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2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11

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  • My 8 year old loves this bat

    RA
  • Good grip with wide bottom handle making it easier to choke up if needed

    Jason

“My 8 year old loves it”

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Pros:  Light balanced swing weight, my 8 year old is swinging faster through the zone, hitting the ball well. Sweat spot seems to be rather large giving the bat good pop. My 8 year old loves the look of this bat, says it’s his favorite over his other two bats which are the Rawlings Quatro-10 usa bat & the Easton-10 Beast X Hybrid usa bat

Cons:  None

“Decent Bat”

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Pros:  Bat handles well and seems to be very durable. Most of his fall little league team has been using this bat due to availability of usa stamped bats. Most of them seem to be very comfortable with it. Seems to be very balanced. He has gotten some pretty good shots with it in game play.

Cons:  Cons is the pop. After using 2 3/4" barrel bats standardized for select ball play for the past 4 years. Going to this usa stamped bat has been quite a significant change. Ball definately does not jump off the bat like the ones he has used for select ball. Still a great bat, will just have to adjust to the change.

“Best USA bat ”

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Pros:  Good pop for a USA bat, but the main thing is the feel---very smooth and balanced swing weight compared to others...why spend $250 or $300 plus when this bat provides what my kid needs

Cons:  USA bats are not like USSSA bats

“Best Value!”

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Pros:  Great light swinging bat for youth players. The pop is decent for the price and I don't think paying an extra $100 for a bat is warranted. Get this bat!!!

Cons:  The sting on a not squarely hit ball hurts, but that is with any USA bat.. Even my friends Ghost X which was $350..

“Slugger has a winner Here”

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Pros:  This -11 swings nice and light and relative to the competition still seems to have a good bit of pop. Weight is a big issue for everyone this year and going with anything heavier than a -10 will likely be a mistake. This is the best performing -11 we have played with so far.

Cons:  none yet. well, the new usa standard is a con for everyone.

“FINALLY!”

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Pros:  It's light, it has pop, it's the bat for my kid and yours.

Cons:  none so far!

“Good “wood”.”

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Pros:  Affordable, looks good, balanced. Thanks to USA baseball for levelling the playing field with the usa bats. It was needed. Dont take my high ratings too literally cuz its all relative with these usa bats - its now personal preference for the “wood” you choose. I fondly bid farewell to the days of the calculating dads using an outlaw easton or combat b2 da bomb to create an illusion/distortion of the game with young players (unlike mlb’s new baseball which doesnt put kids at risk). Gone are the days of the 50 pounder generating crazy back spin to loft a ball far in the air with his orange mako and/or softball swing. Now... with usa bats it will be more if not completely obvious to everyone if a bat has been tinkered with, and levels the playing field for the safety and betterment of the players. Maybe the spoiled usa kids that play baseball should use what kids iin other countries use. Having said all that, this bat seems good.

Cons:  none so far.

“Best USA bat Under $200”

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Pros:  This bat has great pop compared to other USA bats. My son tested out the beastX, GhostX, and Velo. The 618 not only had better pop and sound but had the best feel, not to mention it was the lightest. Tapered grip/handle is also a great feature.

Cons:  none.

“Great Bat”

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Pros:  Got this bat for my 10 yo for Christmas and he used it at baseball camp and absolutely loves it!

Cons:  na

“Best USA Bat”

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Pros:  I bought several bats for my youth players. The best performing by far was the Louisville Slugger. Most of the kids hated the Easton Ghost as it didn't seem to have much pop. All of the kids swung this bat faster through the zone. I will be ordering a few more in different lengths to satisfy the various sizes and abilities of the kids. Strongly recommend the bat and the price can't be beat.

Cons:  None

“Good USA bat”

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Pros:  Very balanced. Nice barrel/sweet spot. not too big/small. Ball jumps off the barrel on solid contact. The line drive contact hitter is finally rewarded. No longer is the high pop up a HR...

Cons:  Haven't had the bat long enough to gauge durability but that's always a concern. Otherwise there are none to speak of at this time.

“This is a good bat for kids with new USA ratings”

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Pros:  Good grip with wide bottom handle making it easier to choke up if needed. If you don't like a wider bottom handle, then this may not be one for you. It widens out towards the very bottom. May want to go with a Rawlings that has a skinny grip all the way down. Good pop when hit on the sweet spot. There will be learning curve with kids who are used to just hitting anywhere on bat. This bat also great weight distribution making it feel lighter than it really is. Barrel seems a bit wider throughout the barrel too.

Cons:  If you don't hit the sweet spot, will sting. The wider bottom handle may not be good for kids will small hands. Not a true drop -11, but that is consistent with all new USA bats. I just wish they would all just give them a true Length/Weight rating.

“great bat and great price”

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Pros:  very balanced feel! my eight year old is on the smaller side, so i got him the 29” 18oz. he has no problem swinging it. This bat also has great Pop for a USA bat. very comparable to the ghost x. I definitley recommend this bat!

Cons:  only negative, but not a big deal. stings the hands at times. but wouldnt let that keep me from buying it.

“28-17 Louisville solo 618”

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Pros:  More pop than expected, my 9 yo loves it, moved on from his Dimarini 28-16. No vibrations so far, sounds nice. Only cages so far, well see when we take the field. Overall, great bat at a great price.

Cons:  none as of yet

“ Believe me, this bat is the Bell of the Ballpark.”

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Pros:  I have purchased no less than 4 USA bats for my 8 year old son. But this is the bat he that went to try outs. We got a lucky break when Little League and a local retailer made nearly every new USA bat available to test drive.After being sized Each kid got to go into tunnel and hit 10 balls with several new bats. Seems the brand we had gone with before was nothing close to the Solo. It just swings faster and hits further. The balance just seems to work, This was the best hitting youth bat of the whole bunch. There is a composite big barrel by a big named brand,-11. We both thought it was great when he first got it. He needed thicker batting gloves and we changed the grip to lizard skin to ease the hand sting.We thought after a 1000 balls it would break in, like his last composite bat ,it never did. This bat out hit the big barrel composite and everything else we have seen and it served him well in try outs. He hit hard everything they threw at him, it's the best for 2018.

Cons:  It's still a 2018 bat, what are you gonna do?

“Great USA Bat”

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Pros:  Feel, comfort, ball comes off the bat real nice.Was looking for -11 for my 10 yr old. Contact, gap speed type hitter about 70lbs. He tried out Ghost x hyperlite and LS Solo 618 over about 5 hitting sessions(including break in period prior for Ghost x hyperlite composite). Loves the solo. Don't be misguided by fact ghost hyperlite has a bigger barrel and slightly lighter. He squares up more baseballs with the LS 618 and the mishits spin far better than the ghost hyperlite off the bat. The ghost x hyperlite so far- unless struck in (small sweet spot on a huge barrel) the ball knuckles, floats, and dies. It's like the oversized barrel absorbs the energy. They would be much easier for fielders to make outs. Meaning more hits with the LS 618 ( because ball spins and darts). It is a great bat (as far as USA) if your son likes a light swinging, balanced, fast bat with a bit of pop. He loves it. Hope this helps

Cons:  Not many but if you are really picky like me- A bit of sting which is the reason for the 4 in vibration. However, the ghost x hyperlite stings his hands so bad it drops him to his knees every 3 or 4 mihits he has to take a break. He says the sting from the LS 618 is a "normal sting", and he is able to shake his hands out, get back in box and continue. Keep in mind my son primarily plays catcher at this point, so has a bit of toughness, and same results other hitters. The 4 for durability is because the bat has developed a barely noticeable "tiny rattle", I believe in the end cap. it has not affected performance, and i'm sure LS will replace. But my son loves the bat so much with all his (hit marks) he doesn't want me to send it back. It weighs about 1.3 ounces heavier than advertised (almost all bats USA 2018 are heavier) so it is actually a -9.5/10, but swings very light, fast and easy. Also, I'm not knocking easton. They are replacing our Ghost x hyperlite with easton

“Hype is real”

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Pros:  My 8yr old son plays Travel ball and AAU for a local club. We have Owned the Ghost X 2 piece, Ghost HL, Beast HL and been to a few Demos for the Demarini, Mizuno and Rawlings. A lot of dads on the team have been waiting to see this bat in action and it doesn't disappoint. The ball screams off the bat and the mishit ground balls are so spinny that it was eating up our infielders. First few hits in the cages during BP all the heads turned due to the unmistakable sound of the Solo. My son moved up from a 28/16 Mako beast to a 29/18 Solo and has way more pull power with the Solo. My son is hitting the Solo harder and ball velocity is up over his Mako. Most of us baseball dads have been fumbling around checking reviews and buying the normal Eastons and have been bashing the USA bats due to performance. The Solo 618 or the Demarini VooDoo one piece bat are the hot bats that we have seen so far at our baseball school. Ordering the -10 Big Barrel for AAU play!

Cons:  Hard to find in stock.

“Light swinging and feels good”

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Pros:  My son tried several bats including: Easton Hyperlite, Demarini Voodoo Balanced & 1 piece, Easton Hyperlite, Beast X, Ghost X, and Ghost-X Hybrid, and LS Omaha before figuring out the 618 Solo was the one. He's small for a 9 year old...only 50 pounds. Previously, he had a Combat Maxum -12 so he's accustomed to a light swinging, balanced stick. He gets decent pop but I'm most happy that he's been able to adjust to a 1 inch length and 2 oz. weight uptick with no problem. I attribute this to the bat's balance point. Great bat...cool grip too and he likes the tapered handle. Also, to top it off, the price is right on this compared to the others I listed.

Cons:  Barrel isn't as big as the Easton and Rawlings line.

“1”

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Pros:  my nine year old loves its. Spent an hour in the cage today, no stinging, great pop and great sound.

Cons:  none so far

“So far so good. My son is 9 yrs old, 4'11", 95lbs”

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Pros:  very balanced feel, swings well, good median price point / I bought this for my son due to the new USA baseball guidelines. He has probably about 100 plus swings in it already and he seems to be adjusting to the feel. He swings a combat Maxum 30/19 with the 2 3/4" barrel and this bat hasn't seemed to affect his swing at all. The sound is very dead unless you strike a ball perfectly but he seems to have the same power in the cage so far. I will revise this after the season to see how it works against live pitching.

Cons:  lots of vibration with the 1 piece design when a ball is hit anywhere besides the sweet spot, handle is pretty thick compared to his combat which has a larger diameter barrel

“Great bat”

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Pros:  So my son had the Rawlings Prodigy -11 2 5/8 USABaseball bat in fall. It was good. He hit mostly solid line drives into the outfield. Saw a kid I had previously coached at a lesson with the Solo. He was crushing the baseball pitch after pitch. Okay, it's a lesson right. At spring tryouts, he was launching the ball again. This bat has POP for a USA bat. So I bought one for my son and those line drives are now deep in the outfield. The bat is balanced and feels lighter. It does not clank the the Rawlings did. it's a solid and sounds that way. The only thing left is the games. This bat is the real deal.

Cons:  The other boys want to use it.

“BY FAR best USA bat”

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Pros:  Has the pop and feel of a composite bar with a nice barrel and sweet spot. Sound is pretty good too. Great grip. Price is lower than many others. I have hit bslls to my players with just about every USA bat, including the expensive Easton bats. This one is much better. My 10 year old is using the 30-19 and he loves it.

Cons:  None so far.

“Great Bat”

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Pros:  It has really good pop.Its super balence

Cons:  It does sting a little.

“worth it!”

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Pros:  My 8 year old loves this bat. It is light and more importantly balanced as described in other reviews. Went from a 27in 14 oz composite last year to this 28in 17oz. this year. Researched the heck out of USA bats. i think its a great bat for the price.

Cons:  no complaints.

“Great for the little guys”

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Pros:  -I have a younger boy just starting out and this Solo 618 lets him get the bat through the zone. It has a very light swing. The new so called -10 & -9 bats are just too heavy. Not to mention they are really closer to -9 & -8 when you put them on the scale. -It still has the new bigger barrel and just as much pop as any other USA bat for a much better price. -The Lizardskin grip is a great perk.

Cons:  -USA standard is weak. -There is still quite a bit of vibration, but expected because it's still just a one piece barrel. A two piece bat will help reduce some of the shock, but you're paying quite a bit more for that. -The hitting area / sweet spot is small.

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144659 Click to show/hide answer

I'm a torn between the Louisville Slugger Solo 618, the Easton Beast x Hyperlite and the Louisville Slugger Omaha 518. What would u recommend? He's 4 foot 2 inches tall and weighs about 50 to 55 pounds give or take, and is a contact hitter.

All of these bats should perform relatively similar, and all will be one-piece alloy designs. The Solo 618 has been a great seller so far for USA bats, but because of that they are hard to find right now as Louisville Slugger is having trouble keeping up with the demand. The Easton Beast X Hyperlite and the Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 should also perform very well. I don't think you could go wrong with either choice.

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My son is 5', 110 lbs and is 10 years old. Hit with a 31" -10 VELO very well. Will the Solo 618 be similar or will the -11 be too light?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 is a very balanced one-piece alloy bat that features a composite end cap. This design is very similar to that of the VELO. With that said, if the player was having success with a -10 model then it does not make sense to decrease the weight and use a -11. A good -10 USA bat to consider is the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -10 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBO518B10. Another one-piece alloy bat with a balanced swing weight but it does not feature the composite end cap.

Cameron Expert
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My son is 9 years old, 4’7” and about 70 pounds. I’m going back and forth on the 29”/18 oz and the 30”/19 oz. Which one would you recommend?

Based on your son's height and weight, I think he would be able to manage either the 29"/18 oz or the 30"/19 oz 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS618B11). He would likely be more comfortable with the 29" this season but he could always choke up on the 30" while he grows into the larger size.

Taylor Expert
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Just purchased the solo 618 in a 29/18. My son stats are 4'7 95 lbs. Would this be a perfect fit for his size, or should I have gone with a 30/19?

Based on your player's height and weight, a 29/18 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 would work for your player. However, a 30/19 would be a bit better suited for his size.

Logan Expert
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When will the 29"/18 oz version of this bat be available?

We are expecting more shipments of these bats over the next month. Unfortunately we are not able to give exact dates, as it is dependent on how quickly Louisville Slugger can fulfill the orders.

Kyle J. Expert
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My grandson just turned 12 and is 5 ft and between 85 to 90 lbs. Can we use the Slugger Solo size 31 drop 11? Or what size do you recommend?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 is better suited for players 11 and under (9-11 years of age ideally). For a player that is 12 the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -10 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBO518B10 in a 30 inch model would be more ideal.

Cameron Expert
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How does the LS 618 -11 match up to the 2018 Rawlings Prodigy -11? Sweet spot length, balance, and pop.

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 and the Rawlings Prodigy USA Youth Bat 2018 (-11) are both going to feature similar one piece aluminum designs. Both of the bats are balanced but the Solo 618 will be more balanced and feature a lighter swing weight.

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My son is 10 years old. He is 5'3'' and 93 lbs. He likes a quicker swinging bat. What size would you recommend?

Based upon your player's height and weight, I would recommend a bat in the 31" length. This 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS618B11) in the 31"/20 oz size should function well for your player.

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My son is almost 9. He's 4'7" and just over 70lbs. What size should he get? Thinking 30 inch, but he was using a 28 inch drop 11 last year.

At your player's current height and weight, I would suggest a 29" bat. However, if you expect just a couple inches of growth by your player, a 30" 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 would be the suggested length.

Logan Expert
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My son is 12, 4'10" and weighs 75 lbs. Thinking the 31", but is 31" too much?

Based upon your player's height and weight, I would make a general recommendation of getting a 30" length of bat. However, that is not a rule that he has to go with the 30" length. If he feels ready for a 31" length, it is fine to get a bat of that length. However, for a 12 year old player, I would not recommend a bat like this 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS618B11) with a -11 length-to-weight ratio. At the minimum, I would recommend a -10 sized bat and my suggestion would be to consider a -8 sized bat so your player can prep for using the -3 BBCOR bats when he gets to high school in a couple years.

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My son is 12 years old and is 4'4" and 72 lbs. He plays AAU travel and this spring is playing AAU 13U. Would the Solo 618 -11 be good for him? What size, 28/17 or 29/18? Drop -10 is too heavy for him.

For someone of your player's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 in a 28 inch model.

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My son is almost 9 years old. On the smaller side - 4'2" and 60 lbs. He used a 28/15 last year. Debating between 28/17 or 29/18 with a choke ring (or 2). Any thoughts?

Based off the information you have provided, I would recommend the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 in a 28 inch length with a -11 drop weight.

Dan Expert
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My son will be 13 years old, he's 4'7" and only 90 lbs. Which bat would be better for him; the Solo 618 or the Omaha?

Both the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 and the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -10 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBO518B10 are quality USA bats. The big difference here will be the additional ounce in the Omaha 518. I would recommend swinging a 30 inch bat which would make the Solo a 30/19 while the Omaha 518 would be a 30/20.

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Is it USA tested and approved for use in the Pony league? If so, why doesn't it have the USA logo?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS618B11) is a USA bat and approved for use in the Pony League. This bat will come with the new USA baseball certified stamp.

Taylor Expert
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Is this truly a Drop -11? I’ve heard that the USA bats are heavier than the listed weight. Is that the case with this bat? Thanks!

Typically bats range about 0.5-1.5oz. heavier than their listed weight. This is because of the additions to the bat following the weigh-in process (ie. grip, paint, etc.) The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 is no exception. This is not just for USA bats though, as this has been the case for all bats for some time now.

Tyler Expert
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I would like to buy my 10 year old a LS bat as he has always had LS bats. What is the basic difference between the Omaha 518, the Solo 618, and the new 718, besides the fact that the 718 is a hybrid?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -10 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBO518B10 is a one-piece aluminum bat with ST 7U1+ alloy construction to provide a traditionally stiff feel on contact. The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 will also be one-piece aluminum, but it also utilizes a speed ballistic composite end cap to help balance the swing weight to feel lighter. The USA Solo 618 is also only available in the -11 size. The 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -10 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B10 is a hybrid bat with the same ST 7U1+ alloy construction as the 518 but it also takes advantage of the TRU3 technology to create a substantially smoother feel on contact than either of the other two options. All in all, any of these three (3) bats will offer your player a high quality performance.

Tyler Expert
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My son has always liked LS bats, and I intend to get the Solo 618 -11. He is 4'7" and 76 lbs. What bat length is should I buy? I also like a lighter bat for bat speed. Is this the best bat for bat speed?

Yes, the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 is a great option for bat speed. Based on his height and weight we would recommend a 29"/18 ounce bat for him.

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Does this bat have a thick or thin grip?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 features a thin grip in our opinion.

Cameron Expert
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My son is 4'6" and only 55 pounds. What size and type of new USA Bat would you recommend?

Based on your player's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 in a 29 inch model. This model from LS features a one-piece alloy design with a balanced swing weight making it an ideal bat for players ages 9-11.

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Normally the barrel is the same width where as the solo's barrel gradually gets bigger. The last 2-3 inches of the bat are the same width. Why is that? Does this make it even tougher to hit the sweet spot?

Yes, the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 has a gradually increasing barrel but that does not effect the sweet spot or production. Overall, this bat is built with the intent to increase the players swing speed and improve control through the swing zone.

Dan Expert
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Is this a better bat than the Easton Ghost X Hyperlite -11?

Considering both the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS618B11) and the Easton Ghost are part of the first USA approved bats, it's really hard to say which is better than the other. At this point, since we haven't seen these bats go through an entire season, it comes down to your preference in brand/bat makeup. The Solo 618 is a one-piece aluminum alloy while the Easton Ghost X is a one-piece composite bat.

Tyler Expert
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Which bat do you recommend for 10U Baseball, the Louisville Slugger Solo 618 or the Easton Beast X Hyperlite? Why?

I personally prefer the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 as it is the first year of these USA bats and I'd rather not spend the high-end amount of money on a bat like the hyperlite without knowing that how these USA bats are going to perform yet.

Tyler Expert
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Are the barrels all the same length on the Solo line? If you look at the Easton Ghost line, they all have the same barrel length, so a 29 inch has the same one as the 31 inch (added length is in the handle). On some bats, the length is taken out of the barrel, so a 29 inch has a smaller barrel than a 30 inch and so on. I am trying to find out what the case is with this Solo 618.

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 will feature a 2 5/8 barrel diameter. The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 will also feature a 2 5/8 barrel diameter. The only Solo bat that differs is the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -10 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLS618X10 which features a 2 3/4 barrel diameter.

Dan Expert
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Do you prefer the Solo 618 or the DeMarini Voodoo One?

At the time of your question, neither this 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS618B11) nor the Voodoo ONE USA Bat have received many reviews. However, this Solo 618 comes with an alloy design that is topped off with a composite end-cap. This design makes the Solo 618 very balanced feeling. Due to the balanced feel on the Solo 618, I would recommend the Solo for use.

Ben Expert
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Besides price, what's the difference between the LS Solo and the Omaha?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 has the USA Baseball Stamp so this bat is approved For Play In AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, & Pony. The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -10 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLO518X10 is legal for USSSA play which typically is considered to be legal for travel ball tournaments.

Dan Expert
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Do you have this in a drop 10 or lower? Any other good USA Louisville bats?

Unfortunately the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 is going to be the only Louisville Slugger USA bat that is out currently.

Carter Expert
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What's the real difference between Solo and 5150? Can we try the bats first?

Unfortunately LS and Rawlings do not offer a trial period on their bats. Thus, if one purchased either the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 or 5150 and used it then it would not be eligible for return. As for the difference between the two bats, the bats are both one-piece alloy models with balanced swing weights. The main difference is the composite end cap that the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 features; this bat would stack up more with the Rawlings VELO.

Cameron Expert
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Does the Louisville Solo 618 (-11) come in other colors beside the blue/grey?

The colorway pictured on this 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS618B11) will be the only available colorway for this bat.

Ben Expert
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Is there a real noticeable performance difference between the Louisville Solo -11 and the Easton Beast X hybrid -10?

With the new USA Baseball stamp, there won't be too much of a difference in performance between these two bats.

Dan Expert
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Looking for a USA Baseball bat for a coach pitch league (preferably alloy and a drop of -11 or -12). How would you compare the Solo 618 to the Easton Beast X Hyperlite (-12) and Rawlings 5150 (-11)?

This 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS618B11) will feature an all-alloy build (with a composite end-cap) and a -11 length to weight ratio. The initial reviews on this Solo 618 have been pretty solid. I would suggest this Solo 618 over the Rawlings 5150 -11 (US8511) as we do not have any reviews on the 5150 at this time. As well, I would bypass the Easton Beast X Hyperlite (-12) as it has the smaller 2 1/4" barrel diameter (unless the -12 length-to-weight ratio is a must-have).

Ben Expert
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What are the differences between the Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 and the Easton Ghost X -10. Which one is more balanced? Which one is better?

Both the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 and the 2018 Easton Ghost X -10 USA Baseball Bat: YBB18GX10 will be balanced bats. However, the Ghost X will be a two piece fully composite bat compared to the Solo and its one-piece aluminum design.

Dan Expert
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My son is 11 and weighs 85-90 pounds and is 4'9". Is this a good bat for him?

The average 11 year old will use a drop 10 to a drop 8. The goal is a steady progression to a heavier bat to till they get to the BBCOR leagues. This is a great bat, but by 11 you should be swinging a drop 10 unless the player is on the smaller side.

Mick Expert
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Will this bat be available in 27 in?

We currently do not have the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS618B11) in the 27" length. However, there is a possibility that we may stock this Solo 618 in the 27" length in the future (this is not guaranteed though).

Ben Expert
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My son tried out the Easton Ghost X Hyperlight -11, 29" and did not like it at all. Right now he is swinging an Easton Aluminum bat and I am looking for feedback around this bat. Does it have pop, do you have to hit the sweet spot for response (on the Ghost) this was the case.

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 is a great quality bat with lots of pop.

Max Expert
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I've noticed a significant variance in the listed weight vs actual on several of the USA bats. I am considering the VELO -11 or the Solo 618. How close are either to listed weight?

All bats will be around 1 to 1.5 ounces over the listed weight due to the process in making the bat. The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS618B11) is about 1 ounce heavier where the velo is 1.5 ounces.

Mick Expert
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Please compare the Solo 618 -11 to the Easton Ghost X Hyperlite -11. Which would be best for an 8 year old contact hitter as opposed to a power hitter?

This 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS618B11) is a mostly all-alloy bat (handle to barrel) and topped with a composite end-cap to create a balanced swing feel. The Ghost X Hyperlite is a one-piece, all-composite bat. Either bat would work well for an 8 year old contact hitter. However, I would give the edge to the Solo 618 in regard to being more balanced. Because of that, I would recommend the Solo 618.

Ben Expert
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Does this bat or the Rawlings Velo have a more balance swing weight?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 and the Rawlings Velo are both extremely balanced. It is tough to say one is really more balanced than the other, as that can vary for each player. However, the Solo 618 and the Velo are typically considered the most balanced bats on the market.

Jason Expert
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Are the aluminum bats warrantied for dents? I've always bought composite but thinking about getting this aluminum bat instead.

Yes, aluminum bats are warrantied for dents.

Mick Expert
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Does it have a USA stamp? I have been looking for a Louisville Slugger USA bat.

Yes, the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 is USA certified.

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  • -11 Length To Weight Ratio
  • 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter
  • Approved For Play In AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, & Pony
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  • New USA Baseball (USABat) Certified Stamp
  • Anti-Vibration Handle Construction Helps Reduce Sting On Mishits
  • Balanced Swing Weight Score (1.1)
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  • Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap Increases Barrel Length & Improves Balance
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Description for 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11
New baseball bats for the 2018 season! For the second year running, Louisville Slugger has created a one-piece, all alloy, hybrid bat: the Solo. This season's model, the Solo 618, may be known as a single-piece construction, but due to the new and improved Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap, Louisville Slugger has deemed it a hybrid design. The enhanced end cap, combined with Slugger's SL Hyper aluminum material, delivers increased swing speed, better overall control through the zone, and the most balanced swing weight score (1.1) in the 2018 lineup. As the fastest swinging baseball bat Louisville Slugger has ever manufactured, this model is an excellent choice for players looking to ensure fastballs no longer phase them. Not only does the SL Hyper Alloy provide an increase in swing speed, but it ensures a stiff, traditional feel on contact with maximum energy transfer for further ball flight and more base hits. Not to mention, Louisville Slugger has applied a brand new vibration dampening handle design that helps reduce sting in the hands on mishits so that negative vibration is a thing of the past. The best part? A custom Lizard Skins baseball bat grip comes pre-wrapped around the standard handle for premium comfort and a better overall feel. Louisville Slugger: Hit For Power, Average, & Pride!

This 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS618B11) features a lightweight drop 11 length to weight ratio, a 2 5/8-inch barrel diameter, and the 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. Make every swing count and pick up one of these Solo 618 USA 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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Approved For:USA Bat
Barrel Diameter:2 5/8"
Bat Type:Baseball
Color:Blue
Color:Grey
Length to Weight Ratio:-11
Material:Aluminum
Price:$100 - $199.99
Vendor:Louisville Slugger
Year:2018

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