Pros: I've never swung a bat that is this light before. I love the feel. My first at bat in this was a stand up double that hit the fence. The Solo is my new favorite bat.
2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3
My son is 13u who will be playing some 14U 60/90 where BBCOR is required
Bat has lots of pop
Pros: I've never swung a bat that is this light before. I love the feel. My first at bat in this was a stand up double that hit the fence. The Solo is my new favorite bat.
Pros: More balanced than the VELO. Loud on contact. Great pop. Big sweet spot. Get this bat, you won't regret it.
Pros: One piece bat. Good feel in hands. Demode against 918 Prime. Didn't use during game. Prime wins all around.
Cons: Sting to the hands. If you like the loud sound like Cat 7 This might be your bat. It wasn't for us. Wish i could demo it before we bought it. My son is switching to the 918 Prime.My son said you couldn't feel any sting in hands and it sounds like a wood bat. Had great pop also. Can't wait tod use in the game.
Pros: Balance is best on market...if you want a light feel this bat is it...Great POP and sound
Cons: None...get it...you'll love it
Pros: My son is 13u who will be playing some 14U 60/90 where BBCOR is required. He's 5'5" 120 lbs and swings this bat as well as a -5 or -8 with better exit velocity off a tee (not sure how that is possible but it's true) than the lighter bats.
Cons: Grip is a bit thick and he doesn't love the look of the bat but that's not really very important
Pros: Bat has lots of pop.
Cons: Took about a week to break in.
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How does the Solo 618 compare to the Easton Beast X Speed? The 30"/27 oz Speed that I have is much heavier than the stated weight and is around 28.5 oz. Is the Solo closer to the sticker weight and is the swing weight a lot lighter or just a bit lighter?
Pretty much any bat that you purchase will weigh heavier than the listed weight. This is due to things like the paint, endcap glue, and adhesive for the grip tape not being factored into the listed weight. I can't say for certain if the Solo 618 would weigh closer to the listed weight since it can vary from model to model. Most are .5-1.5 oz heavier than the listed amount. The swing weights of both these bats should be fairly similar, although I might give a very slight edge to the Solo 618.
What is the biggest difference (if any) between this bat and the Omaha 518? I want my son to have a quick barrel to the ball and a balanced feel to the bat.
The major difference is the Speed Ballistic Comp end cap on the Solo 618 that claims to help with the balanced feel of the bat. I think both this and the Omaha 518 are good options and there isn't much difference between the two in my opinion from a performance standpoint.
Is this bat really loud on contact?
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 is constructed from alloy so naturally it will be louder on impact in comparison to a composite bat such as the LS Prime 918. How loud this bat may sound when compared to another alloy model, such as the LS Omaha 518, is more personal opinion.
My son is going into high school in the fall as a young 14 year old. He is 5'7" and 125 lbs and swings a 31" Cat 7 -5 now. Looking for a BBCOR bat for high school. What do you recommend between the Quatro, 918 Prime or 618 Solo?
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 will feature a balanced swing weight just like the LS Prime 918 and Rawlings Quatro. The main difference between the bats is the Solo 618 is a one-piece alloy bat. A one-piece bat does not offer the same anti-vibration capabilities like the Prime 918 or Quatro. The Solo 618 does offer better performance and durability in colder weather though. For your player a 31 inch model would be best based on his current height and weight.
We just received the bat this week. I'm a little confused by the "Speed Ballistic Composite" endcap. - The bat is listed as a 1-piece aluminum alloy bat. In your video John describes the "SBC" as extending the barrel of the bat to make it lighter, therefore making the bat more balanced. How much of the end part of the bat is composite, or is it just the endcap piece itself that is composite? Aren't most endcaps just plastic and therefore lighter anyway? As a side note. My son also tried out the Axe HyperWhip bat which does actually have a 3" composite fusion tip fused to the aluminum alloy barrel. Is the Solo similiar to that or something different? Sorry for the long question. Thank you, Noel
The Speed Ballistic Composite endcap is the only part of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 that is composite which technically makes this a hybrid bat. The end cap is designed to extend the barrel as long as possible before it becomes an endcap. With regard to the 2018 Axe HyperWhip BBCOR Baseball Bat: L138F, you are exactly right. Both endcaps have the same purpose which is to extend the barrel and create a lighter feel.
Looking for the best BBCOR bat for my HS son. We live in the Northeast so a composite will make no sense. So, looking for aluminum, either one-piece or hybrid, balanced rather than end-loaded. Not concerned about cost, just the absolute best performing bat. What would you recommend?
There are several good aluminum bats. The BBCOR standard is rather strict, so I wouldn't say there is a be-all-end-all best bat out there. Some good options to look at are the 2017 Marucci Cat 7, the Rawlings VELO (2017 and 2018 models), or the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 or the 2018 Omaha 518.
My son is 13 years old and has always been a contact hitter. He bats like .500 a year. We are debating between the Solo and the Select. He originally wanted the Select, but found out it was more for power hitters. Which bat do you think will fit him better?
With your player being more of a contact hitter, the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 would be the better option, in my opinion. The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 will offer a lighter swing weight which results in maximum bat speed, whereas the slightly end loaded swing weight of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS718B3 may be a bit much for a contact hitter.
How does this bat differ from the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR?
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 features a Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap which is going to improve the balance over the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3. In addition to that the Solo 618 uses SL Hyper Alloy which is a higher quality aluminum than the ST 7U1+ of the Omaha 518.
How does the pop and quality of this bat compare to the pop and quality of the DeMarini Voodoo ONE?
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 and the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTDXVOC will be very similar in terms of pop.
Would you recommend this or the 918 for a 14 yr old, 60" 105 lbs? He is currently swinging the LS Solo 617.
The balanced swing weight of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 will benefit your player because of the lightweight feel.
My son is 5 foot 5, 13 years old and 120 lbs. What size 618 BBCOR bat would you recommend. He is entering middle school baseball.
I would recommend your player to swing a 30 inch bat. He won't need to swing a BBCOR bat until high school. Depending on your league rules and regulations, I would recommend the 2018 Louisville Slugger Prime 918 -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTLSLP918X8.
I'm 5'9 and 120 lbs. What size do you recommend?
Based on your height and weight, we suggest a 31" bat. This is a suggestions, it would be perfectly fine if you went to a 32" or a 30". The size is largely based on player preference.
Is this bat legal for LL baseball?
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 can only be used in the Senior Division; all other levels of Little League require the use of a bat with the USA Baseball stamp.
My son is currently swinging an Omaha 516 (-5). We are looking at purchasing a BBCOR bat. Is this bat similar to what he currently has?
This 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat (WTLBBS618B3) will feature a pretty similar build to the Omaha 516 your player has been using currently. The Omaha 516 is a one-piece, all-alloy bat. As well, the Solo 618 is very similar with the one exception that it has a composite end-cap that makes the bat extremely balanced feeling. If you guys want to get a BBCOR bat that is extremely balanced feeling, I would recommend this Solo 618 very highly.
I am 13 years old 5'3" and 118 pounds. What size Solo do you suggest for me?
Based on your height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 in a 30 inch model.
I am 5'8" and 130 pounds. Should I get a 31/28 or 32/29?
Based on your current height and weight, we would suggest the 31" 28 oz model of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3.
I want this bat, but I don't know if it will square the ball up how I want it to. It doesn't look like it has a very big sweet spot.
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 features a pretty standard size of sweet spot for an alloy bat. to get a bat with a larger sweet spot, you might want to look at a composite bat such as the 2018 Louisville Slugger Prime 918 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBP918B3.
Does this 2018 bat meet the new 2018 bat requirements?
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 is a BBCOR Baseball Bat. It does meet requirements for high school in 2018, but if you are talking about Little League you would want to look for a USA Bat.
How does this bat compare to the Marucci Cat 7?
Both the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 and the Marucci CAT 7 are one-piece, all alloy bats featuring balanced swing weights. The main difference is the Solo 618 has the composite end cap which tends to make the bat more balanced.
Will this bat be legal for 14 year old high school baseball leagues?
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 is BBCOR certified and approved for high school play.
Would this bat be good for a power hitter that likes a balanced bat?
The one piece design of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 offers stiffness that benefits power hitters, and is also well balanced. If you are looking for power and balance, this is a great option!
Do Y'all Have a 29" -10?
We do have the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -10 Senior League Baseball Bat (WTLSLS618X10) in a 29/19.
Please compare two BBCOR bats: (the 2018 Rawlings VELO and the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618)?
This 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat (WTLBBS618B3) and the 2018 Rawlings VELO are pretty similar bats. Both bats have a mostly one-piece, all-alloy build with very balanced swing feels. The reason the bats feel very balanced is due to a composite end-cap that makes the end of the bat feel lighter for the player and easier to swing.
Any chance this bat comes in a -5 in 2018?
Unfortunately the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 will not come in a -5 model.
Is there a very big difference in pop between the solo 618 and the prime 918?
The performance between the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 and the Louisville Slugger Prim 918 are going to be very similar. Both bats meet the BBCOR standards so they will be very comparable. The main difference between the two bats is going to be desing and make up of the bat. The Solo 618 is a one piece full alloy bat and the Prime 918 is a two piece full composite bat.
What is the difference between 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 and the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball bats?
The biggest difference between the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 and the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR is that the 618 is more balanced than the 518 and has a higher quality alloy.
I am 18 years old going into my senior season next year, and I want one of the bats from the new Louisville Slugger line up. I am 5'9" and 160 lbs. I'm not a power hitter. I had the 917 last year and liked it, but I am wondering if you would recommend one of the other bats like the 618?
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 features a very well balanced, light swing weight, ideal for a contact hitter looking for bat speed.
I am 6 ft 180 lbs sophomore. What size should I get?
Based on your height and weight, we suggest a 33" model of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3.
2017 Solo vs 2018 Solo, what is the difference?
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 and the 2017 Louisville Slugger Solo 617 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBSO6173 are very similar, with the only difference being the anti-vibration handle construction on the 618 which helps reduce sting on mishits.
My son is 15 years old, 5'10 and weighs 140. What size bat does he need?
Based on your son's height and weight we would recommend a 32"/29 ounce 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat (WTLBBS618B3).
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