Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite Fastpitch Softball Bat: FP12X
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What is it made out of (elements or type of materials)?
The Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat will be a two-piece fully composite design made from different carbon fibers, and resins that will help this bat be super high performing.
What is the difference between the 2011 and 2012 Xeno?
The 2012 Xeno and the 2013 are pretty similar in design. Both use the same LS-2X composite technology which is Louisville Slugger's top of the line composite.
What is the difference between the 2012 Xeno and the 2013 Xeno? Does the 2013 have the same pop?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS Xeno Composite and the 2013 Xeno are the same bat with the exception of the graphics.
Do the new bat rule changes apply for NSA and ASA sanctioned tournaments for 2013? Thinking on purchasing a new Xeno bat and want to make sure it can be used.
As of today, the Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite can be used in ASA and NSA in 2013.
My daughter has a Demarini Vendetta 33/21. She's 14 years old 5'4 110lbs. What size would you recommend? Is this a balanced bat or end loaded?
Based on her height and weight, a 32" bat is recommended with a weight between 21 and 24 ounces. The Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X has just a slight endloaded feel.
IS THERE A 2013 TPS XENO AND WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENTS BETWEEN THE 2012 FP12X
Yes. Louisville is in the process of releasing their 2013 Xeno bats. There really is no major differences as both are made from the same materials and have similar pop.
What's the difference between the 2011 xeno and 2012 xeno?
There really are no major differences. Louisville did upgrade the composite material in the 2012 model to give it a little more strength, but there are no drastic differences.
My daughter is 5'7", 200 lb. What size Xeno 2012/2013 would she need?
The suggested length in the Louisville Slugger TPS XENO for your daughter would be 33" or 34". The weight she should swing would depend on her bat speed.
I purchaced my 10 year old daughter a 30/20 Xeno when they first hit the market. She still swings it and loves it. I was thinking about getting her a new one to break in over the winter and wanted to know is there a difference between the 2013 and the one she has now?
The 2012 and 2013 Louisville Slugger XENO use the same technology and will be similar in performance and durability.
When will the 2013 Xeno bats be available?
Louisville Slugger is releasing the TPS XENO in the 2nd or 3rd week of August.
Will the new 2013 Xeno bat be approved for all softball leagues including college ?
Yes. When Louisville releases their 2013 line, they will be approved for all leagues.
Does it come 33" 23 oz?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite is only available in a 30" 20 oz and a 32" 22 oz. The XENO is discontinued and we will not be receiving more stock of the 33" 23 oz.
My 11 yr old daughter swings this bat. 32/22. Virtually the rest of her team swings the 2012 cf5. she is lead off hitter, 5'0 95#,4th on team in batting avg, 1st in home runs. she's very fast (primaraly why she's 4th in avg). she hits a alot of ground balls off of handle or end. The girls swinging the cf5 seem to hit alot more fly balls. Is this anythiong to do with the bats or primarily my daughters swing? Sometimes I feel like I chose wrong bat. Any ideas. Thinking about trying a 2013 cf5
The bat a player uses has nothing to do with hitting pop flys, grounders, line-drives, etc... That is based on the player's swing. The Xeno and CF5 are both top of the line bats that sell great.
Is it safe to use this bat on dimpled balls in the batting cage?
We would not recommend the Louisville Slugger Xeno FP12X be used with those dimpled batting cage balls. These can be very dense and are known to cause damage to any bat. It's always recommended to use real softballs in batting practice.
Is this bat approved by the ASA?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite is ASA approved.
Does the XENO come in a drop 12 and if so what size? I have an 8 year old that swings a 29" 17 oz right now.
No. The Louisville Slugger TPS XENO comes in a drop 9 and drop 10.
When will the 2013 XENO be out?
We expect the new Louisville Slugger models to be released in the fall of 2012.
When will the 2013 xeno bats be available? Will they have the new USSSA thumbprint seal?
Unfortunately, our Product Team has not released the official release date, but it should be around the end of June. They will have the new USSSA stamp.
Will this bat be legal for ASA in 2013?
Yes. The Xeno FP12X is an ASA approved bat that will be legal next year.
My daughter is 14... 5 ft 6, and 140 pounds.. What size bat do you recommend?
The recommended size for your daughter would be a 33 inch 23 ounce bat.
Is this bat only good for this year and will not be good in USSSA next year?
As of today, the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite is legal in USSSA in 2013.
Will this bat be USSSA certified in 2013?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS Xeno does have the new USSSA thumbprint. This model would be approved for USSSA play in 2013.
Can you use this bat in pitching practice hitting of a pitching machine using dimpled balls or will it kill this bat? I have been told by some coaches not to use a composite bat on a pitching machine with dimpled balls. Will it ruin this bat?
Composite bats like the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite should not be used in a batting cage that uses yellow dimpled balls. The dimpled balls are too dense and can damage the composite material.
Is the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite FP12X fastpitch a double or triple or multi wall bat? We are having an issue and need a direct answer to this
Confusion is very abundant when it comes to single-wall and double-wall bats. The terms single-wall and double-wall traditionally referred to aluminum bats only, not composite bats. All composite bats (like the Xeno) are comprised of multiple layers of composite material, but are deemed by most organizations as single wall bats. Also, the terms double-wall, triple-wall and multi-wall are really one in the same.
Should the Xeno be rolled or not?
No. We never recommend you roll any bat.
Is this bat approved for Babe Ruth play?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO is not approved for Babe Ruth.
Does the disc inside the bat limit it from getting any hotter ? Can it be taken out ?
The governor disc inside the bat does not prevent the bat from getting hotter. The governor actually allows the bat to flex to its maximum performance. The disc cannot be taken out.
Our coach has bought the TCB Total Control ORIGINAL Weighted Batting Balls. Is it alright to hit these with the Xeno?
I really wouldn't recommend using any bat with a any weighted baseball or softball. Weighted balls have been known to cause damage to bats. If you do use them, I wouldn't go over 15-20 hits via tee work or soft toss.
Does this bat come in a 31 inch, 21 oz?
We are currently out of stock in the 31", 21oz 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite. At this time, we do not have an estimated date when the product will arrive.
My daughter is 5'5" and 170 14 year old. What size bat does she need?
Based on her height and weight, a 34 inch bat with a weight between 24 and 26 ounces would be recommended.
Is the Xeno an endloaded bat or a balanced bat?
The weight is distributed evenly in the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO. This gives the bat a balanced feel.
MY 14 OLD NEEDS A BAT. SHE'S 5'2" 130lbs. WHAT SIZE WOULD SHE NEED? She likes the new Xeno 2012
Based on her height and weight a 32 inch model would be recommended. The Xeno is a great bat with tons of pop. A 32 inch 22 ounce model should be a good size for her.
I have a 10 year old with good hand speed. She has been swinging a Easton Synge 29" -11.5 drop for 2 years. She is now 54" and 88 lbs. Is going up to a 31/21 going to be too big of an adjustment for her?
In my opinion, that's a pretty big jump. However, it is hard for me to say whether it is too much without being able to see and analyze her swing with different size bats. Based on her height, weight, and the size bat she's been using, I would recommend a 30 inch bat with a weight between 18 and 20 ounces.
What are the differences between the 2012 and 2013 Xeno bat. My daughter is 15 currently uses RockeTech - she is 5'7" and 129 lbs. Great bat speed...we are thinking 33" bat - yes?
Unfortunately, Louisville hasn't released the specs yet for their 2013 Xeno. Louisville's 2013 fastpitch line should be on the market this Fall, but an exact date has not been established yet. Based on her size,a 33 inch model would be a great option.
Do you not offer this bat in a size 30/20?
The TPS Xeno is produced in a 30" and 20oz. As of April 9th, 2012 we are currently out of stock but the bat is still shown as an inline product. Once we have that size available then it will be listed on the website.
What is the difference between a contact hitter and a power hitter?
Contact hitters tend to concentrate on placement of the ball into the field of play. Power hitters tend to swing for distance on their hits, whether it be a homerun or deep ball hit.
Is this bat end loaded? Does it swing a little heavy like a RockeTech? I am considering a Xeno or a Nanotech. Which do you recommend for a girl that is not a power hitter? She does not like the feel of an end loaded bat.
The FP12X and the NANOFP10 are two very well balanced bats, either one of these two will be a good choice. The NANOFP10 has an alloy barrel and the FP12X has a composite barrel. Picking one over the other will be based on what the player is comfortable swinging.
My daughter is 15yrs old 5'4 150lbs. She swings 33/23 -10 Rocket Tech and Speed Stealth. Would you recommmend same size for her in xeno?
The 33/23 would work well in the Xeno.
Is it okay to use this back in the batting cages hitting those hard plastic balls?
We would advise not hitting the yellow dimple balls, they seem to reduce the lifespan on a bat
Does this bat have the new USSSA 1.20 stamp?
Yes, the Louisville Slugger XENO does have the USSSA 1.20 stamp on it.
Would this bat be good in cold weather?
The FP12X can be used in any temperature. However, we recommend not using bats in temperatures below 45 degrees.
Is this bat okay for slapping? I've had my eye on it for a long time and then was put on the left side to slap. Will I be able to use it for slapping?
Yes, you would be able to use the Xeno for slapping.
Will this bat be legal to use in USSSA events in 2013 and when will this bat get the new USSSA logo?
The Xeno does have the new 2013 USSSA stamp. At this time,we have these bats in stock and will have the new stamp. The XENO is legal for play in 2013.
I have a 16u DD that is small for her age but very athletic and spunky. She has very fast bat speed. Mostly a base hitter with very good batting average. She has been using a 2010 Rocketech. WE were looking to change to the Xeno. What do you think.
The Xeno is a top tier bat from Louisville and would be a good choice for any hitter. For bat suggestions feel free to contact our customer service at 1-866-321--2287.
Is this XENO bat end loaded or balanced?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat has a balanced feel. The TPS XENO is a two-piece fully composite bat with good pop and a large sweet spot.
Have there been any other changes besides a new paint job from the 2011 model?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat is nearly the same bat as the 2011 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite FP11X Fastpitch bat. The biggest difference between the two bats is going to be cosmetics.
Can this bat be rolled?
Rolling any bat is illegal and will void the manufacturer's warranty.
My Daughter is 12 and she has been swinging 30/18 bat. She is 5ft and about 1-lbs. I want the best bat possible for her going into her 2nd year 12's, any suggestions?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch would be a great option. The XENO is available in a -10 oz. length to weight ratio and is a two-piece composite design that does not require a break-in period. Unlike many other composite bats, the XENO features S1 iD technology allowing maximum performance from the first swing.
Will there be a new model of this bat coming out anytime soon?
Not at this time. Louisville Slugger has yet to release their 2013 fastpitch models. As soon as they do and we get them in stock, we will post them on our web site.
Is it NSA and ASA approved?
Yes, the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat is approved for play in ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA and ISF sanctioned events.
What does -8,-9, and-10 mean? My daughter is 5'2" 128lbs.
The -8, -9, and -10 numbers stand for the length to weight ratio of the bat. To find the weight of a bat by using the length to weight ratio, you simply subtract the -8, -9, or -10 from the length of the bat to find the weight of the bat. For example, a 30" bat with a -10 oz. drop weighs 20 ounces.
Just found out about new bat rules for 2013, so if I understand correctly this bat would only be legal for the 2012 year and then I would have to buy another bat? If so, do you offer a 2013 bat so I do not have to buy another bat after this season? Thanks
As of right now, we do not have the 2013 models in from Louisville Slugger. In 2013, many leagues will require the new USSSA 1.20 BPF stamp. The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat does not feature the new stamp, but is still legal for play in 2012 sanctioned events by ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA, and ISF.
Is this a two-piece bat or is it one-piece?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat is a two-piece iST Composite design.
Daughter is 14yrs old 5' 7'' 120lb. She is using a 32/22 bat. Between the XENO and the Catalyst, which would you recommend and why?
The Catalyst and the XENO are both great bats. The biggest difference between the two bats is that the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat is a two-piece bat and the TPS Catalyst is a one-piece design. If your daughter is a contact hitter, I would go with the XENO, but if she is a power hitter, I would go with the Catalyst.
Is there any break-in suggestions or does it need to be broke it ?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat is constructed of Louisville Slugger's LS 2X Composite and features S1 iD technology that allows the bat to have maximum performance from swing one and does not require a break-in period.
What does -12, -10, -9 mean on the bats? Daughter is 17 yrs. old 5'9" and 175 lbs. What size bat can she use?
The -12, -10, and -9 numbers are the length to weight ratio for each model. The length to weight ratio tells you how much each bat weighs. You take the length of the bat and subtract the -12, -10, or -9 and that totals the weight of the bat in ounces. For example, a 30" bat with a -10 oz. drop weighs 20 ounces. Based off of your daughter's height and weight, the recommended bat length for her is a 34" bat.
Which bat is hotter, the 2011 XENO or the new 2012 XENO?
There is not a big difference between the 2011 XENO and the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat. The 2012 model will have more up to date research and development put towards technology in the bat.
The XENO FP12X does not appear to have the 2012 USSSA 1.20 BPF new stamp on it. Will this bat be legal for use in 2013 per the new USSSA rule change?
In 2013 USSSA sanctioned events, the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat will need the new USSSA 1.20 BPF stamp and as of 04/16/2011 this bat does not have the required stamp. For 2012, the XENO is legal for play in ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA, and ISF.
My girl is 5'2" 110lbs and is a dead pull hitter, no matter how fast the pitcher is. We tried the 32" XENO and loved it! She is a strong girl with fast hands. Would you see her in a 33" or stay at 32"? Thanks for your time.
Based off of your girl's height and weight, the recommended length is a 32" bat. However, if she is hitting the 32" perfectly fine and would be more comfortable with a longer bat, she could go up to a 33" bat. If she is performing well with the 32" bat and is comfortable with the size, I would probably keep her in a 32" bat.
i currently use an Easton Triple 7 31", 21.5 oz. bat. What is the differnce in my bat and the XENO?
We don't carry the Easton Triple 7, but I did some research and from what I found the difference is the Triple 7 is a one-piece all Scandium alloy bat and the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat is a two-piece all composite bat. They will have a slightly different feel upon contact. Even though the XENO is fully composite, the TPS XENO does not require a break-in period.
My daughter is a 10u player, what is the lightest weight you can get the XENO in?
The lightest weight that we offer the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite Fastpitch bat in is a -10 oz. length to weight ratio. This particular model (FP12X) is the lightest TPS XENO that we offer.
My daughter plays 12U but is very strong, 5'5 130 lbs. She hits home runs but is typically a line drive hitter. Is the XENO the right bat for her?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat is a very high performing, durable fastpitch bat. The XENO is a two-piece composite model that features an iST design that gives this bat a solid connection between the barrel and handle. iST provides players a bat with a solid feel and HUGE sweetspot.
If I am a 112 lb. 7th grader playing Junior Varsity what size bat would I need?
A lot of factors go into choosing the right size bat. Without knowing what size bat you are currently using, your height, and how strong you are, I can only give a general recommendation. Most 7th graders will use a 31 or 32 inch bat with a weight between 19 and 23 ounces. To get a more specific recommendation, visit our Bat Coach online at http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/
It says that the XENO is for high school and college players . . does that mean if I am in 7th grade playing JV that I do not need to get this bat?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENOs are popular among high school and college aged players, but it also makes a great bat for middle school age players.
What do you suggest in breaking in this bat? I know it says no break-in time.
Typical composite bats require a break-in period of about 150 to 200 swings off of a hitting tee or by hitting soft toss while rotating the bat 1/4" each swing. However, the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat features S1 iD Technology, which allows for maximum performance from swing one without requiring a break-in period.
My daughter is 12 yrs old, 5'4' and 140 lbs. Which size bat should she be using?
Based off of your daughter's height and weight, I would suggest a 32 inch bat. The weight of the bat depends on the strength and bat speed of your daughter and what she is currently swinging. You may use the Bat Coach on our web site to help you determine the correct bat size at http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/
Any differnce with the XENO 11X model?
Louisville did upgrade the composite material in the FP12X. Their new LS-2X Composite is supposed to be stronger and just as high-performing as the iST composite used in the FP11X. Other than that, there are no major differences.
At what temperature is this bat limited in use? We live in Chicago.
It is recommended that composite bats like this one not be used in temperatures colder than 55 degrees. Cold weather causes the core of the softball or baseball to become harder which can make the bat more susceptible to denting or cracking. In colder weather, I would make every effort to keep the balls warm rather than worring about keeping the bat warm.
11 year daughter that is 4'6", 75 lbs. Swings the Miken Rain 30/18 very well. Is this bat too heavy for her?
Based off of your daughter's height and weight, I would recommend that she keeps swinging a 30" bat. If she is currently swinging the 30" 18 oz. very well and you feel like she can swing a bat that weighs 2 more ounces, the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat may not be too heavy for her. The weight of the bat is really going to depend on her current bat speed and strength. A 2 ounce jump will require an adjustment, but if she has a great bat speed already, the adjustment to a heavier bat will provide her with more momentum when hitting the ball.
My daughter is almost 18 and will be playing in college next year. She has an older 33" 23 oz. Easton Synergy now. We are considering buying this bat in a 34" 24 oz. She is 5'6 and 155 solid lbs. Trying to decide if she should stay with 33" 23 oz. or move up to 34" 24 oz.?
That is going to really come down to personal preference. The average size used in her height and weight range is going to be a 33", but that does not mean that she cannot swing a 34" bat.
Just need 34" 28oz.
The largest size available in the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat is the 34" 24 oz. The FP12X9 is available in a 34" 25 oz. bat. The heaviest fastpitch bat that we have available is a 34" 26.5 oz. bat. Slow pitch bats are available in a 34" 28 oz.
My daughter is 5'5'' and 190lbs. What size should she get in this bat?
Based off of your daughter's height and weight, the recommended length is a 34" bat. This is a great link that we have on our site that helps pick out the perfect bat based on height, weight, and other preferences; http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/
I've used a 33" 23 oz in the TPS Catalyst. Should I use the same size in this bat? I'm about 5'3-5'4 and about 150lbs
If you currently swing a 33" 23 oz. bat and you like the feel of it and feel that your bat speed is fine with these dimensions, then I would probably stick with the same size. If you want a little change in your swing, then it won't hurt to change sizes either based off of what you think would feel better for you. The following is a great link that will help you decide what is going to be the perfect length and weight to get; http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/
Daughter uses a Easton Rampage 31 inch 19.5 oz. 2 1/4 inch barrel. Plays 12u first season. What size would she need for this bat?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat is a great bat. The lightest the XENO comes in is a -10 ounce drop. You may use our Bat Coach online to see what size bat she would need based off of her height and weight. http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/
My daughter has been using a 33 inch, 23 oz. bat for a few years but of course has grown quite a bit since using. She is 5'5 and weighs 140 lbs. Should we go to a 34" 24oz. size? Pretty clueless on bat buying here.
Based off of her height and weight, I would recommend her sticking with a 33 inch bat. A 33 inch bat will be the best size for her according to what she has been swinging. As far as the weight goes, it is really going to depend on her personal preference and also how well her bat speed is now. If she is completely satisfied and hitting the ball well, I would stay where she is at.
What are the major differences between this bat and the Easton Synergy Speed?
The major difference is the S1 iD technology used in the 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat. The Xeno has a governor placed inside the barrel to ensure that the bat achieves the maximum allowable performance from your first swing. Without the governor, the bat would actually exceed the performance limits set in place. The Xeno is also a two-piece bat with more flex, the Synergy Speed is a stiffer one-piece bat. Both are great bats.
What is different besides the color for the 2012?
The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPS XENO Composite: FP12X Fastpitch bat uses Louisville's new LS-2X Composite material. This new composite uses thinner, and higher strength graphite fibers to help increase the handle stiffness, which in turn helps create more barrel flex for increased performance.
Daughter is 17 yrs old, 5'4" and 125 lbs. She currently swings a 33"/23oz. bat. Will she need the same size in the Xeno?
If she is swinging a 33" 23 ounce bat now and she is swinging the bat well, then it would probably benefit her to stick with the same size that she is currently using. If she is struggling with her current bat or she doesn't like the feel of it, then she may want to go with a different size.