Welcome to Homerun Softball Bats, your brand new home aimed to help you find the best softball bats available. Whether you are a fastpitch or slowpitch player, male or female, young or old, we know that there is a perfect bat out there for you. We hope our softball bat reviews will provide you with all of the information you are looking for. Numerous 2014 softball bats have already been released, and we want to provide you with the most accurate information possible. Below we feature our top three fastpitch and slowpitch bats released so far. The table below will be updated as more bats are released. We have tried to include the most important features in our list such as price, rating, bat material, and what leagues each bat is approved for. If you feel we are missing important information, please let us know.
2014 Softball Bats
Looking for the best softball bats for 2014? Check out our comparison table below which features our top 8 choices (4 fastpitch and 4 slowpitch). Please note in the “Price” row that “$” refers to bats under $100, “$$” is for bats $100-$300, and “$$$” is for bats which cost more than $300.
|ASA||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes *||Yes *||No|
|USSSA||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes *||Yes *||Yes|
|Material||Composite||Paradox Composite||Pure 360 Composite||Composite||Composite||Half and Half|
|Construction||Two piece||Two piece||Two piece||Two piece||Two piece||Two piece|
|Barrel Diameter||2 1/4"||2 1/4"||2 1/4"||2 1/4"||2 1/4"||2 1/4"|
Note: The Louisville Z2000, Worth Legit and Demarini Stadium bats feature different variations for both ASA/USSSA leagues and End Loaded/Balanced swings
Easton has been making high quality fastpitch softball bats for many years. The Easton Mako is their newest innovation and has already been purchased by many players. Designed for the best of the best, the Mako features a huge sweet spot for incredible power. Despite the large sweet spot, the Mako has been designed to make your swing speeds faster at the same time. As you can imagine, doing this is not easy! But with the new TCT Thermo Composite material, Easton has done just that and have provided you with one of the best bats ever made. Like many other popular Easton bats that have been made, this one also features ConneXion technology which is aimed at reducing potential for vibrations when making awkward swings. If you are interested in learning more about the most popular bat of 2014, then check out our full Easton Mako review.
You will feel the power in your hands when you step to the plate with the Demarini CF6 in your hand. This 2 1/4″ barrel uses Paradox composite material which provides strength and stability to your power stroke. This bat will feel so light in your hand you will feel you can hit pitches a very long way. The CF6 uses the latest technology to allow you to get maximum transformation of power in your swing. The design allowed them to keep the stiffness in the barrel for power and still providing a dulling impact on the vibration and the sting you might feel. This bat gives you a feeling of confidence to hit like you know you are capable of. With a full 1-year warranty backed by a great brand like Demarini, its no wonder so many people have purchased this bat already. Like what you see so far? Check out our full review of the Demarini CF6.
Despite being one of our top picks for the 2013 season as well, we still feel that the Louisville Xeno is a great pick for 2014. With a brand new sharp purple/black color scheme, this bat features a great balanced swing allowing you to combine your power and speed properly. Perhaps the greatest innovation with the 2014 Xeno is the use of S1iD technology. According to Louisville, the S1iD technology allows the barrel to flex as much as possible. So if you are a hitter that like a little extra bounce in your swing, this one may be for you. The Xeno is consistently used by many of the best teams around the country both at the high school and collegiate levels. The 2014 Xeno is ready to go right out of the wrapper and does not require any sort of break in period. and will quickly make you a happy fastpitch softball player! If you like what you’ve read so far, you might be even more interested in our Louisville Xeno review.
Demarini CF6 Insane
The Demarini CF6 Insane is very similar to the CF6 that we reviewed earlier. The main difference however is the Insane model is more end loaded and feels more like a -9 drop bat instead of the advertised -10. New for the 2014 version of the CF6 Insane is the use of Paradox Composite material for the bats construction. The Paradox composite gives the bat incredible strength but allows for no break in time whatsoever. If you hate waiting for you bat to be ready after purchase, then you may want to check this one out. Lately for those that hate vibrations, the CF6 Insane includes a new D-Fusion handle that promises to be better than ever before at vibration control. To see even more details on this great bat, please check out our full Demarini CF6 Insane review.
In 2013, the Louisville Z2000 was also one of our top choices. We feel the bat has made even more improvements allowing it to show up in our best slowpitch softball bats list for 2014. One of the best swinging slowpitch bats for this year, the Z2000 is available to meet your needs. Looking for a balanced swing? Looking for a bit more pop? The Z2000 is available in ASA Balanced, USSSA Balanced, ASA End loaded and USSSA end loaded versions making it easy for you. The greatest feature of the 2014 Z-2000 is the newly added S1iD technology to the construction. The S1iD technology allows the barrel of the Z-2000 to flex as far as it possibly can without breaking. This provides an awesome trampoline effect and allows you to feel comfortable right off the bat from swing #1. If you are interested in learning more, you can check out our Louisville Z-2000 slowpitch bat review.
The Worth Legit slowpitch softball bat comes in many different versions. For instance, the Legit has both balanced and end loaded variations that have been approved for both ASA and USSSA leagues. Similar to the Louisville Z-2000, the Worth Legit features a tremendous amount of barrel flex by using its new Flex Fifty technology. Also, similar to other Worth softball bats, the Legit comes equipped with the famous 454 technology which creates the largest sweet spot in the business. By extending the sweet spot 2 inches in both directions, you quickly find that you’ll make contact more often and drive the ball for much more power. Lastly, the Legit uses what Worth calls a “power molding process” which trims all of the unnecessary material resulting in a lighter, and better quality bat. If this bat peaks your interest then you can check out our full Worth Legit slowpitch review as well.
Demarini Stadium 2.1
Inspired by softball great Chris Larsen, the Demarini Stadium 2.1 promises to hit bomb after bomb right from the get go. Using Demarini’s Half and Half construction process, this bat features a 4.One composite barrel which is deigned to be as stiff as possible. This stiffness is where all of your power will come from. The stiffness in the barrel also extends to the handle with use of SC4 Alloy. This handle is the stiffest that Demarini makes. To make the bat even more powerful, an extra Dish End cap has been added making the bat even more tough and providing more of an end loaded swing. So in short, if you like your bats rigid, there may be no better option than the Stadium 2.1. Please note this bat is only approved for USSSA leagues, so if you play in an ASA-approved league only you’ll have to look at different options. If you are interested in learning more, please check out our Demarini Stadium 2.1 review.
In terms of the best fastpitch softball bats, we feel that the Easton Mako, Demarini CF6, and Louisville Xeno are the top three choices for this year. The Mako and CF6 are quite similar so in all honesty the decision could come down to who you have the most confidence in: Easton or Demarini? We believe the Mako is slightly better when it comes to bat speed and reduced vibrations, but in some cases the difference is very small. The Louisville Xeno has made the list as well for the second year in a row. Where we really like the Xeno is its ability to provide hitters with an incredible quick break in period. In fact you really need no break in at all as it is ready right off the shelf. Either way, going with either three of these fastpitch bats will make you a better hitters.
In terms of the best slowpitch softball bats, we really like the Louisville Z2000. Available in many different variations such as ASA/USSSA approved and balanced or end loaded swings, the Z-2000 is an affordable bat that provides a great amount of pop. The main reason we like the Z2000 is that we feel it provides hitters with a much lighter swing than others that are available. The LS-2X composite applied to all Z-2000 bats provides stronger interior walls, but allows for the bat to still remain thin. Although the Z-2000 is our top choice for slowpitch softball bats, we wouldn’t discount the Demarini Stadium 2.1 or Worth Legit models. If you like an extra whip or flex feeling in your swing then you’ll love the Worth Legit. If you instead want a stiffer feel then you will probably be quite happy with the Demarini Stadium instead.
Importance of Reviews
If you are anything like me, you want to break down every single thing before you make a purchase. After all as a consumer it comes down to you to make the best choice possible. To help you with this, we have put together a brand new bat reviews page where we look at the top bats available in 2013 and 2014. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- All slowpitch bats feature a 34″ length and a 2 1/4″ barrel diameter. What makes each distinct is the weight, the type of load, and the organization it has been approved for.
- When looking for the best fastpitch bats, two of the important thing to look for are the length of the bat and the weight. Typically youth players look for a bat that measures 26 to 32 inches in length while adult players stick in the range of 30-34 inches. The other item to look into is the amount of drop. A lower number typcially means a lighter bat, while a higher number is meant for stronger more powerful hitters.
- The ASA standard is widely considered to be the strictest standard for softball play. When your bat has the ASA stamp of approval, you can pretty much guarantee that it can be used in any league you play for. Their rules are constantly changing and you can see a full run down on this ASA rules site
- The last section of our softball bat reviews page is dedicated to the bats specifically approved by the USSSA. The USSSA is similar to the ASA with the main exception that they allow for a 100+ MPH batted ball speed.
What factors go into choosing these softball bats?
As we mentioned earlier, no two bats are the exact same. As a former softball player, I know how difficult it can be to find the best softball bat. That is why this website was created. As silly as it sounds, I almost compare shopping for a softball bat with shopping for a new car. There are so many different variables to consider and no two people share the exact same tastes. So finding the top softball bats for a group of people is not an easy task by any stretch. However there are certain things we considered when we reviewed the feature lists of all the different bats available. Some of the main decision points included:
- Fastpitch or Slow pitch: some bats have been designed specifically for fastpitch players in that they come in different lengths and drops while other bats are built specifically for slow pitch players and feature the same length in all cases. We believe that our pages dedicated to Fastpitch Softball Bats and Slow Pitch Softball Bats will provide you with enough insight depending on which version of the sport you play.
- Material: how a bat is built goes a long way when making a list of the best softball bats. Composite bats are ideal, but also expensive. Some other regular aluminum bats have proven to be quite strong and high performing providing you with more bang for your buck.
- Performance: This is obviously one of the most important factors. If you are going to buy a new bat, it should perform better than your older one. We look into where the power of the bat is generated from and how much additional distance can be achieved through the barrel and handle strength.
- Organizational Approval: some of the best softball bats that we reviewed were only approved by the ASA association, while others could only be used by USSSA leagues. We believe that our ASA Softball Bats, and USSSA Softball Bats pages provide a great amount of insight about which are indeed the top performers.
- Cost: Let’s face it…many of us are on a budget. Although the $300 softball bats are fantastic, not all of us need one. There is no doubt that bats such as the 2013 Easton Stealth are top performers, but some of us have to be a little more careful with our wallets.
Well there you have it. If you are looking for specific softball bat reviews, you can find them on the right hand side of the page as they are sorted by brand name. We hope you enjoy your stay on our best softball bats website and hope to have you come back again.