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

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  • I bought several bats for my youth players

    Don
  • So my son had the Rawlings Prodigy -11 2 5/8 USABaseball bat in fall

    Mark

“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.

“Best USA BAT”

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Pros:  Has good pop for a usa bat

Cons:  None

“Enjoying this bat!”

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Pros:  Balance and feel of this bat are great according to my 11-year old son. Having the -11 drop with this bat makes a difference. No noticeable issue with vibration and sting upon contact.

Cons:  Still adjusting to the decrease in pop of the USA bats.

“Solo 618 30" 19 review”

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Pros:  Very balanced bat, fast through the zone , better pop than I thought. The lizard skin is nice and taper at end of bat. We are indoors at winter training so all hitting is done in cages or stations. I coach and see all the bats cycling through, ball appears to come off the bat hotter on the Solo. Looking forward to going outside to see how it performs but I do not anticipate things to change. There is always the 'one" bat and I think this may be it for now.

Cons:  none

“BEST BAT ON THE MARKET!!!!”

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Pros:  Lightweight for bat speed, Huge POP, NO Vibration or stings, Great size sweet spot, Lizard grip is awesome, great durability, can't believe it out performs the $300+ bats no questions. My son is going to out bat every kid on our team because of this bat and the fact no one else has it and it's sold out until May-June per LS.

Cons:  SOLD out coast to coast, every kid on the team wants to use it and haggles to buy it since there is non avail.

“Great Bat! ”

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Pros:  My son loves the bat. Seems to have good pop for a USA bat. He hit a wood Phoenix all winter so he was very happy to starting hitting this bat. He said there is no vibration and great balance.

Cons:  Only complaint we have is the bats all weigh in heavy compared to their advertised weight.

“No sting and feels great”

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Pros:  I've returned 2 top of the line Easton bats this year because of the sting to the hands. I purchased this bat based on reviews that I've read. I'm happy to report that after 3 cage sessions, my 10 year old son hasn't felt any sting to his hands at all.

Cons:  No pop. It will be interesting to see how many balls go over outfielders heads this year in 8-10 year old age group.

“Great bat”

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Pros:  Great pop compared to other USA bats he has tried, including the Easton ghost hyperlight. Very light feeling bat due to its even balance makes it a very fast swinging bat. My son is getting more hits with this bat.

Cons:  none yet, after two weeks

“Solo -11 Great Bat”

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Pros:  -11 with great pop

Cons:  Tough bat to get at 30 drop 11

“Good Bat.”

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Pros:  first of all, this company has fast shipping. This bat is highly recommended for its price! it has a nice pop and super light!

Cons:  Don't be negative and give it a try, it'll be worth it...

“Excellent pop for USA bat”

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Pros:  My son hit two deep Fly balls with this bat. 1 for a double and was a fly out. but in the game they were the two deepest hit balls between either team. I like to think his hard work in the tee and taking endless BP has made his approach consistent and powerful bit I truly believed based on the reviews that he was going to struggle to hit the put of the infield. Even with the new bat he is hitting the ball further than just this past fall with a USSSA bat. I highly recommend this bat. it is as close to or better than the pperformance of a USSSA bat. I should say that by the time he used it in live game he probably had over a 1000 swings on it and rotated it between every swing. It was well broken in by the time he used it in league. I think that is the most common mistake parents make. They do not take the time to properly break in a bat before using it in a game situation. There is a right and a wrong way to do it.

Cons:  Its the sweet spot or nothing so barrel control and the ability to square the ball is a must. A miss hit is a weak grouundball and an automatic out.

“My 10 year old loves it”

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Pros:  No sting. We had to return the Easton Hyperlite because the sting was so bad. My son has tested a few friends bats and he prefers the Solo 618 over them all.

Cons:  USA stamp = No pop.

“the solo”

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Pros:  v

Cons:  this bat almost broke my sons hand the vibration was so bad during weather below 55 degrees, wouldnt suggest biying this bat!!!

“Hottest bat on our Travel Team”

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Pros:  Got a 29" bat for my son for Christmas and have been using it for winter workouts and have a few months to give good feedback. Our travel team has a mix of all the top USA bats hanging on the rack and the 3 top hitters on the team are all using Solo's. It almost looks like an unfair advantage over the Teams we play with the other big brand bats. Our middle infielders are just feasting on their weak ground balls coming off the other USA bats. My sons 29/18 weighs 19.2oz and took a few weeks to adjust coming from a 28/16 Mako but is now hitting with some pull power and the Solo just sends it every time with coach pitch. 7 out of 10 hits with the Solo are equal to his MOAB but the MOAB still has 3 balls that are 35-40' longer. Solo is the best that I have seen so far and is very balanced and great acoustics. You can tell how well they hit the pitch just off the sound.

Cons:  The 28" Solo's look a lot different then the 29" Solos. The 28"s have a similar profile to the 518 Omaha's and seem to ring your hands a bit. The 29" sweet spot is a lot bigger then the 28's. The 28" Solo's sweetspot is right on the 6 of the 618 and anything higher up will ring hands. The 29" sweet spot covers the whole word SOLO. Seems 3 times bigger for the extra inch. The acoustics are clearly different from a sweetspot hit vs an off center hit. Last 2" of the 29" will produce a weak ground ball and some hand sting. Had to move my son closer to the plate as an adjustment. Our Solo's get a lot window shoppers sitting on the fence due to the lack of availability in any retailers anywhere. 2 of our 3 removed the foam padding under the grip with just a normal LizardSkin grip. Taper seems ok for a bigger kid but not an 8 yr old.

“1”

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Pros:  First, remember it's the kid swinging the bat and the work he or she puts into it. The bat itself is super balanced. We tried other bats that are end loaded and were toughter to get around. My son is 9 and playing up a level against quicker pitching, so this bat was necessary. A great alternative is LS Omaha 518. Same bat balance, just different metal compostion.

Cons:  non yet.

“Best USA bat we found”

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Pros:  We tried many of the new USA bats for my 7 & 8 year old boys. This was the best combo of balance, feel, pop, and TRUE weight. Our 28/17 weighs 17.6oz. All others were close to 3oz above published weight.

Cons:  It's a USA bat.

“Mr”

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Pros:  This is a nice bat. Has good balacen.

Cons:  My son has used this bat for three months now. For a 28” 17oz bat the Vibratons are not nice for young kids. My son plays 7/8 year old. Baseballes around 30 to 40 mph. On averge temp around 55 to 80

“Good for new standards but not great”

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Pros:  Pretty close to stated drop, my son has the 28/17 and it weighed in at 17.8 which is good for USA standards. Looks good and grip is nice. Seems to provide a good swing speed.

Cons:  sweet spot seems small only top 2 inches are the max diameter. Seems to produce a lit of ground balls for kids. Personally i think it seems to need a breaknin period despite manufacturer. not sure there are any better options under $200.

“Great Youth USABat”

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Pros:  After many tries, I was finally able to get my hands on a 29"/18oz Solo 618 for my 9yo son. After a couple years of swinging a 14oz. 2 1/4" barrel bat in his house league, I was a bit concerned an 18oz. bat would feel heavy, but the weight distribution on this bat feels excellent. It is really well balanced, and does not feel barrel heavy...as most of the USABat Easton's we tried, making them feel heavier than 18-19oz. I could tell right away after the first few test swings he took, the 29"/18oz. was the perfect size, and he was happy with how the bat felt. Taking his first live swings, the pop was surprising for a USABat, and my son was incredibly happy with it. If you can find it, I'd highly recommend this bat.

Cons:  None yet. My son is very happy with the pop, feel, and lack of vibration so far.

“Solid POP for a USA bat. ”

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Pros:  - Solid POP for a USA bat. My son was swinging the Easton Hyperlite before this. Every hit on the Easton stung his hands to the point that he was swinging and missing on purpose. Obviously I had to get him something else. Compared to the Hyperlite the ball jumps of the bat. My son does not complain of any sting/vibration. Says its very balanced and light.

Cons:  Cant find the bat in stock anywhere.

“Best USA bat”

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Pros:  Ideal swing weight. Ball travels farther that other usa bats. Nice looks. Only 1 ounce heavier than advertised so a 29/18 is a 29/19 and exactly what we were looking for.

Cons:  Sting on mis hits A teammate's solo bat had end cap come loose. Had to send in for replacement.

“Hot bat”

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Pros:  has good pop to the bat considering the new USA standards my 11 yr old loves the grip and is easy to swing with. 2nd game of the year and already a straight shot to outfield for a homerun after that it went from one other player on the team using it to three other players.

Cons:  there has not been any cons as of yet its a solid bat

“Good bat”

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Pros:  First weekend with bat my son went 7-10 with 4 balls have to over the outfields heads. Good pop for USA bats. Easy to handle, good size, very pleases. Used a 31/20 for my 10 year old son who is big.

Cons:  Hard to find bat

“Best USA BAT!!!!”

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Pros:  very good pop for a USA bat

Cons:  its a USA bat

“Bat is amazing”

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Pros:  Last year i was using an Easton XL3 31"/20oz and the Easton Mako 31"/20oz.My dad got me this bat and i wasn't sure about it but, i was wrong, the bat is great.This bat is the closest iv'e found to that bat.Has amazing pop and very little sting.this bat weighs 20oz unlike the other USA bats.

Cons:  If you don't hit it in the sweet spot it will sting where bating gloves.

“Best of the USA bats ”

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Pros:  Seems to be one of the better USA bats available at a "decent" price. Sone, started with a Easton Hyperlight. Broke that within a week. Save your money and buy this. No reason to spend any more. Decent "pop" for a USA Bat, Pre-Gripped with Lizard Skin

Cons:  USA bat - (enough said) Has some hand sting if not hit right. Suck it up, there is no crying in baseball.

“Great Bat!!!!”

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Pros:  My son , who is 14 loves the bat. Last season his batting was not so good. If he did hit the ball, it went straight to first and he went straight to dug out!!!!! This year , with his new bat, he is hitting so much better. They are even going outfield instead of to first where he always got out. The kids on his team are asking to use the bat!!!

Cons:  some vibration

“Great bat!!!”

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Pros:  My 7 yo son switched to this bat a week ago and since is 7 - 8 with some of his most impressive hits to show for it. Entire team and coaches noticed immediate difference. Has been quite literally a game changer. - Excellent balance. - Great pop off the bat. - Bat speed notably better.

Cons:  None to speak of so far.

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Pros:  My son says it has pop. I don't see it in his hitting.

Cons:  I have to try to convince my son to use this bat. He is constantly saying it stings his hands and he is always switching to someone else's bat or using an old bat. I read that in other reviews, but he is almost to the point that he won't use the bat because it hurts his hands.

“So far so good!”

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Pros:  Good weight and ball comes off the bat pretty fast for a new USA bat.

Cons:  Nothing yet....

“Perhaps the best bat for 7-8 year olds”

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Pros:  This bat is popular because it’s well-balanced, light, and moderately priced. At the younger ages 6-9, it should be all about making contact at the plate and learning “how” and not necessarily “how far” to hit. The 618 is made to support this view. I think depending on the player, power may be a focus from as early as age 9. My son’s (age 7.5) first bat was a -12. This one is a -11. So around age 10, I predict a slighlty end-loaded bat will be best for him at-10. I hope LS makes a slightly end-loaded aluminum bat without the extra $100 price tag by then or I will strongly consider other options.

Cons:  The pop issue is universal with the new standards. I’ve seen research out there that many composite bats underperform compared to the 618.

“As good as the Composites”

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Pros:  My 9 year old son has been playing with the Easton Ghost X (29) and lack of power moved me to look into other options. To note, several kids on the team have been using Ghost bat with similar results. With positive reviews, we purchased the Solo and with hopes of deeper hits but so far, we are seeing similar results from both him and teammates that have wanted to try out the Solo. Around the league we are seeing kids consistently hit the same regardless if they are using Composite or Aluminum. Bottom line, I am confident to say that younger hitters with the new USA bat standards are hitting relatively the same whether they are using a $50 bat or a $350 bat. For the money, the Solo is a great bat and definitely one to consider if you are looking for a mid priced/good performing bat.

Cons:  USA bat regulations are having a strong effect on the game. I suspect that bat manufacturers will figure out how to sweeten the bats in 2019 once the manufacturers have a little more time to study the bats and responses to hits. Just as a reference to power with these new regulations, in the 2017 season, our league had 19+ kids hit at least one ball out of the park-for 2018 a total of 5 have done it.

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Pros:  Bat is great! My 8yr old son is pounding the ball with it. My son is 4' 41/2" 71 pounds has a 29" -11 bat and loves it.

Cons:  Only the price, but a good makes a huge difference

“great bat”

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Pros:  bat is light, quick thru zone with great pop. the whole team wants to use!

Cons:  has scuffed quite abit in short time

“ The Insider”

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Pros:  Like many others have said, this bat is good. Everything except the vibration kills it. The technology at the end of the bat has proven to work, my son throws this bat through the strike zone so fast, because of this technology. But everything else for this bat is perfect.

Cons:  My son states that every time he uses the bat it vibrates. He is a pretty good hitter, and we've tried everything. He squeezes the bat tight, and he definitely hits the ball in the middle of the barrel. I am actually quite disappointed, because I've seen all of these good ratings for the vibration. For example, one time my son hits a blast to RF. He told me down at first base that his hands were stinging so bad, that he couldn't pitch. This is one of the many accounts were this bat has proven not to be good when it comes to vibration.

“Nice USA bat”

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Pros:  Good price for a high performing bat. We have this and the ghost. The ghost is no longer used. The balance is better and thus my sons swing is better. I measures the exit velocity between this and his ghost. The solo had higher average exit velocity and conistently 5 mph higher on his best hits. A better bat for 1/2 the price.

Cons:  The vibration on this bat can be pretty bad if you don’t hit the ball correctly. Vibration is a little worse than the ghost.

“Best bat out there.”

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Pros:  Excellent pop no sting extremely balanced feel LS made a slugger out of my son Great job keep up the good work and great quality bats.

Cons:  none

“ Best bat out there for young players”

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Pros:  very balanced. easy to get through the zone quick and has very good pop! son is 7 swinging a 28/17 and has hit the fence 4 times with it on a 145 ft fence. better sweet spot than other high $$ bats on the team. well worth the money

Cons:  wish all usa bats had better barrel design

“Solo 618 - One of the better USA bats”

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Pros:  It has good pop for a USA bat, but nothing like the bats from last year. My son has several USA bats from an Easton Ghost to a Voodoo one piece, but this one is by far his favorite. It has a much better sound than the "dead" sounds from other brands.

Cons:  I could not accurately rate the durability of this bat because this is only the first month we have had it. Also, I wish the Solo 618 was available sooner, but we are adjusting to the bat as we play games/practices.

“Favorite Bat. ”

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Pros:  9 year old loves this bat. Gettung lits of great hits.

Cons:  none as of yet.

“great USA Baseball option”

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Pros:  well balanced, lowest vibration of the bats we’ve tried so far, better pop than the Ghost X hyperlite for my son

Cons:  still less pop than the old bats

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Pros:  For the 6 days my son used it, it seemed to have great POP to it. My son LOVED the feel of the bat and the balance when he swang the bat.

Cons:  6 days after receiving (maybe the 4th practice, less than 100 hits) the bat gave a horrible corky, spring type noise on one area of the barrel. Tapping around the barrel of the bat gives some unorthdox noise that was not indicative of a properly functioning bat and it did not make this noise when new. Bat went bad somehow. My son is by no means a "slugger", but he makes contact very often and has good and bad hits.

“Nice bat!”

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Pros:  Balanced bat. Smooth swing and decent pop.

Cons:  None yet

“9U player really likes it..”

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Pros:  Good pop and good swing speed

Cons:  A fair amount of vibration

“Worth the Wait”

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Pros:  Waited all season to buy a bat for my 10U. Wanted to watch the dust settle on the new USA bat standards and see which bats came out on top. We tried out 6 bats during the season and this one was by far the best. Better pop than other brands with the same specs. Bat shipped the same day. Using it in All Stars now and loving the bat.

Cons:  Haven't had it long enough to accurately review durability.

“Great Bat”

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Pros:  Very balanced, bigger knob, 28' bat weighed in at 17.7 oz on my scale.

Cons:  none yet.

“Not worth the money!”

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Pros:  None

Cons:  May 10 yo son is not picky about bats and he is a power type of hitter. He hated everything about this bat. He said there is no pop and the vibration is awful even when hitting the sweet spot! We do not recommend this bat!

“Multiple HRs 13UAAA”

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Pros:  Best USA bat available. Bat speed the name of the game. This Bat delivers. Son has hit multiple HRs with this bat. in Practice and Games. The last being a legitimate 330' HR. Best pop for USA Bat Ive seen.

Cons:  vibration if not hit in sweet spot.

“Fantastic”

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Pros:  Out of the box this bat out performed the Easton Ghost X. It is superlightweight and great pop for a USA bat. I bought the Ghost and it cracked aftet 17 hits. A month later still waiting for my replacement bat. Louisville hit a home run with this bat. It is better than any composite for 2018. We tried them all.

Cons:  Nothing so far.

“My son loves it!!! would recommend this product”

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Pros:  Excellent pop, no vibration, increased my sons swing with USA bat. Went from a -10 to this bat and wow what a difference an once MADE - and the bat is all that!!!! wow wish we could of got this bat earlier in the year but it wasn't available....worth every penny

Cons:  Excellent all around my 11 year old LOVES this bat!!!!

“solo review ”

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Pros:  M 11 year old loves his new bat. Feels and sounds good. We had the Easton Ghost X and thr louisville solo is a much better quality bat. It has better sound to it is a lighter weight. This bat seems like its better quality that the ghoast X and for my son seems to be similar to the his mako.

Cons:  his only complaint is the bat is thicker on the bottom of the handle and tapers up.

“Very good USA bat!!”

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Pros:  startng the year out my son was using the Easton Beast. He was making contact but the balls never seemed to jump off the bat and had very little distance with line drives. Purchased the Solo and he’s making the same contact but the balls are exploding off the bat. its been a while since I was moved to write a review on a bat but for the money spent its well worth the investment.

Cons:  need to advertise this bat more!

“Should have bought this first!”

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Pros:  My son loves it! He is hitting very well with it. He previously owned another, more expensive bat and he never wanted to use it. I wish I would've bought this bat sooner

Cons:  Nothing yet...

“We got a Winner”

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Pros:  Better than the cheap bats and just as good as the most expensive! AllStar team seems to like this bat in the 29/18 and 28/17 sizes. Have not seen any other bat outperform this one.

Cons:  It's a USA Bat. Swing hard boys!

“7 year old Loves it ”

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Pros:  well balanced seems to have good pop great grip

Cons:  nothing yet

“best bat ”

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Pros:  my son love it . he got 6 over the fence already in the last month

Cons:  none

“7 year old Loves it ”

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Pros:  good pop, he doesn’t complain about vibration, well balanced

Cons:  nothing yet

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147625 Click to show/hide answer

Does this bat have a break in period?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 will be hot out of the wrapper and will not require a break in period.

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I play in Pony League and I was wondering if USA bats are required for the 2019 season?

Yes, if you are in Pony League you would be required to swing a USA bat in 2019. The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 is one such option that could be used.

Cameron Expert
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My son has the Axe Elite and I am looking for a little lighter drop for a 31 inch bat with good pop that he can use against faster pitchers. I was also looking at the Beast X -8.

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 would be a great option for a player up to 11 years of age. If you are also looking into a -8 Easton Beast X, we would recommend this bat for a stronger 12 year old or someone in middle school.

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My son is 6 years old and beginning his first year in coach pitch. He is 52 inches tall and 57 pounds. He's tall and thin. Do you feel the 28 inch 17 oz is too heavy for a child his age and size?

No, I think getting a 28'' in the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 would be a good choice based on his height and weight. He made have to adjust to the weight a bit, but the Solo 618 is well balanced and should help with this process.

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My son is 6 and about 45 lbs. Right now, we are using a Rawlings 5150 in a 27/16, but I've heard great reviews on the 618. Would a 28/17 be too big for him? Currently he is 24/19 in his machine pitch 8U league.

Based on your son's age, a 27'' is the recommended size. However, he could move up to the 28'' in the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 if he is handling the 27'' bat you currently have now well. His height and weight, can also be used to give us a better idea of if a 28'' will be too big. You can find the correct size based on his height and weight here: https://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/.

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I have a 10 year old that is at 75-80 lbs. He is moving from Pony to Midgets. We were using a 28" HyperLite. He hates the sting and performance. Should I choose a 29", Solo 618. I saw you said we should go to a -10 bat. I love the Omaha, but it isn't available in the size we want. Thoughts?

For most 10 year old players, we usually recommend a 29" bat. Since the Solo 618 in the 29" will weigh 18 oz, I think that that your player should be able to handle this bat. I think you guys would be just fine going with the Solo 618 and I think you guys will enjoy the Solo 618 as it is one of the best USA bats out there right now.

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I am looking for a bat for my 10 year old. He is about 4’8" and 70 lbs. What size bat do you think would be best for him?

Based on his height and weight, I would recommend getting the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 in a 29''.

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My son is 9 years old, 4'11" and 85 pounds. Last year he swung a 30/19 Easton. I have not bought a bat yet and he is currently swing his teammates Solo 29/18. Should I get him that or the 30''?

Based on your son's height and weight, I would recommend getting the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 in a 30''.

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Will this bat be available in a 26 or 27 inch eventually?

Given how late we are into the bat production timeline, I would highly doubt that the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 will be manufactured in any other size. If you were needing a 27" bat, I recommend checking out the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -10 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBO518B10.

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What size is the handle?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 will feature a handle diameter of roughly 29/32".

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I have a 7.5 year old finishing up spring ball and I want to go ahead and get him a bat for spring of next year. He is 50" tall and roughly 60lbs. Would you recommend the 29"?

Per your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 in a 28 inch model. Getting a 29 inch bat is certainly not out of the question if you feel it would be more beneficial for your son.

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My son is 12 and 5'6" tall and 130 lbs. He has good bat speed. He currently uses a 31". We are looking to get a new bat. Is this a good option or would the 7 series be better for him?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 is a well balanced bat and would be a good choice. However, based on his age and size I would recommend getting a -10 or a -8 bat.

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I received email stating bats were in but still shows no inventory on website. How can I order?

An email was inadvertently sent today in regards to the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11. We apologize but we only have the 32/21 models as of 4/19/18.

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Do you have an estimate of when these will become available?

At this time, 4/16/18, we do not have an ETA on when we would get more of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 in stock.

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The max barrel diameter is 2 5/8". I know there is a significant difference in how many inches of maximum diameter you get between the 28" and 29" version of this bat. Can you tell me how much of a difference there is between the 29" and 30"? Do you get an extra inch of max barrel diameter?

As far as we know, there is roughly a one inch difference in the barrel of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 if comparing a 29" to a 30" model.

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I just purchased a DeMarini Voodoo ONE 28-18 and weighed it after my son said it was heavy. It weighed 21 oz. So my question is has anyone weighed the LS Solo 618 bats and is there a difference?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 will weigh roughly 1 ounce more than the listed weight. With the vast majority of the -11 and -10 USA bats, we have seen an average weight of 1.5 ounces above that which is listed on the bat.

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How is this bat different from the Omaha? Other than one is a drop 10 and this one a drop 11.

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 will feature a different alloy but the main difference, besides the weight, is the composite end cap that is being used. This gives the Solo 618 a more balanced swing weight throughout the entire barrel; think of it like the cupping of a wood bat, this takes a little weight out of the end.

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My nephew is 11 years old, and about 70 lbs. Will the 32" 21 oz. Solo be too heavy for him, or just right?

Typically at your player's age, I would suggest a size of about 30" and 20 ounces, so a 32" 21 ounce 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 may be a bit heavy.

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Hello. My son is 8yrs old 4 foot 7 and 70lbs. Would the solo 618 Drop 11 30 inch be good for him? I'm patiently waiting for the bat to be in and making sure its worth the wait. Thank you!

Yes, the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 in the 30"/19 ounce size would be a great option for an 8 year old.

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What is the difference in the alloy between the 618 solo and the 518 Omaha and what alloy is better?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 features SL Hyper Alloy and a composite end cap to improve the balance of the bat while the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 -10 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBO518B10 features ST 7U1+ Alloy. The 618 alloy is be of a higher quality than the 518 option.

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Does this bat come in a 29in 18 oz? I don't see it listed as an option.

Yes, the did make the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 in a 29'', but it is not listed on our site because we are out of stock in them.

Tori Expert
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Hi, my son is 11, weighs 80 lbs & is about 4’9". We are deciding between the Omaha -10 & the Solo 618 -11. I’ve read the previous responses & it seems the Solo has been recommended more for younger players 10 & under because the Solo will be too light of a bat to make the transition up to -3. I know based on his height/weight a 30" is probably what he should swing but if he likes the feel of the Solo in a 31" vs the Omaha in a 30", would that be suitable since they’d actually weigh the same?

That would work fine, yes. In the end personal preference and comfort with a bat will always mean more than what the charts tell you, so if he likes the 31" Louisville Slugger Solo -11 and it works for his swing then you can certainly go with that model and size.

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I see the 28 inch is out of stock- do you know when more will be available? Or can you recommend a bat that is similar? I am looking for a 28"/17 oz for my son- he's 8 and 58 lbs.

We are hoping to receive more of these in 2-3 weeks, but we have not been given a date by Louisville Slugger, than is just an optimistic estimation. I would look at the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One -10 USA as the closest thing to this model that we have right now.

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Do you have any idea when more 28 inch bats will be in?

We are expecting more 28 inch 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 around the middle of April. I recommend signing up for an email alert so you get notified as soon as the bat becomes available.

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Will this bat be available in a 28"/17 oz anytime soon?

We are hoping to receive another shipment from Louisville Slugger in early April.

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Does this bat come in a 27" -11?

Yes, Louisville Slugger makes it in that size but we are currently out of stock in that bat.

Kyle J. Expert
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When will the 28"17 ounce be available?

We are hoping to receive another shipment from Louisville Slugger sometime in early April.

Kyle J. Expert
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When will you be getting the 31" back in?

We are hoping to receive another shipment of these from Louisville Slugger some time in early April.

Kyle J. Expert
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Do you know when more of these will be available. Specifically the 29 inch model.

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 in the 29" model has a backorder date set for roughly 4/15/2018. I recommend signing up for an email alert so you can be notified when a restock occurs.

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My grandson is 8 years old, he weighs 90 lbs and is 4’2". Which length bat would you recommend? I bought the Solo 618 in a 30” but I’m afraid it will be too big. Will it be too big?

By our sizing chart, a 29" would be the recommended/most popular size for his height and weight. However these guidelines are only meant to put people in the right ballpark, and come with a +/- of 1" typically, so a 30" might work for him.

Kyle J. Expert
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When will the 29"/18 oz be in stock?

We are hoping Louisville Slugger will deliver the next shipment of those to us by the end of March or early August.

Kyle J. Expert
145213 Click to show/hide answer

Is this bat approved for 13-15 year old Babe Ruth?

Yes, the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 is legal in all divisions of Babe Ruth.

Carter Expert
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My son is 11yrs old, 5'2" tall and 155lbs. Do you recommend the 32"/21oz bat?

Yes, based on his height and weight we would recommend the 32"/21 ounce 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11.

Carter Expert
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My son is 10 years old and is 4'8" tall and weighs 78 pounds. What size would you recommend for this bat? Also, what is the true weight of this bat? For example, is the 18 oz bat really an 18.5 oz bat or 19 oz bat or even heavier?

Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 in a 29 inch model. As for the true weight of this bat, these models tend to run 1 ounce heavier than listed weight.

Cameron Expert
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Which USA bat would you recommend for a power hitting 9U player with an already fast swing? This 618?

I would recommend taking a look at the 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -10 USA (WTLUBS718B10). It has a slight end-loaded swing weight designed to appeal to power hitters.

Kyle J. Expert
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I hear USA bats weigh heavy. Can you give me the actual weight for a 28"/17 oz before I buy?

Almost all bats (USA or not) will weight about .5-1.5 oz heavier than the listed weight as manufacturers do not include things like the adhesive glue for the endcap and grip tape into the final weight. This variance also varies from model to model. We did weigh a 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 ourselves, and it was a 32"/21oz that weighed in at 22 oz, so +1 oz.

Kyle J. Expert
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My son is 13 yrs old and is 5'9" and 129 lbs. What bat length should I buy? He also likes a lighter bat for bat speed. Is this the best bat for bat speed?

Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 in a 32 inch model. Unfortunately this bat would not be a good option for a 13 year old player; this bat is better served for a player 11 and under. A better option would be the 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 -5 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS718B5.

Cameron Expert
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I am curious if the taper at the handle is actual bat or extra grip wrap?

The taper at the bottom of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 consists of extra grip tape to help with vibration reduction.

Dan Expert
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When will these be back in stock?

We aren't anticipating receiving another shipment of these until late March-early April. Louisville Slugger seems to be struggling to keep up with demand at this time.

Kyle J. Expert
144877 Click to show/hide answer

Does this bat come in a 27"?

The smallest size that the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 comes in is a 28"/17 ounce.

Carter Expert
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How does this compare to the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One -10 USA Baseball Bat: WTDXUO? I have a 10 Y/O who is under 5 ft, what do suggest?

Both the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat: WTLUBS618B11 and the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One -10 USA Baseball Bat: WTDXUO2 feature similar one piece aluminum designs. The main difference is the Solo 618 is a -11 and it features a composite end cap to improve the balance of the bat. I would recommend the Solo 618.

Carter Expert
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I'm a torn between the Louisville Slugger Solo 618, the Easton Beast X Hyperlite and the Louisville Slugger Omaha 518. What would you 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.

Kyle J. Expert
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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.

Carter Expert
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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.

Ben Expert
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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.

Ben Expert
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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.

Cameron Expert
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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.

Dan Expert
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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.

Carter Expert
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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.

Cameron Expert
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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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Bat Features
  • -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
  • Free Shipping!
  • New USA Baseball (USABat) Certified Stamp
  • Anti-Vibration Handle Construction Helps Reduce Sting On Mishits
  • Balanced Swing Weight Score (1.1)
  • Colorway: White / Blue / Red / Black / Gray
  • Custom Lizard Skins Baseball Bat Grip Provides Premium Comfort
  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Hot Out Of The Wrapper Performance
  • Lowest Swing Weight Profile & Fastest Swing Speed In Louisville Slugger Lineup
  • One-Piece, Aluminum Baseball Bat
  • SL Hyper Alloy Material Delivers Maximum Energy Transfer
  • Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap Increases Barrel Length & Improves Balance
  • Stiff, Traditional Feel For Immediate Impact Feedback
  • One of the 7 Best 2018 USA Baseball Bats!

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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Bat Properties
Approved For:USA Bat
Barrel Diameter:2 5/8"
Bat Type:Baseball
Color:Blue
Color:Grey
Deals:Personalization Eligible
Deals:Closeout Bats
Knob Color:Neon Green
Length to Weight Ratio:-11
Material:Aluminum
Price:$100 - $199.99
Series:Solo
Vendor:Louisville Slugger
Year:2018

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