market.
Where Else To Look?
Here we link some places we found some helpful information in writing our review.
- The Amazon review section on the 2016 Z-Core Hybrid (mostly unhelpful, but sounded good).
- The Z-core Section on the Easton site lacked objectivity, as they should, but it was worth a look.
- Our 2016 Z-Core Review was helpful. (The making of an aluminum log).
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