2018 Easton Ghost X USABat Review

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Our 2018 Easton Ghost X USABat review comes on the heels of hours of hitting, testing, measuring and discussing the bats performance. While most players will be disappointing in the general performance of EVERY USABat (especially compared to previous BPF 1.15 models) the Ghost X in a USABat has the familiar feel, sound and balance most have come to love, and are willing to pay a premium for, in the performance bat.

2018 Easton Ghost X USABat Review

Easton Ghost X Exit Velocity Testing vs Rawlings Quatro

Best Place to Buy

Every major and serious bat outlet will sell the Ghost X in a USABat. We suggest you check your regular haunts---and don't expect any real discounts until the middle of May 2018 or beyond. We like to check Amazon and eBay as well as places like justbats.com and closeoutbats.com. Or, you can also just check Easton directly too.

2018 Easton Ghost X USABat Recommendations

2018 Easton Ghost X USABat Review

If your guiding principle in bat choice is the feel at contact, on both mishits and hits, then we suggest you seriously consider the 2018 Easton Ghost X USABat. Easton has perfected the art of the two piece composite bat and although this class of bats is new for 2018 the feel at contact is old hat for those familiar with the Mako's of days gone by.

In terms of performance, we have yet to find a USABat that has blown us away. Clearly the standard is as restrictive as everyone has said it is. However, if you are forced into to USABat box then, in terms of composite barrel performance, the Ghost X has proven our best bet yet.

In many of our exit speed tests we have found aluminum barrels to outperform composite ones in USABat speed tests. However, we think there too much data noise in isolating exit speed data to cast to wide a net on actual barrel performance. In the end, we think those willing to spend any amount of money for a baseball bat have the Ghost X on their short list.

If you are looking for an ultra light swing with a massive barrel then you will struggle to pass up the 2018 USABat Ghost X. Those who can handle a bit more weight might like the Easton Beast X instead. Or, if they want a drop 8 two piece composite your only option, and luckily a good one, is the Ghost X USABat in a drop 8.

Easton Ghost X USABat Construction

2018 Easton Ghost X USABat Review

Generally, there is no difference between the Ghost X in the USABat space when compared to that of the BBCOR and USSSA space. That is, the Ghost X is a two piece composite bat built with a big barrel, light swing and a very smooth feel on both hits and mishits.

Time will bear out what general design the USABat market tends to favor. Most have their bet on the two piece composite market where USSSA bats aslo tend to do remarkably well. Youth players tend to require the lightest swing for the most amount of barrel on a bat that also doesn't destroy your thumbs on mishits. And, traditionally, two piece composite bats (like the Easton Ghost X) have fit that bill.

We think the dark horse in the general USABat space may be two piece hybrid bats like the Easton Beast X. Aluminum barrels may have a slight advantage in the USABat space as to deliver more mass at contact. However, the increases in MOI might be too much to handle for some. Time will only tell how the swing weight and swing speed tug-o-war will play out in this newly minted bat category.

Voodoo One USABat Comparables

Best USABat

In the beginning, there are three two piece composite bats in the USABat space. Those include the Easton Beast X, the Rawlings Quatro and the Mizuno Ghost. By January of 2018 there will be four as DeMarini plans to add a CF Zen to the mix. As time goes on more two piece composite bats will be added to the mix.

Our hitters have preferred the Easton Ghost X over the other two two-piece composite bats in the space, but it has been close. The Mizuno Ghost has a larger barrel and the Rawlings Quatro feels fantastic at contact. Athough we think both worthy competitors to the Ghost X we think Easton's two piece composite USABat's combination of a smooth feel, massive barrel, great balance and performance testing to give it the edge. Turns out, though, it is also more expensive.

DeMarini Voodoo One Sizing

2018 Easton Ghost X USABat Review

Easton's Ghost X comes in two drops for 2018 in the USABat world: drop 8 and a drop 10.

  • Drop 10: 28, 29, 30, 31 and 32-inch
  • Drop 8: 30, 31 & 32-inch
6.3
Pop
8.3
Durability
7.8
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
6.2
Feel on Mishits
5.6
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