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Best BBCOR Baseball Bats – 5 Top Choices on the Market (Updated 2019)

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best bbcor baseball batsFinding the best BBCOR baseball bats for every single player is an impossible task.

Why?

Because it is extremely rare to find two players that have the exact same needs, swing speeds, and budgets.

So although we can’t absolutely guarantee you that the 2019 bats we review below are going to be perfect for everyone…I think they are the cream of the crop and would satisfy the majority.

Whether you are looking to add more pop, swing quicker, and/or turn swinging strikes into line drives then any of these choice below should help you!

First, let’s look at these choices and follow-up with some additional tips.

ImageBaseball BatReviewPrice RangeSwingBarrelLatest Price
Demarini Voodoo5$$Balanced & End LoadedThickness-Tuned X14
Demarini CF Zen & Insane5$$$Balanced & End LoadedParaflex Composite
Easton Mako Beast4.5$$$End LoadedTCT Thermo
Rawlings Velo4.5$$BalancedpOp 2.0

1- Demarini Voodoo BBCOR

Demarini Voodoo BBCORDemarini Voodoo: The Voodoo has been a favorite for many years…in fact I have heard some people say it could be the best ever. Where the first two above were perfect for increasing swing speeds, the Voodoo prides itself in the amount of power it produces. Demarini has built an X14 alloy into the Voodoo which is very strong and has the durability to last many seasons. With a balanced swing weight, and and a comfortable swing, this one remains a true winner. Read our full review.

2- Demarini CF Zen BBCOR

Demarini CF Zen BBCORDemarini CF Zen and Insane: Building on the successful CF6, CF7, and CF8’s, Demarini has come out strong again with their brand new CF Zen and Insane brands. Using brand new ParaFlex composite throughout the entire construction, hitters will now feel a little extra pop without the extra weight experienced with others. A new 3Fusion handle and end cap have also been added to the CF series which promises no vibrations whatsoever. Read our full review.

3- Easton XL1 BBCOR

Easton XL1 BBCOREaston XL1: The most power packed bat in our list is the XL1 made by Easton. With an extended barrel and full composite construction, you’ll be taking pitches deep in no time! Although it swings slightly heavier than others in our list, it is a power hitters true best friends because when you make good contact with this one, you can instantly feel the extra pop that has been generated. The Easton XL1 is a great choice for high school players.

4- Easton S400 BBCOR

Easton S400 BBCOREaston S400: Most of the bats in our list range from the typical $200-$300 range. At less than $60, the Easton S400 has tremendous value. Although it won’t give you the amount of pop that the other in this list will, it still provides an adequate amount of power and a faster swing speed. More suited for those who are not quite at competitive levels, there is much to like about this one.

5- Rip-it Air BBCOR

Rip-it AIR BBOCRRip-it AIR: One of the most popular bats this year has to be the Rip-it Air. What many hitters enjoy about the Prototype Air is the incredibly quick swing speeds it produces. In fact, Rip-it believes that it has developed the quickest swinging BBCOR bat in the entire market. So far many agree! Many players are quickly noticing how much better their swings are becoming which in turns leads to better results.

Tips for finding the Best BBCOR Baseball Bats (2019)

This page in particular focuses on newer models fully approved by the BBCOR standard. The BBCOR standard, is now required standard for all high school and NCAA players. There are numerous different models with this stamp of approval so as you can imagine finding the right one is not easy. Further down below you will see some of our quicker reviews of our top choices. These choices have been updated recently so you’ll be all set for the 2019 season. We plan to keep this page updated before every new year.

While BBCOR bats have been used in both high school and college for several seasons now, there is still quite a bit of confusion in regards to what the BBCOR standard is. To help clear up some of the confusion I wanted to try and answer four of the most common questions asked when it comes to this certification.

Question #1 – What Does BBCOR Stand For and What Is It?

BBCOR stands for “Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution.” The BBCOR standard regulates the amount of energy that is lost when the bat makes contact with the baseball. Each bat will go through a series of tests. If the number registers high, that means the bat has a high trampoline effect. The maximum value of a BBCOR bat is 0.50. This number was decided upon by the The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

All BBCOR bats must have a barrel diameter of 2 5/8” or less, a length to weight ratio of -3 or less and an overall length of 36” or less.

Question #2 – Why Was This Standard Created?

The number one reason the BBCOR standard was created is for safety. As offensive performance has increased, the speed at which the ball leaves the bat has also increased. To help keep pitchers safe, the BBCOR standard replaced the old standard, which was the BESR, and reduced the batted ball speed by 5%.

If a bat has a composite barrel, it will more than likely have to go through an ABI (Accelerated Break In) test to ensure it meets the BBCOR standard.

Question #3 – Do I Need a BBCOR Bat?

The type of bat you will need will depend on the league you are playing for. If you play in a league that follows the NFHS or the NCAA rules, you must have a bat that meets the BBCOR standard. Other organizations may also require players to use a BBCOR certified bat.

Standards will vary from league to league. It is therefore your responsibility to ensure you know the standards the league you play for enforces.

Question #4 – How Do I Know If My Bat is BBCOR Certified?

All non wood bats that are BBCOR certified will have a mark or stamp that says “BBCOR certified .50”. For play in the NCAA and NFHS, wood bats that use one piece of solid wood are not required to be BBCOR certified.

Types of bats and their advantages

When you look at the overall landscape of the game of baseball, for the most part, it is a simple game. Especially when you compare it to other sports such as football and soccer. On the offensive end all you need is a baseball bat and you can go out and play the game of baseball.

As you start to mature as a baseball player you will start to realize not all bats are created equal. The type of bat you choose to play with will depend on several different factors including the type of league you play in, the type of hitter you are trying to be, and how much you are willing to spend on a bat.

While there are only 4 main types of baseball bats you can choose from, each one can be made using a variety of different materials. They can also be configured to suit any hitting style. Here are the main bat types that are found in any of the best baseball bats:

Hybrid

A hybrid bat is basically a combination of aluminum and composite. It offers the hitter strength with very little drawback. In almost all cases, a hybrid bat is made using an aluminum handle and an aluminum spine. The barrel on the other hand is made using plastic, graphite and titanium, all of which are pressure molded composite materials.

One thing that makes the hybrid bat so attractive is its durability. Unlike bats made using other materials, the hybrid doesn’t bend, dent, warp or ding over time. The one big downside to this type of bat is its price. It can be pretty pricey and is not allowed in some leagues. Be sure to check your leagues requirements before purchasing any bat.

Wood

Wood bats have been around since the game of baseball was first invented. It is the classic baseball bat and is used in professional leagues all over the world. There are some leagues, both minor and major, that use wood bats exclusively for both in game use and bating cage sessions.

Being that each league is different and has their own set of standards, the type of wood bat used can vary greatly from league to league. For example, there was once a time when Louisville Slugger used only white ash wood to produce bats for Major League Baseball. These days however maple wood is the preferred option as it is lighter. Bamboo and hickory wood bats have also become pretty popular.

Aluminum

Aluminum bats are most commonly used in by younger players, high school and college. When compared to wood, aluminum bats are lighter, more durable and easier to swing. This is what makes them a great option for younger players who are just starting out and don’t have a lot of strength.

Aluminum bats also have the ability to “pop” the ball off the bat with a high level of speed. This is yet another benefit for younger players as they tend to lack strength and accuracy.

Composite

When compared to aluminum bats, you will find composite bats are lighter. They are made using a combination of plastic, graphite, and in some cases, titanium. Because of its weight, it too is a great option for young players just starting out.

Composite bats do come with a pretty hefty price tag which is why many will avoid using them. They are also not permitted in certain leagues. Again, it is your responsibility to know which type of bats are permitted in the league you are playing for. If you are looking for a bat that is durable, opt for an aluminum bat as composite bats aren’t made using durable material.

Top Brands of Baseball Bats

When it comes to baseball bat brands there is no shortage of supply. There are literally hundreds of different companies you can choose from at any given moment. Being that there are so many options, it can be very difficult to determine which one to use for your batting needs. While there are certainly more than 3 great brands you can choose from, below we are only going to discuss the top 3.

Louisville Slugger

During a baseball game many, many years ago, Pete Browning swung so hard that he broke his bat. A young man by the name of Bud Hillerich happened to be watching the game that day. He decided he was going to make Browning a new bat out of his father’s shop. With the help of Browning, Hillerich made the first baseball bat which was the start of something special.

Browning loved his new bat so much that he spread the word around the baseball community. As a result, baseball players from all over started to flock to the shop hoping Hillerich could make them a bat as well. In 1894 Hillerich took over his fathers shop and renamed it Louisville Slugger. And as the saying goes, the rest is history.

The Louisville Slugger brand has built itself into one of the most iconic brands in the industry. They are responsible for creating the first three piece bat technology that revolutionized the game. Legends such as Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth have used Louisville Slugger bats during their career. Today, baseball players from all over the world choose Louisville Slugger bats more than any other brand.

DeMarini

DeMarini was founded in 1989 by Ray DeMarini. Since the company started they have had a huge impact on the game of baseball. They launched the world’s first multi-wall bat, the Doublewall bat. The company is known for its innovative technology which is one of the main reasons they have such a loyal following. They are literally changing the game of baseball with the products they are creating.

Due to its unbelievable success, Wilson acquired DeMarini in 2000. Since then the company has continued to grow and develop some of the most innovative, high performing bats the game has ever seen. In fact what should be the top performing bat for the 2019 season is featured on this page: the CF Zen and Insane.

Easton

Easton Sports was founded in 1922 by Doug Easton. When the company first started they were manufacturing bow and arrows. It wasn’t until 1969 that the company started manufacturing baseball bats. In 1999 Easton expanded their product line yet again and started making wooden bats. They also acquired Stix Baseball, Inc. that same year.

Easton is known for developing several technologies including Integrated Matrix Technology and Carbon Nanotube Technology . There are well over 100 professionals who choose Easton as their brand of choice. The great thing is they have bats for every budget. You can get a bat for as low as $40 or as high as $500.

And there you have it. Three of the best baseball bat brands in the world. No matter what brand you choose, if you choose one of these you simply can’t go wrong. And that of course concludes our baseball bat reviews page. We hope that it has provided you with valuable insight to improve your game.

Easton Mako Beast 2017 BBCOR

For the 2017 season, the Easton Mako BBCOR Beast has once again topped our list as one of the must haves for the season. Before starting our review, I did want to make a couple of quick points:

  • This bat is expensive
  • It is typically used by competitive high level players
  • If this doesn’t fit your criteria you may want to check out this year’s version of the Demarini Voodoo which still packs a great amount of pop but at a lower price point. However if you are still interested in the Mako then read on!

Main Features

In this section I wanted to break down the main features of this top rated bat and explain how each could benefit you as a hitter.

TCT Thermo Composite

The main selling feature of the Easton Mako lies in the TCT Thermo Composite that has been applied to both the barrel and handle areas. So how good is this TCT Thermo in comparison to others?

For one the sweet spot has been increased in size giving you an even better opportunity to make powerful contact on your swings. Many hitters have even noted that their swings just feel better and smoother when using this material. This could be due to the fact that the TCT Thermo also promises to provide the hitter with a lighter swing speed. The 2017 version has also been upgrade to be 1.5″ longer than the previous version giving you ample opportunity to make contact.

In short, from the sounds of all the reviews and the feature lists, the Mako could be a perfect blend of power and efficiency for a hitter.

As mentioned earlier as well, the same material has been applied to the handle area as well. The benefit this provides you is a bat that provides much less vibrations or sting on potential mis-hits.

CXN Zero™ 2-piece ConneXion™ Technology

As mentioned in the previous section, the both the handle and barrel are made from the same material, but the Mako is still advertised as a two-piece bat. The reason for this is the use of the CXN Zero™ 2-piece ConneXion™ technology which blends the two together to still provide the hitter with the benefits expected from a two-piece bat.

So how will this help you as a hitter? By keeping the handle separate from the barrel using this newer connection piece all of the energy you put into your swing is maximized to go straight out to the barrel. This in turn provides a tremendous amount of pop in your swing and maintains the trampoline effect normally experienced in two-piece models.

Other Extras

There are a few other extras that we wanted to mention that are included in this model including:

  • Brand new grip
  • – For more comfort and a better grasp along the handle, the Mako includes a brand new HYPERSKIN™ grip. With a 1.2 mm thickness, the grip aims to eliminate shock and minimize ball sting even more. It also comes in quite the fancy color!

  • Warranty
  • – Although quite standard with many bats, Easton does offer a full 1-year warranty on the newest edition of the Mako although we are guessing you won’t need it!

Conclusion

As we mentioned in the introduction section, the Easton Mako BBCOR is not the cheapest bat by any stretch. Its primary audience are high school and collegiate athletes who play in competitive leagues and are the power hitters for their respective teams. So if this sounds like you and you are looking to make some major improvements to your 2016 season, consider checking this one out!

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2018 Demarini Voodoo BBCOR bat review

Welcome to our review of the 2018 Demarini Voodoo which is available in both an end loaded and balanced swing. This BBCOR approved model promises to be a dream come true for power hitters and is primarily meant for high school and collegiate players. On this page, we aim to provide you with a break down of the different features included and how they can benefit you as a hitter. And to be honest we believe that this model is heavily deserving of our #1 ranking for top bats this summer.

So what makes this one so special? Let me provide you with the features the bat includes:

X14 Alloy Barrel

2018 Demarini Voodoo review

The X14 alloy included on the Voodoo promises to be a nice upgrade from the previously used X12 barrel. Some of its benefits include:

  • Like the older versions, this popular barrel should provide a great amount of pop and responsiveness to your swing.
  • Like the X12, the newer X14 alloy should provide a great amount of durability so that you can use it for multiple seasons. The main difference between the two alloys is that the newer version has slightly thinner walls
  • The alloy is slightly end loaded which is exactly what power hitters need
  • Virtually no break-in period should be needed as the X14 should be ready to swing for the fences right after purchase

3Fusion Handle

One of the biggest changes included in this year’s model is the use of Demarini’s own 3Fusion technology in the handle area. This new handle promotes two different things:

  1. Stiffer feel – The stiffer handle benefits power hitters as they’ll notice more of the trampoline effect when making good solid contact. Balls should travel further and hopefully end up being launched for homeruns.
  2. Reduced ball sting – Let’s face it ball sting is the absolute worst thing in the world. This new handle promises to reduce this sting effect and vibrations that can be encountered on mis-hits.

3Fusion End Cap

Brand new in the 2018 version of the Voodoo is the 3Fusion End Cap. This end cap gives the hitter a little more comfort when holding the Voodoo as it rests right against your hands almost giving the hitter a feeling like the bat isn’t even being held. According to the product description, it should also provide some additional performance improvements.

Strong backing

Demarini is one of the most popular brands in the business. Therefore a player can feel quite confident when using anything they’ve made. For the Voodoo itself they offer a full 12-month warranty period in the case of accidental damage.

Who is this bat meant for?

There are several types of players would may want to look into this model a little more. They include:

  • Competitive high-school and collegiate athletes
  • Power hitters for their respective teams
  • Players who prefer a two-piece bat
  • One thing to note is the price point is a bit higher on this bat than its predecessor and some of the others you’ll find. As such we believe that it is really meant for more experienced players that have already figured out the power game. Players who are just starting out or may not be as competitive should look into a more balanced model like the Demarini CF.

2018 Demarini CF Zen and Insane review

This page is dedicated to an overview of the brand new 2018 Demarini CF Zen series bat for adult BBCOR approved leagues. You have probably already heard of this bat as its previous versions like the CF7, CF8, and CF9 have provided hitters with exceptional performance and have taken their games to the next level. Each and every year this model seems to keep getting better and is normally the pinnacle when it comes to baseball bats. In 2018 Demarini decided to “split” the CF series by offering two different versions: Zen for a balanced swing and Insane for a more end loaded powerful swing.

In this review, I am going to try and breakdown some of the major features included on the CF Zen and Insane and then provide the benefits for each. I won’t sugar coat things, this model is expensive. However, it does have the most advanced construction and has one of the frameworks already in place. Built for competitive high-school and college players, this one should improve your game.

Main Benefits of the Demarini CF Zen & Insane

Demarini CF Zen BBCOR review

So what are some of the main benefits included in the CF Zen and Insane? This section breaks down some of the more intriguing features and how they should provide you with benefit.

Paraflex Composite Barrel

This model has been built using Demarini’s own ParaFlex composite material in the barrel. This material promises to provide the hitter with tremendous performance right after purchase. One of the worst things to do when buying a new bat is breaking it in so it is nice to know that with the hefty price tag that you can take this one from the shelf to your next game (although I’m sure you’ll want some practice swings first).

The barrel itself on the CF has been extended slightly from previous versions as well to give you a longer sweet spot and in turn making contact more often.

3Fusion handle

This is one feature that the previous version did not have. The brand new 3Fusion handle system aims to eliminate ball sting and vibrations when you take those awkward swings. I know back in my day using some generic bats that the ball sting was incredibly painful so this is music to my ears. Some people in the reviews I have read have even indicated that even contact in the lower end of the bat doesn’t cause any sting.

In addition to the less frequent vibrations and stinging, the handle has also been made to be more rigid. This rigidness offers very little flex which is perfect for power hitters looking to take their swings yard.

Balanced or End Loaded Swing

One of the biggest disappointments in prior years was although the CF series contained a great amount of power coming from the handle and barrel, it was still considered a balanced bat. Thankfully, this year Demarini has decided to make a CF series bat for contact hitters (the Zen), and for power hitter (the Insane). Although the two are virtually identical in terms of construction, the Insane has a more load at the end of the barrel which provides a great amount of benefit for mashers. Despite all of the extra features included, Demarini has made the bat slightly lighter to swing therefore making it perfect for contact hitters as well. As Demarini says, it is a perfect blend of speed and power.

Who is it for?

As we mentioned in our introduction section, this bat is pricey. Therefore it is typically reserved for competitive players at the high school or older levels. In terms of player type, although it is a balanced bat which are normally reserved for contact hitters, there should still be ample power in this model for power hitters as well. Those looking for additional power with more of an end load should look at the Demarini Voodoo instead.

All in all, the CF Zen & Insane should continue on the great legacy paved by the previous models before it. As you can tell there is quite a bit of technology that went into creating this bat so I would expect to see it quite often in the 2018 season.