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Bat Actual Weight vs Bat Stated Weight

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In conjunction with our exit speed bat testing and our barrel size measurements, we weigh bats and compare it to the stated weight. We found that stated bat weight is rarely what a bat actually weighs. Below we measured every bat we have had for testing this year and put them in the table. We weighed the bat on a reliable kitchen scale. We also note the difference between the stated weight and the actual weight as well as identify what league the bat are made for.

Are There USABat Weight Problems?

The short answer is no.

Among the threads and pages we follow in the bat space, there has been a general sentiment that USABats are weighing more than they are stated to weigh. While that is true, our data below shows they do not weigh more than their stated weight any more than USSSA or BBCOR bats do. In fact, our average shows that USABats stated weight are more reliable than BBCOR or USSSA bats.

USABats tend to weigh 1.13 ounces more than their stated weight while BBCOR bats are 1.17 ounces heavier. USSSA are the worst offenders on average and weigh 1.31 ounces over their stated weight.

Swing Weight vs Actual Weight vs Swing Weight

As we discuss at length in our best bat weight article, there is considerable difference between the stated weight, actual weight and the swing weight of the bat.

In short, the stated weight is what is printed on the knob. Actual weight is what a bat literally weighs. The swing weight is how difficult a bat is to swing and becomes a function of the actual swing weight and how the weight of the bat is distributed along the length of the barrel.

This article dissects the actual weight of bats. While it may be a useful exercise (and one factor in determining the swing weight of bats), the real important factor, that of swing weight, is not shown below.

In other words, don't read too much into the following. The right bat weight is still about the feel of the bat and that is really a determination of swing weight---not stated weight or actual weight.


Average USABat Weight Difference

1.13 Ounces

Average BBCOR Weight Difference

1.17 Ounces

Average USSSA Weight Difference

1.31 Ounces


Why Do Bats Weight Different than Stated?

One of the very first things we noticed when we started seriously reviewing baseball bats 5 years ago is how many had a different actual weight than the stated weight. In fact, very few bats actually weigh what they say they do and most weigh more. Some even weight upwards of 10% more than their stated weight.

We have asked basically every bat company why their bats weigh more than the stated weight. The most common response blames the weight difference on the grip and end cap.

Companies that tend to have a more accurate stated weight claim that those companies that have a wide margin between stated and actual simply have poor quality control. While we are sympathetic to their claim, simply because we think it dumb they claim it weighs one thing yet weighs another, the fact the bats are consistently the same overweight is not commentary on quality control.

Why no Drop 8.75 Bats?

Rather, the difference is a function of companies trying to fit bats in a certain category while also producing a bat to a certain standard. Bats, especially youth and little league baseball bats, are categorized by the drop. (The drop, we are sure you know, is the numerical difference between the bat's weight in ounces and length in inches). As such, if a company sets out to make a good drop 10 bat, for example, their tweeks and turns over the course of several months and years to the point where development often pushes the bat off the exact target of bat weight. And, when deciding between the perfect feeling and performing bat and redefining a new category of bat (say a drop 8.75) they opt for the less disruptive route.

This is by no means an excuse for the bat companies, but it is at least a reasonable explanation.

Stated Weight vs Actual Weight

Year

Bat

League

Stated Length

Stated WEight

Actual Weight

Difference

2018

Axe Avenge

USSSA

30

20

22.0

+2

2018

Axe Avenge

USSSA

31

21

23.6

+2.6

2018

Axe Elite USABat

USABat

32

27

28

+1

2018

Axe Origin Pro Hyperwhip

USSSA

31

21

23.6

+2.6

2018

Boombah Cannon

USSSA

30

20

19.8

-0.2

2018

Combat Maxum

BBCOR

33

30

31.1

+1.1

2018

DeMarini CF Zen

USSSA

31

21

23.0

+2.0

2018

DeMarini CF Zen

USSSA

32

22

23.4

+1.4

2018

DeMarini CF Zen Balanced

BBCOR

33

30

30.7

+0.7

2018

DeMarini CF Zen Insane

BBCOR

33

30

31.2

+1.2

2017

DeMarini CF Zen Retooled

USSSA

31

23

24.45

+1.45

2017

DeMarini CF Zen Retooled

USSSA

31

21

23.4

+2.4

2018

DeMarini Voodoo Balanced

USABat

31

21

22.3

+1.3

2018

DeMarini Voodoo Balanced

USSSA

31

21

22.1

+1.1

2018

DeMarini Voodoo Balanced

BBCOR

33

30

31.1

+1.1

2018

DeMarini Voodoo Balanced 2 3/4

USSSA

31

21

21.8

+0.8

2018

DeMarini Voodoo Insane Endload

BBCOR

33

30

30.7

+0.7

2018

DeMarini Voodoo One

USABat

31

21

22.45

+1.45

2018

DeMarini Voodoo One

BBCOR

33

30

31.1

+1.1

2018

Easton Beast X 2 3/4

USSSA

31

21

21.9

+0.9

2018

Easton Beast X Loaded

BBCOR

33

30

31.4

+1.4

2018

Easton Beast X Speed

BBCOR

32

29

30.7

+1.7

2018

Easton Beast X Speed

BBCOR

33

30

31.2

+1.2

2018

Easton Ghost X

BBCOR

33

30

30.9

+0.9

2018

Easton Ghost X

BBCOR

32

29

29.75

+0.75

2018

Easton Ghost X

USABat

31

21

21.5

+0.5

2018

Easton Ghost X

USSSA

32

22

22.75

+0.75

2018

Easton Ghost X 2 3/4

USSSA

31

21

22.2

+1.2

2018

Easton Ghost X Hybrid

USABat

31

21

22.4

+1.4

2018

Easton Ghost X Hyperlite

USABat

31

20

19.8

-0.2

2018

Easton Magnum

USABat

29

19

21

+2

2017

Easton MAKO Beast

BBCOR

32

29

30.25

+1.25

2017

Easton Z-Core Lock & Load

BBCOR

33

30

30.7

+0.7

2018

Marucci CAT 7

BBCOR

33

30

31.00

+1.0

2018

Marucci F5

BBCOR

33

30

30.95

+0.95

2018

Marucci F5

USSSA

27

17

18.35

+1.35

2018

Marucci F5

USSSA

31

21

21.8

+0.8

2018

Marucci F5

USSSA

30

20

21.15

+1.15

2018

Marucci Hex Alloy

USSSA

30

20

20.9

+0.9

2018

Marucci Hex Alloy

USSSA

31

21

22.1

+1.1

2018

Marucci Posey Metal

USSSA

30

20

21.2

+1.2

2018

Mizuno Covert

BBCOR

33

30

31.25

+1.25

2018

Mizuno Covert

USABat

31

22

23.55

+1.55

2018

Mizuno Generations

BBCOR

33

30

31

+1.0

2018

Mizuno Ghost

USABat

31

21

22.1

+0.1

2018

Mizuno MaxCor

BBCOR

33

30

31.15

+1.15

2018

Rawlings 5150

USSSA

31

21

21.7

+0.7

2018

Rawlings 5150

BBCOR

33

30

31.1

+1.1

2018

Rawlings Machine

USABat

30

22

22.7

+0.7

2018

Rawlings Quatro

USABat

29

19

20

+1

2018

Rawlings Quatro

USABat

31

21

22.55

+1.55

2018

Rawlings Quatro

BBCOR

33

30

31

+1.0

2018

Rawlings Quatro

USSSA

31

21

22

+1.0

2018

Rawlings VELO

USSSA

31

21

21.7

+0.7

2018

Rawlings VELO

BBCOR

33

30

30.85

+0.85

2018

Rawlings VELO Drop 10

USABat

32

22

23.15

+1.15

2018

Rawlings VELO Drop 11

USABat

31

20

21.75

+1.75

2018

Rude American MOAB

BBCOR

33

30

30.6

+0.6

2018

Rude American MOAB

USSSA

31

21

31.25

+0.25

2018

Slugger 518 Omaha

USSSA

31

21

22.5

+1.5

2018

Slugger 618 Solo

BBCOR

33

30

31

+1.0

2018

Slugger 618 Solo

USABat

31

20

21.35

+1.35

2018

Slugger 918 Prime

BBCOR

33

30

30.95

+0.95

2018

Slugger 918 Prime

USSSA

31

21

21.7

+0.7

2018

Slugger 918 Prime

BBCOR

31

28

29.1

+1.1

2018

Slugger Omaha 517

BBCOR

33

30

31

+1.0

2018

Trinity

BBCOR

33

30

31.25

+1.25

2018

Warstic Gunner

BBCOR

33

30

30.65

+0.65