Tired of using your old bat for another season?
Looking for a bit of an upgrade?
Want to improve your performance?
Although we can’t help you with additional practice and swing technique, we certainly feel we can help by providing you with a list of the best fastpitch softball bats available this year.
As you are aware, there are a ton of fastpitch bats in the market and deciding on the top one is a challenge!
Another thing that makes it even harder is that just because it works good for one player doesn’t quite mean that it will work for another. Finding the right bat certainly isn’t easy. There are different bats for different types of hitters (i.e. end loaded or balanced), and different size/speed considerations.
Here are our ideal choices for the 2019 season:
|Image||Fastpitch Bat||Review (/5)||Price||Drop||Swing||Latest Price|
|Louisville Xeno X19||5||$$||-8, -9, -10, -11||Balanced|
|Demarini CF Zen||5||$$||-10, -11||Balanced|
|Louisville PXT X19||4.5||$$||-8, -9, -10||Balanced (slightly end loaded)|
|Demarini CF Insane||4.5||$$||-8, -9, -10||End Loaded|
|Easton Ghost Double Barrel||4||$$$||-9, -10, -11||Balanced|
Despite the Xeno X18 being one of our top picks for the 2018 season, we still feel that the newest 2019 Louisville Xeno X19 is a great pick for this year. When it comes to baseball bats, Louisville Slugger is almost always in the top spot. This is because they create every bat with the same attention to detail. The Xeno is the result of Louisville pushing the limits when it comes to innovation and design.
The Zero Friction double wall design allows the barrel to legally exceed the standard exit speed ratio. This allows the barrel to flex as far as it can possibly go without sacrificing performance.
The XENO is made using Louisville’s superior composite material. The material is light yet extremely durable. If you have used the previous version of this bat, you will notice the difference instantly. And thanks to S1iD technology, there is no break in needed. It is literally ready to go right out the box.
This bat also features iST Connection, a new technology that creates a strong bond between the barrel of the bat and the handle. With iST you will have a somewhat stiffer feel to the bat and the transfer of energy will be all the more efficient. The huge sweet spot makes hitting the ball easier and it helps absorb some of the vibrations before they make their way to your hands.
If you desire to have absolute control when you step up to the plate, the Louisville XENO might be the best choice for your tool kit. It should provide you with all the confidence you need to hit every ball out the park. Hopefully you feel like you are holding pure power in the palm of your hands! If you like what you’ve read so far, you might be even more interested in our Louisville Xeno review which has been updated to include the newest 2019 X19 model.
Each and every year, the Demarini CF series is one of the best fastpitch bats available. This year the model has been slightly re-vamped as the all-new CF Zen series. It is the latest bat in the DeMarini line and it is sure to impress.
The great thing about this bat is it uses DeMarini’s new Paraflex+ Composite material which according to the specification sheet is made with 22% stronger fibers than the Paradox Plus material used in previous iterations. This material is used in both the barrel which should provide it with a higher level of strength. All things considered, this gives the bat a sweet spot that is not only more responsive, but bigger and hotter as well. As a result, you should be able to generate more power with every swing.
Both the handle and end cap of the CF Zen have been equipped with another Demarini technology – 3-Fusion. This 3-Fusion technology should allow the bat to feel softer upon impact. It is also responsible for eliminating vibration, providing better bat control, and more importantly increased performance.
Vibration elimination is extremely important when it comes to off center hits. If you have ever hit the ball off center you know how painful it can be. Your hands take a serious beating. The 3-Fusion handle technology vibration is reduced leaving your hands better protected. Instead of energy going through your hands, it is redirected into the barrel of the bat upon contact. This means you get better feel, more power and less sting. You will also get better sound every time you hit the ball.
To optimize the trampoline effect, the CF Zen is constructed using a stacked double wall. This construction provides the highest level of performance allowed in regulation. The CF series from Demarini could be considered as one of the best series of bats of all time and I am guessing the CF Zen would be an ideal choice for many players. Like what you see so far? Check out our Demarini CFX review.
The Louisville PXT X19 is another great Louisville option that burst onto the scene last year. Although, we’ve noted the Xeno as our top pick, the PXT X19 could be the better choice – at a premium. So, for competitive high school and collegiate players, this one might make the better choice due to its advanced features.
Let’s get down to this feature list, shall we? For starters, the most important part has to be the MASS FX Loaded sweet spot technology. After all – for hitters, having a large powerful sweet spot is ideal when adding power. This technology is supposed to add more weight when you make solid contact. This in turn adds more momentum and pop into your swing which hopefully gives you that extra 10 feet to get the ball over the fence!
Another interesting technology that is included is the VCX technology. If you’ve ever had a mis-hit and felt ball string, you’ll enjoy hearing about this feature. Although I’m not entirely sure how this works, the feature list indicates that both the barrel and handle move independent of one another. Going back to mis-hits and ball sting, I can imagine that this will help reduce these vibrations quite a bit especially if they are contained in the barrel.
Like the Xeno X19, the PXT X19 also uses an advanced comfort grip system to help you control your swing without feeling like it is falling out of your hands. This is quite beneficial in damp weather as well as you don’t have to put an increased amount of strength into your grip and make things feel uncomfortable.
Outside of these main features there are others as well such as how well it is supposed to distribute power across the barrel, and its durability.
Again – although a bit pricey – I feel like high school ands collegiate players could get a lot out of this well reviewed bat.
The DeMarini CF Insane fastpitch softball bat is one of the newest bats in the DeMarini line. And like all their bats, this baby was born hardcore! This new version hit the market in 2019 and should continue to make a huge impression like the CFX version had done. If you are a power hitter, or the type of player who has confidence in their ability to hit the ball with speed and control, this bat was developed just for you.
The CFX Insane has been built with -8, -9, and -10 length to weight ratios which most players should be familiar with. The bat is also end loaded which gives it a slight sledgehammer effect. Therefore, when you hit the ball you should feel the power – especially on fly balls.
Thanks to DeMarini’s new Paraflex+ Composite material, this bat should be stronger than any of its previous versions. Its big, hot and will make every swing more powerful. If you have used the previous model, you will quickly be able to notice the difference when you swing.
This year’s model also utilizes a brand new 3-Fusion handle technology. This technology works by redirecting energy back into the barrel once it makes contact with the ball. This helps protect the player’s hands by reducing, or in some cases, completely eliminating vibrations. You will also get a much better “pop” when you hit the ball.
It is constructed using the stacked double wall which maximizes and optimizes trampoline effect. When it comes to fastpitch regulations, this bat has the highest performance rating. To see even more details on this model, please check out our full Demarini CFX Insane review.
The Easton Ghost double barrel softball bat should make a splash in 2019 for USSSA players. One of the first things you are probably wondering is what does Easton mean when they use the term “double barrel”?
This technology is brand new and has only been developed recently. In fact, Easton has a patent pending on this technology so they could be the only brand able to use it if things work to their favor. The main benefit of the double barrel design is to provide a never seen combination of comfort and pop. Although this certainly can only be judged by the hitter, it certainly sounds promising!
Outside of the double barrel, the Easton Ghost also includes an Xtra tough Resin Matrix technology. It is this technology that gives it amazing swing speed, durability, a nice large sweet spot, and one of the best feeling when making solid contact. Besides having a barrel that is longer than most bats you see in softball, a great portion of that barrel is able to reach its maximum flex thanks to the Resin Matrix technology being used.
Another feature common to quite a few bats now is the use of a connector (Easton uses the name ConneXion+) technology. The main benefit of this extra connection piece is to provide the hitter with a more seamless feeling between the handle and barrel. If you’ve ever swung a stiff two-piece bat, you’ll notice a big difference in this case as it should provide you with a great amount of flex through the swing motion.
The HYPERSKIN performance grip ensures the bat will remain firmly planted in the palm of your hands until you choose to let it go.
As any hitter will tell you, confidence is the most important factor when it comes to a player’s overall performance. With the Easton Ghost, your confidence will more than likely fly through the roof. If you play in a USSSA-approved league, and your goal is to increase your power and take your game to a whole new level, this one deserves consideration!
That being said there are several things you should look at when making your decision:
As I mentioned earlier there are a ton of different choices you can choose from, all with their positives and negatives. Further below on this page we feature what we believe are the best overall choices. However, you may want to take a peak at our comparison chart that has been updated for the 2019 season. If we want more details however we have provided quick reviews on this page.
When it comes to purchasing a fastpitch bat there are many different questions you will have. Some of the more common ones include what type of material is best, what brand or model is best, what’s the right size bat, end loaded or balanced, and what is bat drop? First we will take a look at bat drop. The length minus the weight of the bat is known as bat drop. If a bat is 32” long and weighs 22 ounces, that means the bat drop is -10. When searching for bats you will find a -10 bat drop is the most common. Please know the drop of the bat does not dictate or indicate whether the bat is end loaded or balanced.
At some point, if the player wants to continue playing at higher levels, they will have to elevate their game and learn how to cover the outside of the plate. The bat drop you get will depend on the type of player you have and what they are trying to accomplish. For instance, if the player you are purchasing the bat for wants to maintain bat speed and improve control, a longer bat may be the best option. However, you don’t want a bat that’s heavier. And that’s where bat drop comes into play. In this situation, a bat with a bat drop of -11, -12, or -13 would be the best option. If the player is strong enough to maintain bat speed and control with a bat that’s longer and heavier, opt for a bat drop of -8, -9, or -10.
With that being said, it is important you know if the bat you are using is end loaded or balanced. While the player may be able to maintain speed and control using a balanced bat with a -10 bat drop, that may not be the case if the bat is end loaded. If you have no experience when it comes to choosing a bat, your best bet is to visit a local retailer and let them walk you through the process. They will be able to answer any questions you have and point you in the right direction. If at all possible, visit a retailer with batting cages. This way you can try out the bat before you purchase it.
When it comes to choosing the right fastpitch bat there are a lot of very important factors you need to consider. One of those factors is knowing the difference between a balanced bat versus an end loaded bat.
A balanced bat is just want it sounds like. Its balanced due to its evenly distributed weight. Balanced bats are actually the most commonly used bats. Especially for younger players who don’t have a lot of strength. If you are looking to generate as much speed as possible, this is the type of bat you want to use. Contact hitters, also referred to as base hitters, will often choose a balanced bat because it helps them swing with more control. The more control you have the easier it is to hit the ball through the zone. This control comes from the lower moment of inertia balanced bats have.
Unlike a balanced bat, the end loaded bat has extra weight in the barrel. This allows you to hit the ball a greater distance due to the momentum you get when you swing the bat. End loaded bats are great for power hitters as they tend to have more strength. Generally speaking you will find anywhere between a 0.5 oz to 3 oz load in the barrel of the bat.
When determining which bat is best for you, its all about figuring out which type of bat you feel most comfortable swinging. Go for a round of batting practices so you can assess your swing. If you aren’t getting the results you want with one type of bat, try switching things up. If at all possible, try out an end loaded bat and a balanced bat back to back. This way you will be able to immediately feel the difference.
Keep in mind the bat you use must meet league standards. There are many different leagues all of which have many different standards. It is your responsibility to make sure the bat you use is in line with the standards set forth by the league you play in.
When it comes to constructing fastpitch softball bats the process has evolved quite a bit over the years. At one time the only material available was solid wood. Now players can choose between wood, aluminum and composite materials.
Aluminum bats are made using one of two materials…either aluminum alloy or pure aluminum. They come with a single wall barrel or a double wall barrel. If you are looking to hit the ball with more speed, the single wall is best for you. If you want a bigger sweet spot, opt for double wall.
Composite bats are made using a variety of different materials. Some bats will be 100 percent composite while others will have a handle or barrel that’s made using a host of other materials including carbon or steel alloy. Some bats are constructed using a combination of composite materials and wood.
The great thing about aluminum bats is their durability. However, they are also known to be dent prone. Over time you will notice they are less effective. The good news however is aluminum bats don’t require break in time. Generally speaking they are ready to use right out the box.
Composite bats on the other hand have a reputation for having poor performance. They have also been known to break in cooler weather. In order to reach peak performance composite bats must be broken in. You need at least 150 solid hits before it reaches optimal performance.
When it comes to the game of fastpitch, no two hitters are alike. In that same vein, no two bats are a like. The bat that works best for you will depend on your personal preference. Some bats are designed to be heavy at the top while others are designed to heavy at the handle.
There are also one piece bats, two piece bats, single wall bats and double wall bats. They key is knowing what type of player you are. Are you a contact hitter or a power hitter? Answering this question will help you better determine which type of bat is best for you.
Composite bats tend to be quite expensive. If you are new to fastpitch it is recommend you opt for something less expensive. While aluminum bats can be cost prohibitive as well, you can usually find a good one for $100 or less.
Although we feel that the bats we’ve included above would make the top choices for any player you may still be asking for more specific bats to meet your needs. We’ve tried to do our best to include some of the more common needs on other pages within the site. Below I have listed some of these and will add more as the site keeps growing!
We hope that you have found our page dedicated to the best fastpitch bats has provided some valuable insight into the top choices that can be had for the 2019 season. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
If you are looking to add some serious distance and power to your swing then consider picking up the new 2016 Worth Legit 220 softball bat. Designed for slowpitch power hitters, the amount of torque and power in your swing cannot be compared to any other bat on the market. Approved for use in ASA, USSSA and all other major associations, the Legit packs a punch which will quickly give you even more confidence.
You might be wondering why we feel the Legit will improve your power game quite a bit. One reason we are confident is that we believe in Worth as a company and their ability to deliver to softball players. With bats being made in the USA you can rest assured that careful planning and construction has gone into each and every bat. Secondly, we feel that because the sweet spot has been extended by a full 2 inches you will notice a huge shift in distance without needed to change your swing in the slightest.
The 2016 Legit 220 softball bats come in many different variations but at the core feature a 2-piece design that optimizes a hitter’s power and swing potential. Each and every bat is designed with performance and durability in mind. Here are the main feaures:
Like anything in life, it all comes down to money and what you can afford balanced with what you actually need. Although not the most expensive bat on the market, it is still a pricey bat at just under $300. Although $300 is a bit more pricey than you’d probably expect you do have to consider how much use you will get out of this bat. This model promotes durability along with performance so you can expect the good swings to continue for many years instead of replacing your bat every season.
Brand new for the 2019 season, the Demarini CF Zen Fastpitch softball bat is quickly looking like it could be one of the best of all time. Although its predecessor (the CFX) is still one of the top sold bats, the CF Zen has made even more improvements to take your game even further than before. For fastpitch players we feel that the newest version of this best seller offers the perfect blend of power, comfort, and balance.
We have divided this review into all of the different models from the series, which includes the Hope, and Insane. Many of the exact same features that are found on the regular version are also found in the Insane and Hope variations.
In the first part of this page we take a look at the regular CF Zen fastpitch bat which is available in the following drops:
As mentioned earlier, this one could end up being one of the best bats of all-time. Whenever you improve an already good thing by adding even more features to the fold, you have as true winner. Some of these features include:
For power hitters, they may be no better complement to your game then the newest 2019 CF Insane. Building on a great 2018 CFX version, the Insane has been improved even more to provide you with more power than ever before. Don’t let the -10 drop fool you. If you are looking for a slightly end-loaded swing where you can launch homers all over the field then please read on and view what this bat has to offer.
Power, power and more power! For the 2019 season, Demarini made quite a few improvements to the back bones of their popular CF series. The Insane uses this exact same framework which has already received great reviews from players like you who have taken a few swings.
Making a substantial change in the under coating of a bat is normally a cause for alarm, but that is exactly what Demarini did when they switched from TR3 F.L.O composite to brand new paradox composite in the 2016 version. What exactly is paradox composite? This innovative material provides hitters with the biggest and strongest sweetspot in the entire industry. In 2019 this has been improved even more by way of Demarini’s innovative Paraflex+ material.
Upgrading from the existing Paradox Plus+ material, the Paraflex promises to be much stronger and provide a lighter swing weight for the hitter. Not only that, but the Insane also features a double wall construction which gives it an incredible bouncing (or trampoline) effect when you connect properly.
The introduction of new paradox plus composite material is the same for all versions of this model. What makes the CF Insane different is the following:
One of the more popular bats once again in 2017 is the CF9 Hope. Built from the frame and underlying of the CF9, the Hope is a limited edition bat that not only takes your performance to the next level, but also supports a great cause. For each purchase of the Hope, Demarini will donate part of the proceeds to breast cancer research. With an incredible cause, and an incredible swing, you will be wishing you found this one sooner! Please read on to see the main features included in this version. The newest version of the Hope bat is typically used by more competitive players since it is priced higher than the average softball bat. Despite its price tag however, there are many things to like about this year’s DXCFH model.
First and foremost, the bat has been made in the exact same way that the regular version was. In other words, the barrel has been upgraded to use the new Paraflex material which is promised to be even stronger and more durable than the Paradox Plus+ material used in last years version. This material is also quite a bit stronger than its predecessors and allows for a more durable bat that should last you through many swings. The last advantage this new composite construction provides is it allows for the bat to be ready right away. No longer do you need any sort of break-in period. This bat is hot out of the wrapper!
Another great feature included in the 2017 version of the Hope is the amount of trampoline effect a hitter can experience. Using what Demarini calls a “stacked double wall construction”, hitters often mention they find it easier to swing for the fences. With a great amount of bounce on impact, you’ll quickly realize how much of a difference this bat will make over what you currently use.
One of the other main questions asked is what is the different between the regular version and the limited edition CF9 Hope. In all honesty, very little! The Hope has a slightly different look but that is about it. They are the exact same bat, except the Hope version supports breast cancer research and is only available with a -10 drop. If you are a competitive player, or just looking for a top of the line bat this summer, we would highly recommend you look into this one.
If you’ve used the Demarini CF8 then the major difference you will notice in terms of improvements is the Paraflex barrel material. This new construction is incredibly innovative and is both the hottest and largest sweetspot available. It also allows for the bat to have more strength by using what Demarini describes as fibers that are 22% stronger and more efficient.
Many fastpitch players loved the 2016 version of the Demarini CF8. If you already own this bat though, should you consider trying out the new CF9? My advice is if you are happy and comfortable with the older version then stick with it. However, if it is near the end of its usefulness, I would highly recommend you take a peek at the newer one. Although it will feel very similar, you will still notice a huge difference in the way it swings and the little extra power could make all of the difference for your next season.
The Miken Psycho is one of the bestselling and most requested slow pitch bats ever produced.
New for 2016, the Psycho SuperMax promises to take your hitting to a new level. If you are looking for someone to back this claim up then you may want to consider that this is the bat of choice of Jeremy Isenhower, one of the best softball players on the field today. Not only him, but this model is also a choice by many other professional players as well.
Featuring a 14.5 inch barrel length and a weight range of 24-30 oz, with a full ounce of max end load, this one is made for power hitters, who want to shoot bombs with it. Below we look at some features that truly make it one of the best ever produced:
The bat is made using the revolutionary Miken’s 100 COMP material, which is the patented formula that changed the game and introduced Miken’s high performance equipment. 100 COMP utilizes 100% premium aerospace grade carbon and aramid fibers that deliver Miken’s legendary performance and durability. The multi layered walls of carbon and aramid fibers give a splendid pop to the bat, which can really shoot bombs through the strike zone.
The Izzy Psycho is built with Miken’s new revolutionary 750X HPI technology that uses high pressure to inject ultra-tough epoxy in the highest grade carbon fibers at 750 pounds per square inch. This innovative technology that uses extreme pressure and premium materials deliver a game changing performance and unparalleled durability.
The 750X HPI technology paired with the 100 COMP revolutionary formula ensures you get the maximum sweet spot and a hot right out of the wrapper performance.
This model features a 1-piece, end loaded design along with a stiff handle, made specifically for power hitters. This model has a full 1 ounce end load, which gives the hitter maximum power. A one piece bat normally provides a bit more power than a two-piece system as it has very little give meaning no energy can escape except for when you make solid contact. And we all know what will happen if you make solid contact with this bat!
All bats from Miken are made with Vortex handle technology that uses the power of braid reinforcement. That means the handle is made with braided layers that distribute weight evenly yet move seamlessly together to deliver optimal flex, giving it an awesome feel while tuning out harsh vibrations on contact.
If you want a bat that delivers a game-changing, hot right out of the wrapper performance, that you can use to explode through the strike zone and shoot bombs with, get the bat Izzy swings and other top players choose to have. This Jeremy Isenhower’s signature model delivers unmatched performance, durability, and legendary power.
This one should be considered a must-have for all power hitters!
Louisville Slugger is synonymous with baseball and softball. It is the official bat of Major League Baseball and is the #1 name in baseball since the beginning of the sport.
For softball bats, there may be no better choice than the Z4 as it combines the innovative S1iD technology with Louisville Slugger’s exceptional base to deliver what promises to be a better performance in the batters box. With a 12 inch pro style barrel and a weight range of 26-30 oz., this one is made for power hitters who want to add distance and power to their hits. In the next part of this review, we look at the top features included in this bat.
The Pure 360 Composite uses thinner, higher-strength and lightweight graphite fibers that enable it to be durable and strong yet have a reduced wall thickness leading to lighter swing weight.
The Z4 uses Louisville Slugger’s revolutionary TRU3 technology to create the first ever 3-piece slow pitch bat that greatly reduces the vibration on contact. This 3-piece design is made to strengthen the link between the barrel and the handle and give it a trampoline spring, dramatically reducing the vibration on contact. While it reduces the negative vibration and sting, it gives the bat that good feeling of contact so you know where you have hit the ball, either squarely on the sweet spot or towards the end.
The Z4 comes in both balanced and end loaded designs. A balanced bat will typically make your swings faster while an end loaded bat will make them a bit slower but provide a much great power potential. So in terms of which is right for you? My guess is you would need to figure out what type of hitter you are first.
Composite bats usually require a breaking in time of 250-300 hits. The Z4, however, brings the revolutionary SWING 1 inner Disc (S1iD) technology back to the diamond that allows the walls to flex to their maximum allowable level. Hence, you get a bat that is hot right out of the wrapper. The S1iD technology gives the Z4 a great pop even on the first swing and it just keeps getting better with every swing.
Another unique feature to this model is the Girt Blast finish that has been applied to the outside of the barrel. This extra little feature promises to create more spin when you launch the ball into orbit. Why is this spin important? It should help you put more intensity into your hit therefore making the ball go further at a more accelerated rate.
The Z4 is definitely going to dominate the fields in the year 2016. With the revolutionary TRU3 technology paired up with S1iD design, the Z4 delivers a powerful performance on the field. With an awesome pop, only rockets come off this high-performing bat.
If you want to increase your batting average and make a difference to the game, do yourself a favor and read a little bit more about this one.