One of the most exciting reviews we ever get to do each year is the new iteration of bats from DeMarini.
Reviews delivered about every week.
Their CF (which stands for Carbon Fiber) line is one of the most talked about lines in both baseball and softball.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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