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2020 Easton Ghost Advanced Fastpitch Review

2020 Easton Ghost Advanced Fastpitch Bat Review

See the Awards the 2020 Ghost Advanced has Won!

March 10, 2020 | by Brian Duryea | @BatDigest

As a late-season addition, Easton adds a 2020 fastpitch bat to improve upon the Double Barrel Line called the Ghost Advanced. We spent time with the drop 8 and drop 10 Easton Ghost Advanced for 2020. It is, like its predecessor, an end-loaded fastpitch bat with a big barrel and a great feel. We have no doubt those who loved the Double Barrel will enjoy the Advanced too. The addition of the Power Boost knob (a rubber knob end) and improved composite are all plusses. Smaller hitters who prefer more bat speed won’t like it as much–although a drop 11 Ghost Advanced does give them some options.

Our bigger hitters were shocked how hot the bat was from the minute the wrapper came off. If felt to them like the bat needed no work in and was ready to rock from swing one. Smaller hitters liked the feel, but could produce better exit speeds (off a tee at least) with lighter bats they could swi… Jump to the full review.


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Our bigger hitters were shocked how hot the bat was from the minute the wrapper came off. If felt to them like the bat needed no work in and was ready to rock from swing one. Smaller hitters liked the feel, but could produce better exit speeds (off a tee at least) with lighter bats they could swing faster. Overall, average to big hitters who like a lot of weight behind their bat and want top-end barrel performance should look closely at the Ghost Advanced.

Durability

That said, based on early reports, its possible this bat might have a bit greater tendency to break than other fastpitch bats of the same price range. (It might also be due to the fact that stronger hitters like the bat). Although it’s unlikely yours that will break, we strongly suggest you buy it from a certified vendor with a real receipt so the warranty will be in place in the event of a worst-case scenario. The drop 8 and 9 seem particularly vulnerable.

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Recommendations

The Ghost Advanced, in the drop 10 space, is the heaviest swinging bat among all the fastpitch bats on the market. It compares better with a drop 8 and 9 LXT and CF than it does the drop 10. The Advanced drop 11 relates, in terms of swing weight, to the drop 10 CF, LXT, and so on. Generally, if you can still generate high bat speed with a heavier bat, then the drop 10 Advanced will work wonders at the plate. The long time drop 10 hitters who are scared to jump to a drop 8 or 9 might feel right at home with a 34-inch drop 10 Easton Advanced.

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2020 Easton Ghost Advanced Review

The 2020 Ghost Advanced is a big hitter’s bat. Although younger and smaller hitters can get away with the drop 11, we think most of those who need more bat control will prefer the CF or LXT for 2020. But, those who pack a punch and can swing will likely rate the Advanced as their favorite fastpitch bat for 2020. We think the Advanced, as the Ghost Double Barrel, is the best high school fastpitch bat for 2020.

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2020 vs 2020 Ghost Advanced

The most significant upgrade we found for the Advanced over the Ghost Double Barrel is the Power Boost knob. That's not just a fancy name for a traditional composite bat knob. Instead, the bat's knob consists of a rubber-like substance. It improves the swinging experience in a noticeable way. All our hitters (even on the baseball side) think the Power Boost knob is preferable. The Advanced did increase the price so that is disappointing. The never-ending march to a $500 fastpitch bat is well on its way. So, is it worth the extra $50? That's impossible for us to answer, not knowing your budget. Did our hitters prefer it over the Ghost Double Barrel? Yes. Was it their money?  No.

2020

Bat Review

Ghost Double Barrel

Our 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel Fastpitch review consists of three hitters feedback over the course of two days and nearly 400 hits. We measured exit speeds, barrel sizes and direct player feedback. We also did actual swing weight tests. In short, the 2020 Easton Ghost Double barrel is an end loaded fastpitch bat that can hit absolute rockets. It's swing weight is considerably heavier than any other fastpitch bat on the market. But, many players LOVE that about it.

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2019

Ghost USSSA Double Barrel

The 2019 version of the Ghost Double Barrel is a USSSA/NSA certified bat. IT DOES NOT WORK FOR NCAA OR HIGH SCHOOL fastpitch. This is the Gold/Black version of the bat. Those looking for the Easton Ghost Double in a ASA/High School/NCAA league should look at the 2018 version of the bat. This is the Blue/Black version of the bat.

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2018

Bat Review

Ghost ASA

The Blue and Black Easton Ghost Fastpitch bat is an ASA approved (girl's fastpitch) bat. We review that bat, the Easton Ghost ASA bat below. The gold version, which we review here is a USSSA only version.

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Comparable Bats

The 2020 Ghost Advanced is unique in its swing weight. The closest, at least in the drop 10 space, swinging compadre is Slugger’s Xeno. Still, though, the Ghost Advanced swings 10% heavier than the Xeno, which swings 10% heavier than the LXT. The Ghost Advanced is the most end-loaded two-piece composite fastpitch bat on the market.

Disregarding the swing weight, the bat’s construction is a lot like other high-end fastpitch bats. Specifically, it has a long barrel, a great feel on hits and miss-hits as well as noticeable top-end performance.

2020 CF

Compare the CF Review

Our 2020 DeMarini CF Fastpitch review consisted of 400 hits, from 3 different players on both live pitching and tee work. Overall, we rated the 2020 CF Fastpitch bat as the best fastpitch bat for 2020. If that isn’t saying enough, we loved the exit speeds, sizing options, swing weight and feel. We think the bat, to say the least, is highly recommendable.

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2020 Xeno

Compare the Xeno Review

Although the 2020 Slugger Xeno is a twin of the 2019 version we still think it one of the best fastpitch bats. We almost get the feel the bat is trying to be phased out—as the price difference between the LXT and without any upgrades. But, in our universe, the Xeno still delivers as much quality, value and performance as any fastpitch bat on the 2020 market.

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2020 Echo Connect

Compare the Echo Connect Review

Marucci continues to be serious about breaking into the fastpitch market. For 2020, Marucci closes the gap between the top echelon of the fastpitch space and its offerings with the Echo and Echo Connect. After hitting with the bats, measuring their swing weights, exit speeds, and comparing them to other top-end fastpitch bats, we review the 2020 Echo and 2020 Echo Connect fastpitch bats here.

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Research: 2020 Easton Ghost Advanced

2020 Easton Ghost Advanced Fastpitch Bat Review

2020 Ghost Advanced Construction

Easton’s 2020 Ghost Advanced fastpitch bat is a two-piece composite bat with a long barrel and heavy swing weight. It is the heaviest swinging two-piece composite in the fastpitch space. It’s drop 10 is comparable to other bat’s drop 9 or 8.

It also upgrades the composite to a “Launch Comp”. This new tech appears to perform at least as good as the previous year’s composites.

Bat Sizing Options

The 2020 Easton Ghost Advanced comes in a drop 8, 9, 10 and 11.

  • Drop 8 comes in a 33 and 34-inch
  • Drop 9 comes in a 32, 33 and 34-inch
  • Drop 10 comes in a 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34-inch
  • Drop 11 comes in a 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33-inch
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