Louisville Slugger has been grinding the past few years working to become the most dominant fastpitch bat on the market. Whether it is a Xeno or LXT, you can rest assured that you are stepping up to the plate with a top quality weapon.
This year’s line stayed the course with similar graphics from 2015, but, in true Louisville Slugger fashion, they have stepped it up a notch for 2016. Along with adding the “Plus” to the names, the new line has infused an eye-catching splash of optic yellow into both the Xeno Plus and LXT Plus. Louisville Slugger has struck a perfect balance between classic and flash with their aesthetics and I could not be more pleased with how they turned out.
Moving on to what really matters- ultimate performance. Let’s break it down by model.
Xeno Plus: The old faithful. This bat has one of the largest sweet spots in the game with a trademark sound that gets results. Louisville Slugger Performance Plus Composite allows for zero wall friction and maximum pop. The two piece barrel to handle iST technology provides max flex and limits bad vibrations. With sizes ranging from -11 to -8, this is a bat that can be swung throughout an entire career.
LXT Plus: This model has been slowly catching up to its LS counterpart over time and we think this year might be the year that LXT breaks out ahead of the almighty Xeno! This is one sharp looking bat with some of the best graphics and color schemes that we have seen yet. Made with the same Performance Plus Composite Technology as the Xeno, this model is no longer end-loaded like it was in 2013. You will get an evenly balanced bat engineered for maximum performance! The LXT TRU 3 Technology doesn’t allow the handle and barrel to touch allowing for optimum pop and eliminating all vibrations. Another great surprise is the addition of a -11 option! Now the younger, smaller athletes training for big-time performance can join the LXT crowd. Seriously, this bat is legit and that blue will definitely make a statement at the plate!
We are counting down the days until June 1 when these beauties arrive in the store. As always, be sure to stop by Better Softball in Better Baseball and demo one to see the results for yourself!
The 2016 Demarini bats are coming in hot this year and they gave us a sneak peak here at Better Baseball and Better Softball. There have been some serious upgrades to the already advanced technology that Demarini is known for. The Paradox + composite barrel is now even more responsive creating a longer sweet spot and optimal performance right out of the wrapper. You won’t have to wait for results on these babies. The new D- Fusion 2.0 handle redirects energy from contact back into the barrel minimizing hand sting and sending back that beautiful vibration you get when you really get a hold of one.
The best part about Demarini bats is that each is designed for a specific type of player. You are always coming into a bat that was literally made for you. The CF8 -8 and CF8 -9 are heavy hitters and designed for maximum pop. The CF8 -10 Insane is made for those athletes who don’t want to compromise explosive power for a lighter swing. You get the best of both worlds with this bat as it swings lighter but distributes the weight out further for maximum pop. An added bonus is that the electric blue color scheme on this bat is phenomenal.
The old faithful -10 balanced model is back and better than ever. Everything that made this bat great just got greater. The stacked barrel construction gives the lightest walls in the game for a balanced powerful swing.
The LIMITED EDITION CF8 -10 HOPE is structurally identical to the CF8 -10 but with a little social agenda behind it. Proceeds from purchases on this model go toward the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. You can crush softballs and cancer at the same time- the ultimate multi-task. Only making 2,000 of these so get yours quick!
The CF8 -11 is the perfect bat for the younger, less developed athletes who are ready to crush. Players are getting serious about their sport much younger these days and need a bat that packs the same punch as the bigger, heavier models. The color scheme showcases the demeanor of the bat. A serious look with intense graphics and only a little pink to keep the flavor. The designers at Demarini understand that you don’t have to drown a bat in pink to catch a girl’s attention. This is the most popular bat of its kind and in my opinion, the best transition bat in the game.
The most exciting addition to the 2016 line in my opinion is the first ever SLAPPER bat! Modeled after the balanced -10, the 2016 CF8 -10 Slapper is designed specifically for the unique needs of this kind of hitter. The longer barrel measures up to 14” for maximum plate coverage and weight is distributed closer to the hands for unbeatable barrel control. Don’t worry power slappers- this bat has the same explosive pop as the other models so you can keep working those gaps. The best part of the bat is that it is just as versatile as the athletes who swing it. It is made so you can utilize all the tools that make you an effective slapper. I am beyond excited for this bat to hit the field this season.
Needless to say, we are pumped for the 2016 Demarini CF8 line. Theres a reason why some of the greatest players in the game are swinging Demarini. Here at Better Baseball and Better Softball, we are one of the few who can provide demos so come by our store and look for us at tourneys to demo one for yourself. Feel free to leave your own reviews of any of these models below!