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2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel Review

2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel Review

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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.

Our stronger hitters loved everything about the 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel. In fact, they chose it as their favorite power hitter fastpitch bat for 2020. Our smaller hitter had trouble generating the same amount of bat speed th… Jump to the full review.


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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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Our stronger hitters loved everything about the 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel. In fact, they chose it as their favorite power hitter fastpitch bat for 2020. Our smaller hitter had trouble generating the same amount of bat speed they could with lighter swinging bats like DeMarin’s Prism or Slugger’s LXT. Yet, again, the heavier hitters were huge fans.

Recommendations

The Easton Ghost Double Barrel gets fantastic reviews online. It is the favorite bat of many fastpitch players. We found that stronger hitters that want as much gumption possible yet still want to keep the smooth feel of an expensive two piece will love this bat. As well, smaller players that want to increase total mass at impact like the Ghost’s feel too. But, we caution, it does swing heavy—nearly 20% heavier than the lightest bats in the same drop space. (That is, a 33/23 Easton Ghost Double Barrel will feel 20% heavier than a Demarini CF in a 33/23). If this is the bat you choose, plan your sizing accordingly.

Fastpitch Ghost Double Barrel Recommendations
2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel Review

We’d recommend any serious fastpich player in the 3 or 4 spot of their lineup to consider the 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel. The bat hits absolute rockets in the right hands. Do note, even if the sales guy tries to tell you otherwise, the drop 10 will swing considerably heavier than other drop 10 bats in the space. This doesn’t leave the bat without recommendation. On the contrary, it just allows you to consider a shorter or higher drop size.

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2020 vs 2019 Ghost Double Barrel

The major differences between this year's 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel and the 2019 version is the dual certification found on the 2020 version. That is, the 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel is certified for both ASA (High School Fastpitch, etc) and USSSA fastpitch leagues. The previous year's bats were only certified in individual leagues.

2019

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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

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

In terms of super end loaded 2020 two piece composite bats there really aren’t any. In terms of swing weight, the 2020 Slugger Xeno is next on this list—but that is a legit 10% lighter still than the Easton Ghost Double Barrel. It would be the most ‘comparable’ swing to the Xeno’s weight—but the Double Barrel has a connection piece that feels more similar to the CF or LXTs of the world. That is, a softer connection on an endloaded bat.

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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Research: 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel

2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel Review

Easton Ghost Double Barrel Swing Weights

We’ve taken a bit of flack in the comments sections on our swing weight claims. But, like last year’s Easton Ghost Double Barrel, the bat just swings heavy. That doesn’t make it a bad bat. Indeed, it is one of our favorites. Still, the bat does have a heavy swing weight. That is, the mass moment of inertia on the bat runs the highest of any we measured in the drop 10 space. Here is our list. (Swipe Right).

Year Model Line Length Weight 2019 Swing Weight 2020 Swing Weight
2020 Ghost Double Barrel Fastpitch 32 22 6495 6552
2020 XENO Fastpitch 32 22 6024 6111
2020 LXT Fastpitch 32 22 5806 5825
2020 Prism Fastpitch 32 22 5892 5784
2020 CF (Drop 10) Fastpitch 32 22 5612 5536
2020 CF (Drop 11) Fastpitch 32 21 5480 5360

2020 Ghost Double Barrel Construction

Like previous years models, the 2020 Double Barrel has two barrels–and inner and outer. the inside barrel controls the performance of the middle parts of the barrel while allowing the outsides of the barrel to get peak performance. Dual barreled fastpitch bats are not unique to Easton and they are wide spread enough to justify their existence for sure.

The barrel material is, ultimately, Easton’s take on a high end composite built for comprehensibility, durability and the right amount of flexibility. Easton’s marketing jargon refers to this as “Xtra Tough Resin Matrix”. Which is, in some sense, a shiny name on the idea of a plastic material that is strong, pliable to some degree and uses a crisscross type composite pattern with some special.

The connective piece is used in several of Eaton’s high end two piece composite and hybrid bats. They call it the “Connection+”. It uses a foam piece which keeps it strong yet light. The connection piece is generally though to be loose in a good way—allowing for super smooth feels on both hits and mishits. This type of feel is the most common in high end fastpitch softball bats.

Easton’s Double Barrel handle is a traditional 29/32″ size with soeme Easton branded grip called Hyperskin. The grip material is nothing to write home about, but our hitters liked it enough not to complain. Of course, switching it out with any other type of grip, like a Lizard Skin, is easy enough.

As we note above, the certifications of the 2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel fastpitch bat are in the ASA and USSSA space.

Bat Sizing Options

Eastons 2020 Double Barrel fastpitch bat comes in a variety of sizes. Save Slugger’s LXT, no other bat comes in more sizes and drops. You can find it in a drop 11, 10, 9 and 8 with a varying number of lengths inside each class.

The marketing material suggests the drop 8 and 9 are “End Loaded” versions of the bat while the drop 10 and 11 are “Evenly-Balanced”. Our measures on a single drop 10 32/22 showed it to the heaviest swinging of all the drop 10’s we had.

  • Drop 11: 29/18, 30/19, 31/20, 32/21, 33/22
  • Drop 10: 30/20, 31/21, 32/22, 33/23, 34/24
  • Drop 9: 32/23, 33/24, 34/25
  • Drop 8: 33/25, 34/26

2020 Easton Ghost Double Barrel Review

9.9
Pop
7.1
Durability
9.8
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
9.1
Feel on Mishits
7.4
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