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01/18/2023

6 Best End Loaded Baseball & Softball Bats

best end loaded bats

What's better between a balanced bat vs. an end loaded bat? The answer is 100% subjective and will vary from player to player and bat to bat. With a new season now upon us, it’s time to start thinking about which end loaded bats will be the best for baseball and softball players of all ages. End loaded bats are great for players who want to add a little extra power to their swings, but it’s important to choose a bat that is the right size and weight for your player’s age and skill level. When shopping for an end loaded bat, there are several factors to consider. For example, a younger player may need a lighter bat with a smaller barrel in order to improve their swing speed and control. Older, more strong players may prefer a heavier bat with a larger barrel to maximize their power. Additionally, some bats are designed with a larger sweet spot, while others are designed with a smaller sweet spot to help reduce the risk of errors.

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What is an End Loaded Bat?

End loaded bats tend to be favored by power hitters, but all types of players use these bats. End loaded baseball or softball bats have more of their weight distributed into the barrel to create more whip with each swing. The increase in whip action creates more power on contact. By placing more mass directly in the hitting zone, stronger hitters can generate more momentum with similar swing speeds resulting in the ability to hit the ball a greater distance. Inversely, balanced bats have an even distribution of weight to give hitters more control with each swing. Now that we have a better understanding of end loaded bats, let's dive in. 

Best End Loaded Bats

The following is a list of the top end loaded bats broken out by baseball and softball players. Each option is available for sale at JustBats and comes standard with free, fast shipping on every order. Note that these bats are in no particular order and it's important to take personal preference into consideration before making a purchase. Now, let's begin. 

Best End Loaded Baseball Bats

When shopping for a new baseball bat, it is important to know the swing weight that best suits your (or your player’s) swing. As a general rule of thumb, smaller/contact hitters tend to gravitate toward more controllable, balanced bats. Inversely, bigger/power hitters will typically enjoy the powerful swings of an end loaded bat. The following are our selections for the best end loaded baseball bats for the 2023 season.

Marucci CATX Connect BBCOR Baseball Bat (MCBCCX)

Marucci CATX Connect BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBCCX

Hot dogs, The 7th Inning Stretch, and the Marruci CAT series making a best bats list. Three of baseball’s finest traditions. Built from top-of-the-line materials, this multi-piece hybrid BBCOR bat provides hitters with a hot-out-of-the-wrapper alloy barrel alongside an ultra-comfortable composite handle. Hitters are able to generate tons of power with the end loaded swing weight without having to endure negative vibrations that are commonly associated with “power” bats. If you are looking for a new end loaded BBCOR baseball bat, the Marucci CATX Connect is one of the best.

Marucci CATX Connect Bat Review

“Exit Velo is great. Little to no vibrations. Huge barrel. Awesome sweet spot. Great for power hitters!”

2023 Easton Encore Hybrid BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB23EN)

2023 Easton Encore Hybrid BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB23EN

Easton held nothing back with their latest release of the 2023 Encore Hybrid BBCOR. From an ultra-expansive sweet spot to their Pro-Stiff Carbon Handle, the 2023 Easton Encore oozes with power every time you take it from your bat bag.

Easton Encore Hybrid Bat Review

“The ball jumps off the bat every time I swing it!”

2023 Axe Avenge Pro -5 USSSA Baseball Bat (L199K)

2023 Axe Avenge Pro -5 USSSA Baseball Bat: L199K

One of the top end loaded bats at the youth level is the 2023 Axe Avenge Pro. This three-piece, fully composite USSSA baseball bat incorporates a HyperWhip End Cap to generate lightning-fast swing speeds. The Shieldboost Blastwall Barrel (composite) is as hot as any in USSSA Baseball. However, given the end loaded swing weight and the drop 5 construction, we’d only recommend this bat to a strong, confident middle school hitter. 

2023 Axe Avenge Pro Features

  • Three-Piece Composite Baseball Bat
  • End Loaded Swing Weight
  • Ergonomic Axe Handle
  • HyperWhip End Cap
  • Shock Suspension Technology
  • 12-Month Manufacturer’s Warranty when purchased from JustBats

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Best End Loaded Softball Bats

Whether you are playing slow pitch or fastpitch you know it takes a lot of force to drive a softball. That’s why more and more hitters are switching to end loaded softball bats. We’ve tasked our Bat Experts to come up with the best end loaded softball bats for 2023. The following are the bats they’ve chosen.

Miken Freak 9R Josh Riley 12" SuperMax USSSA 240 Slow Pitch Softball Bat (MJR21U)

Miken Freak 9R Josh Riley 12

The Josh Riley signature model is hot enough to boil water. With an explosive two-piece design and a new C4 Carbon Composite barrel, the Freak 9R is easily one of the best end loaded softball bats in 2023. The new energy transfer technology optimizes your swing by transferring all of the power you generate through the barrel. Plus, the SuperMax (1oz) end load unlocks crazy amounts of power with every swing.

Miken Freak 9R SuperMax Bat Features

  • Two-Piece Composite Baseball Bat
  • End Loaded Swing Weight
  • C4 Carbon Fiber
  • E-Flex 360 Barrel Design
  • F4P Energy Transfer
  • Signature Bat of Pro Softballer Josh Riley
  • 12-Month Manufacturer’s Warranty when purchased from JustBats

2023 DeMarini Nautalai Jason Magnum 12" Endloaded USSSA Slow Pitch Softball Bat (WBD2413010)

2023 DeMarini Nautalai Jason Magnum 12

Another highly-recommended end loaded slow pitch softball bat is the 2023 DeMarini Nautalai Jason Magnum edition. Also known as the Vanilla Gorilla, the latest edition of the Nautalai is designed to obliterate softballs. The hybrid design delivers exceptional barrel performance (composite) with a power-friendly, stiff alloy handle. Hitters continue to rave about the feel contact from this legendary end loaded softball bat so we had to make sure it made the list.

DeMarini Nautalai Jason Magnum Bat Features

  • Two-Piece Composite Baseball Bat
  • End Loaded Swing Weight
  • Continuous Fiber Composite Barrel
  • ZnX Alloy Handle
  • Signature Bat of Pro Softballer Jason Magnum
  • 12-Month Manufacturer’s Warranty when purchased from JustBats

Easton Ghost Advanced -9 Fastpitch Softball Bat (FP20GHAD9)

Easton Ghost Advanced -9 Fastpitch Softball Bat: FP20GHAD9

The Easton Ghost Advanced is of the most explosive bats in the world. And while the lighter versions (drop-10, drop-11, etc) are balanced, the heavier versions are end loaded to accommodate middle-of-the-lineup hitters. We’ve heard countless hero stories of players swinging the Ghost Advanced. Whether they drove in the winning run or hit their first-ever home run, the Ghost Advanced always seems to be in the middle of the game’s most exciting plays. If you want a powerful fastpitch softball bat in 2023, we recommend the Easton Ghost Advanced.

Easton Ghost Advanced Bat Review:

“Lots of pop, while the end load is great for the middle of the lineup!”

 

We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available about 2023 end loaded bats. As always, if you have any questions please contact us via phone 866-321-2287, email experts@justbats.com, or click here to live chat on our site. We’re JustBats, and we’re with you from Click to Hit!

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