DeMarini releases a couple bats within their 2019 D-Labs. The Prism has been out of stock for a while now there but do expect to see it in major outlets this (2019) fall. At least that’s as far as we have heard.
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This innovative lab’s best 2019 iteration, as we see it, is the 2019 DeMarini Prism. We’ve tested this bat, and every 2019 Fastpitch bat on the market today, with several different hitters.
The Prism bat is highly recommendable by us. We think it the best fastpitch bat that DeMarini makes. The double barrel sounds great, feels great on hits and mishits and appears to have a massive sweet spot. If budget isn’t much of an issue we’d recommend the bat for almost any drop 10 hitter looking for a real balanced swing and is very serious about fastpitch.
You might also like DeMarini’s D-Lab CF-XD.
The bat is more expensive than most upper end fastpitch bats. At $399 retail it’s hard to get yourself to pass up the best fastpitch bats which are, at most, at least $50 less.
In terms of construction, Easton’s 2018 Ghost Double Barrel is a reasonable comparison. Both bats are two piece composites and built with a double wall barrel. However, the Ghost Double Barrel swings considerably heavier than the DeMarin Prism. Expect a swing that is 10% heavier with the Ghost.
In terms of balance, look for the Slugger LXT. The LXT has a sort of modified double barrel in a floating ring they use within the barrel of the bat. The principle behind the ring is similar to that of the dual walls in the Prism. That is, it expands the sweet spot, increases performance at slower pitch speeds and improves durability all within the allowable standard. As well, the LXT is also a two piece composite bat. It is a reasonable comparison to the Prism.
Currently, the Prism is only available at the D-Lab from DeMarini. Find that directly on their website. There is no telling why DeMarini has limited the release of the bat. If major vendors had hit with it compared to other fastpitch bats like we have they would be clamoring to stock this thing. It is, as we see it, the best fastpitch bat DeMarini makes.
It comes in a drop 10 and sizes out between a 31 and 34-inch. 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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