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Best Fastpitch Softball Bats

After testing, here are the Best Fastpitch Softball Bats our players and parents found.

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By Brian October 6, 2019 3:42 pm

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2020 DeMarini CF

After lots of testing, measuring and feedback, our hitters liked the exit speeds and feel of the 2020 DeMarini CF best. The 2020 DeMarini CF is the best fastpitch softball bat for 2020. It's a crazy smooth smash with a big barrel, light swing and fantastic performance from swing one.

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2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel

Although a heavy swing, the 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel for fastpitch is a remarkable bat. It clobbers balls, gets fantastic ratings and our power high school hitters thought it the best fastpitch softball bat for 2020.

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2019 Louisville Slugger Xeno

While supplies last for 2019 bats, our hitters picked the Slugger Xeno as their favorite overall bat. They user ratings bear this out too. It comes with a great feel, long barrel, big time performance and a price point measurably below other bats in its class.

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Update October 6, 2019: After hours of hitting, measuring and testing we think DeMarini’s 2020 CF stands out among the best fastpitch softball bats. There are many good options from the 11 performance softball bats we extensively tested for 2020. We report here much of that data and insight we gained from real independent players.

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DeMarini Easton Slugger Mizuno Easton Easton Louisville Slugger DeMarini Mizuno
CF Ghost Double Barrel Xeno Power Carbon FS400 Ghost Double Barrel LXT CF F20 PWR CRBN1
$349 $349 $299 $300 $ $349 $349 $349 $249
4.9/5 4.9/5 5/5 4.8/5 4.8/5 5/5 5/5 5/5 5/5
Light, Super Hot Out the Wrapper End Loaded, HOT Stiff, Great Performance, Fantastic Price Great Exit Speeds, Good Balance Inexpensive, Great Ratings, Perfect Value Buy Heavy Swing, Huge Barrel, Great Pop Light Swing, Tons of Sizing Options, Great Performance, Perfect Feel Light, Huge Barrel Stiff, Big Hits, Great Price

Best Fastpitch Softball Bats

We took three high school players and every 2020 fastpitch bat we could find (which was all of them). In truth, all fastpitch bats performed well. Taking everything into consideration, we think DeMarini’s CF is the best fastpitch bat for 2020. Still though, you’ll notice in our video the two hitters we featured like bats that are NOT the DeMarini CF. Instead, they liked the Prism and the Easton Ghost as the best fastpitch softball bats. Good choices. As are several other 2020 fastpitch bats. The parity between high end bats is close, closer than we’ve ever measured it in 2017, 2018 and 2019 fastpitch bats. It’s hard to go wrong.

Best Fastpitch Softball Bats

1. 2020 DeMarini CF

Best Fastpitch Softball Bats

Details Rating: 4.9/5 | Features: Light, Super Hot Out the Wrapper | Price: $349
Reasons to Buy
  • Super Long Barrel and Sweet Spot
  • Top End Exit Speeds From Our Testing
  • Feels Great On Hits and Mishits
  • Plenty of Sizing Options
Reasons to Avoid
  • Expensive
  • Not Stiff Enough For Some

Overall, our hitters loved the feel of the 2020 DeMarini CF. The barrel size is solid, swing weight fits right where most players want it. We also found the exit speeds, among all three hitters, as the best. To boot, the bat comes in a drop 10 and 11 in what feels like every inch size available. The distribution of DeMarini is vast and the bat can be found any serious fastpitch bat store. 

The only real disadvantage is the bat's price and the fact it didn't change that much from last year. So, if you can find the 2019 version for cheaper than its worth a try. Otherwise, the 2020 CF in fastpitch stands a perfect blend of balance, feel, barrel size and rocket type power out of the wrapper. Every hitter of ours had the best exit speeds with the CF compared to every other performance bat on the market for 2020.

See More: 2020 DeMarini CF Review

Best Fastpitch Softball Bats 2020

2. 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel

Best Fastpitch Softball Bats 2020

Details Rating: 4.9/5 | Features: End Loaded, HOT | Price: $349
Reasons to Buy
  • Long Barrel
  • Powerful Swing
  • Great Durability
  • Best User Reviews
  • Great Exit Speed for Big Hitters
Reasons to Avoid
  • Expensive
  • Does have a 20% Heavier Swing Weight than many other bats in its same scale weight class

In terms of popularity in the elite fastpitch bat space, no bat does better than the 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel. It is Easton's third iteration of the bat and comes with what many feel like is an unrivaled punch. Our data shows the bat swings quite heavy---like 20% heavier than the DeMarini CF. Although the stated weights are the same between the two bats, the swing Easton Ghost Double Barrel for 2020 puts more of its mass towards the end cap. It explains, we think in large measure, why many feel like it has the pop it does.

Still, despite its heavy swing, big and small players love it alike and the price of the 2019 version has stayed well above what other fastpitch bats do in the offseason. If you're willing to spend the money, are okay swinging a bat that runs with heavy swing weight, then be prepared to destroy some fastpitch balls this spring with the best 2020 fastpitch softball bat.

See More: 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel Review

Best Fastpitch Softball Bat 2019

3. 2019 Louisville Slugger Xeno

Best Fastpitch Softball Bat 2019

Details Rating: 5/5 | Features: Stiff, Great Performance, Fantastic Price | Price: $299
Reasons to Buy
  • Stiff Feel
  • Great Durability
  • Proven Winner
  • Better Price Point
  • Top End Exit Speeds
Reasons to Avoid
  • To Stiff a Feel for Some
  • Hard to Find in Your Size since its 2020 bats now

Just because the 2019 Louisville Slugger Xeno hasn't been updated in a few years doesn't mean it isn't fantastic and well worth every penny. The industry hasn't learned anything ground breaking for several years so its very reasonable to think a 2019 bat can be better than any 2020 bat. Or, for that matter, a 2015 or 2016 bat being better than any 2020 version. The problem, though, is supply. Bats run their course and manufactures only make so many.

The 2019 Louisville Slugger XENO. Although a few were close, we liked the Xeno’s wide range of options, great feel, more reasonable price point and straight jack like performance.

The most common sentiment towards the 2019 Xeno fastpitch bat, and in large measure why it was ranked #1, was it’s feel. The feel is stiffer than most other high end performance bats. As such, you may feel more in the hands. But the added stiffness also translated more exit velocity. Our hitters, on average preferred this. 

Nothing sounds quite like the Xeno. For years this glass cracking sound turns heads. Many palyers equate that sound with big hits and they are usually right. The crack sound, by the way, is made by the barrel compressing into an inner-barrel ring inside the Xeno.

Our exit speed tests, as well as the player direct feedback, thought the Xeno was the best performing (or thereabouts) 2019 fastpitch bat. We measured the exit speeds on hundreds of hits and of this much we are certain: The 2019 Xeno Can Rake.

Because not much has happened with Xeno in a few years (it really is the same as last year’s bat with an end cap upgrade) the Xeno doesn’t drive as high a price. But, our experience has been the bat still rakes as well as any ‘new and improved’ bat out there. Better yet, even out of the ate, the 2019 Xeno is a good $50 less than other top end bats. In the end, this is why we gave the 2019 Xeno the best fastpitch bat prize over other similarly rated bats. 

See More: 2019 Slugger Xeno Review

Best Softball Bats 2019

4. 2019 Mizuno Power Carbon

Best Softball Bats 2019

Details Rating: 4.8/5 | Features: Great Exit Speeds, Good Balance | Price: $300
Reasons to Buy
  • Great Exit Speeds
  • Good Balance
  • Something Different
Reasons to Avoid
  • Durability Problems
  • Still Not Cheap

If you want an off the radar pick for a best softball bat check out Mizuno's 2019 Power Carbon. For 2019 it rated out as the best exit speed producer within all three of our hitters. That said, throughout the year the reports on durability didn't come back so high. Our bat lasted plenty, but there was enough buzz to give a lot of folks pause.

Still, though, Mizuno’s Power Carbon did remarkably well in our rankings and user feedback. Exit speeds were top shelf, the feel was loved and the swing weight sat right in line with the XENO. For a bat we had barely heard of the Mizuno Power Carbon was a huge, welcome, surprise.

See More: 2019 Mizuno Power Carbon Review

Best Budget Fastpitch Bat

5. 2018 Easton FS400

Best Budget Fastpitch Bat

Details Rating: 4.8/5 | Features: Inexpensive, Great Ratings, Perfect Value Buy | Price: $
Reasons to Buy
  • Inexpensive
  • Great Value
  • Good Performance
  • Good Feel on the middle of the barrel
Reasons to Avoid
  • Not the best exit speeds
  • Could feel better on mishits

If you are still tepid about your long term comittment in the compettive fastpitch sapce. Every player we had hit with the LXT had between good and great things to say about the bat. Performance, feel and sound were on the top of most lists. The history of Slugger’s LXT success in the fastpitch space is compelling too.

Best Fastpitch Bat for Power Hitters

6. 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel

Best Fastpitch Bat for Power Hitters

Details Rating: 5/5 | Features: Heavy Swing, Huge Barrel, Great Pop | Price: $349
Reasons to Buy
  • Long Barrel
  • Powerful Swing
  • Great Durability
  • Best User Reviews
  • Great Exit Speed for Big Hitters
Reasons to Avoid
  • Expensive
  • Does have a 20% Heavier Swing Weight than many other bats in its same scale weight class

There's a reason we rank the Easton Ghost as the best 2020 fastpitch bat---despite the fact it has a real heavy swing. The thing drops bombs, swings heavy and any heavy hitter in the fastpitch space just loves it. Of all the best awards on this article, ranking Easton's 2020 Ghost Double Barrel as the best fastpitch softball bat for power hitters is the easiest choice.

See More: 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel Review

Best Girls Softball Bat

7. 2020 Louisville Slugger LXT

Best Girls Softball Bat

Details Rating: 5/5 | Features: Light Swing, Tons of Sizing Options, Great Performance, Perfect Feel | Price: $349
Reasons to Buy
  • Lots of Sizing Options
  • Tons of Give in the Connection to Create a World Class Feel on Contact
  • Performance Good Enough for the Best in the Country
  • Above Average Durability with a Long History of Top  End Performance
  • Light Swing
Reasons to Avoid
  • Expensive
  • Some Want a Stiffer Bat
  • Some Don’t Like Light Swings

If you want the best girls softball bat (and by girls we think you mean younger players---not so much advanced high school gals) then our testing shows the 2020 LXT is almost always a great fit. The bat swings light, comes in a number of sizes (as small a  16-ounce, 28 inch up to a 26-ounce, 34-inch).

Better yet, the bats feel on hits and mishits is a thing of beauty. No matter where you hit the ball on the barrel it feels great. More advanced hitters tend to not like that feature---because they want more feedback as where the ball flies. But, most younger softball girls looking for their first serious bat in fastpitch think its a great feature. It also encourages faster swings and more attack on the ball. If you're looking for the best softball bat for girls then, if you're willing to spend the money, then the 2020 LXT X20 is the bat for you.

 

See More: 2020 Louisville Slugger LXT Review

Best Fastpitch Bat for Slappers

8. 2020 DeMarini CF

Best Fastpitch Bat for Slappers

Details Rating: 5/5 | Features: Light, Huge Barrel | Price: $349
Reasons to Buy
  • Super Long Barrel and Sweet Spot
  • Top End Exit Speeds From Our Testing
  • Feels Great On Hits and Mishits
  • Plenty of Sizing Options
Reasons to Avoid
  • Expensive
  • Not Stiff Enough For Some

We think our best overall fastpitch bat is also the best fastpitch bat for slappers. DeMarini's 2020 CF is a light swing with a massive barrel built specifically for the slapper type player. Sure, it also works well for the player looking for to get base hits. But, the lighter versions of the bat really take what they learned from the DeMarini Slapper of years gone by and put it into the 2020 DeMarini CF.

Although not cheap, we think it the best fastpitch slapper bat on the market. That said, we also think Sluggers LXT, DeMarini's Prism and Mizuno's Carbon and Axe's AvengeLite make a legit case too. Those bats all swing light and would work quite well for slapping.

See More: 2020 DeMarini CF Review

Best Value Fastpitch Bat

9. 2020 Mizuno F20 PWR CRBN1

Best Value Fastpitch Bat

Details Rating: 5/5 | Features: Stiff, Big Hits, Great Price | Price: $249
Reasons to Buy
  • Great Value
  • Top End Exit Speeds
  • Huge Barrel
  • Light Swing
Reasons to Avoid
  • Might not feel as good as some two pieces, but its close.
  • $100 cheaper, but still not cheap.

If you want a bat virtually no one has heard of, but want to get the most bang for your buck, so to speak, then go with Mizuno's 2020 CRBN1. (That stands for Carbon 1). Note, this is not the PWR CRBN2. This is the white and teal one pictured. This value fastpitch bat is a single piece composite with a nice balanced swing weight, huge barrel and surprisingly great feel on hits and mishits (single piece bats can rarely do both). To boot, the CRBN1 can absolutely destroy balls. For all our hitters, the 2020 Mizuno CRBN1 led, or nearly led, the pack when it comes to top end exit speeds.

Did we mention its also about $100 less than any of the other so called performance bats on this list? If your looking for a great value buy in the 2020 fastpitch space then take a bet on the Mizuno CRBN1.

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In truth, ASA and USSSA fastpitch bats perform well across a lot of companies. You’ll notice, even in our video,t he two hitters we featured chose bats that were NOT the DeMarini CF. Instead, they liked the Prism and the Easton Ghost. Good choices. As are several other 2020 fastpitch bats.

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Why Trust Us?

Well, maybe you shouldn’t. We are simply a group of parents and players looking to document our collective performance on fastpitch and baseball bats. We don’t profess to be the end all be all in determining bat performance. That quest is usually better left to science labs. But, for what it’s worth, we’ve swung every baseball, softball and fastpitch bat in the performance space since the middle of 2013. With that said, we’ve reviewed hundreds of bats.

Within that process, we not only swing the bats extensively but we talk to manufacturers about the bat’s design. We talk to players at all levels of the sport about their experience. Also, we study every available review we can find online or elsewhere. Then, we take that data and put together a 700 to 1200 review that, at least we believe, is the most thorough and objective you would be able to find.

As well, we don’t sell bats as a manufacturer or a vendor. As such, we aren’t incentived one way or another to push a certain brand or bat type. No doubt, we do have incentives. Our incentives lie in convincing the reader to click on an ad or follow a link to buy something on Amazon. Not a guilt free process for sure, but it doesn’t come with any particular brand bias (as long as they sell it on amazon or ebay).

Our Biases

We don’t imply this should mean we have no biases—all baseball and softball players do. We are among them. But we can say our livelihood does not depend on you preferring a particular brand of bat that we review. In the end, we are parents and players who love the game and think it good to share the data and feedback we’ve compiled. Our hope is the approach is both nonthreatening and unbiased. If other parents and players find something useful in these pages then we feel successful.

What Makes a Good Fast Pitch Bat?

Within our testing, four common themes arose from players discussing what they did and did not like of any particular bat. They are (1) the barrel size, (2) the balance point and (3) the feel of the bat at contact and (4) the bat grands’ reputation. All preferred a larger barrel. Most preferred a balance point in the middle of the bat instead of toward the end. And nearly all preferred a relatively smooth hit on contact. These four factors weigh heavily in our decision to determine the best fastpitch softball bat.

Areas of Concern

It’s an admitted stretch to claim we’ve found the best fastpitch softball bat. Not that we can’t test and measure things scientifically, but hitting, at its core, is much more an art than it is a science. What bat is best for you specifically can not be decided by some metrics and hitting data we’ve gathered. As such, we disavow any claim here that the LXT Plus is the BEST bat for everyone. Instead, we claim this fastpitch bat is the best for more people than any other. As well, we’d be comfortable stating, nearly every player would have good success with this bat. If it is indeed the particular ‘best’ for your hitting and type and needs is a question we simply can’t answer.

How We Tested & Picked

To make our decision we’ve spent over 200 hours testing, reviewing, reading and writing reviews on every performance fastpitch softball bat in the market. This includes nearly 40 fastpitch models with a nearly innumerable sizing options. Most of our testing happened in cage work. Much of the rest on the field among different hitters. Almost always the hitter had multiple fastpitch bats at their disposal. The hitter would often change between one particular bat and another in a matter of just a minutes.

Further, we’d spend considerable time hashing out particulars of many of the bats we used with those who used it and those who manufactured it. Many of these conversations, with both players and engineers, were long and helpful. Additionally, we found to our surprise, writing our own fastpitch softball bat reviews, which were to be vetted our readers, kept us on our toes. Our data needed to be both accurate and helpful. Some days a very tall task when considering bats in the performance fast pitch space are so very similar. Those processes above have led us, over the course of the years, to conclude which bat generally fits the most amount of players. This isn’t to say we’d hesitate to recommend other bats—as there are a handful of good ones. But the 2016 Louisville Slugger Drop 10 LXT Plus consistently rises to the top any way we slice the data.

Should You Buy Used Fastpitch Bats?

Ebay searches for the 2016 LXT Plus from Slugger are plentiful. Many of those searches turn up used bats—the history of which is often questionable. There are some circumstances in which we’d suggest buying a used LXT Plus. In particular, we are more willing to purchase an LXT plus that is a few months old instead of a few days old. There is a higher probability a composite bat has defects when it’s yet to really be used. The fact the hitter never had a good enough experience with the bat to keep it suggest something may be wrong. This reality keeps us away from ‘used’ bats that are only a few weeks old. On the other hand, bats with a season or so of good use prove the hitter had good success with the bat but really just outgrew it. Composite tends to get more productive over time so a bat with a year of use likely performs better than one out of the wrapper. As such, we look for a dirty handle and scuffed up barrel as a good thing in the used market.

Comments

isabella says:

i use the louisville LXT for slapping and love it.

David Chinn says:

Really happy to see you included the one piece Muzuno F20 PWR CRBN 1 in your current testing. I’m a big one piece bat fan and few brands do them justice. Mizuno and Marucci certainly do! Looking forward to your test results.

David,

Thanks for noticing. Our hitters REALLY liked the 2020 Mizuno Carbon 1. Big hit across the whole barrel and really a great and more reasonable price point. Highly recommendable for sure.

David Chinn says:

The 2018,2019 David Chinn and 2020 Mizuno fastpitch softball bats all hace Double Wall Construction.

David Chinn says:

You should know that the F20 PWR CRBN 1 Mizuno is a one piece bat and comes only in drop 8,9 snd 10. In the right hands it might be a power hitters dream come true! Hope you test it.

David Chinn says:

The Mizuno fastpitch softball bats have always been great and more innovative then the eell known brands!

Crystal says:

My 9 year old has a 2018 Xeno drop 11 she had for 2 years now. She is hitting solid in the cage but she does swing late at times. We just purchased a 2019 LXT drop 12 hoping it will help in her late swings…we shall see.

Jeff Miller says:

Has anyone tried the Axe bat Avenge or Avenge Lite? My daughter is 13 and been using the 2018 Element 33/21 and it has plenty of pop. Looking at 2 piece composite bats and she is very comfortable with the Axe handle but rarely see them in reviews against other regular handled bats. Looking for any feedback as not everyone has $300 to drop on an inferior product. Looking for a little guidance.

Julie says:

Has anyone used the 2019 Rawlings Quatro softball bat? Any positive or negative feedback?

My daughters first two-piece construction Fastpitch bat was the Xeno. As she has grown we bought another xeno, and then we decided to switch to the LXT when it was time to get a longer bat. She is an aggressive contact and power hitter. It has been a struggle for her to get acclimated to the LXT, and after 3 months it had some pieces come loose on the inside. We are actually relieved because now it has given her the opportunity to switch back to Xeno with a warranty replacement. We are so excited for her to start swinging with the 2019 xeno drop 10. I think the bat just gives her more feedback when she swings with it. She has had to start using her old Xeno since the LXT broke and her hitting has improved so much. It is shorter though so now that the longer bat is in I am almost fully confident she will ease right in.

Sounds great Britany. That Xeno is tried and true. Glad you like it like our hitters do.

Crystal says:

You are using bat models Mizuno Carbon 2 (black and blue) and Mizuno Power Carbon (black & purple) interchangeably in this article. Which one was actually the front runner? If going by the picture and the video, I would think Power Carbon – but you call it the Power Carbon 2 which is putting the 2 names together, help! We are thinking about just buying one to try out because we can’t find a single place within 3 hours of us to go swing one.

Hey. Thanks and sorry for the confusion. The Power Carbon is the one we like. The Carbon 2 is fine, but not like the Power Carbon. Which, turns out, is also a 2 piece bat—hence our misstatements. We corrected the instance of the Power Carbon 2 in the article to read Power Carbon. The video is of the Power Carbon. Thanks.

Chris says:

Great review! You mentioned the drop on the various test bats in this review. Curious to see the length of the bats being used by the girls. I am assuming 31” but hoping you had that data. Thanks and again exceptional and super informative review!

David. A few differences. The 2018 is a single wall bat, the 2019 is double. The 2019 and 2018 have different types of connection pieces too.

They have the same handle and, as far a we can tell with the sizing we have, a very similar barrel profile.

David Chinn says:

How is the Mizuno Power Carbon 2 any different from the 2018 Mizuno Ghost (except for the paint job)?

Diego Diaz says:

Can you test and review the new Demarini Prism and the Mizuno Titanium F19 and check the performance and the exit velocity? I have interest on these bats, but I am not sure that these $400 bats can do better that the Ghost, Xeno,the CF Zen and/or the Mizuno Carbon 2.

We are working on those bats as we speak. Should have some stuff up this coming week. You’ll also find the raw exit speeds, when we finish those here shortly, on our raw exit speed data test.

Thanks for reading!

Mike says:

Did you plan to review the Easton ghost? I would interested to see where it compares. I know the 2018 models had comparable exit speeds to the Mizuno.

Hey Mike,

Thanks for the note. We don’t have the Ghost in this set because it isn’t an ASA bat and we were just using fastpitch girls (highschool) to test the bats—and didn’t think it a great comparison. We’ll have some more data on the ghost later this year. And we’ll need to get an ASA version of the ghost in to do the testing. It’s weird they have a dual stamp bat, but we get it. Anyways, hope that helps.

eric cash says:

You should test dirty south bats kamo and lady swag…. plenty of pop in those bats.

True. Eric. We are on it!

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