After testing, here are the Best Slowpitch Softball Bats our players and parents found.
By Brian September 29, 2019 6:34 pm
Although best is relative to your league, our testers vote the Miken SuperMax Psycho as the best overall slow pitch softball bat. We like the USSSA version of this bat.Amazon
In the ASA space the brand (Monsta) is not a hard decision, but the model is. We choose the Torch LC as it is the most popular, or narrowly so. See our full list of best ASA softball bats.Ebay
In the spirit of equality, we put an Easton bat in our top 3 slowpitch bats list. The Fire Flex (pictured is the Gold one, but the blue/red one works too) is a great bat for the above average rec player. See our full list of best USSSA slowpitch bats.Amazon
Update September 29, 2019: January is around the time the 2020 slowpitch USSSA and ASA bats arrive. If, in the meantime, any bat unseats the Miken Izzy Pshyco SuperMax or Monsta Torch LC we will update this page. But we are not holding our breath. Most slow pitch softball bats don’t change much from year to year—aside from the graphics. But, there are only so many produced and availability of the best bats in previous years are often hard to find.
|Miken Izzy Psycho SuperMax||Torch LC||Fire Flex||Rival||DC-41||Fream Primo Balanced||Ultra II||Super Freak Highlighter||Thunder Bamboo/Maple|
|Hot, Great User Reviews||Ball Killer, Monstas Most Popular, Fantastic Reviews||Two Piece Composite, Not Ultra Popular But Real Good||Inexpensive, Great Ratings, Huge Value Buy||Two Piece Composite||Balanced, Smooth, Hot||Ridiculous Exit Speeds||Long Barrel, Expensive, End Loaded||Wood, Durable|
To find the best slow pitch softball bats we looked at both popularity, field testing exit speeds and elite player feedback. To find the most popular, we looked on all major sites (including Amazon, JustBats and Dicks Sporting Goods) and ranked slow pitch bats by their popularity. Those top three were the 2019 Izzy Pshyco SuperMax and Easton Fire Flex in USSSA and the Miken DC-41 in ASA. Those bats are all recommendable. In terms of field testing and player feedback we like the Monsta Torch LC in ASA and the Izzy Phsyco SuperMax in USSSA. More insight on these best slow pitch softball bats is found below.
In a list of best USSSA Slowpitch softball bats, it would be a sin to leave out a single piece option. Real men, the Ron Swanson of softball players, prefer the direct feedback of a single piece bat with its accompanying and terrifying power. With that person in mind, we think the Miken Pshyco is their best USSSA slowpitch softball bat.
If you follow ASA slowpitch much you'll immediatley recognize the Monsta name. They have, in very non traditional means, taken over the ASA space. Miken makes a good bat, sure. But the small town feel of the Monsta bat and its wild success at major tournaments put it on top of the ASA game. The TORCH LC is a two piece composite bat in its 3rd year of production. It does NOT work well with hard balls (so stay with the 52/300 or 52/275s). It comes in a drop 9, 8 and 7.
Hitters love the hot out of the wrapper performance (serious bombs from swing one), as well as the cold weather design to be used in all games.
As well, if you are not familiar with how Monsta works, their initial price is less but the bats don't come with a warranty. Instead, if it breaks within the first 90 days of purchase you can buy a replacement warranty for around $150. This model makes sense and, we think, in large measure why people are willing to try them out the first time. Most never go back.
For years we’ve only had Miken bats on this top USSSA slowpitch bats. They have dominated the USSSA slowpitch space for several years. While that has yet to really change, we do like Easton’s Fire Flex. So do a lot of others. The bat is a balanced feel and a good reprieve from the very endloaded feel of the other bats on the list.
Players who don’t like an end loaded USSSA, prefer a smoother smash of a two piece or would like to do something other than feed the Miken Beast should really like the Easton Fire Flex. Throw in the fact we could find it for a reasonable discount at the time of this writing and its a super smart choice for some variety in the dugout.
See More: 2019 Easton Fire Flex Review
If you want to stay under $100 and need a great ASA bat then look no further than the Easton Rival. Its inexpensive nature comes from its makeup. It is a single piece, single wall all aluminum bat. Other bats on this list, that always price out in the several hundred dollars, are two piece composite bats. That make up drives the price up. But, even still, the Easton Rival in a single piece aluminum can do as much damage, in the right hands, as any ASA bat on the market.
If you are in a rec league and need an ASA bat, or a more competitive league that requires ASA expect take a real close look at the Rival. As well, if you play a lot of cold weather ASA leagues or need a solid BP bat and don't want to put swings on your $300+ bat we'd suggest the Rival as the perfect fit.
For several years, especially including a 2018 Miken DC-41 , the DC-41 is a player favorite and ranks with the top of several best USSSA softball bat lists. It stands as amarquee bat in the USSSA space and few bats have ever eclipsed it. The SuperMax version of the DC-41 uses an extra ounce of end load in the cap. This moves the balance point outward and significantly increases the MOI. If you can maintain the same bat speed, then expect to add 40 to 60 feet on every hit.
If by the best women's slowpitch bat we mean the best balanced or lighter swinging bat than we'd go with the 2019 Miken Freak Primo in a USSSA Balanced. But, we not cautiously here, plenty of women can smash with a bigger bat. If that is the type of women's softball player you are then stay with the best on our list here. But, if you'd like a bit a more controlable swing and don't want the Yeti type bats made for Yeti typed men, then the 14-inch Miken Freak Primo comes with all the bells and whistles as the big time bats with just a little more weight towards the hands.
As we write in our best home run derby slow pitch softball bat article, there is no question the 1.21 Senior League Miken Ultra II is the best slowpitch softball bat of its class. This is a take no prisoners bomb dropping fool of a bat that makes even the anemic look like world beaters. The bat does struggle from some durability issues as many have noted in their reviews. But the price of dropping oppo taco bombs on church fields across the city, and later signing autographs on the way to your car comes at a price.
Anticipated for USSSA is the Miken Highlighter bat. These bats look great and have finally breached the $300 price point coming in at $329. The price bump is due to the limited edition version of the bat (each is only printed in a quantity of 1500 and is numbered on the handle).
There are several versions that match the models Miken models. So, expect bats like a SuperFreak Maxload and Supermax, as well as a Worth Legit XL and XXL. The XL and Maxload use a 1/2 endload while the XXL and the Supermax come with the 1 ounce end load. There are also changes in the barrel length on each of them so look close when you start buying IF changes in bat barrel length matter to you.
If you didn't know, Mike and Worth are both owned by the Rawlings Brand. They have, obviously, worked together to make this new set of 2019 Highlighter series.
If you're looking for a good wood slowpitch softball bat, because you're in a league that requires it or just want to show off, then the Brett Bros Thunder stick is just what you want. These are inexpensive, feel great for a wood bat and look great. These bats are wood, but they use a reinforced fiberglass resin within the bat to seal and harden the bat. This helps make it durable and light.
The Brett Bros brand is a JustBats exclusive from a local Kansas City company by the Bretts of George Brett fame. Him and his brothers have, among other things, a bat company that has the pattent on these unique wood bats with the reinfornced fiberglass resin.
We relied upon a number of sources to put together this best slowpitch softball bats article. We relied heavily on the justbats.com softball bat site. There, you can rank
different bats by category and read some hosted reviews from what appear to be real buyers and players.
We spent time on a few other reviews sites to see their rankings and reviews. We struggled to find one that had up to date information. It appeared to be more successful the more specific our searching was. For example, a search of “Best ASA Softball
Bats for Power Hitters” or a “Best Home Run Derby Slowpitch Softball Bat” was more useful than the generic “Best Slowpitch Bat.” We should also not that there are different results by using the term “slow pitch” and “slowpitch”.
The latter narrowed down a detailed list of options for USSSA hitters outside of just the DC-41.
After finding the best slow pitch softball bat, you might find yourself with more questions than you have answers. We put together the top 10 most common questions. Hopefully these softball bat answers will help in your quest too.
No. Aluminum does not require any sort of break in. In theory, in fact, you want to use your aluminum bats as little as possible because they get less hot over time. We once asked a bat engineer this question and their response was after “thousands
and thousands of hits” it will start to loose its pop.
Some composite bats, like the ASA Miken Freak Platinum above, do not require a break in period. This is because they use a double barrel structure where the outside barrel is hot out of the wrapper. However, single wall composite bats often require
at least 200 hits around the barrel to get worked in. Some bats require much, much more.
Composite is a more technical term for plastic. In other words, composite softball bats are made up of, generally, a plastic material. The fibers are structured so as to give the bat maximum durability and a barrel trampoline effect that fits
within the standard.
BPF, or bat performance factor, is a measurement of how well a ball bounces off a bat. A higher number means more trampoline. 1.20 BPF is the maximum standard many softball bats can perform at. It does not imply the bat performs exactly at that
standard, but instead, that it has been verified to perform at or below it.
Impedance matching is a complicated subject. But, in large measure, the reason the ASA vs USSSA standard is an unanswerable question is because the balls are different in each league. ASA bats are meant to perform to a certain standard on ASA
balls. USSSA bats are designed to perform to a certain standard on USSSA Balls. The bounciness of both the ball and bat play off each other to create a maximum exit speed. This relationship is called impedance matching.
Single wall composite slow pitch softball bats usually require at least 200 well hit balls to start to coming into their own. Some claim that number is well over 500. Either way, you break it in by hitting the bat on regulation balls several times
around different spots of the barrel. You can do this off a tee or in live batting practice. Check the product page of the bat you buy as some composite softball bats, like those with dual walls, sometimes do not need a break in.
Expensive is a relative term, no doubt. But few think that top end slowpitch bats are cheap. Indeed, at $300 most take serious research and resources to solve the riddle of the best slowpitch softball bat. In the end, the answer as to why they
are so expensive is because people will pay that amount. They are, like all products in a free market, a function of supply and demand.
Bats with the most hype, and many on this list, range in price between $180 and $300. That is the general price of a good slowpitch bat directly from a manufacturer. That almost always includes a warranty price along with some customer service
There is no easy answer to this question. Depending on the durability of the bat some great bats can last for 2 to 3 years with considerable use. Others often don’t last a full season in terms of maximum pop. Composite bats can lose their pop
before breaking, but in many instances, will break when their pop is gone. Aluminum is harder to determine as they rarely break, and just dent instead.
Shaving a bat is an illegal practice that removes the end cap of a bat and then uses a lathe to remove material from the inner walls. The end cap is then replaced and the bat looks perfectly normal. However, with thinner walls, the bat now produces
a greater trampoline effect. Of course, this also voids the warranty, decreases the life of the bat considerably, and is, frankly, a bit of a punkmove.
In our “Best Bat Articles” we often write a disclaimer admitting the best bat is often more hitter dependent than purely performance based. In turht, sandards—in the case of slowpitch, the imposed
USSSA and NSA standards—level the playing field in terms of how hot bats can be and contribute to this principle. This means the best slowpitch softball bat for MOST may very well not be the very best slowpitch softball bat for you.
That said, we think the following list of best slowpitch softball bats is as reliable as you can find. Deriving a list free of vendor and manufacturer bias, while considering real world reviews and playing experience is our goal.
In the end, we are hopeful the reader uses the below as evidence in support of pulling the trigger on their next bomb maker. Without further ado, the following comprises our best softball bat lists by category. These rankings, we are hopeful, will
give you insight as to what softball bat is right for you.
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