After hitting with the 2019 Slugger PXT our hitters found it to feel great off a tee. However, smaller hitters struggled during live pitching due to the serious end load on the bat. (This was not the case with the 2018 version of the PXT). The 2019 PXT weighed out as the heaviest swinging 2019 drop 10 fastpitch bat we tested. But, in terms of feel on contact and exit speeds it was one of the favorites. Our full 2019 Slugger PXT Review follows.
2019 Slugger PXT Recommendations
As we discuss in this video, the PXT is the heaviest swinging drop 10 bat we tested. As such, it is built for the bigger, stronger player who likes an end loaded feel. Or, those smaller players who prefer a more sledge hammer type feel to their bat and are willing to size down an inch or so.
In terms of performance the bat is impressive. It ranks among the best with its exit speeds and feel on both hits and mishits.
Serious fastpitch players who really want an end loaded bat in the drop 10 space should look to the PXT. Smaller players who really want the bat should size down at least an inch when compared to light swinging bats like the Slugger LXT or DeMarini CF Zen.
2019 Slugger PXT vs Slugger LXT vs Slugger XENO
Slugger makes three top end fastpitch bats. The XENO, LXT and PXT are all built for serious fastpitch players and serious budgets.
Of the three bats the PXT and the LXT are the most similar. Both use a two piece composite design with the same VCX connection piece. The grips on both bats are the same and the handles are made of the exact same set up. The PXT, unlike the LXT, does not use any rings within the barrel. This delivers a much different sound. Some would say the PXT is an attempt at the DeMarini CF Zen–a big barrelled fastpitch bat with no ring technology. We’d mostly agree.
Read our entire conversation on the differences between the XENO, LXT & PXT.
2019 Slugger PXT Sizing
The 2019 Slugger is available in a drop 8, 9 and 10. The drop 8 is added from the 2018 version of the bat.
As we mention above, expect the PXT drop drive a 10% heavier swing weight than other bats in the drop 10 space. That is, a drop 10 PXT will swing more like a drop 9 or drop 8 LXT.
2019 Slugger PXT Comparable Bats
Although the Ghost Double Barrel fastpitch bat from Easton is designed considerably different than the PXT the swing weights and barrel sizes are very similar. Feedback from the players we had hit with the bats was also similar.
The Ghost Double barrel, however, uses a double barrel design. That is, inside the bat there is an additional barrel that works as a governor. The PXT is just a single barrel with no ring design.
2019 Slugger PXT Construction vs 2018 PXT
The 2019 version of the bat uses a “Mass FX” technology that puts more mass behind the sweet spot of the barrel. This is a marketing way of saying the bat swings heavier than previous year’s versions.
As such, the 2019 version of the bat is not a good replacement to the 2018 version of the PXT. The 2019 version is a heavy swing built for bigger power hitters, or smaller hitters that like a sledge hammer type feel on their bats.