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One of the most exciting reviews we ever get to do each year is the new iteration of bats from DeMarini.

Their CF (which stands for Carbon Fiber) line is one of the most talked about lines in both baseball and softball.

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Industry Reference Guide

Other reference pages on the CFX can be found no these industry pages below. We refer to them, as well as our own data and experience, to write this 2018 DeMarini CFX review.

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Amazon 2018 DeMarini CFX
JustBats 2018 DeMarini CFX
DSG 2018 DeMarini CFX
Ebay 2018 DeMarini CFX
CloseoutBats 2018 DeMarini CFX
BaseballExpress 2018 DeMarini CFX
SidelineSwap 2018 DeMarini CFX

DeMarini CFX Video Review



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Fastpitch CFX

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DeMarini CFX

If the 2018 Demarini CFX bats are anything like the CF9 or CF8 fastpitch lines, then you can expect them to come highly recommended. The CF series has done as good a job as anyone, arguably better, by offering a number of iterations in swing weights and drops for any type of hitter. We expect to see the very popular Slapper. Additionally, the Insane and traditional drop 10 and drop 11 CFX bats should be here too.

2018 vs 2017 CFX

We know virtually nothing about the differences between the CF9 and the CFX. The only indication there may be significant changes is an image we captured of the transition point. The D-Fusion handle, a mainstay on the CF series, looks to have gone through, if nothing else, a serious aesthetic upgrade. We will see if it means anything else functionally soon enough. But, the picture perked our interests.

As one of the most successful fastpitch bat lines on the market we suspect the CFX, like the CF9, will come in a variety of sizes and drops for every hitter imaginable. We will update this when we get an exact count and the bats are ready to go live.

Comparable Bats

The most comparable bat in the 2018 line to the CFX set of bats is the LXT set of bats. LXT is Slugger’s answer to the ligth swinging two piece composite fastpitch bat. Expect a good feel with both bats and for those who use either bat to love it. Also, the Ghost is a legit option from Easton. Although it swings heavy compared to these two it is worth checking out if you are in this 2018 two piece composite market.

Research: 2018 DeMarini CFX

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Why the CFX Name?

Last year DeMarini’s baseball line departed from the naming structure a bit by using the CF Zen and CF Insane instead. The fastpitch line stayed the course and named their set of bats the the CF9. For 2018, we have learned they will be releasing the CFX as the new fastpitch bat line name. Baseball will be keeping the CF Zen name and will be referred to as the 2018 CF Zen.

CFX Review Sources

As of today, there is very little information on the CFX available. But, more and more gets added every day. DeMarini is in the process of doing a teaser launch for the bats for their big release closer to June. For this 2018 DeMarini CFX review we paid a lot of attention to the DeMarini Fastpitch Instagram account. For this specific review we also exchanged emails with the manufacturer and a few major vendors on the subject.

Also, some major vendors, like closeoutbats.com, released some teaser images that were at least interesting. A few major vendors received very limited releases of the bat. If you want an early release buy these as fast as possible. Most are usually sold out within hours.

On this site we revisited our DeMarini CF9 reivew in the hopes it would make us sound smarter while writing this one. You’ll be the judge of that. But that was a helpful review to show the massive breadth of hitting options the CF9 Fastpitch line covers.

2018 CFX Construction

DeMarini’s CFX is a two piece composite bat built with the top shelf of DeMarin material. It uses the 3 Fusion Handle system as well as a top line composite in the barrel. It is built with a light swing weight and a massive barrel. Also, check each model out specifically as it comes in a number of sizes and drops. Each version is a bit different than the other especially when it comes to the Slapper. The barrel is Paraflex composite which is DeMarini’s marketing term for their top end composite barrel that you can also find on their baseball line.

Bat Sizing Options

There are very many CFX versions of DeMarini fast pitch bats. The most common is the drop 10 CFX that comes in both a standard and a Hope (Breast Cancer) awareness version. As well, you can find a heavier winging Insane version that comes in a drop 8, 9 and 10. As well, there is a drop 11 CFX for those who’d like a light swing.

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