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2020 Slugger XENO Review

2020 Louisville Slugger 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.

It is a stiff bat. You won’t get a ton of give like you might find in the 2020 LXT or 2020 Easton Ghost. But, that stiffness is directly correlated with power. And our hitters notice it evertime they swing the Xeno. It also didn’t have a drop 12 version so our youngest player preferre… 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.

Xeno User Ratings

From (19 Responses)

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Xeno Fastpitch owners satisfaction:

83%

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

63%

What rank do fastpitch players give the Xeno fastpitch bat?

#3

What rank is the popularity of the Xeno fastpitch Bat?

#4

All Louisville Slugger Fastpitch Model Owner Average Satisfaction:

83%

2020 Louisville Slugger Xeno Video 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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Quick Review

It is a stiff bat. You won’t get a ton of give like you might find in the 2020 LXT or 2020 Easton Ghost. But, that stiffness is directly correlated with power. And our hitters notice it evertime they swing the Xeno. It also didn’t have a drop 12 version so our youngest player preferred the lighter swing of the drop 12 LXT. Otherwise, our high school players liked the Xeno more than any bat.

Recommendations

If you prefer a stiffer connection in your fastpitch bat (like the LXT, Zen, Carbon, Ghost have too much give) then the Xeno will be your money maker. If you want a value bat in the performance space than this is it. It runs $50 than other top end bats and we’d put the 2020 Xeno up against anything on the market.

Fastpitch Xeno Recommendations
2020 Louisville Slugger Xeno Review

If you are a power hitter and like the feel of a stiffer bat that transfers all the energy to the ball then stop looking for your fastpitch bat then you found it in the 2020 (or previous model) Xeno.

It also comes in a drop 11 which a number of younger hitters can try out. If you are just getting into the fastpitch game and looking for your first serious bat then we’d suggest the Xeno too. It’s not as big a price commitment and we’ve yet to find a player that didn’t like the Xeno.

The drop 8 and 9 are meant for stronger players at the high school and collegiate level. There will be plenty of high school players that want a drop 10 too. The drop 11 2020 Xeno is more for the younger travel players but, in the end, it is just a preference.

Lower drops will hit the ball farther IF you can swing it as fast.

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2020 vs 2019 Xeno

Aside from the paintjob, we can not find any differences between the 2019 and 2020 Xeno. But, if you found a deal on the 2019 version of the bat when compared to the 2020 we'd lean towards the 2019.

2019

Bat Review

Xeno

We documented three different hitters with the 2019 Louisville Slugger XENO. Each player hit no less than 80 pitches. Objective metrics like exit speed and ball flight distance were documented.

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2018

Xeno

The Xeno from Slugger is as good as it gets in the fastpitch space.

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2017

Bat Review

Xeno

We spent over 3 hours in our cage comparing the 2017 Louisville Slugger Xeno PLUS Fastpitch softball bat (Ebay, Amazon) to other similar designs in the market. While the 2017 models of performance fastpitch bats are still rolling out we are confident the 2017 Xeno Plus Fastpitch sits among the best in this year's class.

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Comparable Bats

There are so many light swinging two piece composite fastpitch bats they are hard to keep track of. But, Xeno’s ultra stiff connection makes it unique in that sense.

If you are up for a two piece composite bat in the fastpitch space look for Mizuno’s Carbon, Easton’s Ghost Double Barrel and DeMarini’s CF Zen. Of course, if you want to stay in the same brand, the Slugger’s LXT is the most popular bat out there and comes in a drop 12.

2020 LXT

Compare the LXT 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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2019 Ghost USSSA Double Barrel

Compare the Ghost USSSA Double Barrel Review

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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2019 Power Carbon

Compare the Power Carbon Review

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 Xeno

2020 Louisville Slugger Xeno Review

2020 Xeno Construction

Pretty standard stuff for 2020 Louisville Slugger Xeno. Expect the same stiff technology, standard LS Grip and lightweight end cap as the 2019 version.

  • BARREL: Full Composite with patented dual disk – S1ID™ Barrel Technology that provides the ultimate performance right out of the wrapper.
  • CONSTRUCTION: Two-piece design featuring our exclusive IST™ Technology – a stiffer connection with a more solid feel on contact.
  • SWING WEIGHT: Balanced swing weight that is perfect for all player types.
  • END CAP: Ultra lightweight X-Cap™ design for improved speed and control at the plate.
  • GRIP: Standard FP grip with improved cushion.

Bat Sizing Options

The 2020 Xeno has decent sizing options. It does not come in as many drops as the very popular LXT. But, it does have a drop 8, 9, 10 and 11. (The drop, you should know, is the numerical difference between the length of the bat in inches and the weight of the bat in ounces).

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