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