Pros: POP is huge---price is great! My son needs a one year bat and has always liked the Omaha product. Alloy provides nice consistency and sound
2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5
Tons of pop and great balance
Good pop out of the wrapper, bat has an overall good feel and looks
Pros: POP is huge---price is great! My son needs a one year bat and has always liked the Omaha product. Alloy provides nice consistency and sound
Pros: i really love it my first ab i hit a triple
Cons: really none
Pros: This bat is a great transition for a strong youth player who is looking for more solid contact and distance coming from a drop 10 bat. The new version has a lot longer sweet spot than previous versions, making more solid contact further down the barrel. It has excellent balance and little sting. If you have a 12-14 year old who can handle the weight and needs a transition before having to go to a BBCOR bat, this is a great one.
Cons: Weight can be an issue for smaller players This is a contact hitters bat, power hitters will want more endload.
Pros: Good pop out of the wrapper, bat has an overall good feel and looks. Perfect transition bat!
Cons: None so far.
Pros: Tons of pop and great balance. He has only used it for about 10 games, but couldn't be happier. Used to play with the Voodoo Overlord and had no issues. Couldn't keep up with name changes and moved on - thus far a great choice
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How many swings, on average, before the Omaha 518 loses its "pop"?
With the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5, like most every bat, the amount of hits before it goes dead will vary from bat to bat based on intensity of use. If a bat is being used a higher rate of collision you can expect the lifespan to dwindle quicker than the same bat used under less harsh conditions.
I am looking for a bat for our son to use this summer. He is playing 13U, is 5'6" and weighs 135 lbs. We are looking for a transition bat before high school ball in the fall when he has to move to -3. What size would you recommend?
Based on your player's height and weight, I would recommend this 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat (WTLSLO518B5) in a 32"/27 oz size.
Is the barrel of this bat 2 and 5/8"?
Yes, the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5 utilizes a 2 5/8" barrel diameter and will be approved for USSSA play.
I am 5â€™4â€ and weigh 103 lbs. I am about to go into 13U travel ball. Should I get the 31/26 or the 32/27?
Based on your height and weight, I would suggest a the 31/26 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5.
Does this bat have a USA baseball certification?
No, the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5 features the USSSA 1.15 BPF Certified Stamp.
I have a 13 year old that is 5â€™6â€ and 125 lbs that is currently swinging a 31/21 Omaha bat. Would you recommend a 31/26 or 32/27? Also for a constant bat speed, is he giving up any pop going from the drop 10 to a drop 5 or are the bats â€œdampenedâ€ only when changing certifications (USA, BBCOR)?
Based on the player's height and weight, I would recommend getting the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5 in a 32''. The actual performance of the bat will not change, however, you may notice a difference in swing speed from just moving to heavier bat. You do notice more of an impact in the performance of the bats when you change certifications.
I need size 34â€ 29oz. Do you guys have it?
Unfortunately, 32" and 27 ounces is the heaviest option Louisville Slugger makes for the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5.
I am 5'4" tall and 100 pounds. Do you recommend the 30 inch or 31 inch?
We would suggest a 31" length, but a 30" could also work if you feel that would suit you better.
I have not seen a lot of reviews on this bat yet - but have seen a lot pushing me to think more about the Rawlings Velo, or the Marucci Cat-7. We already have a few of those bats on our team that we could use. How does this compare in terms of pop? Looking specifically for a drop -5
With the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5 being of the same one piece alloy construction with a similar swing weight to the Velo and Cat 7, the performance among the three is very similar as well.
I am looking for a nice bat with a smooth feeling and nice pop. Why should I get this and not the Ghost X?
This 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat (WTLSLO518B5) will feature a one-piece, all-alloy design and a very balanced swing feel. This Omaha design has been very popular for a number of years. As well, these Omaha bats have as much potential for performance as the Ghost X bats, but can be purchased at a much lower cost.
How does this bat compare to the Prime 916?
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5 features a one piece aluminum design where as the 2016 Louisville Slugger Prime 916 Senior League Baseball Bat: SLP9165 features a Three-Piece, Composite Design.
My son is moving up to 13U USSSA. He is currently swinging a 2017 Voodoo balance in 31/21. How will the performance of the 518 -5 compare to the Voodoo he is using now? He has the power to get the -5 thru the zone so I'm not worried about the weight. Or what would be a good bat in a -5 to look into? Love the power of the Zen but it cracks too fast for an expensive bat. So the 518 or the Easton Ghost are my top 2 contenders as of now. Any recommendations? My son is 5'5" and 130 lbs.
The other bats probably cracked because your player is too strong for it. Typically a 10 year old will use a drop 10. With that being said, all the drop 5 bats will hold up much better than the drop 10 you are currently using. The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat (WTLSLO518B5) is is a fantastic one piece balanced alloy bat. It does not require any break in time and comes with the typical lizard skin grip.
Next year I will be playing my last year of Little League and for my club team I will need a -5. Will I be able to use the drop 5 in Little League or just in USSSA 13u games? Basically is this legal with the new Little League bat rules?
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5 is only legal for USSSA games. The Omaha model, with the USA Baseball stamp of approval, should be released on 12/4, but at this time they are not featuring it in a -5. The -5 USA Baseball model from LS will be the Select 718.
My son is playing 12u AAU this coming Spring. He is 5'2" 100 lbs. He swung a 31" drop 10 and a 30" drop 8 last year. There wasn't much difference in his swing or his success at the plate. Should he stay with the drop 8 or move to a drop 5?
Moving your player down from a -8 to the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5 would be a decision only you could truly make. Would recommend basing this decision on just how well he could get the -8 model through the zone.
I am 5'5" and I weigh 110 pounds, what size bat should I get?
Based on your height and weight, I would suggest a 31" 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5.
My son is playing on a 12u travel team and will be transitioning to a 13u team that will require a drop 5 bat. He is right at 5 foot tall and about 115-120 lbs. He is currently swinging an Omaha 516 in a 30 inch drop 10. Would you recommend staying with a 30 inch or going up to a 31 inch?
Based on your player's height and weight, I would suggest staying with a 30" in the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5.
Any idea if Louisville Slugger has plans for a release of this same bat with the new USA certification?
From my knowledge, it is not clear, but with such great success with 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5 I would imagine there would be one.
Why is this cheaper then the 2017 917?
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5 is a one-piece all alloy model and these bats cost less when compared to a two-piece all composite model like the LS Prime 917. When you considered the costs to produce both bats then it becomes easier to see why even a closeout model like the LS Prime 917 would still hold a higher price tag than the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5.
I don't see a USSSA thumbprint on this bat. So this bat can't be used in USSSA games, correct?
If you look at the extra images on the bat page for this 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat (WTLSLO518B5), you'll see that one of the pictures of the taper will show an image of the USSSA 1.15 BPF thumbprint stamp. This bat will be allowed for use under USSSA rules.
Is the Louisville 2018 -5 BBCOR certified?
No, the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat (WTLSLO518B5) is not BBCOR certified. The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat (WTLBBO518B3) is the BBCOR version of the Omaha series.
How does this bat compare to the Omaha 517? Are there any improvements?
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5 features a new 6-Star end cap that helps improve the balance compared to previous Omaha models. The cosmetics are the only other difference compared to the Omaha 517.
I am looking for a new bat for my son. He currently has the Louisville Slugger 917 31 inch, drop 8. We are looking for a 32 inch, drop 5. He will be playing U14 travel ball mainly in the state of Michigan. I am being told there are new specifications for senior league big barrel bats for 2018?
As far as travel ball goes, such as USSSA sanctioned tournaments, the bat rules are not changing, so the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5 would be a great option for your player. Here is more information on the USABat Standard: http://www.justbats.com/bat-resource-guide/usabat-standard/
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