After testing, here are the Best ASA Slowpitch Softball Bat our players and parents found.
By Brian January 12, 2020 9:22 pm
Monsta dominates the top end ASA space. Although their distribution is limited, they've come to be synonymous with the best bats in the ASA space---just about any one of them. We pick the Torch because its the most popular two-piece, although, in truth, you could get away with the Hype, DNA, or True North too.eBay
No bat gets the same overall excellent ratings as the ASA Slowpitch Miken Primo Maxload with a 14-inch barrel. It's an easy, if not debatable, choice as the best ASA Slowpitch Bat. It comes wrapped to jack and maintains great control. Expect a top-shelf bat, top-shelf bombs, and a top-shelf price.Amazon
The Easton Rival ASA bat is a fantastic bat for the price. It's also a single piece aluminum bat built for the all-aluminum ASA leagues as well as the folks who want a great bat at a reasonable price in the best ASA softball bat space.Amazon
Update January 12, 2020: After watching more ASA slowpitch than we care to admit for 2019, we put the Monsta Torch LC at the best ASA bat currently on the market. Although Monsta’s distribution isn’t great, (you are limited to basically eBay or Monsta.com) the bat gets enough rave reviews to be the hands-down best ASA bat for serious players. Of course, if you want a more mainstream bat with the bigger distribution you won’t go wrong with the Miken Freak Primo either. Both of those bats are end-loaded 14-inch barrels made for the lower compression 52 balls.
|Torch LC||Freak Primo Maxload||Rival||DC41 ASA||Ghost Double Barrel||Freak Maxload||Hammer|
|Ball Killer, Monstas Most Popular, Fantastic Reviews||Great Ratings, Hot Out of the Wrapper||Inexpensive, Great Ratings, Huge Value Buy||Long Barrel, ASA Only, Flex 2 Power||Not Miken, Good Reviews, In Stock||Beautiful, Great Promise||Cheap, Aluminum, Durable|
The best ASA slowpitch bat is anything from Monsta.
There. We said it.
But Miken has a couple of good sticks too that you might consider if Monsta isn’t your cup of tea. As well, the value buyer, average rec player or the single wall player has a few options to check out too.
We have compiled our notes, the big-time players and some big-time vendors to come up with the best ASA Slowpitch Softball Bat. Although the market for 2019 ASA bats is thick, we whittled them down to a manageable few.
If you follow ASA slowpitch much, you'll immediately recognize the Monsta name. They have, in very nontraditional 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 significant 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 (dangerous 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.
Miken Freak Primo ASA Maxload is a monster with a one-ounce end load in an ASA only. The bat has a super large sweet spot and has a great feel with a one-ounce end load. The bat is crazy hot from swing one. It still has enough stiffness to get the right kind of feedback. If anything, it won't hit the 44 core ball as durability struggles with the harder ball. Instead, Go with the 52+ or 52/300. Once the bat loosens up, you can expect it to destroy the hopes and dreams of most opponents.
It works well for all types of hitters willing to afford the price.
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, a single wall all-aluminum bat. Other bats on this list, that always price out to several hundred dollars, are two-piece composite bats. That makeup drives the price up. But, even still, the Easton Rival in a single piece aluminum can do as much damage, in the right hands, like 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 to 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.
The DC 41 (named after Denny Crine) is made with a super stiff handle made for the 52/300 ball. Most think the bat opens up around the 200 hit mark. At 300 it is as good as it is going to get. Aside from the top-end performance, the bat looks great with a matte finish. The handle is significant, and it comes with a natural one-ounce end load that our hitters didn't notice. The factory grip is ribbed and a bit fat--so, if you like thinner grip, then might want to consider finding a grip to wrap it with. As expected, the sound is excellent with a loud smash and is stiff out of the wrapper too.
Those in the market for a stiff barrel with an end load that likes to work their bat in throughout the offseason will really, really like the Miken DC 41 in ASA slowpitch.
It's hard to find 2018 ASA bats in stock. In truth, we like the DC41 Miken for 2018 better---but we couldn't find one in stock. That said, the Flipper Aftermath OG in ASA is legit. It has a 13-inch barrel made for low compression balls. It's shaped like they always have been with the composite barrel and alloy handle. The Aftermath is mid loaded and swings different than most bats---the ultra-light swing will work for smaller players or folks who want as much bat speed as possible.
Our hitters agreed the bat requires some work in time. We suggest you stay with the 52s as the bats aren't made for harder balls. The bat gets better ratings than most would suspect. But, if you are the right type of hitter who likes a lighter swinging bat and that aftermath, the aluminum handle feels, then its worth a shot. Add to that reality, at least at the time of this writing, you could find it for a discount, and it's pulling the trigger on the bat is a reasonable decision.
It's early in 2020 to find the best ASA slowpitch softball bats. But, our early votes go for the 2020 Miken Freak Maxload. The Maxload, like the others on this list, is a two-piece composite bat that's hot out of the wrapper. Our hitters loved how quickly they were hitting bombs. With the remarkable history of the Miken Freak, we have no trouble saying its the best one for 2020. Of course, we expect others to come on strong. But this serves as good as any place holder in the meantime.
Most ASA bats for 2020 come out in the year of January. The 2020 Freak came out in late 2019.
A lot of people spend more than $30 on gas driving to an ASA slowpitch tournament. We also found a bat about that price that gets reliable reviews. Don't expect much. The bat is a weightier swinging single piece alloy made in the name of cost-cutting. But, if you can square one up, hitters claim the ball travels well. We think it our favorite ASA Batting Practice bat as it can take an absolute beating, last a lifetime, work in every type of weather, and is replaced for the price of a twelve pack.