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March 21, 2019

We baseball parents/players live in a world of composite vs. alloy, USSSA vs. USA, USA vs. Wood and the list goes on and on. There is typically little, if any, discussion around composite wood bats. We change that here.What is a composite wood bat? Composite wood bats categorize a large selection of …

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March 21, 2019

Over my long playing career I played for all kinds of different coaches with various types of personalities. Many of them had their own way of “motivating” players to get the most out of their talent. The BEST coaches looked to develop the player’s talent regardless of the immediate results. This ar …

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March 21, 2019

To put it simply, there are a lot of small wood bat companies. Of course you have the usual suspects like Louisville Slugger, Marucci, Rawlings and Sam. Newer guys have hit the big too time like Victus and Tucci. There are also several small wood bat companies out there offering quality wood bats at …

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March 21, 2019

So you’re trying to decide between a Ferrari and a Lamborghini? That’s a difficult decision. The Easton Ghost X and the DeMarini CF Zen are the top of the line bats and their price tags reflect it. Of course, when we are spending that kind of money on a bat we want to make sure we are getting what w …

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March 21, 2019

Maple is one of the most common species of wood that is used to make wood bats. It is a hard wood that provides great pop and is used across all levels of play. We discuss the major maple wood bats on the market today, give some recommendations on brands and insight as to why maple bats are best. Se …

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March 21, 2019

I have been training baseball players since I was a pro player myself. Something like 30 years at this point and I’ve seen big changes in the Youth, High School and College games. Back in the day, we ALL played Little League and were forced to use the very specific 2 ¼” barrel that had to be “Little …

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March 21, 2019

With the new changes in USA Baseball Bats starting in 2018, we were reminded of this article we wrote in 2015 discussing the difference that BBCOR bats made on the BESR approved college and high school baseball game. (BESR, you may recall, was the standard used in high school and college before BBCO …

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March 21, 2019

Every successful hitter from Little League to the Major Leagues has three common traits. Good Mechanics Solid Mental Approach Good Timing These are the three pillars of great hitters.  Without even ONE of these traits, the hitter will struggle. As a former college and pro catcher, I needed to be sur …

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March 21, 2019

Wood bats have been around since the beginning of baseball—in fact, they were the beginning of baseball. Today, there are many different species of wood used to make bats. Each species has its benefits, lending it toward a specific hitter’s needs. We have compiled information on some of the most p …

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March 21, 2019

By Jim Campanis, JrAs hitters gain experience, they begin the process of categorizing pitchers into what I call “Buckets of Pitchers”. The size of the buckets represent the amount of experience a hitter has against the various types of pitchers in each bucket.As a private batting coach of primarily …

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March 21, 2019

Wood USA Bats are legal without a USABat stamp AS LONG AS they are constructed of a single piece of wood. Bats constructed with multiple parts, meaning those we often refer to as composite wood bats, laminated bats and bamboo bats must have a USABat stamp to be legal. Single Wood Piece Bat USA Bat O …

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March 21, 2019

I grew up listening to discussions on mechanics and fetching bats for players like Willie Stargell, Dave Parker, Richie Zisk and more. They taught me something that appears lost today with most players. That is, using a different bat based on the pitcher you face makes good sense. As a bat boy for t …

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March 21, 2019

One industry secret to getting serious deals on big time bats is finding a blem bat. These bats are just what they sound like—functional but with a blemish, usually a cosmetic imperfection that occurred in the factory. There are typically NO warranties on these bats, although they do come new in w …

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March 21, 2019

In addition to our bat reviews (baseball bats, softball bats) we also run the most visited bat blog on the internet. This includes our articles that discuss the best bats, industry news and a number of other topics that aren’t necessarily bat reviews. Outside of the reviews, we put together our list …

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March 21, 2019

In addition to our 2018 Quatro BBCOR review we write this 2018 Rawlings USABat Quatro Review. We used the 31 and 29-inch USABat version of the 2018 Quatro extensively among different hitters. We measured its barrel size and exit speed as well as compared its swing weight in relation to other bats in …

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March 21, 2019

Axe has been an a war path of licensing deals this off season. A few short weeks ago they announced their agreement with Tucci Lumber to add to their agreement with Victus from last year.. Last week they announced their new relationship with George Springer (to add to their Mookie Betts agreement). …

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April 26, 2019

Combining all the serious bat guides on the internet into one master bat guide might be useful to new bat buyers. Although many have written a ridiculous amount of information on buying the right bat, no one has yet aggregate them all. Why not? Turns out, bat vendors are not too interested in linkin …

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March 21, 2019

When Marucci Bat aquired Vicuts most had one question: how would the asymmetric handle found on a lot of Vicuts bats be affected by the Marucci acquisition. Marucci and Axe compete in a lot of markets so would Marucci drive the ergonomic handle out of their line up? While that process still plays ou …

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March 21, 2019

If anyone has been more prolific in their coverage of the Easton Mako, we would be surprised. Yes, that includes even Easton’s marketing team. Of the 600+ articles we carry on this site, no fewer than 10% of them address the Easton MAKO. The bat has dominated the airwaves as much as it has dominated …

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March 21, 2019

In 2018, Easton moved their premier bat line in both baseball and fastpitch softball to the Easton Ghost. The Easton Ghost replaces the Easton Mako which led the brand in performance and price since 2014. The baseball line of the Ghost is referred to as the Ghost X. That line comes in BBCOR, USABat …

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March 21, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Email: admin@justbatreviews.com JUST BAT REVIEWS ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH RAPSODO Partnership Marks a World First as Public Gains Access to Real Performance Data Just Bat Reviews is the #1 online destination for reviews of baseball bats and baseball bat accessories Bounti …

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March 21, 2019

We used our Rapsodo exit velocities to get a feel for how the Easton Ghost X matches up compared to the Rawlings Quatro in the USABat versions. This comparison of the 31-inch drop 10 bats found a slight, but not significant, advantage to the Ghost X. Below we explain several caveats to the data, as …

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March 21, 2019

We took our Rapsodo hitting device and tested pre and post break-in exit speed velocities on a brand new out of the wrapper 2018 Rawlings Quatro in a 31 inch drop 10. We found a slight increase in ball exit speed (1.0 mph faster) after the 200+ swing break in period. Although the exit speed is posit …

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March 21, 2019

Travel ball’s only major failure, if we were forced to name one, is the lack of a national title for the best teams in the nation. No doubt, many groups like the Perfect Game, Triple Crown and a number of others run a World Championship in some fashion or another. But there is no consensus on where …

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March 21, 2019

With the new USABat standard hitting the shelves this month, we have been asked one question way more than all others: with the new bat standardhandcuffing bat performance, why would anyone spend a significant amount of money on a premium bat thatperforms just like the cheap ones?They continue: simp …

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March 21, 2019

Does the kid hitting look familiar? He should. As his face is all over twitter and Instagram for fulling the prophecy of hitting into the trees. Who would have thought we unsuspectingly caught a glimpse of Jayce Blalock hitting against a JBR kid at last years Perfect Game. Here is the video of him j …

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March 21, 2019

Ever wonder if a bat couldbe bought in the market today and sold at a higher price at a later date? The simple economics of manufacturers limiting or endingproduction onbats definitely makes it possible. In reality, only a number of bats can be bought today for more than they were sold for new in wr …

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March 21, 2019

Each month we get considerable mail via social media to answer specific questions. If some have those questions, we are sure others do to. A few of those conversations we put in this monthly Dear Bat Guy, article for your reading pleasure. Navigate Bat Weight ReviewsMichigan Bat ChoicesWhen To Trans …

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March 21, 2019

Everyone has an opinion on how to hit a baseball harder. For proof, just go to any little league game and wait. Inevitably, at some point, everyone on the field and in the stands is an expert in hitting. Each self appointed commentator has advice. How do we hit a baseball harder? You can also find a …

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March 21, 2019

If you are deciding which type of bat to get, then the following should be informative. The differences between a Composite, Aluminum, Hybrid and Wood bat may be obscure, but the following makes it simpler. We compare each type of bat to the other three. Below, we also have some general recommendati …

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March 21, 2019

→Read our entire Best Baseball Bat Lineup→Read our Best Bats Article___TVE_SHORTCODE_RAW__<p>As the second largest social media site in the universe, we have found some of the best baseball bat Instagram accounts. What are they?</p><p>We put together our definitive list of Best Bas …

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March 21, 2019

After comparing the bats in live hitting, we found that aside from the starkly different color design, the Rawlings Quatro and Easton MAKO Beast are remarkably similar. How so? Both bats use a two piece composite design and attempt to deliver a light swinging big barrel. Each bat prices out on the v …

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March 21, 2019

About this time of year, as has become our custom, we reflect on each of the 2017 bats we reviewed. Many are doing as well or as poorly in the market as we predicted. Others fail to gain the ground we thought possible. Why do some good bats not get noticed? For lack of marketing budget or other reas …

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March 21, 2019

The general goal of this site is to help players and parents find a bat that makes sense for them and their budget. The bat that makes the most sense, as a general rule, is the one that delivers the best exit velocity given the pitch speed the player most often sees. Although highly individualized, …

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March 21, 2019

Some years ago, the idea of a single piece aluminum bat with a light swing and a big barrel did not exist. More specifically, it wasn’t possible. If a player wanted a light swing then a composite was always the answer. If a player wanted a hot out of the wrapper bomb maker with an unwieldy swing the …

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March 21, 2019

What may be the two most popular bats this year in a number of baseball categories are the Marucci CAT 7 and the Easton MAKO Beast. Both bats come from respectable institutions with a history of producing great sticks. And although the bats compete for the same dollars, they are remarkably different …

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March 21, 2019

We have spent enough time with the Rawlings VELO and the Slugger 617 SOLO to compare them closely. At a high level, both bats are very similar. We discuss those details, as well as some of the differences, below. In terms of preference, for shorter BBCOR sizes we prefer the 617 SOLO because the VELO …

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March 21, 2019

Our Dear Bat Guy series we started last month went well enough to give it another run. If you have any questions then try us at DearBatGuy@justbatreviews.com. Or, you can hit us up on one of our many social media channels like Facebook and Instagram. This months Dear Bat Guy delivers some serious an …

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March 21, 2019

We have seen a number of bat companies rise and fall over the course of covering them extensive. Some, as is the case with Adidas and Mizuno, are massive conglomerates looking to tap into their established distribution lines and sell metal and composite bats. Others have gone the way of all the eart …

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March 21, 2019

DeMarini’s CF Zen and Slugger’s 917 Prime are similar bats. We have hit with both bat lines extensively, spoken to manufacturers about the lineup at length and discussed the bats with parents and players alike. In the BBCOR space, we personally prefer the 917 for no other reason than it simply feels …

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March 21, 2019

The Easton MAKO Beast and the Slugger 917 have a lot more in common than they do in contrast. Some differences pertain to  performance while others apply more to aesthetics. After much hitting with both bats in a number of size offerings, as well as discussing these bats at length with the manufactu …

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March 21, 2019

Any chat room or discussion group surrounding DeMarini’s 2017 CF Zen in the 2 3/4 size contains at least one thread on its durability. Justbatreviews has received at least a dozen questions about the bat’s durability. In short, at least when compared to other bats on the market, the CF Zen 2 3/4 cle …

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March 21, 2019

Marucci Sports, a major player in the baseball bat space, announced today they have acquired Victus Sports. Victus, a mid level player in the pro-bat market who produced bats for Bryce Harper, among others, was the first wood bat company to license the asymmetric knob of Axe bats for use on their wo …

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March 21, 2019

Underload/Overload bat swing training is a series of swings a hitter performs with bats both lighter and heavier than their normal bat’s weight. At least two studies, done by real smart people, have measured the increases in overall bat speeds among elite to good players after a series of weeks in u …

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March 21, 2019

We receive a number of questions concerning bats through our various social media channels or more directly on email. Over the course of a few weeks it adds up. If someone has a particular question, it is likely others do to. With that in mind, we thought it appropriate to start a mailbag series for …

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March 21, 2019

If you have yet to hear, starting January 2018, bat standards for Little League (14 and younger) will change to a more restrictive bat with BBCOR like pop. The barrels on the bats can be 2 5/8—just larger than the 2 1/4 of previous years. They will go on sale beginning September of 2017 from most …

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March 21, 2019

JustBatReviews teams up with closeoutbats.com to deliver a series of podcasts surrounding baseball, softball and fastpitch bats. This baseball bat podcast will be called the Batcast. As the only baseball bat podcast in the world, we feel confident claiming it is the best. Including many industry exp …

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