Louisville Slugger bats run the gamet of model, types and sizes. This site has reviewed most of them up close and personally. The following represents our body of work of Louisville Slugger bats.
2018 Slugger Baseball
Offered in BBCOR, Big Barrel and a USAbat version for 2018, the 918 Prime from Slugger is their premier bat. The two piece composite is a smooth swing and a great feel. In it's fourth year or production Slugger believes to have dialed in the perfect combination of balance and performance.
Slugger's 718 Select is back for the 2018 season after a hiatus in 2017. This version is an upgrade from the 716 in its massive end cap weight. This is a big hitting bat made for the collegiate player. It is only available in a BBCOR version.
Our favorite BBCOR bat from 2017 is back in a 618 Solo. And with the success Slugger had with this light swinging single piece aluminum we fell they've added a few sizes and model options too. For the price, and the massive size offerings available, expect high marks from us.
Although Slugger has produced an Omaha bat since the dawn of time, it still feels fresh and new to us. We love the massive size offerings, reasonable price point and trusty name brand. This is a no frills bats that makes no pretense for over-zealous performance. This is an aluminum stick made to hit baseballs, far.
If you are looking for an inexpensive full composite baseball bat in the big barrel space then look no further than the Slugger Catalyst. There are few bats that compete with it in terms of price and construction type. This bat has been around for quite some time without a ton of upgrades. But, no doubt, there is a reason it has been around for quite some time.
2018 Catalyst Review
The Louisville Slugger Vapor is an entry level (i.e. cheap) bat line meant for big box stores. We don't have much to say about it other than it is cheap. And, for some, that's all they are looking for.
2018 Slugger Fastpitch
2018 Slugger LXT
The 2018 LXT will likey be the most popular Fastpitch bat on the market in the next 12 months. It's a beautiful bat with a number of size options. It should be on everyone's short list.
2018 LXT Review
2018 Slugger XENO
If the LXT is not the most popular fastpitch bat on the market then expect that to fall to the 2018 Xeno. With a size to fit everyone the only barrier to entry is price.
2018 XENO Review
2018 Slugger PXT
New to the Slugger line, this single piece composite replicates the feel of a CF9 from their sister company. Expect a pricey bat with a bit of traction and, in a few years, a real run at the top.
2018 PXT Review
2018 Slugger Proven
The Proven is an entry level fastpitch bat developed by Slugger who is more concerned with price in their short season than top performing bat. It is a drop 13 so don't expect much.
2018 Proven Review
2018 Slugger X12
A little more serious than the Proven, the X12 is a staple in the drop 12 line of entry level fastpitch bats.
2018 X12 Review
2017 Slugger Slowpitch
2017 USSSA Z4
The Z4 is becoming a stable at USSSA slow-pitch tournaments throughout the country. In a number of weight drops and balances, expect a real smooth smash
2017 ASA Z4
Slugger's ASA Z4 is one of our favorite slow pitch bats on the 2017 market of slowpitch bats. Tons of drops and weight balances for the serious player.
2017 ASA Super Z
Hard to find much wrong with the 2017 ASA Super Z. It's got a number of balance options, has a proven track record, and can flat out rake the ball with the right hitter.
2017 Hyper Z Senior League
Is there a better Senior League Slow Pitch bat than the Hyper Z? Maybe. But, for many on a hunt for a value bat, the Hyper Z will fit the bill.
2017 Hyper Z Review
2017 Slugger Baseball
2017 Custom Wood
Sluggers offering of a full on custom wood bat in 2017 is a welcome addition. You can make these bats however you want. And we show off our digs and experience in the custom review below.
2017 Slugger 917 Prime
Although a bit of a struggle with durability in the transition, the 917 Prime is the premiere baseball bat in the Slugger line. Great balance, tons of sizes, and a well performing barrel make it a short list qualifier for just about anyone serious about baseball.
2017 Slugger 517 Omaha
The mainstay in the Slugger line since the dawn of time, the 517 is the latest iteration in the single piece aluminum world. No one thinks this bat is the best performing bat on the market, yet it still outsells most its competitors by a serious margin.
2017 Slugger Catalyst
The single piece composite bat is back for Slugger in 2017. Although it lacks a number of sizing options (like a BBCOR) it still makes some sense for the right player.
Louisville Authentic Cut Reviews
We had a chance to swing with a few of them and can say with confidence these bats are high quality sticks that feel just like the real deal. Great craftsmanship and we wouldn't expect anything less from Slugger.
2017 Slugger Fastpitch
2017 LXT Hyper
The LXT Hyper from Louisville Slugger should be the most popular fastpitch bat on the market for 2017. If it is not then too many people are buying the wrong bat. This thing is flat dynamite.
2017 XENO Plus
The 2017 Xeno with a new plus composite does nothing but improve upon the industry leading model in the space. Expect nothing but a fantastic feel and serious performance.
2017 LXT Hyper Custom
The LXT Hyper from Slugger should be the most popular fastpitch bat on the market for 2017. If it is not then too many people are buying the wrong bat. This thing is flat dynamite.
2016 Slugger Slowpitch
2016 USSSA Z4
Expect good ball exit speed at all swing speeds, but those with non-elite level swing speeds should really enjoy the balance feel of the 2016 Z4.
2016 ASA Z4
We'd recommend the 2016 Slugger Z4 for players that like a real smooth smash on impact and are comfortable with some work in period. They also need to be in the market for a top shelf bat in terms of price.
2016 USSSA Super Z
Our feedback shows the Super Z is most preferred by players with top end swing speed, as well as players who prefer stiff transitions or just one piece bats.
2016 ASA Super Z
As such, we recommend the 2016 Slugger Z for players that like a rock solid transition in a two piece full composite bat and have above average swing speed and power.
2016 Slugger Solo Z
2016 Slugger Solo Z Review
2016 Louisville Z4000 Balanced Review
The bat, much like the its Z3000 predecessor, is a smooth sailing, three-piece composite bat with a twelve inch barrel. Also like the Z3000, the bat comes in models 26 through 30 ounces in, of course, a 34 inch length. It hits like a gem.
2016 Louisville Z4000 Power Load Review
Also, the bat is approved for USSSA play and is a 1.5 ounce end load USSSA slow pitch bat. It is made specifically for those who drink more than 12 protein shakes a day. It also has a special stamp approving it in leagues that have an unlimited supply of softballs.
2016 Slugger Baseball
2016 Slugger 916 Prime
Of those 8 hours, 5 were spent in the cage with several different hitters who play all levels of composite bat baseball.
2016 Slugger 716 Select
We spent 2 hours in the cage and 1 hour in the field hitting with the 2016 Louisville Slugger 716 Select.. We also spent another 2 hours reading reviews from other players and trying to decipher message boards that discuss this bat.
2016 Slugger 516 Omaha
We spent three hours in the cage using the 516 in comparison to other single piece alloy bats and other bats in the 2016 Slugger line up.
2016 Slugger Catalyst
The Catalyst name has been used by Slugger in at least the last four years. Its genesis, as far as the Internets could tell us, was the one piece Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst released in 2011. In 2012 the bat was released with a color up and hasn't looked back.
2016 Slugger Fastpitch
2016 Slugger LXT
The LXT Hyper fastpitch bat is made of two composite pieces fused together in a design feature Slugger refers to as a TRU3 connection. This TRU3 connection places a sting dampening slug between the barrel and handle and has been on several previous iterations of Slugger performance bats.
2016 Slugger XENO
With that data set, we concluded the 2016 XENO PLUS from Louisville Slugger is as good of a bat as you can find in the Fastpitch space. Players like not only the large barrel and verifiable performance of the bat, but also the pedigree of success the Slugger XENO name carries with it.
2015 Slugger Baseball
2015 Slugger 915 Prime
First, it is an updated version of the 2014 Attack--which we thought was the best metal bat Slugger had made to date.
2015 Slugger 715 Select
The 715 Select from Louisville Slugger is part of their 2015 top shelf bat line. The 715 is considered by Slugger as a three-piece hybrid bat: a composite handle, graphite connective piece and high grade aluminum barrel.