As handy as fastpitch softball bats can be, they don’t always get the job done, which is exactly why we have our trusty slowpitch softball bats tucked away for such occasions.
Not any slowpitch softball bat, however, will do; as with all things in life, we must carefully vet our softball bats. From barrel size to length, a bat’s specs really can make all the difference in the world.
Of course, not everyone knows how to choose a nice softball bat just by looking at a few specs. Luckily for those of you who don’t, however, we’ve conducted a bit of research in order to find out which slowpitch softball bats have managed to wow softball players this year.
We’ve organized the bats by brand for your convenience. Have a look:
We highly doubt that you haven’t heard of DeMarini since this brand of bats gets a lot of attention.
A member of the Wilson Sporting Goods family, DeMarini was founded in 1989. It specializes in manufacturing baseball and softball bats and has a nice selection of fastpitch and slowpitch softball bats.
While this brand has multiple popular softball bats, we’ve managed to narrow their offerings down to two bats.
DeMarini Flipper OG
Our first choice from the DeMarini line of bats is the DeMarini Flipper OG. Like most of the bats featured on this list, the Flipper has received an overwhelming number of positive reviews.
Many reviewers are especially impressed by how good the bat’s “pop” is right “out of the wrapper.” Others claim that the bat “has more power than any ASA bat” they’ve ever used.
In any case, the general consensus is that this bat, which is balanced, 34 inches long, and weighs 27 ounces, is pretty powerful.
Not only has it received a ton of positive reviews, but, as briefly mentioned earlier, it has also been approved by the American Softball Association (ASA).
Despite all of the craze surrounding the bat, though, it will run you close to 200 dollars, and if you want the newly released version of the bat, you’ll end up paying closer to 300 bucks.
DeMarini Ultimate Weapon
The DeMarini Ultimate Weapon boasts a 6-millimeter grip and a 13-inch barrel. Like its cousin the Flipper, it has been approved by the ASA. Furthermore, it has also been approved by the National Softball Association (NSA), the Independent Softball Association (ISA), and the United States Speciality Sports Association (USSSA).
As far as DeMarini’s slowpitch softball bats go, however, this one does not receive as many positive reviews as, say, the Flipper; indeed, some reviewers have a few negative things to say about this one.
Still, this bat has its redeeming qualities, one of which is its availability in three different sizes (26 ounces, 28 ounces, and 30 ounces). This choice allows you to choose the weight which you can handle best. When selecting the weight that is right for you, just keep in mind that this bat is balanced.
Oh, and the bat will run you a little less than 150 dollars.
Easton, or BRG Sports, is not some new kid on the block. The sporting goods company, which sells equipment and clothing, was launched in 1922, which means that it’s been in the game for almost 100 years now.
Similar to DeMarini, this company also specializes in baseball and softball bats.
Easton SP16BSUA Bomb Squad Dual Stamp
Yes, this bat has a name which no one is particularly fond of reciting. All jokes aside, though, the Easton SP16BSUA Bomb Squad Dual Stamp is highly regarded by those who have purchased it.
Reviewers routinely cite this bat’s power and “pop fresh out the wrapper” as its best characteristics. Its grip also gets a lot of praise. Still, there are others who claim that it takes a while to break in.
Furthermore, the Bomb Squad boasts a carbon handle which “eliminates vibration for better feel” and a long 13.5-inch barrel which provides “maximum power.”
It’s also pretty cheap, coming in at somewhere around 100 dollars, and is USSSA and ASA approved.
Regardless of what’s been said above, if you aren’t particularly strong, this bat might not be the one for you; the 34-inch bat comes in three sizes (26 ounces, 27 ounces, and 28 ounces), and it’s end loaded.
Not only is the bat somewhat heavy, but it also comes in two pieces. If you prefer your slowpitch softball bats to be in one piece, you may as well just give up on this one.
Easton Composite Brian Wegman
Unlike the other Easton option we’ve listed here, the Easton Composite Brian Wegman is not an ASA approved bat, but it is USSSA approved.
While it’s only available in one size (27 ounces), it boasts an “end-loaded barrel for maximum power,” a “single system composite design” which “increases bat control,” and a “carbon handle” that “improves feel and reduces vibration.”
No bat, however, is without its cons. Some reviewers report that the bat takes a while to break in while others complain about the size of the handle.
Further still, while the bat is certainly well-loved, it is one of the pricier slowpitch softball bats on this list. While older models cost a little over 100 dollars, the newest model rings up at 299.95 (i.e. over 300 dollars if you include tax).
Having said that, if your wallet can live with this bat, go for it.
Louisville is a member of the Wilson Sporting Goods family, though it wasn’t always a member of that family. The company it originally belonged to, Hillerich and Bradsby, sold it to Wilson a couple of years back.
As it turns out, that deal might just have been the best thing for Louisville since one of its bats made this list (and numerous others).
Louisville Slugger Z4
Apparently, not many of Louisville’s bats actually made the top of people’s lists, but the lists that had any Louisville bat at all definitely had the Louisville Slugger Z4 somewhere on them.
In truth, the Slugger’s success shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since Louisville, just like DeMarini, is a member of the Wilson Sporting Goods family.
The Slugger admittedly doesn’t boast as many fancy details as some of the other bats listed here, it does have a “pure 360 composite,” a “balanced swing weight,” and a 12-inch barrel.
Reviewers claim that this bat, like many of the others here, gets great results right out of the wrapper. One reviewer even claims that, because of this bat, his “exit speed increased dramatically” and that “the knuckle ball and curving action on the ball” were something to be impressed by.
The bat also comes in several sizes (26 ounces, 27 ounces, and 28 ounces) and is 34 inches long.
All in all, this bat is ideal for people who can’t quite get the swing of things with some of the heavier or end-loaded bats on this list.
How much will it run you? Well, the list price on Amazon is 320 dollars.
Miken Sports is definitely not as popular as some of the other vendors listed here, but, as you know, popularity does not determine quality.
Based in Caledonia, MN, Miken has a very gritty website that is pleasant to look at (we’re thinking it’s the models).
Oh, and they also have some killer bats.
Miken IZZY Psycho Supermax
With a name like “IZZY Psycho Supermax,” Miken’s IZZY Psycho Supermax is bound to be one of those slowpitch baseball bats that people can’t stop talking about.
Because, let’s be honest, no one is forgetting this bat’s name anytime soon.
Available in a whopping five sizes (25, 26, 27, 28, and 30 ounces), the Psycho Supermax is “engineered utilizing 100% premium aerospace grade fiber” in order to deliver “performance and durability.”
It is also created using high-pressure infusion, a process by which “ultra-tough epoxy” is injected “into the highest grade aerospace carbon and aramid fibers.” This high pressure apparently also enhances the performance and durability.
So what does any of this stuff actually mean?
Well, it pretty much means that Miken really wants to impress you, and they’ve succeeded; people who purchase this bat report that it has great pop right out of the wrapper, and they’re happy about the overall affordability of this one. Though the list price is 260 dollars, some people claim to have gotten it for around 150 bucks.
As an added bonus, the Psycho Supermax is also USSSA, NSA, and ISA approved.
Worth Sports, like Miken Sports, doesn’t have as big of a following as some of the other contenders, but it offers a variety of bats, softballs, and gear.
Worth Legit 220
We don’t like making bad puns (we actually do), but Worth’s slowpitch softball bats, specifically this 2016 Legit 220, are supposedly worth the 300 dollars you’ll have to spend.
The reviews are somewhat mixed; some people swear that the bat is hot right out of the wrapper while others think that it takes a little while to break in.
Regardless of the reviews, though, this bat’s specs include “100% carbon fiber in each barrel” which “provides an extremely lightweight and rigid material” that optimizes “swing weight and flex.”
If Slowpitch Softball Bats Aren’t Your Thing…
If slowpitch softball bats aren’t your style, you could always try one of our recommended fastpitch softball bats.
Regardless of which type of softball bat you prefer, however, just make sure that you get out and play some softball sometime in the near future. There are too many benefits to miss out on if you should choose not to.
That said, play on and keep looking for that perfect softball bat. We know you’ll find it.
Who knows? It might even be on this list.