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2019 DeMarini Prism Reviews

2020 DeMarini Prism Reviews

December 23, 2019 | by Brian Duryea | @BatDigest

For 2020, DeMarini has released the Prism out of its D-Labs and into the broader market. They also added a drop 11 to its very popular drop 10 status. For the drop 10, it is the same bat as the 2019 version. For 2019 it had a limited release. No matter what you call it, the Prism is the same double barreled light swing with a massive sweet spot, fantastic feel and a balanced swing. See DeMarini’s D-Labs where the Prism was born. In its original release, due to unexpected demand, the Prism was hard to find in stock. These days its pretty available at just about every major, serious outlet.

We’ve tested this bat, and every 2020 Fastpitch bat on the market today, with several different hitters.

The Prism bat is highly recommendable. The double barrel sounds great, fee… Jump to the full review.


2020 DeMarini Prism Video Review

For 2020, DeMarini has released the Prism out of its D-Labs and into the broader market. They also added a drop 11 to its very popular drop 10 status. For the drop 10, it is the same bat as the 2019 version. For 2019 it had a limited release. No matter what you call it, the Prism is the same double barreled light swing with a massive sweet spot, fantastic feel and a balanced swing. See DeMarini’s D-Labs where the Prism was born. In its original release, due to unexpected demand, the Prism was hard to find in stock. These days its pretty available at just about every major, serious outlet.

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Quick Review

We’ve tested this bat, and every 2020 Fastpitch bat on the market today, with several different hitters.

The Prism bat is highly recommendable. 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 it comes highly recommendable. In terms of overall feel we think the best on the market. Other stiffer bats tended to perform a bit better but that was with bigger hitters that could drill the ball. We recommend the 2020 Prism 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.

Recommendations

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.

Fastpitch Prism Recommendations
2020 DeMarini Prism Review

Assuming you are a serious fastpitch player and want the latest and greatest from DeMarini than the Prims is it. It’s a drop 10 that swings exactly like you’d expect. It’s balance is a slight bit heavier than the CF Zen (which is light)—and right in line with the LXT. It swings considerably lighter than bats like the Easton Ghost Double Barrel.

The fact DeMarini added an entire extra barrel inside this bat and kept its swing weight low is remarkable. It’s just a fantastic swing and everyone who hit it said the same exact things.
2019 DeMarini Prism Construction

DeMarini’s Prims is a two piece composite bats built with the same 3-Fusion handle you can find on the Fastpitch CF Zen. It also has the same composite handle. But, what is remarkably different, the barrel is unique. It’s design uses both an inner and outer barrel. The idea is the outer barrel provides great performance on any speed of impact. The inner barrel helps expand the sweet spot of the bat while providing both durability and performance governing (so it can pass the standards tests).

So, no matter the pitch speed or where it’s hit on the barrel the smash feels great.

A two barrel system in the barrel on a fastpitch bat is not new. The Easton Ghost Double Barrel also has two barrels (hence the name). Other’s in year’s past, like the Worth Legit, did so too. However, DeMarini has succeeded in making a double barrel bat that swings impressively light. Huge win for all of us.

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Comparable Bats

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.

2019 Xeno

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We documented three different hitters with the 2019 Louisville Slugger XENO. Each player hit no less than 80 pitches. Objective metrics like exit speed and ball flight distance were documented.

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2019 Power Carbon

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After hitting every fastpitch bat over the last several years it is hard to be blown away by a bat.

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Research: 2020 DeMarini Prism

2020 DeMarini Prism Reviews

Bat Sizing Options

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 drop 11 with sizes 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.

6.7
Pop
7.4
Durability
6.8
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
4.8
Feel on Mishits
5.5
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Comments

Jeremy says:

The Prism has a USSSA stamp on it. Soooo is it banned or not is the question?

Marcell says:

I spoke with Demarini, they initially said rerelease was as set for March. Now I’m hearing not until next year. With USSSA stamp. Any info on this?

This is also what we’ve heard. It was available on their D-Lab for quite some time.

Mak says:

I’ve been wanting this bat for a while now but I am not clear about some things, I’ve heard from many people that this bat is illegal now. Is this true? If so is I heard that they are coming out with a dual stamp in March is this true?

The bat is NOT approved for USSSA play. But, it can be used for ASA and ISF play. Most high school we know of use the ASA stamp requirement.

Diego Diaz says:

Can u do an exit velocity test and compare the performance among the prism, ghost and the mizuno F19 and post the results?

We have the Prism and Ghost on our Exit Speed page. won’t likely add the F19 anytime soon.

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