We’ve raved about the DeMarini lineup of bats in the past and this year is no different. The 2017 DeMarini CF9 bats available now carry on this success and have gotten even better.
With a solid, sleek design and high-tech composite material, any of the bats in the new line up will have you swinging with the best of them. The hardest part will be deciding which one of these great bats to buy!
We’ll help you out with narrowing down the list. With our reviews, you can decide which of the new DeMarini CF9 bats is the right choice for you.
Some Quick Facts About the DeMarini CF9 Line Up
With so many models and makes, it can be hard to wrap your head around them all. If you need a quick refresher on how to pick out the right bat for you, check out our buyer’s guide.
With the DeMarini CF9 selection this year you have eleven great bats to choose from.
All of the bats are made from composite materials. DeMarini CF9 bats all have Paraflex composite barrels. Paraflex is an innovative composite that DeMarini has developed.
It has 22% stronger carbon fibers, and the way they are distributed within the barrel gives the makers a lot of control over the weight distribution within the bats. This means that these bats can be specialized.
Whether you want something fast and light, or top heavy for a powerful swing, you’ll be able to find the bat you need.
Plus, the Paraflex composite material provides a large sweet spot — the entire length of the barrel! This means every time you make contact with the ball, it will be comfortable and vibration-free.
The DeMarini CF9 bats are all completely certified and approved by the USSSA, NSA, ISF, ISA, and ASA. This means any league you play in should accept these bats. It means that they are safe to use, both for you as the batter and the players in the field.
Softball Bat Terminology
Did that all just make your head spin?
When you are looking for a new softball bat, you are going to come across the same terms again and again. While it may seem daunting at first, once you have them under control, they make bat buying way easier.
We will run through the most important ones here.
This refers to what the bat is made of. If a bat is made of composite materials, it means it is made of an extremely strong and light carbon fiber reinforced polymer.
Traditionally, bats have been made of wood and aluminum. Both of these materials are still available. However, most fastpitch bats use composite materials as it is more durable, lighter, and provides a better sweet spot.
The drop is that negative number in brackets you will see at the end of the names of fastpitch bats.
The drop of a bat is calculated by subtracting the weight from the length. It is always a negative number.
It is the ratio of length to weight. This means the greater the number, the lighter that the bat is compared to its length.
The DeMarini CF9 bats come in different drop varieties, so you’ll want to figure out the best weight to length ratio for your style of batting.
With these definitions out of the way, let’s get on to the reviews!
The DeMarini CF9 (-10) Balanced bat is ideal for most players. It’s an all-around great bat.
It’s perfectly balanced, meaning it will be easy to maintain a smooth swing. The decent weight will put some power behind your swing. But, it’s not too heavy, and will suit the average player.
Unless you want something specific in your bat’s performance, such as a unique weight or end-loaded balance, this is the perfect bat for you.
With a drop of -8, this is the heaviest bat in the DeMarini CF9 lineup. It’s perfect for power hitters. Its heavy weight will put a lot of force behind your swing, assuming you can handle it!
This bat should be used by extremely advanced players who already have no trouble generating a lot of bat speed. Ideally, users would be heavy hitters in pro or college level.
If you haven’t tried swinging a bat this heavy before, consider the other bats in the DeMarini CF9 line instead. Using a bat that is too heavy for you will make you bat less effectively and can cause serious injuries.
Another bat meant for heavy hitters, the DeMarini CF9 (-9) will have you swinging for the fences. The long sweet spot of DeMarini CF9 bats will make hard contact comfortable. Even your hardest homerun hits will feel like a dream.
Just like the -8, it’s not meant for everyone. It’s for power hitters. It’s a bit lighter than the -8, so some high school age players could handle the weight.
If you prefer an endloaded bat, with the weight slightly shifted towards the endcap, this is the bat for you.
If you already have an extremely fast bat speed, you might want to choose the endload instead of the balanced. The extra weight on the end will add additional power to an already fast swing. It will send your hits further and harder.
This version of the DeMarini CF9 Balanced comes with a lot of heart.
It’s the same bat in terms of its composition, balance, and drop, so what makes it unique?
For every bat sold, DeMarini will donate money to breast cancer research. So, you can feel good about the improvement in your game and the improvement in the world.
For the left-handed batter, do you ever feel like your choices are limited?
Not anymore. With the DeMarini CF9 Slapper, you’ve got a bat perfectly weighted for your swing.
Or, are you a right-handed batter who is famous for their slap bunt? Then you should check out the Slapper.
With a 14 inch length, you’ll have maximum plate coverage. Plus, it’s weighted for total control, so you can have confidence as you go for the slap.
We’re moving towards the lighter end of the DeMarini CF9 lineup.
The -11 is perfect for players who need something a little lighter. The DeMarini will allow for easy swings without feeling insubstantial.
It is also ideal for younger players who are serious about their game.
The Vendetta is another great choice for younger players. It’s got a large barrel size, giving players a better chance to make strong contact with the ball.
Even with the large barrel size, it’s still light enough that a younger player can easily manage it.
New in 2017, DeMarini has created a new version of the Vendetta. With a drop of -12, it’s nice and light. It is extremely manageable and easy to handle.
The grip is comfortable and durable. It’s got the same larger barrel size, so new players can get right into the game.
Unlike the other bats on this list, the Uprising isn’t actually a full composite material bat. It is a hybrid, featuring DX1 Alloy.
There are some major differences between aluminum alloy and composite material bats. You should keep these in mind when making your decision.
The good thing about this is that it brings the price down. If you’re on a bit more of a budget, this could be a great starting bat.
The alloy will not be as durable as composite material, so you may want to upgrade to a composite material bat in the future, once you’ve gotten the hang of the game.
For an alloy bat, there is a very large sweet spot, and low amounts of vibration when you connect.
It’s light and comfortable. The DeMarini CF9 Uprising means you can bat with the best of them on any budget.
Another hybrid, the DeMarini CF9 Bustos is a great budget choice as well.
It has got a composite handle and an alloy barrel, meaning you get some of the advantages of both.
Plus, the alloy barrel means you won’t have to spend any time breaking in your new bat. It will be game ready right out of the box.
The light weight of the bat makes it perfect for new young players. They will be able to work on their bat speed.
That is why the low price point makes this a great beginner bat. They can work on their bat speed and improve their skills before moving on to a new bat later.
Clearly, there are a lot of great choices in the DeMarini CF9 lineup this year. Now that you know a bit more about the choices that are available, you can pick the one that will be best for you.
Whether you are an experienced power hitter, or brand new to the game, DeMarini has a bat that will support your game. Get ready for your best batting season ever!