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01/31/2021

Best Baseball Bats & Softball Bats for 2021

The Best Bats of 2021

Shopping for a new bat can be difficult. With so many variables like durability, performance, construction, swing weights, and stamps of approval, along with different models from so many brands, it can feel near impossible to find the right bat. We do have good news for you, though. We have compiled full lists of the top bats for BBCOR, USA, USSSA, Wood, Fastpitch, and Slow Pitch Softball. We selected each of these bats based on customer bat reviews, bat features, and the experience and knowledge of our team of Bat Experts. We have laid out the pros and cons of each bat while also giving you insight into each ideal hitter's characteristics. Here you can find a hub for all the information you need to be educated during the bat buying process. Without further hesitation, let's check out the hottest bats on the market.

The Best 2021 BBCOR Bats

When you step up to the plate for tryouts, the last thing you want to be holding is a dead bat. Show off your maximum potential with one of the following these premiere BBCOR bats from 2021. Keep in mind that all BBCOR bats will feature a drop-3 swing weight along with a .50 BBCOR stamp of approval. If you are making the transition from USSSA Baseball, anticipate a decrease in barrel performance. However, for those joining the BBCOR ranks that have primarily swung either USA Baseball bats or Wood bats, you should see a very similar performance on contact.

  1. DeMarini The Goods BBCOR Baseball Bat (WTDXGIC21)
  2. Louisville Slugger Meta BBCOR Baseball Bat (WBL2463010)
  3. Marucci CAT 9 BBCOR Baseball Bat (MCBC9)
  4. Rawlings Quatro PRO BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB1Q3)
  5. DeMarini CF BBCOR Baseball Bat: (WTDXCBC21)
  6. Easton B5 Pro BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB21B5)
  7. Rawlings Velo ACP BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB1V3)
  8. Victus NOX BBCOR Baseball Bat (VCBN)
  9. Easton MAXUM ULTRA -3 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB21MX)

Read the full-rundown of our reviews about the best BBCOR bats for 2021 in our latest blog post.

BBCOR Bat Regulations

All BBCOR bats must adhere to the following list of regulations:

  • BBCOR Certified .50 Stamp
  • Drop -3 Length-to-Weight Ratio
  • Maximum 2 ⅝" Barrel Diameter
  • Learn More About BBCOR

The Best 2021 USSSA Bats

Commonly referred to as Travel Ball, USSSA baseball continues to be the gold standard for bat performance. Featuring the largest allowed barrel diameters (maximum 2 ¾") and the highest performance threshold (1.15 BPF), USSSA bats are hotter than the rest. As a result, it's essential to make sure that your player is swinging a bat that will allow them to compete with the competition. To help navigate the top USSSA bats for 2021, we compiled the following list of bats for you to consider when shopping:

  1. DeMarini CF USSSA Baseball Bat (WTDXCBZ21)
  2. Marucci CAT 9 -10 USSSA Baseball Bat (MSBC910)
  3. Louisville Slugger Meta USSSA Baseball Bat (WBL2469010)
  4. Louisville Slugger Solo USSSA Baseball Bat (WBL2471010)
  5. Warstic Bonesaber USSSA Baseball Bat (MBBSRWH10)

For the full rundown, read our reviews of the best youth baseball bats for 2021.

USSSA Bat Regulations

All USSSA bats must adhere to the following regulations:

  • 1.15 BPF Stamp OR 
  • BBCOR Certified .50 Stamp OR
  • Be a Wood Bat
  • 2 ¾" Maximum Barrel Diameter
  • Learn More About USSSA

The Best 2021 USA Bats

Made effective back in 2018, USA Baseball bats are often said to be "Baby BBCORs." Given the similar performance levels, it's easy to see why. Younger players can become frustrated if they are forced to use a USA bat in league play but then must turn around and swing a higher-performing USSSA model for tournaments. To help bridge this gap (and alleviate frustrations), we recommend you get them one of the hottest USA bats in 2021. Choose one of the following top USA baseball bats for your 2021 season:

  1. Easton ADV 360 -11 USA Baseball Bat (YBB21ADV11)
  2. DeMarini Voodoo -5 USA Baseball Bat (WTDXUD521)
  3. Rawlings 5150 -10 USA Baseball Bat (US1510)
  4. Axe EliteOne Hyperspeed -11 USA Baseball Bat (L192J)
  5. Louisville Slugger Select -10 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS7B1020)

For the full rundown, read our reviews of the best youth baseball bats for 2021 here.

USA Bat Regulations

All USA bats must adhere to the following regulations:

The Best 2021 Fastpitch Bats

When opposing pitchers can throw riseballs, drop balls, changeups, curves, all at blink-and-you-miss-it velocities, you better have confidence in your bat. To get you ready to break out in 2021, we've gathered all the information on the top USSSA fastpitch bats, as well as the top ASA fastpitch bats in the game. We compiled full bat reviews on the best 2021 fastpitch bats and generated the following list for you to choose from:

  1. Louisville Slugger LXT Fastpitch Softball Bat (WBL2452010)
  2. Anderson RockeTech Carbon Fastpitch Softball Bat (FPRTC21)
  3. Mizuno PWR CRBN Fastpitch Softball Bat (FP21PC10)
  4. DeMarini FNX Fastpitch Softball Bat (WTDXPHP21)

For the full rundown, check out our reviews of the best fastpitch softball bats for 2021, including three additional bonus bats! 

Common Fastpitch Bat Questions

If you're still looking for more information on fastpitch, be sure to visit our page dedicated to Fastpitch Softball Bat Questions. The following are just a few of the most common questions parents and players are asking:

  • How do I select a Fastpitch softball bat?
  • What types of Fastpitch softball bats are there?
  • What are the current rules and regulations regarding Fastpitch softball bats?

The Best 2021 Slow Pitch Bats

There is no better feeling than crushing a softball in slow pitch. It's a rush that words fail to describe adequately. The inverse, however, is also true. Whether you roll over or hit a lazy fly ball to the outfield, weak contact in slow pitch is soul-crushing. This brings us directly to this list. Let's get you swinging the best slow pitch softball bat for 2021. We've asked players to provide feedback on the top slow pitch bats for USSSA, SSUSA, and ASA softball. The following is the list that they came up with:

  1. Miken Freak Primo ASA Slow Pitch Softball Bat (MPMOSA)
  2. Axe Avenge Pro ASA/USSSA Slow Pitch Softball Bat (L193J)
  3. Miken Ultra II Senior Slow Pitch Softball Bat (MSU2)

For the full rundown, read our reviews of the best slow pitch softball bats for 2021, including an additional bonus bat from our staff!

The Best 2021 Wood Bats

Finding the right wood bat is no easy task. You have to determine the right turn for your swing, the proper wood material construction for both durability and performance, and the price you are comfortable with, knowing the possibility that it breaks within the season. While it's not easy, it's also not impossible. Especially with the help of a top wood baseball bat list like the one our team of Bat Experts compiled for the upcoming 2021 season. Based on player reviews, proven results, and our bat experience, we've chosen the following as our seven favorite wood bats for the year:

  1. Brett Bros. Maple Master Wood Baseball Bat (MM110 Adult)
  2. Old Hickory Bat Co. Paul Goldschmidt Maple Wood Baseball Bat (PG44-N Adult)
  3. Old Hickory Bat Co. Mike Trout Ash Wood Baseball Bat (MT27A Adult)
  4. Victus Pro Reserve MH17 Birch Wood Baseball Bat (VRWMMH17-NT)

Read the full reviews of the best wood bats for 2021, along with a few pro tips to improve your game.

We acknowledge that a bat is only as good as its player. But in the same respect, a player is only as good as their bat, so we created these lists of the best bats. As you shop and consider, make sure to look at additional factors such as hitter type, strength, experience, and preference before purchasing a new bat. If you are looking for an opportunity to swing any of those models, be sure to read more about the JustBats' Bat Assurance Program designed to give you the ultimate bat confidence.

As always, if you are interested in furthering your knowledge of any of these lists or bats, be sure to contact our team of Bat Experts via phone at 866-321-2287, email at experts@justbats.com, or live chat. We're JustBats, and we're with you from Click to Hit!

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