Pros: Trying to find something to replace the 2 3/4" XL3 a few years ago, and Buying and trying many different brands, this is the closest match possible. The 2015 S3, 2016 S3 is the same make as the 2017 S3 but the color scheme is much better.....tired of the green. Over the past 3 years of the S3, the bat has tons of pop out of the wrapper, no break in period. This is critical because the kids grow out of a bat season by season and I have found that the $400-$500 MAKO or any composite bat still has no pop by the time the kid is swinging something that is to short. I work a lot with my son on hitting everyday and he takes at least 150 swings a day and the S3 holds up for one season. For most kids this bat would last a lifetime. If you are looking for a mid priced bat that has lots a pop out of the wrapper, and will feel great in your child's hand, this is the bat. Regardless of the child's talent, this bat will build their confidence and last for at least one season....or maybe a lifetime?
Cons: Depending on how much time you spend doing BP will determine the lifespan of the bat.