After quality time with Slugger’s X12 fastpitch bat, we have our review and some recommendations. On the whole, the Slugger X12 serves as an entry level fastpitch bat with an entry level price. It offers some features top shelf bats boast, like its two piece composite design. In other areas, it lacks newer composite structures and does not provide the same type of performance feedback found in real top shelf bats. We recommend the X12 to the player looking for a value purchase, where top end performance for top end pitch speed is not as important as a good price and light swing.
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We reviewed a number of sources in putting together this article on the 2017 Louisville Slugger X12 fastpitch bat. For starters, we checked our 2017 DeMarini Vendetta Review and our overall Fastpitch Bat Reviews page. You may also find our XENO and LXT Slugger reviews worth a few minutes of your time.
As a two piece composite bat, the X12 maintains the same buttery smash that even the best fastpitch bats in the business maintain. The connective piece technology by Slugger is a legit piece of technology. That said, the bat lacks top shelf performance along the length of the entire barrel. As well, the offering in only a drop 12 narrows the group of players the bat is recommended for.
With all of that in mind, we recommend the X12 from Slugger to newer and younger fastpitch players who like the idea of a quality brand on an average bat. The light swing weight and butter smash will feel like a top shelf bat. However, if drives to the gaps and an occasional bomb are the goal, we suggest you look elsewhere for your fastpitch needs.
Slugger’s X12 only comes in a drop 12. Hence the 12 in the X12. The drop is the numerical difference between the length of the bat in inches and the weight of the bat in ounces.
But what it lacks in drop options, it makes up for length offerings. The X12 is as short as a 28 and runs up through a 33 inch bat. Hence, the weight changes are from 16 ounces through 21.
Louisville Slugger’s X12 Fastpitch bat uses a traditional two piece composite design. This design, found on the vast majority of top shelf fastpitch bats, combines a composite handle onto a composite barrel. The two pieces are made separately, then connected with a rubber or synthetic collar.
In theory, this two piece design allows for ball shock to dissipate before it reaches the hands. As such, two piece bats tend to ring the hands less. Depending on the strength of the transition, a two piece composite bat can also bend more on contact. As a general rule, this sting dampening also causes some performance dampening, as possible trampoline effect is negated by a softer landing.
In the Drop 12 two-piece composite space, the Louisville Slugger X12 Fastpitch bat has at least a little bit of company. Maybe the most popular, Easton’s FS3 fastpitch bat, also a two piece composite in the drop 12 built for a new player and a light swing. If we are to believe the average of most online reviews, then the FS3 is the more desired and more popular fastpitch bat when compared to the Slugger X12.
If you need a slightly heavier option in the drop 12 space, DeMarini makes a drop 12 fastpitch bat called the Vendetta. You can see our full DeMarini Vendetta Review here.