Published: February 25, 2016 | Last modified: December 4, 2017
If you found this page by searching for the ‘best drop 10 bat’ then you’ve come to the right place. You can also find some broader categories on this site like our best bats page, best youth bats or best fastpitch bats. We also have other best articles by drop. You may appreciate, for example, our best drop 12 bats or best drop 8 bat pages too.
The reason, as far as we see it, is there are several types of drop 10 bats. Fastpitch Softball bats come in a drop 10 version—usually made for stronger contact hitters; Senior League baseball bats using 2 5/8 inch barrels also have a drop 10; Big Barrel bats with 2 3/4 maximum barrel sizes can be in a drop 10; youth barreled bats with a max diameter of 2 1/4 inch can also be found in a drop 10.
Ergo, your question about the ‘best drop 10 bat’ clearly depends for what league you are looking. We break down each of the leagues below and give you a short snippet of our answer for best drop 10 bat as we see it. You will also find a link to the article we wrote on that category of bats in detail.
Best Drop 10 Bats
1. Louisville Slugger Xeno Plus
The drop 10 fastpitch bat market comes deep and wide with options. That particular swing weight is built for the average size to stronger hitter in the youth to high school leagues and the contact hitter in collegiate leagues. The Drop 10 in fastpitch fits squarely in the middle of hitter needs. As such, it is the most popular bat drop in the fastpitch space.
We discussed our favorite fastpitch bat in our article, fittingly named, the best fastpitch softball bats writeup. Generally, players looking for the best drop 10 fastpitch bat appreciate that perfect combination of power and fineness to deliver solid drives to the gap. Most drop 10 players aspire to hit in the 1, 2 or 3 hole. As well, the performance based drop 10 bats almost always come with a composite handle and composite barrel. These features lower hand sting and give a good feel at cotact.
2. Easton MAKO Youth
The good news, if you’re looking for a drop 10 bat in the 2 1/4 youth barrel space, is the options are limited. The reason: Unlike the fastpitch space where every company makes a drop 10 in their bat line, not all companies that make a 2 1/4 youth barrel baseball bat. Even if they do it is not common to make a 2 1/4 barrel bat in a drop 10. You can see some of these options in our best 2 1/4 youth baseball bat article.
The drop 10 in the Easton MAKO XL1 is a strong bat with a massive punch. It is built for the stronger player in their last year or two of Little League. It offers a lot of punch and if you can swing it you should be swinging it.
3. Combat MAXUM
Both 2 5/8 and 2 3/4 barreled bats are often referred to as “Big Barrel”. We have an entire best big barrel bats section. Many (including us) have tried to categorize the 2 5/8 as the Senior Barrel and the 2 3/4 as the “Youth Big Barrel” but the terminology has really yet to catch on. As such, the 2 5/8 and 2 3/4 bats are lumped into the same category with many parents and players not realizing there is indeed a difference.
Do note, many leagues do not allow a 2 3/4 but do allow the 2 5/8. 2 5/8 is the same barrel diameter for BBCOR. In the drop 10 category, both 2 3/4 and 2 5/8 bats are plentiful.
By way of performance, we do have a feel for our favorite big barrel drop 10 baseball bat. It is the same as our best big barrel bat article we wrote a few weeks back. That is, the 2016 Combat MAXUM. The Maxum is a single piece composite stick made with a stiff feel and serious barrel size. It is, far and away, the largest barrel on the market in either the 2 5/8 or 2 3/4 category of drop 10 bats.
There are, we must note, several exceptional bats in this drop 10 category of “Big Barrel” bat. DeMarini’s CF8 and CF Zen as well as Easton’s MAKO Beast and Slugger’s 917 are fatnastic. But, we keep going back to the humongous barreled Maxum.
The Final Say, For Now
There are, as we discussed above, several more facets to the question what is the best drop 10 bat. We have that category in the baseball Senior League 2 5/8, the Big Barrel 2 3/4 and the Youth 2 1/4 as well a number of fastpitch bats (which are, by the way, 2 1/4 inch barrels).
As we say in every ‘best’ bat article we write: the term ‘best’ is a misnomer in the sense that a best bat is very player and swing dependent. We simply found the above bats to serve the largest audience of ‘best’. Clearly your swing, budget, size and goals will determine the best bat for you. That hunt, if the above didn’t solve your riddle, should start here on our bat reviews page.