A bat is a part of a player’s identity on the field. Finding the right bat can take hours of research, testing, and careful thinking. With so many options on the market, a player can become overwhelmed by the volume of available fastpitch softball bats. In an attempt to make the decision-making process easier for our customers, we’ve tried to narrow it down to the top fastpitch softball bats for 2018. These fastpitch softball bats range in price while maintaining a high-level of performance.
Top Picks for 2018
One of the most popular bats in fastpitch is back and better than ever in 2018. The Louisville Slugger Xeno is a two-piece fastpitch softball bat featuring a 100% composite design to provide the hitter with a balanced feel at the plate. The Louisville Xeno features an extra-stiff connection between the barrel and handle, allowing for less flex in the handle, but more in the barrel. The result is a massive sweet spot, and maximum trampoline off the barrel.
The barrel of the 2018 Xeno features Swing1 Inner Disc (S1iD) technology. This technology enables the bat to be game-ready fresh out of the wrapper. Two discs are placed inside the barrel at the sweet spot to keep the barrel from flexing past the legal limit, thus maximizing the performance of the bat. The handle of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Xeno is the standard 7/8″ fastpitch handle. The 2018 Louisville Slugger Xeno is available in -11, -10, -9, and -8 weight drops.
The Louisville Slugger Xeno Fastpitch Softball Bat is certified by USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF.
The balanced swing weight makes the 2018 Louisville Slugger Xeno a great option for all player types.
The Easton Stealth Flex fastpitch softball bat returns to the field in 2018 with the same technology that helped it burst onto the scene in 2017. The Stealth Flex is a two-piece fastpitch softball bat with a balanced design making for a faster swing speed. The barrel of the Easton Stealth Flex features FLEX™ technology to offer a softer, higher performing bat right out of the wrapper. The CXN ZERO™ technology reduces vibration to make one of the best feeling two-piece bats in the game.
The Stealth Flex features a 29/32″ handle with a Hyperskin Helix grip to provide the hitter with a comfortable and effective grip at the plate. The Easton Stealth Flex is available in -11 and -10 weight drops.
The Easton Stealth Flex Fastpitch Softball Bat is certified by USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF.
The 2018 Easton Stealth Flex is a great choice for the player looking for a balanced bat with a flexible feel.
The 2018 DeMarini CFX Balanced is the most popular bat in DeMarini’s fastpitch lineup for good reason. The CFX Balanced effectively combines multiple technologies to maximize performance. The 3-Fusion end cap and handle work together to redirect the energy towards the barrel, thus increasing the pop.
The barrel of the DeMarini CFX Balanced features Paraflex Composite to give the barrel massive flex in the sweet spot. The composite used in this DeMarini fastpitch softball bat is 22% stronger than the composite used in previous CF models. With the materials in the bat being stronger, this barrel will take a short amount of time to break-in. Players have reported it taking as little as 60-70 swings for it to be fully broken-in. Once broken-in, the CFX is one of the highest-performing bats on the market.
The DeMarini CFX Balanced Fastpitch Softball Bat is certified by USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF.
The 2018 DeMarini CFX Balanced is a great option for an elite player looking for a balanced bat to match their level of play.
Marucci Sports continues to develop into a major player in fastpitch softball with the release of the 2018 Marucci CATFX Connect. This fastpitch softball bat features a two-piece composite design aimed to reduce vibrations and produce solid pop with every swing. The Shock Dissipating Connection Technology gives the player a solid feeling at contact. The Ring-free barrel technology creates a high-performing, consistent barrel with no dead spots.
The handle of the CATFX Connect offers Marucci’s custom micro-perforated soft-touch grip with extra tack. The sting-free comfort knob of the Marucci CATFX provides the hitter with increased comfort and control at the plate. The Marucci CATFX Connect fastpitch softball bat is available in -11, -10, and -9 weight drops.
The Marucci CATFX Connect Fastpitch Softball Bat is certified by USSSA, ASA, and ISA.
The 2018 Marucci CATFX Connect is a great choice for a player looking for a consistent, balanced, two-piece bat.
The Rawlings Quatro is back in 2018 with the same two-piece technology it brought to fastpitch in 2017. This two-piece technology allows the bat to flex and whip through the zone, thus generate more bat speed through contact. The Quatro’s barrel features an ultra-high performance composite designed to maximize the trampoline effect.
The handle of the Rawlings Quatro offers vibration dampening technology (VDT). A silicone infused handle collar minimizes vibrations and creates a smoother feel at contact. This fastpitch softball bat is hot out of the wrapper with little to no break-in period. The 2018 Rawlings Quatro Composite Fastpitch Softball Bat is available in -10 and -9 weight drops.
The Rawlings Quatro Composite Fastpitch Softball Bat is certified by USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF.
The 2018 Rawlings Quatro is a great softball bat for an elite player looking for a balanced bat composed of high-performing materials.
Axe Bat continues to make a name for themselves in the fastpitch softball community with the release of the 2018 Axe Element. The patented Axe Handle enables the player’s best swing, more often. This will help to maximize bat speed and ensure a correct bat path. The barrel of the Axe Element is composed of Axe Bat’s strongest alloy ever, Premium Mantic Alloy. The strength of the alloy ensures solid pop and durability throughout the life of the bat.
The hyperwhip end cap removes unnecessary weight and helps maximize the size of the sweet spot. The Axe Element also features Shock-absorbing Endogrid technology in the handle to reduce the vibrations commonly felt in one-piece softball bats.
The Axe Element Fastpitch Softball Bat is certified by USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, ISF, NFHS, and NCAA.
The 2018 Axe Element is a great bat for the player looking for a high-performing one-piece alloy fastpitch softball bat, at an affordable price.
A player’s bat preference is a very personal decision. The size, material, and technology can all be personalized to help improve a hitter’s performance. It is important to take your time and be fully confident in your choice of bat. Hopefully our top picks can get you started in the right direction in selecting the bat that will take your game to the next level in 2018.
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