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2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173

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  • This bat is amazing

    Gavin M
  • Looks sweet

    Not a Rawlings fan now

“Great Bat”

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Pros:  Stiff. Powerful. Great looking. I can't say enough good things about this bbcor bat. It is exactly what most players who are looking for balance need.

Cons:  slight sting on mishits

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Pros:  It was very light and I felt like I had more control in the box. It is a one piece alloy design but when I made solid compact it felt and sounded like a composite bat. I love it

Cons:  none

“Excellent BBCOR Bat !!!!!”

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Pros:  Great pop. My son is 13 years old and he loves this bat. Ball flies off the barrel. Nice sounds with solid contact. Lighter feel than most BBCOR bats. Felt good when dad took a swing with it. Looking for excellent bat at a great price, get this bat.

Cons:  Nothing at this time.

“Amazing Bat!!!!”

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Pros:  This bat has amazing pop,everything about this bat is great. The first day i used it i went 4 for 4. This bat is just wow!!!!!

Cons:  None

“Great Bat”

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Pros:  This is my fav. one piece alloy. Great sound, great pop. Better distance than 5150 (not a fan of that bat as it was dead from the start).

Cons:  none so far

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Pros:  Great bat overall, good pop and great sound

Cons:  None

“great bat”

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Pros:  i use this bat for highschool baseball games and it is the best bat ive ever had. great feel in your hands and lots of pop. i would recomenf this bat to anybody who is looking for a nice balenced bat

Cons:  slight sting on balls on the hands

“great bat, nice quality”

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Pros:  Bought bat for my 14 year old son and he loves it. You could tell a difference between the pop and sound of the bat. his hits have a greater distance also!

Cons:  nothing yet

“great bat”

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Pros:  great pop and very loud ping sounds great. also looks amazing

Cons:  if you make bad contact it can hurt but otherwise its great

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Pros:  Got this bat shortly after Christmas. I hit around 2000 balls or more with it, and the feel and pop on the bat were great at that pont and time! It was evenly distributed weight wise.

Cons:  About a 3 weeks ago (3-03-17), I noticed the end cap starting to slowly come off and dent. Soon after that the cap came off hitting BP. Through the process of this the bat slowly started to loose its pop. Waiting now (3-26-17) to hear back from Louisville, just sent the bat back in

“Great bat!”

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Pros:  This bat is amazing! Hot bat straight out the package. I just hit a home run recently with this bat, it was my 3rd plate appearance.

Cons:  Little vibration on mishits

“High School Baseball”

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Pros:  This -3 bat was perfect for my son. He creates great speed through the zone. It's been fun to watch.

Cons:  Not yet...

“SAVE YOUR MONEY AND TIME”

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Pros:  None

Cons:  Bat broke at knob. Turned in to LS. On April 11th told new bat to arrive by April 26th-27th. Really? Over two weeks? Bat was okay LS customer service horrible. Bought kid 5150 loves it and performs better with the 5150.

“Awesome Bat”

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Pros:  Amazing bat. Hit my first home run with this bat. I've used this bat all high school season dropping bombs. I batted .444 and most of my hits went over the outfielders head.

Cons:  Cap is starting to come off.

“quality for price bat”

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Pros:  feels amazing off sweet spot. lizard skin is great feel. most balanced bat on the market. stiff strong player feel

Cons:  vibration when not sweet spot isnt the best. when hit off the end of the bat it wont go far

“2017 Season”

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Pros:  great bat, ball flies off of it. the grip when you get the bat is very good, on the smaller side. stiff feel for the bat. love the design and the look of the bat.

Cons:  not much.

“WOW”

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Pros:  I have never been a fan of Louisville bats until I used my buddies. Wow is all I had to say, in practice I was hitting absolute bombs and was so excited I had to buy my own. This bat has great pop, and won't destroy your hands when you hit off the end of the bat. 10/10 excellent bat.

Cons:  None that I am aware of.

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Pros:  my sons swing has really improved tremendously!!!!

Cons:  n/a

“amazing bat!”

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Pros:  Every hit felt like I used the most expensive bat ever! Amazing pop and great feel overall. The grip is great taking that it is from Lizard Skin. I have been using Louisville Slugger bats for awhile and this bat did not let me down.

Cons:  Just normal scratches and marks on the bat. Very little sting, nothing to worry about. You can barley feel the sting.

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Pros:  light wieght

Cons:  the pop doesnt last long and the sweet spot is very small

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Pros:  This bat has great feel and amazing pop. Also it looks very nice.

Cons:  Nothing

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Pros:  i could tell, from the first ball i hit with it, that it had pop. the feel of the bat reminds me of a wood bat.

Cons:  it is too pretty. i dont want to throw it on the ground after i hit the ball.

“13u killing it with this bat!”

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Pros:  really nice bat for mid - above average hitters

Cons:  none I can see yet

“best bat for the money”

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Pros:  Bought this at the end of the summer for my kid who is going into his senior year. He has been using a 5150 which he was happy with- and prefers a 1 piece bat even though i was willing to buy him any bat he wanted. 1st day of fall tryouts with the 517, he hits a bomb in a scrimmage for a HR. Next day, same thing. He hasn't hit a HR since he was on fields <300 ft. Now in BP he is hitting them regularly. I have no doubt that this 517 is a huge reason for the sudden flurry of HR bombs.

Cons:  none so far

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Pros:  overall youncant beatvthis bat for the price. good quality plenty of pop

Cons:  stings a little when its cool

“Solid Bat”

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Pros:  Overall solid bat and good value. lasted be about a season and a half with constant use. Doesn't have a crazy amount of pop, as it has a much stiffer feel, and doesn't create the same "trampoline" effect as a composite or hybrid. good durability as well, lasted about a year with nearly constant use. Also very affordable for a high end bat. Very little vibration, even when jammed, considering it's a one piece bat.

Cons:  Coming off of using composite bats, doesn't have the same kind of pop as eastons or demarinis, but more than the solo 916 or prime 917. Also has a very stiff feel, and gets stiffer and stiffer with more use. After about a year or so of very heavy use, it's now virtually unresponsive, even when you get jammed, so it's hard to tell when you really squared it up. Doesn't have much pop now either, but it was still a great buy for a more advanced/stronger player.

“Great 13U Starter Bat”

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Pros:  Balanced Good Price Point Great 13U Starter Bat for new BBCOR user

Cons:  None

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Pros:  -Good pop, comes off the bat quick. Nice old school "ping" sound. Excellent feel. No Vibration at all

Cons:  NONE

“517 Omaha LS 2017 ”

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Pros:  Pros -Not too expensive -Good quality Cons -Gets marked up easily The 517 Slugger was made for players who don’t want a top shelf super expensive bat but still with good value for legit performance.The 517 isn’t for everyone though.And the company doesn’t suggest that as well.There are a handful of bats and categories for players who don’t think the bat is a good fit. I personally received the bat for my birthday.The bat I got is a 33 -5 despite me having the same bat just an inch shorter.I’ve only been using the bat for 4 months now and I really like the fit of the bat and how it feels.?The major upgrade from the 2016 516 are an improved alloy for a lighter swing speed.The bat does come at a price of $200-$250 which is a pretty good price for a high quality bat that’ll last you around 2 seasons instead of purchasing a $400 bat that’ll last 1 season.Even though I just recently got this bat I’ve had good experience and can say it has quite a bit of pop to it from practices every Saturda

Cons:  Gets Marked up

“Amazing Bat”

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Pros:  Has amazing pop. Well balanced and my son loves it. He is a lil fellow and he can clear a 250 fence with it.

Cons:  Didn;t get it sooner.

“Best Bat I've Ever Had”

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Pros:  Best bat out there in my opinion not only is it cheaper than most but it also hits just as well one of my teamates who has a new mako that cost more. People say it has vibration when it gets to the inside of the bat but name another bat that doesn't. In my opinon Louisville Slugger is the way to go bot only with the 517 but the 617 and the 916 as well. Ball comes off the bat very, very well also

Cons:  Not a single thing

“Great Bat ”

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Pros:  My son says it's dingerz as it's an amazing bat. It has a great sweet spot. His first hit with it on his 14th birthday it flew over left field with bases loaded. Now I understand why he wanted it so much

Cons:  None

“Best bat ever”

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Pros:  Great pop great sweet spot .first swing with it I hit the ball 320 and it was deep

Cons:  None

“Not Impressed”

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Pros:  Looks sweet

Cons:  Sounded dead, no pop at all out of the wrapper. Literally sounded like a wood bat. My son had the same model but not a BBCOR and was a great bat. Very disappointing in the bat. But i do have to commend Justbats for their customer service. They told me to ship it back and pick another bat and credited my account back in full.

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Will this bat feel more like the Rawlings VELO or 5150?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 may feel more in line with the Rawlings VELO to some. The sound off the bat will not be the same as that of the VELO and balanced swing weight may or may not feel more balanced; it all comes down to personal opinion. With that said, the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a great bat to consider and compare to the VELO.

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Will this bat be legal in high school next year based on the new rules for bats?

The bat rules for high school baseball are not changing, so the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 will still be legal.

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When will the price drop a little bit more?

Unfortunately we will not be able to say precisely when this 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) will drop in price. However, the 2018 Slugger bats have been released. There is always a possibility that the price could drop a little more. But we cannot make any guarantees.

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Will this bat be legal for Junior League baseball in 2018 with the new USA bat standards?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) will not be legal by USA Bat standards as it does not have the USA stamp on it.

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(1) Which is more balanced: the 2017 or 2018 model? (2) Does one have a bigger sweet spot?

(1) The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat (WTLBBO518B3) features the new 6-Star end-cap that is designed to improve the balance of the Omaha 518. Because of that, I would recommend the the Omaha 518 as the more balanced bat. (2) Overall, the barrel material and barrel length between the two bats is pretty similar and I think the corresponding sweet spots should be similar too.

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How does this bat compare to the Prime 917 in terms of pop and performance?

This 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) is a one-piece, all-alloy bat. The Prime 917 is a two-piece, all-composite bat. Despite the differing constructions, both this Omaha 517 and the Prime 917 will have the same potential for performance. Deciding on a model will be dependent upon the style of bat you prefer to use (one-piece, all-alloy *or* two-piece, all-composite?).

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Where is it manufactured?

This 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) is manufactured in China.

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Is it aluminum?

Yes, this 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) is made of aluminum material.

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Is this bat a good choice for a power hitter who likes to feel some weight in the barrel?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a great bat to use for both contact and power hitters alike. The one-piece alloy design gives the bat a stiff feel on impact and the balanced design allows for easy barrel head control.

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Which bat is the lightest feeling -3 BBCOR bat today?

If you were looking for the lightest feeling BBCOR bat from Louisville Slugger, I would suggest the Solo 617 over this Omaha 517. The composite end-cap on the Solo 617 gives the bat a very balanced feel (even a more balanced feel than this Omaha 517).

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I'm 5'5, 115 lbs and 13. In my league we either have to have an aluminum bat or a BBCOR. I would prefer a bat with just a little sting. So what would be a good bat for me?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 would be a great option with what you are looking for. This bat could be a little big at first for a 13 year old but you will adjust to the -3 weight ratio over time.

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I am 5'8" and weigh 110 lbs. I'm used to swinging a -10, but I'm going into high school. What size should I swing and am I going to feel my swing speed drop by the weight difference?

Based upon your height and weight, I would recommend going with a 30" or 31" BBCOR bat. Since you are used to swinging a bat with a -10 length-to-weight ratio, the move to a -3 BBCOR bat will be a significant change and could slow down the swing speed initially. However, with time, I think your bat speed will catch up.

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I purchased this bat for my son and it has a rattle inside the bat, is that normal? Sounds like there are pieces of metal inside the bat that are loose.

Sometimes the end cap glue from the inside of the bat can become loose and cause a rattling noise in the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173

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Is this bat end-loaded or balanced?

This 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) will have a balanced swing feel to it.

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Is the bat end loaded?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 features a balanced swing weight. It is not end loaded.

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Is this bat weighted similarly to Old Hickory's Trout model?

The swing weight feel on the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 should be very similar to that of the Old Hickory Trout model.

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I'm a 13 year old who is 5'8" and weighs 145 pounds. Which size bat do you think I should have, a 32" or 33"?

Based upon your height and weight, I would recommend viewing this 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) in the 32"/29 oz size.

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Is this bat more for a power hitter or a contact hitter?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 could be used by either style of hitter. The one piece design would offer stiffness that would benefit a power hitter, and the well balanced design would benefit a contact hitter.

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I am 5'2'' 120 lbs and 13 as a freshman in high school. What length and weight would you recommend?

I would suggest a 31'' for the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173

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Does the Omaha 517 or the Rawlings 5150 have a lower swing weight?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 would feature a slightly lighter swing weight than the 2017 Rawlings 5150 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB75.

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I'm 14, 6 feet 220 lbs. I was wondering if this would be a good bat or is there something better?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 would be a great option for you with the one piece design offering more stiffness that would benefit you at your size.

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I have a 16 yr old son who weighs 165 pounds and is 5'10", what size bat do you recommend?

I would recommend a 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 32'' but if he feels comfortable could go up an inch to the 33''.

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My son is 5'8" and 180 lbs and 14 yrs old. Which bat would be best, 32 or 33"?

Based of your son's height and weight the best size option would be a 32'' in the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173.

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Is this good for a 13 year old and for high school?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) is a great option for a 13 year old and a high school player.

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I am 17 years old 5'6 1/4" and 180 lbs, what size bat would be best for me?

Based on your height and weight, we suggest a 33" model of the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173.

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I am 6 foot 4 and 180 lbs, what size should I get?

I would swing a 34 inch in the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR model. If you have a slower swing speed I would look at dropping down to a 33 inch 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR model.

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My son is 14 and entering high school. He's 6'2" and 145 lbs. Looking for a BBCOR bat recommendation and size.

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 would be a great bat to go with. It is one of our most popular and highest rated BBCOR bats. Based on your player's height and weight, I would suggest a 33" size.

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I am 14 years old, 5'10" and 125 lbs. and was wondering if the Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR baseball bat would be a good bat and what size would be good?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a great bat, one of our most popular and highest rated BBCOR bats. Based on your height and weight, I would suggest a 31" size.

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I'm 5'8" and weigh 115 and play for our school modified team and intermediate (50-70) and want to know which one of these bats would be the best for me.

Based on your height and weight, I would suggest a 30" 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 if you are required to swing a BBCOR bat.

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I am a 14 year old who is 5'8" and needs a great BBCOR bat for high school. Do you have any recommendations?

For a player of your height and age, we would strongly recommend getting the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 32 inch model. The Omaha is always a high performing and durable model featuring a one-piece, alloy design with a balanced swing weight.

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I am 6 foot and 133 pounds and am 13 years old. Would you recommend a 32.5 or 33?

Based on your height and weight, I would suggest a 32.5" 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173.

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What is the difference between a 517 and 617 model?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and 617 are very similar. However, the 617 uses a different alloy which offers a stiffer feel and makes the bat lighter weight.

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I need to have a -3 bat for my senior league but I need a 32 inch 22 or 23 oz and I can't find one that low of a weight in a -3.

Unfortunately all BBCOR bats like the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 will feature a length to weight ratio of -3. Youth big barrel bats/Senior League Bats will offer the lighter drop weights of -12, -10, -8, and -5 (these are the common ones) with -11 and -9 offered by some companies as well.

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Does this bat feature an end-loaded swing or balanced?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a one-piece fully alloy bat with a balanced swing weight design.

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What bat is recommended for a 13 year old? He's 5'3" and weighs approximately 110 lbs.

Based on your player's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 30 inch model. Since the player is only 13, we would recommend looking into a -8 model (Senior League Baseball Bat) unless his league requires the use of BBCOR bats.

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Weight?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 has a length to weight ratio of -3. For example, a 33 inch bat will weigh 30 ounces. Putting this bat on a scale, the 32 inch bat will weight roughly 30 ounces.

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My son is a high school senior. He is 6'0" tall and weighs around 185 lbs. What size do you recommend for the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR bat (BBO5173)?

Based on your players height and weight, we suggest a 33" model of the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173.

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Does this bat say on it that it is approved for Little League? My son is 13 and plays on a youth team but they have that requirement for bats.

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a BBCOR certified bat featuring a 2 5/8" barrel diameter, so it would not say that it is approved for Little League on the bat. You would be looking for a 2 1/4" barrel diameter.

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I'm 6'2" and I'm 140 and 15 years old. Do you recommend a 33-30 or 32.5-29.5? I have a 32 and a 34 inch bat but the 34 is too big. What do you recommend?

Based on your height and weight I would recommend the 32.5"/29.5 ounce 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173).

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How does the Omaha 517 BBCOR compare to the Exogrid 3 BBCOR?

This 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) and the Exogrid 3 are pretty similar bats. Both are essentially one-piece bats with an alloy construction. However, the Exogrid differs as it has composite inserts in the handle to bring the swing weight down a little. However, at contact with a ball, both bats will feature the same stiff feel and great performance.

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What is the difference between this year's model and last year's model?

There isn't much difference between the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5163. It's mostly the same bat, with a slightly different cosmetic scheme on the exterior of the bat, and a slightly larger sweet spot on the 517.

Logan Expert
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I am 5'8" and 160 lbs (junior). I tend to be more of a gap hitter than a power hitter. Would this bat be the best fit for me out of the Louisville 2017 lineup?

If you are wanting a balanced swinging bat as a gap hitter, then yes, I would recommend this 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173). It has a pretty balanced swing feel and one-piece, all-alloy design that has been very popular.

Ben Expert
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Which bat has a bigger sweet spot, the 2017 VELO or the Louisville Slugger 517?

Both the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the Rawlings VELO are one-piece alloy bats with balanced swing weights. Although the sweet spots are not the same on these two bats there is not going to be a significant difference between the two and, as such, both would be great options to consider.

Cameron Expert
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What bat would have better performance between the 617 and the 517?

You're really going to get the same performance out of the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the 617, but the 617 will feel more balanced with a lighter swing weight.

Logan Expert
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I am a 13 year old baseball player who uses a 2016 Rawlings VELO. Kids have told me about Louisville Slugger and said I should get one. I told my dad I either want a 517 or a 617 but I was wondering which one was actually better.

The 617 would be a bit more balanced than the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173, but performance would be comparable between the two. If you were looking for something balanced like the Velo, I would go with the 617.

Logan Expert
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My son is 11, weighs 88 lbs. and is 4 foot 9. He wants a 30 inch Louisville Slugger. What do you recommend?

Based on your son's height and weight I would advise going with the 30" size for the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173.

Sean Expert
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My son is 14 and has been swinging a 32" -11 composite bat. He's getting ready to turn 15 and starting his freshman year of baseball. With him having to go to a BBCOR bat what size would you recommend if he's 130 lbs and 5'7"?

Based on your sons height and weight I would recommend a 31"/28 ounce 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) for him.

Carter Expert
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Is this bat end heavy? And is it good for a power hitter? I have the Easton MAKO and its too balanced for me that I'm starting to not like it. I'm 230 pounds and 6'0" senior so I'm trying to find something that will make my last year in high school a blast.

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a balanced bat, but would offer more stiffness than the MAKO due to it's one piece design. We do have the 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 End Loaded BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5163H in a 34" size if that interests you.

Logan Expert
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Is this bat balanced like the Omaha 516?

Yes, the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 features a balanced swing weight similar to the Omaha 516.

Jason Expert
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My son is 6'2" and weighs 205. What bat size is good for him?

Based on your player's height and weight, I would suggest the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 34" 31oz size.

Logan Expert
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Is it a big barrel?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 features a 2 5/8" barrel diameter as it is a BBCOR model. A BBCOR bat is what all high school and college players have to use and the standard barrel diameter is 2 5/8".

Cameron Expert
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Is this bat good for power hitters? How much pop does it have?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a one-piece alloy bat with a balanced swing weight making it a good option for both contact and power hitter alike. As for the amount of pop, this is not something that is quantifiable but consumers rate this bat highly from a performance and durability standpoint.

Cameron Expert
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My son is 15 years old and is 5'7" & weighs 190 pounds. What bat size do you recommend for him?

Based on his height and weight, I would suggest a 33" model of the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173.

Jason Expert
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My son is a freshman in high school. He is 5'7" tall and weighs 160 lbs. What model would you recommend for the 517?

We would recommend a 32" bat for someone about his size, give or take 1".

Kyle J. Expert
133489 Click to show/hide answer

Is this bat's weight balanced or end loaded? I am looking at getting my son the 31 inch 28 oz drop 3 size bat and want to know if this bat would fit his body size. He is about 5'5" and 105 pounds.

The Omaha 517 is a very well balanced bat.

Kyle J. Expert
133398 Click to show/hide answer

My son is 15 years old and is 5'9" & weighs 200 pounds. What bat size do you recommend for him?

Based on your player's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 33 inch model.

Cameron Expert
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Does this bat outperform the Louisville Slugger Assault?

The Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat BBO5173 is the model that replaced the Louisville Slugger Assault. They both are a one-piece all alloy design with a balanced swing weight. The Omaha 517 features Louisville Slugger's newest ST 7U1+ Alloy which will provide a larger sweet spot compared to the Assault model.

John Expert
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How would this bat compare to last years 516 model? Is there any difference between the two bats?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 features a newer alloy and a bigger sweet spot than that of the 2016 model.

Logan Expert
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My son is 13, 5'6" and weighs 154 pounds. What size bat should we be looking at?

Based on his height and weight, we would suggest the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 32" 29oz. size.

Logan Expert
132728 Click to show/hide answer

How is the 517 Louisville Slugger Omaha on your hands? My son hates to use a bat that stings his hands when he hits. Also, I have noticed some of the players on our high school team using a smaller bat than what they would normally use because they feel with a smaller/lighter bat they can achieve a faster swing, which in turn helps them a little bit since they are having to use these BBCOR bats. What is your opinion?

Since the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a one-piece bat, there is a high possibility of sting or vibration. As far as the size of the bat, we suggest using the largest bat that you can control. The more mass you can put behind the ball, the more power you can transfer through the ball.

Logan Expert
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I am considering this bat, but am interested in how it compares to the LS 916 bat?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a one-piece alloy construction, whereas the 2016 Louisville Slugger Prime 916 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBP9163 is a three-piece composite design. The 916 will have more flex in the swing than the 517 because of the three-piece construction.

Linsey Expert
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My son is 13 yrs old and weighs 102 lbs, height is 5'4". What size bat does he need?

Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 29 inch model.

Cameron Expert
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I am interested in purchasing this bat. I am 5'10" and 130 lbs (10th grade). I currently swing a 32". Would you recommend the 32.5" or 33"?

Based upon your height and weight, I would recommend a 32.5" option of this 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) over a 33" option.

Ben Expert
132594 Click to show/hide answer

Having trouble deciding between the 517 and 617? What's your opinion?

Both the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the LS Solo 617 are good bats to consider for a power hitter. The Solo 617 has a different balanced swing weight feel compared to the Omaha 517 and might be a better fit for some.

Cameron Expert
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Which bat would be better for a home run type of guy? This or the 917?

Both the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the 917 could be used by a power hitter and really comes down to personal preference based on balanced feel of the two bats, whether one likes the sound and feel of composite or alloy and the one-piece or two-piece construction. A one-piece bat will not flex as much and could offer slightly more pop.

Cameron Expert
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My son is 5'4" and approx 110 lbs. Do you think that a size 32 drop 3 would work well knowing that he is hitting his growth spurt?

Based on his size right now, we would suggest the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in the 29" 26oz size if he needs the BBCOR certification. However, if you believe he could grow a couple inches and 15-20 lbs rather quickly, the 30" or 31" options wouldn't be too far away for him.

Logan Expert
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Would this bat be relatable to a 271 turn?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 will be different than a 271 turn model in the respect to barrel size ( 2 5/8" compared to 2 1/2" for 271 turn model). The handle diameter and weight distribution will be similar though.

Cameron Expert
131786 Click to show/hide answer

Is this going to a be a stiff flex or a regular flex bat?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a one-piece all alloy construction, so the swing would be more stiff than a two-piece design.

Linsey Expert
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Does this bat have the same 30 day return policy as the 2016 version if unsatisfied?

Unfortunately, the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 does not come with the 30 day trial period like the 2016 model does.

Cooper Expert
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How does this bat compare to the DeMarini Voodoo One?

These bats both compare very similar to each other. Both are one-piece, alloy models and both will have very good performance. The main difference is that the Louisville Slugger comes with a custom Lizard Skin grip while the DeMarini Voodoo One will come with a more standard DeMarini grip.

Kyle J. Expert
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Would this bat be for a contact hitter or a power hitter?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) would be a great option for both contact and power hitters. But it is a one pice design and typically power hitters prefer one piece designs.

Carter Expert
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Does this bat have to be broken in, or is it ready for game play?

No, the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 does not need to be broken in before game use. Then only bats that will have to be broken in are fully composite bats.

Cooper Expert
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Is the Omaha 517 better than the Solo 617?

It is really going to be personal preference. The 2017 Louisville Slugger Solo 617 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBSO6173) is going to have the Lowest MOI & Fastest Swing Speed In Louisville Slugger BBCOR Line. But both are very good bats and whether someone preferred one over the other would be up to personal preference.

Carter Expert
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What is difference between the 516 and 517?

This 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) will be different from the Omaha 516 because of the new ST 7U1+ alloy material that allows for a big sweet spot and a stiffer feel at contact. As well, for this 2017 Omaha 517, Slugger will cease using the Flexband technology that helped keep older models of the bat within the requirements set forth by BBCOR certification.

Ben Expert
130083 Click to show/hide answer

Is the Omaha or the MAKO BEAST better?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) and the 2017 Easton MAKO BEAST BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB17MK) are going to be very different bats. The Omaha is a one piece aluminum bat while the Mako Beast is a two piece composite bat. Power hitters typically tend to prefer the one piece bats while contact hitters tend to prefer two piece bats. Both bats have been highly rated throughout the years and you really cannot go wrong either way.

Carter Expert
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Does this bat have good durability?

Yes, the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 features a ST 7U1+ Alloy which is very durable.

Sean Expert
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My son is 14 yrs old and in 8th grade. He currently using the 30 in, 21oz.-9, 2 5/8 barrel Louisville Slugger Vapor SLVA159. He is transitioning to the next level. He is 5' and 90 lbs. Is the 30 in, -3 the right size for this change? Is there other options?

Based off of his current height and weight we recommend either a 29" or a 30". I think if he is currently using a 30" then I would stick with that but I would not recommend going up since he is already making a big jump in size from a -9 to a -3.

Cooper Expert
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How many balls does the Omaha 517 need to break in?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) is an aluminum baseball bat and will be hot right out of the wrapper. It does not need any break in.

Carter Expert
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Is this bat balanced or end loaded?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a balanced bat.

Marcus Expert
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What is the difference in this and the 2016 Rawlings Velo?

Both the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the 2016 Rawlings VELO are well-balanced alloy bats. The biggest difference between the two is that the VELO features a composite end cap, giving it a slightly lower M.O.I. and swing weight.

Marcus Expert
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This bat can be used in high school, correct?

Yes, the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is BBCOR certified and it is approved for play in high school.

Jason Expert
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I have the 2016 and love it. What is the 2017 tech detail, feel and swing weight difference?

The new 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) and the 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 Senior League Baseball Bat (SLO5160) are going to be extremely similar with only minor differences. The most noticeable difference is going to be on the 2017 version it has the New ST 7U1+ Aluminum. This is going to make it a little bit more durable than the 2016 model, and offer a little bit larger sweet spot. Another minor difference will be the 2017 version has a 31/32 Inch Standard Handle while the 2016 has a 7/8 Inch Tapered Handle.

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New from Louisville Slugger for 2017! The Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 has baseball bat lovers drooling at the mouth. Ball players get the best of nearly 130-plus years of innovation all rolled into this one-piece alloy construction. Louisville Slugger, a name associated with only the best bats in baseball, has elegantly designed and carefully crafted the newest Omaha model into a masterpiece that helps players step up to the plate with confidence. Constructed of Louisville Slugger's brand new ST 7U1+ alloy, the Omaha 517 delivers a huge sweet spot, a much more stiff feel on contact, and exceptional durability. This also results in reliable power, championship performance, and consistency throughout the season. Furthermore, with a balanced swing weight, a noticeable increase in bat speed and control will take place. As a bonus, slick new graphics and a custom Lizard Skin premium performance bat grip add comfort and style while decreasing vibration and sting. Last, but not least, Louisville Slugger is backing the Omaha 517 with a full twelve (12) month manufacturer's warranty. Louisville Slugger: Power In Numbers!

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Bat Properties
Barrel Diameter:2 5/8"
Bat Type:Baseball
Color:Red
Deals:Closeout Bats
Length to Weight Ratio:- 3
Material:Aluminum
Price:$100 - $199.99
Series:Omaha
Vendor:Louisville Slugger
Year:2017