The bat feels great in my hands. I was swinging a 19oz bat, and I got a 20 oz in this bat, but it feels the same weight, but is an inch longer, giving a bigger sweet spot. The feel and sound is great on contact. We took about 100 swings in the cage with real baseballs, and I can't see any markings at all on the bat. I expect the bat to be more durable than a full composite bat.