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2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5

2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5
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Reviews for the 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5
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  • Vibration (3 reviews)

“Best Bat of 2018 USA IMHO”

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Pros:  We have tried all of the top USA 2018 bats and this bat by far is the best choice for power hitters. If your child can not handle the largest and heaviest bats this may not be the best choice for him, but for those that can it is the closest thing to the old bats and a great step in transition to drop 3 BBCOR bats for high school.

Cons:  We have none

“unsure about weight”

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Pros:  Was unsure of going from $350. brand "E" 32 inch drop 10 To a shorter 30" drop 5. The swing speed has decreased from 74 to 69 but the control, inertia, and pop of this bat more then make up for the speed. The pop is much closer to last year's bat then anything we've tried. Of course going to shorter bat a few balls have been hit off the end with very little vibration. A great bat for stronger kids or 12 and up. Or a great step on the way to bbcor. It does swing very smooth, and can feel the barrel all the way thru finish.

Cons:  Not sure about durability but it's a slugger!

“Weight Balance”

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Pros:  Bat seems durable, and not too shabby for a USA bat.

Cons:  Weight balance isn't as nice as the DeMarini. Too much weight at the end of the bat.

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Is it okay to use this bat in cages with pitching machines throwing yellow dimpled balls?

We don't recommend using any bat you intend to use in a game, like the 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5, in cages throwing rubber dimple balls. These type of balls are more dense than regular baseballs, therefore making them more damaging to bats.

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My 13 year old son is pretty small for his age and is swinging a 2018 32"/29 oz Maxum BBCOR, and has no problem hitting line drives over the four and six holes but can't quite reach the outfield gaps. Do the new USA bats have the same pop as their BBCOR counterparts? Would this -5 USA bat give him a little more distance than his -3 BBCOR?

The new USA standard was designed to try and bring bats more to the performance of a wood bat, just like BBCOR was intended to do. The pop should be very similar between the two certifications, yes. A -5 bat would provide a little better bat speed due to the lighter weight, but obviously you have less weight at the point of contact. You may see better power if the added bat speed can overcome the loss in weight.

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Which bat would have more pop? The 718 select -5 or the Prime 917 BBCOR? My son's travel league requires USSSA stamp -5 or BBCOR and middle school requires BBCOR. He seems to swing BBCOR well but not sure if there will be an advantage with -5 select.

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5 is approved for leagues like AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, & Pony. This bat will feature a BPF similar to the BBCOR BPF of .50. I would consider swinging the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518B5 for travel ball since the BPF on this bat will be much higher resulting in a hotter bat. To summarize; USA Bats are for League Play, Senior League Bats are for Travel Play, and BBCOR Bats are for High School and Collegiate Play.

Dan Expert
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In Minnesota at the beginning of the season some of the games can be kind of cold outside. If the temperature falls below a certain temp, can it damage the bat?

The common misconception is that the cold weather effects the bat. What happens when it gets cold is that the baseball actually hardens up and that's what can damage the bat. You will want to limit how many swings you take in the cold weather with the 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5 and all other bats. Try to only use it for live at-bats during those colder games.

Dan Expert
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In the title it says it is a USA bat, but there is no stamp on the bat. Any comment?

On the black colored taper of this 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS718B5), there will be a USA Stamp certification present. You can look at the "Images" section of the bat page to see the picture of the "USA" stamp.

Ben Expert
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Is it a big barrel?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5 is a 2 5/8'' barrel. This the middle barrel size.

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My son's team is playing in a tournament that requires bats to be BPF 1.15 or BBCOR with a max drop of 5. Would this bat qualify?

This 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS718B5) would be allowed per the league rules listed in your question. However, this bat has USA certification. All bats that are USA certified will perform lower than the BPF 1.15 bats (USA rated bats will perform pretty parallel to BBCOR bats). In my opinion, a BBCOR bat would be more attractive than buying one of these USA bats because even though the BBCOR bat performs at a similar level as the USA bat, the BBCOR bat will help prep your player for high school baseball. If you purchased a -5 USA Bat, you would be buying a lesser performing bat (in comparison to the 1.15 rated bats) that your player would not be able to use once he got to high school. My suggestion would be to get a USSSA 1.15 BPF bat in the -5 length-to-weight ratio or a BBCOR -3 bat.

Ben Expert
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Is there a break in period on hybrid bats with aluminum barrels such as these, or is it "hot" out of the wrapper?

There is no break in required on bats such as the 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5. Any bat featuring an alloy barrel will be hot out of the wrapper.

Cameron Expert
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Does it help to roll a aluminum bat?

No, rolling an aluminum bat like this 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS718B5) would not improve performance. We would not recommend rolling a composite bat either as it is illegal in most leagues and typically voids that bat's warranty.

Taylor Expert
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I understand that the USA stamp is legal for certain leagues and that a USSSA stamped bat may not be legal. What I am unclear about is if there is a difference in the "pop" of either certification. For instance, would a travel ball kid who plays in tourneys that accept bats with the USSSA certification be putting himself at a disadvantage by choosing a USA stamped bat?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5 will have lower performance capabilities when compared to the same type of bat in a USSSA model. The reason for this is USA stamped bats have thicker barrel walls and thus the trampoline effect will be less resulting in slower exit velocities off the bat. If a player can use a USSSA model then it would be better to use those types of bats.

Cameron Expert
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Is the barrel made of composite or aluminum material?

This 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS718B5) will feature a barrel that is built of aluminum material.

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  • Approved For Play In AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, & Pony
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  • -5 Length To Weight Ratio
  • 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter
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  • ST 7U1+ Alloy Barrel Provides Maximum Pop & Durability
  • 100% Composite Handle Helps Reduce Vibration In Hands
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Description for 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5
Louisville Slugger baseball bats are now available for USA Baseball! For the 2018 season, the Select 718 series is set to deliver unmatched power through a two-piece, hybrid design with a slightly end loaded swing weight. An indestructible ST 7U1+ alloy barrel combines with a 100% composite handle and the new Speed Ballistic end cap to provide premium power, faster swing speeds, and less sting in the hands than ever before. Between the barrel and the handle, Louisville Slugger has brought back the redesigned TRU3 technology that allows for independent movement which eliminates negative vibration and provides an elite feel during every at-bat. If you're looking for reliable power, championship level performance, and an increase in your batting average, the Select 718 baseball bat is exactly what you need. As an added bonus, a custom Lizard Skins grip comes equipped for superior comfort and an increase in control through the zone. Louisville Slugger: Make every swing count and find your bat from the most trusted lineup in the game!

This 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS718B5) features a drop 5 length to weight ratio, a 2 5/8-inch barrel diameter, and the new USA Baseball (USABat) certification. With that stamp, this model is approved for play in AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, and Pony baseball. Ready to up your game? Then pick up one of these Select 718 baseball bats today with free shipping and a full one (1) year manufacturer's warranty. Don't forget, with our 24/7 customer service, we'll be here for you from click to hit!
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Good experience - ordered on sunday night and received it on thursday - with free shipping - bat looks great - my son can't wait for baseball practice.

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Approved For:USA Bat
Barrel Diameter:2 5/8"
Bat Type:Baseball
Deals:Personalization Eligible
Knob Color:Neon Green
Length to Weight Ratio:- 5
Material:Half and Half
Price:$200 - $299.99
Vendor:Louisville Slugger

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