Pros: little to no vibration nice feel
Cons: seems to have very little pop, but son is just moving from -9 Voodoo to -5 Voodoo. Significantly less distance on balls with the -5. Hope that is just due to loss in swing speed going from -9 to -5
2018 DeMarini Voodoo -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTDXVB5
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What is the difference from 2017 model ?
One of the main differences between the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTDXVB5 and the 2017 DeMarini Voodoo Senior League Baseball Bat: DXVB5 is that the 2018 model now has a 3Fusion end cap to better optimize the swing weight and control of the bat. Furthermore, the 2018 also has a 3Fusion handle to reduce sting and transfer energy back into the barrel.
How is the pop on this bat
The 2018 DeMarini Voodoo -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTDXVB5 utilizes an X14 alloy barrel which will provide premium performance off the bat.
Is this bat the only drop 5 DeMarini bat this year? Is there no drop 5 CF Zen coming out?
Correct, at this time 2018 DeMarini Voodoo -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTDXVB5 is the only drop 5 for 2018. There are no plans as of now for a -5 2018 CF Zen.
What are the pros and cons of a composite or alloy barrels? Which seems to perform better?
Alloy will be a little bit stiffer, it can be more durable in colder weather. An alloy bat will dent whereas a composite bat will crack. Composite bats allow for a better trampoline effect with a longer break in period. I cannot say what one is better, that is up to player preference.
When will you be able to buy the DeMarini Voodoo -5 baseball bat with the USSSA 1.20 BPF stamp? This will be needed starting 2018 I am reading?
Some leagues are requiring the use of a USA stamped bat come 2018. The leagues that are moving to this new bat standard are Little League, Dixie, Pony, Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, Dizzy Dean and AABC. All USSSA models like the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTDXVB5 will feature a BPF rating of 1.15. The DeMarini Voodoo models with the USA stamp should be released later this fall (as early as October). Essentially the new USA models of bats will have thicker barrel walls and will perform more similar to a wood baseball bat.
DeMarini is posting on social media that the only drop 5 bat for 2018 is the Voodoo. My son is 13u next year and used the CF Zen -8 this year and was planning on CF Zen -5. If they are not making one, would you recommend the 2018 Zen in drop 8 or going to Voodoo in drop 5?
For a player that is 13U, a drop -8 model would more than likely be a better option to use. If a player can handle a drop 5 bat like the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTDXVB5 then the player will certainly be ahead of the curve with regards to getting ready for high school and BBCOR bats.
Which bat would you guys recommend I get for my 14U season, a Prime 917, Voodoo, or Mako Beast, all drop 5? Which has the most pop?
It would be hard to say one of the bats you mentioned would have the most pop, as all perform very similarly. There are some differences in the feel of the bats, so you would just want to go with what type of bat you prefer. The 2018 DeMarini Voodoo -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTDXVB5 is a two piece hybrid, meaning it has an alloy barrel and a composite handle. This offers a player the two piece feel, but a hot out of the wrapper bat. The Prime 917 is a three-piece bat, and will offer the most sting and vibration reduction. The Mako Beast is a two piece fully composite bat that will offer a similar sweet spot to the Prime 917, but a stiffer feel.
Will they make a one piece version for this drop five bat?
The 2018 DeMarini Voodoo -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTDXVB5 will always be constructed as a two-piece hybrid model with the alloy barrel and composite handle. At this time it does not appear DeMarini will be making a one-piece model in the -5 category.
Which bat would you recommend for a small 14u travel baseball player, the Marucci Hex -5 or the DeMarini Voodoo -5?
Both bats have great performance, its hard to tell which one outperforms the other. The 2018 DeMarini Voodoo -5 Senior League Baseball Bat (WTDXVB5) is a two piece fully composit construction while the Voodoo is a two piece hybrid. The preference will come down to the brand and overall look.
Will the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTDXVB5 be legal in 12U this year 2018 and 13U in 2019 for USSSA? If, not do you have a bat that will be legal for both age groups?
It should be legal for USSSA play, yes, but it is impossible to predict the future and say for certain. I do not anticipate any USSSA rule changes anytime soon, however.
Will Demarini be offering a drop 5 CF version?
Unfortunately the CF Zen is not currently available in a drop -5 on our site.
What's different from 2017 ?
The 2018 DeMarini Voodoo -5 Senior League Baseball Bat (WTDXVB5) features a 3Fusion End Cap which Optimizes Weight, Control, & Overall Durability and the new 3Fusion Handle Technology which is going to Reduce Sting & Transfers Energy Back Into Barrel.
Is this bat legal in 13 year old Babe Ruth for 2018?
The 2018 DeMarini Voodoo -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTDXVB5 is not legal for Babe Ruth in 2018. Moving forward in 2018 for Babe Ruth all bats will have to feature the USABat approved stamp; these bats should be available sometime in September of 2017.
Is this the best 2018 alloy drop 5 bat on the market?
It would be hard to say one bat is the best, but I would have a hard time finding a better -5 alloy bat than the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTDXVB5.
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