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04/26/2021

The 5 Best 2021 Fastpitch Bats

With the 2021 fastpitch softball season well underway across most of the country, we wanted to take the opportunity to share a few of the things we're seeing around the sport. This includes the hottest 2021 fastpitch bats, top bat reviews for softball, and even a look ahead to notable 2022 fastpitch bat releases. This breakdown is being written in collaboration with our team of Bat Experts and verified reviews submitted by actual customers. We hope you find this educational as you go shopping for 2021 and 2022 fastpitch softball bats.

The 5 Best 2021 Fastpitch Bats

Based on player reviews and feedback within the industry, we have chosen these five softball bats as our favorite models from the 2021 softball season. Each of these bats is available at JustBats, so if you are looking to shop for a brand-new softball bat for your fastpitch player, feel free to click on any of them to learn more.

2021 DeMarini Prism+

Available in both drop-10 and drop-11 sizes, the DeMarini Prism+ has brought a ton of new technology to the game. A new continuous fiber barrel delivers increased power across the sweet spot without adding any additional weight to your swing. DeMarini has also incorporated a creative Type V Connection to compliment the barrel regarding negative feedback and energy transferred on contact. There is no drop-12 available, so the DeMarini Prism+ wouldn't be recommended until your player is at least 7 or 8 years old. Beyond that, any type of contact or power hitter would benefit from the Prism+.

Quick DeMarini Prism+ Specs:

  • Two-Piece Composite Softball Bat
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • USSSA, USA (ASA), NSA, ISA, & WBSC Certified
  • Minor Break-In Recommended

2021 Louisville Slugger LXT

The Louisville Slugger LXT is arguably the most talked-about bat in softball. Consistently delivering a smooth, balanced swing on each pitch, the LXT is built for performance. Players seem to love the way each swing feels, the bat grip, and obviously the POP. What's causing the POP? Slugger upgraded the 2021 design to feature a VCX2 Connection point that allows independent movement between the barrel and the handle. Furthermore, a new speed composite design was incorporated to provide an even larger sweet spot than previously thought possible. Available in drop-11, drop-10, drop-9, and drop-8, you'll likely see the 2021 LXT all over the place this summer.

Quick LXT Specs:

  • Three-Piece Composite Softball Bat
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • USSSA, USA (ASA), NSA, ISA, & WBSC Certified
  • Minor Break-In Recommended

2021 Easton Ghost Advanced Go For The Gold

As the result of COVID-19 forcing everything back a year, 2021 is an Olympic year. Easton launched their limited edition Ghost Advanced Go For The Gold fastpitch softball bat to honor the world's most extraordinary athletic event. And softball players across the globe are certainly glad they did. This bat arrives hot and gets even hotter over time. The sweet spot appears to have expanded while the same fan-favorite double barrel technology is still present in the construction. It's a limited edition bat, only made in a drop-10, so not everyone will be able to swing one, but if you can, we highly recommend it.

Quick Ghost Advanced Go For The Gold Specs:

  • Three-Piece Composite Softball Bat
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • USSSA, USA (ASA), NSA, ISA, & WBSC Certified
  • Minor Break-In Recommended

2021 Rawlings Mantra

We could tell you about how great the Rawlings Mantra is, but our advice only goes so far. Instead, why not hear about it from the 4-time NCAA National Championship-winning head coach for the Oklahoma Sooners… 

"Rawlings continues to set the standard with the Mantra bat. Its expanded sweet spot and top performance make it our athletes' favorite to swing. The Mantra is going to help put a lot of runs on the board for the Sooners!" -Patty Gasso

Quick Mantra Specs:

  • Two-Piece Composite Softball Bat
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • USSSA, USA (ASA), NSA, ISA, & WBSC Certified
  • Minor Break-In Recommended

2021 Mizuno PWR CRBN

Players and coaches agree that the Mizuno PWR CRBN is one of the top fastpitch softball bats. The PWR CRBN is designed with a low compression barrel to create a head-turning boom! on contact. Vibrations are held to a minimum with the advanced connection point, and the Black Onyx Carbon materials are both durable and pop-inducing. If you are looking for an alternative away from the same CF Zen's, the LXT's, or the Ghost's that everyone seems to be swinging, be sure to check out the Mizuno PWR CRBN. You won't be disappointed.

Quick Mantra Specs:

  • Two-Piece Composite Softball Bat
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • USSSA, USA (ASA), NSA, & ISA Certified
  • Minor Break-In Recommended

2022 Fastpitch Bat Releases

It is never too early to get excited about new softball bats. It may seem like the 2021 bats were just launched, but before you know it, we'll all be talking about the latest 2022 softball bat releases. 

August, September, October, and November are traditionally the months in which softball's most prominent brands will release their top fastpitch bats. As we look forward to the top 2022 fastpitch bats, it's important to remember that manufacturers are still trying to appropriately navigate the impact from the 2020 pandemic-impacted softball season. 

Decisions are still being made regarding the number of new models to release and whether or not brands want to release new lines of fastpitch bats. Based on conversations we have had with various bat providers, it is safe to assume that many bat releases will be switching to a 24-month cycle for each bat launch. 

As we become aware of this information, we will continue to update this page to provide you with the best insight into the latest 2022 fastpitch softball bat releases. 

With that being said, here are 2022 fastpitch bats that we know will be released sometime during the fall of 2021.

  • The 2022 Easton Ghost Double Barrel is scheduled to release in June 2021.
  • The 2022 Easton Ghost Advanced is scheduled to release in January 2022.
  • The 2022 DeMarini CF Zen will be released, but no date has been provided yet.
  • The 2022 Louisville Slugger LXT will be released, but no date has been provided yet.
  • We also strongly anticipate a new 2022 version of the Louisville Slugger RXT & a new 2022 version of the DeMarini Prism. However, this information has yet to be 100% confirmed. 

For those of you who are also interested in the 2022 baseball bat releases, we have another post dedicated to tracking those launches.

Be sure to bookmark this blog as we will continue to update this page on all the latest news throughout the softball bat industry. We're JustBats, and we're with you from Click to Hit!

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