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2020 Louisville Slugger LXT Review

2020 Louisville Slugger LXT Review

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In June of 2019 Slugger released the 2020 LXT Fastpitch bat. It comes with many of the same great features (even all of them) as the 2019 version. We discuss that, and much more, in this 2020 Louisville Slugger LXT review.

Look, the LXT has been a flagship bat in the fastpitch space for years. Slugger has the greatest presence in the fastpitch space over 50% of Slugger fastpitch users swing the LXT. (Followed closely by the XENO). Hitters love the wide range of sizes, focus on a light balance point and a great pedi… Jump to the full review.


Survey Results

We surveyed over 2,000 players on their 2019 bat usage. We asked what bat they used, how they liked it and what bat they think is the best. We parsed that data into each individual bat and report those on our review pages. As well, we aggregated data on the bat brands overall ranking.

LXT User Ratings

From (27 Responses)

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LXT Fastpitch owners satisfaction:

74%

Owners of the LXT Fastpitch bat who believe they have the best bat:

63%

What rank do fastpitch players give the LXT fastpitch bat?

#1

What rank is the popularity of the LXT fastpitch Bat?

#1

All Louisville Slugger Fastpitch Model Owner Average Satisfaction:

74%

2020 Louisville Slugger LXT Video Review

In June of 2019 Slugger released the 2020 LXT Fastpitch bat. It comes with many of the same great features (even all of them) as the 2019 version. We discuss that, and much more, in this 2020 Louisville Slugger LXT review.

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Quick Review

Look, the LXT has been a flagship bat in the fastpitch space for years. Slugger has the greatest presence in the fastpitch space over 50% of Slugger fastpitch users swing the LXT. (Followed closely by the XENO). Hitters love the wide range of sizes, focus on a light balance point and a great pedigry of power in the LXT. The 2020 version of the bat, for sure, will follow the same path.

Recommendations

The 2020 Slugger LXT has so many sizing options it really is recommendable for every age group and every level except for the only slightly serious rec type player. Those in the market, and are willing to afford it, no matter what their level of play should take a close look at the 2020 LXT. If you like a light to balanced swing, a smooth smash on impact and a big sweet spot then the LXT is a legitimate option.

Fastpitch LXT Recommendations
2020 Louisville Slugger LXT Review

Fastpitch players who like the LXT love the light swing, big barrel and smooth smash. It’s drop range from 8 to 12 gives is as big a market segment as is possible. We don’t know of a serious fastpitch player who does NOT like the LXT. Sure, they might have a bat they like better, but no one thinks the LXT is anything but game worthy.

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2020 vs 2019 LXT

Compared to the 2019 version of the bat, Slugger changed the inner ring design from two to one. This, in theory atleast, expands the sweet spot of the bat and helps lower the swing weight a bit. They refer to this single ring technology as PBF. Other than that change, expect the same VCX conenction piece found on just about all of Slugger's top end bats. The end cap is the same as last year's. We have a hard time believing anything can be that much better than the 2018 or 2019 versions of the LXT. So far, the 2020 version has proven worthy of the LXT name. We expect it to be with the others. But, if we were forced to buy one or the other (and the older model was cheaper) we'd go for the 2019 as long as it saved us a few bucks.

2019

Bat Review

LXT

We hit with the 2019 LXT from Slugger nearly 800 times before writing this review. During that time, we documented exit speeds, barrel sizes and the swing weight of the bat.

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2017

LXT Hyper

We've now had several batting practice sessions with several hitters using the 2017 Louisville Slugger LXT Hyper fastpitch bat.

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2016

Bat Review

LXT

We spent 2 hours in our cage comparing the 2016 Louisville Slugger LXT PLUS Fastpitch softball bat (Ebay, Amazon Price Check) to other similar designs in the market. We received feedback from 4 different hitters---each of whom play competitive fastpitch.

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Comparable Bats

Light swinging two piece composite fastpitch bats are plentiful. You can find one in an Easton Ghost, Mizuno F19 Carbon, DeMarini CF Zen and a Slugger XENO. As such, the odds of getting a similar bat with a different brand or within the same brand are good.

If you really wanted a similar feeling bat then we’d suggest the XENO. If you want to avoid Slugger for whatever reason then go for the Mizuno F20 Carbon.

2019 CF Zen

Compare the CF Zen Review

We hit the 2019 CF Zen Fastpitch bat in a drop 10 several hundred times with a few different types of hitters. Exit speed, ball distance and the general feedback from hitters was recorded. As well, we spent considerable time discussing the bat with major vendors and reading any early report online reviews we could find. That data is put together in this 2019 CF Zen Fastpitch Review.

 

 

 

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2019 Power Carbon

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After hitting every fastpitch bat over the last several years it is hard to be blown away by a bat.

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Research: 2020 Louisville Slugger LXT

2020 Louisville Slugger LXT Review

2020 LXT Construction

As we state above, the only differences between this bat and the 2019 version is the single disk tech in the 2020 version versus a two disk tech in the 2019. Otherwise, same same.

  • BARREL: Full Composite with patented single disk – PBF Technology™ for maximum pop, a huge sweet spot, and unbelievable sound on contact.
  • CONSTRUCTION: Three-piece design featuring VCX™ Vibration Control Connection System – a patented elastomeric connection that allows independent movement between the barrel and the handle to control vibration and provide unmatched feel on contact.
  • SWING WEIGHT – Balanced swing weight for extreme control and maximum swing speed.
  • END CAP: Ultra lightweight X-Cap™ design for improved speed and control at the plate.
  • GRIP: Premium LS Pro Comfort Grip™ with increased tack for better feel and more control.

Bat Sizing Options

The 2020 LXT Slugger comes in a huge range of sizes:

  • Drop 12 – 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
  • Drop 11 – 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33-inch
  • Drop 10 – 30, 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
  • Drop 9 – 32, 33, 34-inch
  • Drop 8 – 33, 34-inch
9
Pop
9
Durability
10
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
9.5
Feel on Mishits
9
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