Composite fastpitch bats are getting more and more popular because composite bats have outperformed alloy bat in many aspects such as durability and performance. Besides, thanks to the development of modern technologies, most of drawbacks of composite bats such as break-in period or vibration have been solved effectively. The 2017 softball season has started; let’s take a look at the list of composite fast pitch softball bats which are anticipated the most.
Rawlings Quatro Fast pitch Bat
Rawlings has stepped up their game in 2017 with the amazing Rawlings Quatro. 2017 Rawlings can satisfy all softball players, especially the powerful hitter in every aspect from performance, trampoline effect to minimum vibration. Regarding construction, it is 2- piece 100% composite balanced bat with 2.25-inch barrel and is approved in most of major leagues.
Every part of the bat is packed with advanced technologies to bring the best to players. Barrel is made from high-quality Carbon Fiber Composite which can assure great pop and performance. The connecting point of the handle and barrel uses a special technology called Ultimate Flex Barrel-to-Handle Connection that helps to boost swing speed significantly upon contact. The most impressive feature of this bat is its ability to eliminate vibration and sting to nearly 0. This is the result of 2 technologies: Vibration Dampening Technology (VDT) and Quatro Collar to reduce sting, vibration and bring the smoothest contact. Lastly, 2017 Rawling Quatro is hot out of wrapper and comes with 12 month warranty from manufacturer.
Mizuno Nighthawk Fastpitch Bat
2016 Mizuno Nighthawk is a good choice for any fastpitch softball players, no matter if they are professional or at entry level. It’s also a 2-piece 100% composite bat with standard 2.25 inch barrel and is approved in ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA, and ISF.
The material of 2016 Mizuno Nighthawk is Black Onyx Carbon Composite which is not ready out of wrapper but only requires short break-in period and brings good performance.
Besides, Mizuno has applied a special technology called Patented 2-Piece Link Construction to connect the barrel and handle of the bat. This technology uses a rubber-like substance to dampen vibration and reduce sting. In addition, the barrel of the bat has Double Wall technology but different from other double wall bat, there is a polypropylene film to separate the 2 walls. And this structure has done an amazing job to enlarge the sweet spot.
The trampoline effect of MizunoNighthawk is also impressive thanks to the optimized End Cap. Overall, 2016 Mizuno Nighthawk is a rounded fast pitch softball bat that is loved by many players. However, its price point is not very competitive.
DeMarini CF9 Fast pitch Bat
DeMarini never fails you with it great quality. If you already love DeMarini CF7 and CF8, the CF9 could even satisfy you more than previous version. First advantages of DeMarini series is that they are available in several variations of drops, sizes, end loaded or balanced one, etc.… Therefore, any one could find a DeMarini CF9 bat that suits them well. DeMarini CF8 is loved for its power and CF9 is even 22% stronger and has larger sweet spot than CF8. This is the result of the Paraflex Composite that DeMarini has used in CF9 version. The famous D-Fusion 2.0 handle technology is also applied to minimize vibration and ensure that energy is directed effectively to the barrel. Many players have chosen DeMarini CF9 the best fast pitch softball bat in the market. However, this packed with features bat comes with very high price. Therefore, it’s recommended to players who want serious investment in bat to boost performance.
Composite fast pitch softball bats are getting better and better in quality. Every year, bat makers have offered thousands of products with innovative features. Besides the 3 above bats, you could check other highly rated composite bats such as 2017 Easton Stealth, 2017 Louisville Slugger XENO Plus.