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Bat Pack 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX and 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bats: BB16ZA and BBO5173

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Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA

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2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173

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Reviews for the Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA
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“Great Pop!”

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Pros:  Just tried this bat. It had an incredible sound and ball flew off the barrel. This barrel and sweet spot is huge! Way bigger than other aluminum bats. Love it!

Cons:  none

“Awesome Bat”

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Pros:  This bat has amazing pop. The ball flys of the HUGE barrel. The sweet spot is ginourmous!

Cons:  Nothing this bat is perfect

“bat”

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Pros:  this bat has a gigantic sweet spot and really good pop....great bat

Cons:  nothing

“Really nice bat”

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Pros:  This is a really nice bat for the money. My main decision was price point. I probably would have gone for the Z-Core Hybrid if it weren't $100 more. I doubt anyone would be dissatisfied with this bat for the money.

Cons:  I am not a big fan of the "Ping" sound. After using composite bats and half and half bats, I like the subtle pop of those types of bats. Other than that, not much wrong with it.

“ Just doesn't like it ”

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Pros:   Good balance

Cons:  My son bought this bat a month ago just doesn't like it. doesn't feel like his composite S1 Hates the aluminum !!

“Great Bat”

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Pros:  The ball sails off of the bat

Cons:  None

“hmx”

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Pros:  all i have to say is WOW ... this bat is sick and is a little more balanced than my old bat (marucci one). this bat has so much pop, everyone on the team is getting one. also i love the loud ping. Kinda reminds me of the rawlings velo

Cons:  nothing at all .

“Great First BBCOR Bat!”

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Pros:  This bat was purchased to get a 12u player ready for next year (90' bases, 60' 6" mound and BBCOR bats). The thing that stands out most is the balance in this bat. The barrel length is also very good when compared against a 5150 or LS 516. Overall, this appears to be a great bat for a 7th grader moving up to the big field.

Cons:  None so far.

“Great”

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Pros:  Has good pop and great sound when hit

Cons:  None

“nice bat”

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Pros:  got great pop and sound when you hit it, the kids love to use it. paided half what the stores were charging. the boys 5 9 140 got him a 31" 28 oz bat, probably should've got a 30 inch like my buddy said to get.

Cons:  the paint could be a bit tougher, but they all could, by now all these bats should have a great ceramic coating on the ends to keep them from chipping. other than that its great.

“Better than my mako”

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Pros:  I switched midway through the season from my mako to my z-core, and i couldnt be more satisfied. balls leap off this bat and is great for contact hitters.

Cons:  scratches some.

“Great Value”

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Pros:  My son loves this bat. Great pop and feel. Great value. It has improved his confidence as well as he is striking out at a much reduced rate.

Cons:  None

“love this bat”

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Pros:  i love this bat. just used it in my state travel tournament. went 8-9 the whole weekend with 5 doubles. Great pop love the color.

Cons:  i didnt like the tape. im a lizzard skin guy. but the bat is great

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Pros:  Great bat for a great price big sweet spot with outstanding pop and feels like a lighter swing then the other -3 bats

Cons:  None

“This Bat Has No Pop!”

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Pros:  It looks good.

Cons:  It does not have pop. Does project off your bat. Disappointed in this bat.

“This bat is awesome!!!!!!!”

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Pros:  I got this bat a few weeks ago and its been amazing using it so far. It has a lot of pop, makes a great ping, and the sweet spot is huge. Definitely recommend this bat over the Rawlings 5150.

Cons:  None

“Awesome Bat”

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Pros:  Bat is AMAZING! Makes a great ping and has a lot of pop. Sweet spot is huge. Definitely recommend this bat over the Rawlings 5150.

Cons:  Nothing at all.

“this bat rakes”

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Pros:  ball flies off the bat. got this bat last year mid season before a tournament and went 9-10 that weekend

Cons:  this bat sounds like a t-ball rawlings bat but the sound doesnt matter when the pop is crazy

“Best Bat”

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Pros:  This bat has a huge sweet spot on it. With a slow bat speed the ball flies far. Had 5 homers last season and cracked the ball over the fence countless times at practice. Highly recommend this bat.

Cons:  None

“Great bat ”

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Pros:  light weight flies through the zone great pop

Cons:  none

“Great bat at an excellent price”

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Pros:  Great pop

Cons:  nothing yet

“Amazing bat”

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Pros:  This bat has amazing pop and great feel. Very balanced bat.

Cons:  Nothing

“Great Bat”

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Pros:  Great Pop Balanced Feel Great Grip I purchased the 34 inch version of this bat on sale for 60 dollars and it was a steal of a deal

Cons:  no cons so far but I have only had this bat for 4 months

“Excellent 1-Piece ”

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Pros:  Hot out of the wrapper. Big pop for the price. My 16-year-old wore his first Z-Core until he one-hopped the wall even though it made that "broken" sound. He had more expensive options, but chose to stick with the same model. The result? First game out of the wrapper, three bomb doubles.

Cons:  Stronger players will get best benefit. You need serious batspeed to get the "flex and snap" out of a 1-piece aluminum bat. Younger, smaller hitters may be better sticking with composite and/or 2-piece bats. But for a power hitter, this bat really does the job.

“Save your money!”

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Pros:  Good bat out of the box. Good feel, good pop...etc..

Cons:  After a month of use the bat lost pop...It was dead!!! Just like most Easton bats. Called the Company... will not not warranty a dead bat...It took me almost a month to replace a Z that the head plate flew off after a few weeks.. I have 3 Easton bats in my bat trash. 2 Z`s and a Mako... All junk. I guess thats why that have to change them every year...

Reviews for the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173
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“Great Bat ”

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Was this review helpful ? 8 25

Pros:  My son says it's dingerz as it's an amazing bat. It has a great sweet spot. His first hit with it on his 14th birthday it flew over left field with bases loaded. Now I understand why he wanted it so much

Cons:  None

“Best bat ever”

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Pros:  Great pop great sweet spot .first swing with it I hit the ball 320 and it was deep

Cons:  None

“Amazing Bat!!!!”

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Pros:  This bat has amazing pop,everything about this bat is great. The first day i used it i went 4 for 4. This bat is just wow!!!!!

Cons:  None

“Excellent BBCOR Bat !!!!!”

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Pros:  Great pop. My son is 13 years old and he loves this bat. Ball flies off the barrel. Nice sounds with solid contact. Lighter feel than most BBCOR bats. Felt good when dad took a swing with it. Looking for excellent bat at a great price, get this bat.

Cons:  Nothing at this time.

“Not Impressed”

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Pros:  Looks sweet

Cons:  Sounded dead, no pop at all out of the wrapper. Literally sounded like a wood bat. My son had the same model but not a BBCOR and was a great bat. Very disappointing in the bat. But i do have to commend Justbats for their customer service. They told me to ship it back and pick another bat and credited my account back in full.

“Great Bat ”

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Pros:  It was very light and I felt like I had more control in the box. It is a one piece alloy design but when I made solid compact it felt and sounded like a composite bat. I love it

Cons:  none

“Great Bat”

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Pros:  Stiff. Powerful. Great looking. I can't say enough good things about this bbcor bat. It is exactly what most players who are looking for balance need.

Cons:  slight sting on mishits

“Great Bat”

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Pros:  This is my fav. one piece alloy. Great sound, great pop. Better distance than 5150 (not a fan of that bat as it was dead from the start).

Cons:  none so far

“517 Omaha LS 2017 ”

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Pros:  Pros -Not too expensive -Good quality Cons -Gets marked up easily The 517 Slugger was made for players who don’t want a top shelf super expensive bat but still with good value for legit performance.The 517 isn’t for everyone though.And the company doesn’t suggest that as well.There are a handful of bats and categories for players who don’t think the bat is a good fit. I personally received the bat for my birthday.The bat I got is a 33 -5 despite me having the same bat just an inch shorter.I’ve only been using the bat for 4 months now and I really like the fit of the bat and how it feels.?The major upgrade from the 2016 516 are an improved alloy for a lighter swing speed.The bat does come at a price of $200-$250 which is a pretty good price for a high quality bat that’ll last you around 2 seasons instead of purchasing a $400 bat that’ll last 1 season.Even though I just recently got this bat I’ve had good experience and can say it has quite a bit of pop to it from practices every Saturda

Cons:  Gets Marked up

“Great Bat”

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Pros:  Great bat overall, good pop and great sound

Cons:  None

“great bat”

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Pros:  i use this bat for highschool baseball games and it is the best bat ive ever had. great feel in your hands and lots of pop. i would recomenf this bat to anybody who is looking for a nice balenced bat

Cons:  slight sting on balls on the hands

“Amazing Bat”

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Pros:  Has amazing pop. Well balanced and my son loves it. He is a lil fellow and he can clear a 250 fence with it.

Cons:  Didn;t get it sooner.

“great bat, nice quality”

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Pros:  Bought bat for my 14 year old son and he loves it. You could tell a difference between the pop and sound of the bat. his hits have a greater distance also!

Cons:  nothing yet

“great bat”

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Pros:  great pop and very loud ping sounds great. also looks amazing

Cons:  if you make bad contact it can hurt but otherwise its great

“good/bad”

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Pros:  Got this bat shortly after Christmas. I hit around 2000 balls or more with it, and the feel and pop on the bat were great at that pont and time! It was evenly distributed weight wise.

Cons:  About a 3 weeks ago (3-03-17), I noticed the end cap starting to slowly come off and dent. Soon after that the cap came off hitting BP. Through the process of this the bat slowly started to loose its pop. Waiting now (3-26-17) to hear back from Louisville, just sent the bat back in

“Great bat!”

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Pros:  This bat is amazing! Hot bat straight out the package. I just hit a home run recently with this bat, it was my 3rd plate appearance.

Cons:  Little vibration on mishits

“High School Baseball”

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Pros:  This -3 bat was perfect for my son. He creates great speed through the zone. It's been fun to watch.

Cons:  Not yet...

“Best Bat I've Ever Had”

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Pros:  Best bat out there in my opinion not only is it cheaper than most but it also hits just as well one of my teamates who has a new mako that cost more. People say it has vibration when it gets to the inside of the bat but name another bat that doesn't. In my opinon Louisville Slugger is the way to go bot only with the 517 but the 617 and the 916 as well. Ball comes off the bat very, very well also

Cons:  Not a single thing

“SAVE YOUR MONEY AND TIME”

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Pros:  None

Cons:  Bat broke at knob. Turned in to LS. On April 11th told new bat to arrive by April 26th-27th. Really? Over two weeks? Bat was okay LS customer service horrible. Bought kid 5150 loves it and performs better with the 5150.

“Awesome Bat”

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Pros:  Amazing bat. Hit my first home run with this bat. I've used this bat all high school season dropping bombs. I batted .444 and most of my hits went over the outfielders head.

Cons:  Cap is starting to come off.

“quality for price bat”

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Pros:  feels amazing off sweet spot. lizard skin is great feel. most balanced bat on the market. stiff strong player feel

Cons:  vibration when not sweet spot isnt the best. when hit off the end of the bat it wont go far

“2017 Season”

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Pros:  great bat, ball flies off of it. the grip when you get the bat is very good, on the smaller side. stiff feel for the bat. love the design and the look of the bat.

Cons:  not much.

“WOW”

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Pros:  I have never been a fan of Louisville bats until I used my buddies. Wow is all I had to say, in practice I was hitting absolute bombs and was so excited I had to buy my own. This bat has great pop, and won't destroy your hands when you hit off the end of the bat. 10/10 excellent bat.

Cons:  None that I am aware of.

“Great Bat”

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Pros:  my sons swing has really improved tremendously!!!!

Cons:  n/a

“amazing bat!”

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Pros:  Every hit felt like I used the most expensive bat ever! Amazing pop and great feel overall. The grip is great taking that it is from Lizard Skin. I have been using Louisville Slugger bats for awhile and this bat did not let me down.

Cons:  Just normal scratches and marks on the bat. Very little sting, nothing to worry about. You can barley feel the sting.

“the bat”

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Pros:  light wieght

Cons:  the pop doesnt last long and the sweet spot is very small

“Great bat”

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Pros:  This bat has great feel and amazing pop. Also it looks very nice.

Cons:  Nothing

“great bat”

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Pros:  i could tell, from the first ball i hit with it, that it had pop. the feel of the bat reminds me of a wood bat.

Cons:  it is too pretty. i dont want to throw it on the ground after i hit the ball.

“13u killing it with this bat!”

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Pros:  really nice bat for mid - above average hitters

Cons:  none I can see yet

“best bat for the money”

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Pros:  Bought this at the end of the summer for my kid who is going into his senior year. He has been using a 5150 which he was happy with- and prefers a 1 piece bat even though i was willing to buy him any bat he wanted. 1st day of fall tryouts with the 517, he hits a bomb in a scrimmage for a HR. Next day, same thing. He hasn't hit a HR since he was on fields <300 ft. Now in BP he is hitting them regularly. I have no doubt that this 517 is a huge reason for the sudden flurry of HR bombs.

Cons:  none so far

“pleased”

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Pros:  overall youncant beatvthis bat for the price. good quality plenty of pop

Cons:  stings a little when its cool

“Solid Bat”

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Pros:  Overall solid bat and good value. lasted be about a season and a half with constant use. Doesn't have a crazy amount of pop, as it has a much stiffer feel, and doesn't create the same "trampoline" effect as a composite or hybrid. good durability as well, lasted about a year with nearly constant use. Also very affordable for a high end bat. Very little vibration, even when jammed, considering it's a one piece bat.

Cons:  Coming off of using composite bats, doesn't have the same kind of pop as eastons or demarinis, but more than the solo 916 or prime 917. Also has a very stiff feel, and gets stiffer and stiffer with more use. After about a year or so of very heavy use, it's now virtually unresponsive, even when you get jammed, so it's hard to tell when you really squared it up. Doesn't have much pop now either, but it was still a great buy for a more advanced/stronger player.

“Great 13U Starter Bat”

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Pros:  Balanced Good Price Point Great 13U Starter Bat for new BBCOR user

Cons:  None

“Omaha”

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Pros:  -Good pop, comes off the bat quick. Nice old school "ping" sound. Excellent feel. No Vibration at all

Cons:  NONE

“an ok bat”

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Pros:  not too expensive. comes with lizrd skin.

Cons:  not much pop/small sweet spot

“great”

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Pros:  all around awesome bat if you cant handle a little sting you shouldnt be playing baseball anyway this thing is juiced!

Cons:  people complaning about mis hitting balls amd it stinging if you want to go pro and hit one off a wood bat now thats stinging bone rattling sting suck it up this bats great

“best bat”

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Pros:  super light for small and not so strong players

Cons:  gets marked but what bat doesnt

“great bat”

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Pros:  great balance, feel, pop

Cons:  none

“best BBCOR out there”

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Pros:  pop

Cons:  none

“amazing bat”

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Pros:  Amazing pop. First day 3 for 3 with homers its just amazing!!!!!!

Cons:  It can give you a couple stingers on mishits, but that is it.

“Not the same as the demo we tried”

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Pros:  Grips are great and the bat looks good in warm ups. Also haven't noticed any scratches or dents, even with many mishits.

Cons:  WE demoed one a couple of different times and thoughts this must be the next bat for my son. But the new one we got just doesn't have the same pop. A lot of mishits off the end, nothing like what he was hitting with the demo bat. Can't figure out why, other than did we just get a poor bat. he has even borrowed the same bat from other boys and hits their bat similar to demo bat, can't figure this one out, we must have gotten a lemon.

“Amazing”

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Pros:  This thing is pretty solid, all BBCOR bats to me seem around the same pop but the weighting if this is unreal, feels as light as a 31, went 17/38 this season with it and highly recommend if you cannot afford the $450 bats.

Cons:  Lizard skin is great but gets ripped way too easily, get some replacement lizard skin ready on standby.

“Light Swing weight”

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Pros:  My son is smaller and needed a light swinging BBCOR bat. Orig bought the Easton beast X Speed. The Louisville slugger has a lighter swing weight than the Easton.

Cons:  None so far.

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Would this bat work for my son? He is 15 and it’s his first year of high school baseball.

The Easton Z-CORE HMX Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) features the BBCOR certification which makes it approved for play at the high school level. This model also comes with a balanced swing weight, making it an excellent option for a player entering his first year of high school baseball :)

JP Expert
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What is the difference between the Easton Z-core hmx bbcor baseball bat: BB16ZA and the 2018 Easton Beast X speed BBCOR Baseball bat: BB18BXS?

The Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA and the 2018 Easton Beast X Speed BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB18BXS are very similar bats. The Beast X Speed is essentially the 2018 model of the Z-Core. However, you can expect upgraded alloy construction in The Beast X Speed which will result in a stronger and more powerful barrel.

Dan Expert
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My son was known to be a power hitter but last season his power hitting seemed too transformer to a more consistent line-drive hitter. Went from a good 4th/5th batter to a good lead off. My son is 5’ 8” and 130lbs, and very strong for his height/weight ratio. He was interested in this bat pack. Do you feel this would be a good fit and can you recommend size for both bats?

Yes, the Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) would be a good fit. It is a one piece allow, which is more tuned for power hitters. Its also a balanced bat that is nice to have as a lead off hitter to get great bat speed and control through the zone. Based on his height and weight, a 32" bat would be a good fit for your player. you say both bats, what other bat are you referring to?

Mick Expert
142732 Click to show/hide answer

Is this bat legal for the 2018 Little League baseball junior and senior divisions?

The Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA would only be legal for the Senior Division in Little League for 2018.

Cameron Expert
140689 Click to show/hide answer

My son's high school requires a -3 bat. Is this bat high school level approved?

This 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) features BBCOR .50 certification (-3 length-to-weight ratio). This bat would be high school (NFHS) approved due to the BBCOR .50 certification.

Ben Expert
139388 Click to show/hide answer

I am 5'6" and weigh 125 lbs. What size and weight should I use?

Based on your height and weight, we recommend a 31" 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA).

Tessa Expert
139387 Click to show/hide answer

I am 5'5" 125. What weight should I use?

Based off of your height and weight we recommend a 30" 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA.

Cooper Expert
139055 Click to show/hide answer

I'm 5'8" and 160 pounds, what size do you recommend in this model?

Based on your height and weight, I would suggest a 32" 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA.

Logan Expert
138863 Click to show/hide answer

I am 5'4" and 115 pounds. What size should I swing?

Based on your height and weight, we suggest a 30" model of the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA. Unfortunately, we no longer have that size available.

Jason Expert
137167 Click to show/hide answer

Instead of the Z-CORE bat pack, could I get the regular MAKO bat pack with this COMBAT?

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA, as well as other closeout models of bats, can be featured in various bat packs but we do not have the ability to create a custom bat pack. Thus the bat packs that are currently offered on the website would be the ones we can sell.

Cameron Expert
137004 Click to show/hide answer

My son is 5'7" and 120 lbs. What size bat do you recommend? He wants to practice with a 33 to build bat speed and play with a 32. Do you agree?

Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA in a 32 inch model. There is nothing wrong with training with a 33 inch bat to help build up strength and increase bat speed. Some players also like to train with wood bats to help improve swing mechanics as wood bats can be a great hitting coach; costly too though as all it takes is one bad swing to break a bat.

Cameron Expert
136783 Click to show/hide answer

I am 5'8" and 190 pounds. What size bat do you recommend?

Based on your height and weight, I would recommend using a 33" Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA)

John Expert
136398 Click to show/hide answer

I am 6'3" and 170 pounds. What bat length would be best for me?

Based on your height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA in a 33 inch model.

Cameron Expert
136214 Click to show/hide answer

My son is 6 ft 1 and 210 pounds. Do you think a 33'' would be the right choice for him?

Yes, I think a 33"/30 ounce 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) would work well for him.

Carter Expert
135992 Click to show/hide answer

The last two seasons my son swung a Marucci One (32/27) and a Louisville Omaha (31/26). I want to buy him the CAT 6 but I was looking for another option. Would this Easton bat suffice? If not I want to purchase another bat similar to the CAT 6 under $200. Advice please.

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) is very similar to the Marucci Cat 6. They both feature similar one piece aluminum designs and have both been reviewed very well. This is definitely a great option.

Carter Expert
134629 Click to show/hide answer

Is this drop 3 BBCOR?

Yes, the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is a -3 BBCOR certified bat.

Logan Expert
134606 Click to show/hide answer

My son is a 5'11" 125 lbs senior in high school. What size bat should he swing?

Based on your sons height and weight I would look at going with the 32" 29 oz 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA.

Sean Expert
134574 Click to show/hide answer

Is this bat a composite bat?

No, the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is a one-piece alloy bat.

Tori Expert
134319 Click to show/hide answer

Will this bat pass the BBBOR and -3 drop regulations?

Yes, the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is a BBCOR certified and is a -3.

Tori Expert
134238 Click to show/hide answer

My son is 14 and this is his first year on the high school team. He is 5'10" 136 lb. He needs a drop 3 bat. Which bat would be best suited for him?

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA should work well for your player, given its balanced design. Based on his height and weight, I would suggest the 32" 29 oz. size.

Logan Expert
134194 Click to show/hide answer

My son is 15 years old, freshman, 120 lbs, was a wrestler and now is a catcher. He may be put on the varsity high school team. What is a good bat for his first time in high school ball?

I would definitely recommend the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) for your son's first bat in high school.

Carter Expert
133871 Click to show/hide answer

My son is 13 and is 5'10" and 200 lbs. What size bat would be good for him?

Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA in a 33 inch if you feel he can handle 30 ounces. Otherwise, based on his age a 32 inch bat would be a better fit.

Cameron Expert
133689 Click to show/hide answer

My son is 5'7", 125 lbs, 14 yrs old and very good shape and strong. What size bat should he use?

Based on your son's height and weight we would recommend getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA in a 31 inch model.

Cameron Expert
133323 Click to show/hide answer

My son is 16 years old, 5'10" and weighs about 235 (football player also). What size bat should I be looking for for him?

Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA in a 33 inch 30 ounce bat.

Cameron Expert
132455 Click to show/hide answer

Looking for bat selection, we play in Chicago land area, tournaments start in April and go through August. My son Shawn is 54" tall and weighs 61 lbs. He used a 28"-13 last year. Looking to go 29".

You would not want this 2016 Z-Core HMX for our son, as this is a BBCOR bat and is intended for high school play and up. Start your search by looking at our Youth bats. Currently the lightest models we have available in 29" length start at 16oz. A good recommendation would be the 2017 Lousiville Slugger Omaha 517 (YBO5173) or the 2017 Easton S3 (YB17S313).

Kyle J. Expert
132341 Click to show/hide answer

My son is going to try out for middle school baseball in his 6th grade year. He currently bats with a -5 or an end-loaded -8 . Going BBCOR is pushing it a little, but he has to make the transition. Do you think this is a good bat for a kid just getting into BBCOR bats?

I think that this 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) will be an excellent bat with which to start out if your player is new to BBCOR bats. It has a one-piece, all-alloy design and has a balanced swing weight. As well, you can get it in smaller 30" or 31" sizes if needed.

Ben Expert
132280 Click to show/hide answer

My son is 15 years old, 5' and about 110 lbs. What size bat should he get?

Based upon your player's height and weight, I would make a general recommendation of getting this 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) in the 30" or 31" length depending upon which weight you believe will work best for your player.

Ben Expert
132108 Click to show/hide answer

Is this a good bat for a college player?

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is BBCOR certified and it is an excellent option for a high school or college player.

Jason Expert
131996 Click to show/hide answer

My son just turned 13 and he is 5'9" and weighs 196. What size bat should I get him?

Based on your sons height and weight we would recommend a 33"/30 ounce 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA).

Carter Expert
131821 Click to show/hide answer

My son is almost 13 yrs old and is 5'1" tall and weighs about 100 lbs. What bat size/oz should I purchase for him?

Based on your son's height and weight it would be best to get him the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA in a 30 inch/27 ounce model.

Cameron Expert
131739 Click to show/hide answer

I'm 5'7" and weigh 135. What size would you recommend?

Based on your height and weight we would recommend a 31"/28 ounce in the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA).

Carter Expert
131716 Click to show/hide answer

I'm 5'2" and weigh about 140 pounds. What size would you recommend for me?

Based on your height and weight, we would suggest the 31" 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA.

Logan Expert
131607 Click to show/hide answer

How would you compare this bat to the 2017 Easton Z-Core Speed Whiteout bat? Which would you recommend? I am a 4 or 5 hole line drive hitter. I previously had the Easton S500 2014 model which suited me pretty well.

The 2017 Easton Z-CORE SPEED Limited Whiteout BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB17ZSW) is going to be almost the same as the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA). Easton did maximize the 2017 version of the bat by creating a longer barrel and lowering the swing weight. You really cannot go wrong either way, they are almost the same bat.

Carter Expert
131500 Click to show/hide answer

Does the Z-Core HMX have a break-in time?

No, the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA does not require a break-in period. It is hot out of the wrapper.

Jason Expert
131420 Click to show/hide answer

Is this bat more end loaded or balanced? Also, my son is 5'11" about 160. What size would you recommend?

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is more balanced than end-loaded. As for the size of bat to get based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting a 33 inch model.

Cameron Expert
130411 Click to show/hide answer

Can this bat be used in sub 50 degree weather? Which bats do you recommend for early season sub 50 degree days?

Aluminum bats, especially those higher performance models with thinner walls, such as the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) should not be used in temperatures below 50 degrees. The problem is not so much the bat as it is the ball. Cold temperatures make the composition of the ball denser, especially the new 'Compacted Core' Balls being offered. This puts unusual stress on the bat walls which will result in denting. There is not any bat that we would recommend using in colder weather. However, composite bats will break in colder weather while aluminum bats will dent. You are able to use a dented bat while you cannot use a broken bat. So if you had to use any bat in these temperatures I would recommend using an aluminum bat.

Carter Expert
130009 Click to show/hide answer

Can this bat be used in middle school? How about the Mizuno Nighthawk Hybrid? Can that be used in middle school?

Yes, both the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA and the 2016 Mizuno Nighthawk Hybrid BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16NH are approved for middle school play

Sean Expert
129839 Click to show/hide answer

What's the difference between an alloy and composite bat and which should I get? I am 5'5" and 97 pounds and need a drop -3 bat.

Alloy and composite are just different materials. One is not better than the other it really is just personal preference. I would recommend the 30"/27oz 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA).

Carter Expert
129736 Click to show/hide answer

I need a new drop -3 bat for the season. I'm only 5' 5" and 95 pounds, so I need a bat that has pretty even weight distribution and is better for contact hitters than power hitters.

Based on our Bat Coach, we recommend going with a 31" 28 oz. 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA, it has a very balanced weight distribution which is ideal for a contact hitter.

Sean Expert
129602 Click to show/hide answer

What will have more natural end load, the Easton Z-Core HMX or the Easton Z-Core Hybrid?

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) and the 2016 Easton Z-CORE Hybrid BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZH) are both going to be extremely balanced bats. Neither are them are going to have any end load.

Carter Expert
128727 Click to show/hide answer

Is the sweet spot on the Z-CORE XL bigger than the one on the regular Z-CORE?

The size of the sweet spots will be pretty similar between this 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) and the Z-CORE XL. The biggest difference between the bats will be the end-load present on the Z-CORE XL that is designed to assist players looking to add some more power to their game.

Ben Expert
128675 Click to show/hide answer

Is this a big barrel bat?

This 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) has a 2 5/8" barrel diameter on it which is referred to as big barrel (a 2 5/8" barrel diameter is standard for a bat that features BBCOR .50 certification).

Ben Expert
127636 Click to show/hide answer

I have tried the Louisville Slugger Prime, Omaha, Easton MAKO and this Z-CORE. Besides the two composite and two alloy what would you say are major differences between the Z-CORE vs the Omaha? And on the composite side, Prime vs MAKO? I am a 15 y/o sophomore playing for my school and I'm on the smaller side at 5'4" and 110 lbs. Which of these bat(s) would you say is best for me with the most balanced swing weight and longer barrel?

There will be slight difference between these 4 bats. The Omaha and Z-CORE will feel similar in balance and have not seen any major differences regarding pop or durability. As for the Prime and MAKO, this is also true. Composite bats in general typically have a slightly larger barrel/sweet spot and will be more balanced compared to their alloy counterparts.

Cameron Expert
127519 Click to show/hide answer

Is this bat only allowed in high school? Or do you think that most Babe Ruth/middle school ball leagues would allow it?

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) is would be allowed in Babe Ruth 13-15 and 16-18 divisions as well as high school ball.

Jake Expert
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What is the difference between this bat and the 2017 Z-Core Speed Limited Whiteout BBCOR?

Other than the cosmetics, the 2017 Easton Z-CORE SPEED Limited Whiteout BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB17ZSW has a slightly lighter swing weight and a more balanced feel that allows for a faster swing speed compared to the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA.

Angelique Expert
127356 Click to show/hide answer

My son is 14 years old, 5'10" and 170 lbs. What size bat should I buy him? Is this model good for high school? He's going from a 31" -7 in rec ball.

For your son's height and weight we recommend a 32" length. The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is BBCOR certified which is what is required for high school play. If he thinks that a 29 oz. weight will be too heavy, he can certainly continue using a 31" that is 28 oz.

Angelique Expert
127320 Click to show/hide answer

I am 5'9.5", 150 pounds. I am normally a contact hitter, and would love a bat with pop. I have the length in mind but I am just not sure what type of bat to get. Could you recommend anything to me?

Based on your height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA in a 32 or 33 inch model. The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is a one-piece fully alloy bat with a balanced swing weight and would make a great option for both contact and power hitters.

Cameron Expert
127184 Click to show/hide answer

I am 5'4" and 130 pounds. What bat size should I get?

Based on your height and weight, we suggest a 31" model in the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA.

Jason Expert
126975 Click to show/hide answer

Is this barrel bigger than normal? If so, is it legal for high school use?

The barrel diameter for the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is 2 5/8"; this is the standard and only size that a BBCOR can feature.

Cameron Expert
126468 Click to show/hide answer

I am 5'8", 145 pounds. What size bat would you recommend?

Based off of your height and weight we recommend a 32" in the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA.

Cooper Expert
126389 Click to show/hide answer

What Easton bat is like the older XL1 models?

The old Easton XL1 models were two-piece, all-composite bats with end-loaded swing weights. This 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) is a single-piece, all-alloy bat with a balanced swing weight. Therefore, it will not be very similar to the XL1 of the past. The most similar model to the XL1 being produced by Easton currently is the new 2016 Easton MAKO XL BBCOR model. That MAKO XL has a two-piece, all-composite design and end-loaded swing weight.

Ben Expert
126269 Click to show/hide answer

I am 5'4", what size bat do I need? It has to be a drop 3.

The best way to determine the correct size of a bat for a player is by their height and weight. Check out our Bat Coach to get the best size for you in the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA. Here is a link to the Bat Coach: http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/

Jason Expert
126199 Click to show/hide answer

I'm 5'7" and weigh 120 pounds. What size would you recommend?

Based upon your height and weight, I would recommend using a 31" 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA.

John P. Expert
126132 Click to show/hide answer

I'm 13, 5'8" and weigh 155. What size bat should I get?

Based on your height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA in a 32 inch 29 ounce model.

Cameron Expert
126026 Click to show/hide answer

I am 15 years old, 5'8" and 150 pounds. What size would you recommend?

Based on your height and weight, we suggest a 32" model in the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA.

Jason Expert
125974 Click to show/hide answer

I am 16 years old, 5'8", and 215 pounds. What size would be recommended?

Based on your height and weight I would recommend using a 33" 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA).

Jake Expert
125453 Click to show/hide answer

What would you recommend for a hitter that has gap power: (this Easton Z-Core, the Omaha 516 or the Rawlings 5150)?

All of the bats being considered are single-piece, all-alloy bats with balanced swing weights. To be honest, if that is the style of bat that you prefer, any of these options will work well for you. However, due to the solid initial reviews we have received on this bat and its great price, I would recommend this 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) bat for purchase.

Ben Expert
125442 Click to show/hide answer

I am 13, 5'10" and 120 lbs. What size bat do I need?

Based on your height and weight, we suggest a 31" model in the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA.

Jason Expert
125434 Click to show/hide answer

I am 13, 5'7" and 120 pounds. What size bat should I get?

Based on your height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA in a 31 inch 28 ounce model.

Cameron Expert
125426 Click to show/hide answer

I am 16 years old 5'10" and 200 pounds. What length bat should I get?

Based on your height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA in a 33 inch 30 ounce model.

Cameron Expert
125409 Click to show/hide answer

I am 6'2" and 150 pounds. What length bat should I purchase?

Based on your height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA in a 33 inch 30 ounce bat.

Cameron Expert
125108 Click to show/hide answer

I am 17 years old, 6'2" and weigh 215. What size BBCOR bat should I use?

Our charts would recommend a 34" for a player with your height and weight.

John Expert
125086 Click to show/hide answer

How much vibration does this bat have?

Initial reviews left at JustBats.com regarding this 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) have not indicated any serious issues with vibration. Since it is a single-piece bat, you may sense some discomfort on connections not squared up on the barrel, but it should not be extra painful.

Ben Expert
124960 Click to show/hide answer

My son is 18 years old, almost 6 foot tall and 215 pounds. What is the best bat size?

Based on his height and weight, we suggest a 33" model in the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA.

Jason Expert
124860 Click to show/hide answer

I'm 5'10" and 146 lbs. What size should I get?

Based upon your height and weight, I would recommend using a 32" 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA.

John P. Expert
124854 Click to show/hide answer

I'm a power hitter going into high school next year. What bat would you recommend looking at a 33" BBCOR model?

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is a one-piece, fully alloy construction which would be ideal for a power hitter and it is available in a 33" length.

John P. Expert
124234 Click to show/hide answer

Is this the same bat as the 2015 Easton S3Z ZCORE bat?

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA and the S3Z are the same bat other than the cosmetic appearance and the grip tape.

Jason Expert
124227 Click to show/hide answer

I am 14, 5'4" and 145 pounds. What size Z-CORE would be best for me?

Based on your height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA in a 31 inch 28 ounce model.

Cameron Expert
124135 Click to show/hide answer

I'm 5'6" and 150 pounds and play high school ball. What length do you recommend?

Based on your height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA in a 32 inch 29 ounce model.

Cameron Expert
123827 Click to show/hide answer

Is the extended barrel on this bat the same as last year's model? Are there other balanced BBCOR bats that have a similar extended barrel design?

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA features the ZCORE Internal Core Technology which is said to create a huge, expanded sweet spot that is very similar to last years model. The 2016 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: MAXAB103 will be extremely well balanced and features a 20-40% larger hitting surface in comparison to other models.

John P. Expert
123673 Click to show/hide answer

Does the Easton MAKO make a person a better hitter?

To my knowledge, there is no bat out there that will make someone a better hitter. There are some bats that may be better fits for one player compared to another (end-loaded versus balanced swing; one-piece/two-piece or alloy/composite). The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is a one-piece alloy design with a balanced swing weight. This bat would be great for both contact and power hitters alike.

Cameron Expert
123642 Click to show/hide answer

Is this bat available with a composite instead of an alloy?

No. the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) is a one-piece alloy. The 2016 Easton MAKO BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16MK) is a two-piece composite if you are looking for a well balanced composite bat.

Damon Expert
123463 Click to show/hide answer

What does Z-CORE mean? Is there any similarities to the MAKO?

Z-CORE stands for Easton's internal core technology which creates a huge, expanded sweet spot. The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is a one-piece, alloy construction while the 2016 MAKO is a two-piece, fully composite construction so they will be on the opposite ends of the spectrum as far as overall construction goes.

John P. Expert
123221 Click to show/hide answer

Which Easton bat is most like their 2013 S1 model?

This 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) is a single-piece, all-alloy bat with a balanced swing weight while the S1 model is a two-piece, all-composite bat with a balanced swing weight. The current model that Easton is making that compares most similarly to the S1 would be the 2016 Easton MAKO BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16MK).

Ben Expert
123162 Click to show/hide answer

Is the handle fat at the bottom or slim throughout the whole handle?

The handle of this 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) will taper into the knob of the bat (i.e. get fat right before it gets to the knob).

Ben Expert
122682 Click to show/hide answer

What is the break in period for this bat?

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is a one-piece alloy design and will be hot out of the wrapper; as such it does not require a break-in period.

Cameron Expert
122280 Click to show/hide answer

What is the difference between this bat and the Easton Z-CORE HMX TORQ?

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX TORQ BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZAT has a rotating handle where the bottom hand is placed. The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA has a standard handle.

Angelique Expert
122096 Click to show/hide answer

Can I use this bat for 13-15 Babe Ruth baseball?

Yes, this 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) will be allowed in the 13-15 year old division of Babe Ruth Baseball.

Ben Expert
122023 Click to show/hide answer

When is Easton going to come out with their next lineup of bats?

The next lineup of bats from Easton that will include the 2017 model of this Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) will probably be released during the end of the summer 2016.

Ben Expert
121891 Click to show/hide answer

I am 5'9", 140 lbs and I play middle school ball. What length would you recommend?

Based on your height and weight, we would suggest a 32" model of the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA.

Jason Expert
121871 Click to show/hide answer

Does Easton make -5 BBCOR bat?

Easton, nor any other bat manufacturer, will make a BBCOR bat in a drop 5 model. All BBCOR bats will feature a drop 3 with a 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter.

Cameron Expert
121531 Click to show/hide answer

Does Easton make an end-loaded 30" BBCOR bat?

Unfortunately, this 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) is the only current 30"/27 oz bat we are featuring from Easton and it is a balanced bat. Currently, there will not be any 30"/27 oz Easton models available with an end-load.

Ben Expert
121505 Click to show/hide answer

What is the difference between this bat and the S3Z BBCOR 2015 Easton bat?

The biggest difference between this 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) and the 2015 S3Z will be the updated cosmetics and new grip on this 2016 model.

Ben Expert
121423 Click to show/hide answer

I am 5'3" and 95 lbs. What size bat should I get?

Based on your height and weight, we suggest a 30" model in the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA.

Jason Expert
121184 Click to show/hide answer

Is this a drop 3?

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is BBCOR certified therefore it has a -3 length to weight ratio.

Angelique Expert
121128 Click to show/hide answer

What Easton bat compares to the 2015 Easton S3? How does it compare to the 2016 Rawlings VELO?

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is the 2016 version of the Easton S3. It is very comparable to the 2016 Rawlings VELO in that they are both well balanced one-piece alloy bats.

Marcus Expert
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My son is 13 years old, 5', and 82 lbs. What size bat should he use?

Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA in a 29 inch 26 ounce model. The smallest size that the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA will feature is a 30 inch 27 ounce model.

Cameron Expert
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Honestly what's the difference between all the new Eastons and the old XL3? The XL3 was the best bat I ever owned. Which one of the new Eastons compare to the XL3 and is it much better?

The XL3 was a one-piece alloy design with an end-loaded swing weight. Looking at the 2016 line with regards to Easton, they only made a few models that will feature this end-loaded design: the 2016 Easton MAKO TORQ XL BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16MKTL and the 2016 Easton MAKO XL BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16MKL. If you prefer the one-piece alloy design then the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA would be the best bat for you but it would feature a balanced swing weight.

Cameron Expert
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My son is 13 years old, 4'10", and weighs 60-70 pounds. What size bat would be best for him? He needs a BBCOR bat.

Based upon your son's height and weight, I would recommend using a 29" BBCOR baseball bat. Unfortunately, the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA is not offered in a 29" length.

John P Expert
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I am a high school player, 5'11" and 129 lbs. What length and weight bat should I be using?

Based on your height/weight, we would suggest getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) in a 31 inch 28 oz model or 32 inch 29 oz model.

Cameron Expert
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I am 14 and I play baseball in middle school. I am 110 pounds and 5 foot 2. What size bat?

Based on height and weight, we would recommend a 30 inch size of the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA).

Patrick Expert
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I am 15, 5'10" and 170 lbs. I play Babe Ruth and high school baseball. What size bat do you recommend?

Based on your height/weight, we would recommend getting the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) in a 33 inch 30 oz model.

Cameron Expert
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I am 14, 6 foot 2 and 160 pounds but I do not have that much bat speed. What size should I get?

We would recommend the 33" in the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) for a player with your height and weight.

John Expert
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What do you think is better for BBCOR, aluminum or composite?

At their best, all BBCOR bats like the 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB16ZA) will perform around the same level regardless of material. Alloy barrel bats are hot out of the wrapper and do not require any break-in to perform. Composite barrel bats will need a short break-in period (usually 100-150 swings of soft toss or tee work while rotating the barrel) to reach the performance potential you would want. The trade off is that while alloy bats tend to dull or dent over time and lose performance, composite bats will get hotter and hotter over time until they eventually fail. The way they age differently allows composite bats to usually last in their peak performance longer than alloy barrel bats do.

Patrick Expert
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Will this be the same bat, besides the paint job, as the 2015 Easton S3Z Z-CORE?

The 2016 Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR (BB16ZA) is the direct replacement for the 2015 Easton S3Z Z-CORE.

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Is this bat legal for leagues that require the USA stamp?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a BBCOR bat, which is the certification that regulates high school and NCAA baseball. Some of the USA leagues are allowing BBCOR bats as the performance off the barrel will be very similar. To get an exact answer to your question though, I would recommend reaching out to a coach or league official to see if your league will be allowing BBCOR bats.

Tyler Expert
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Does a 33"/30 oz sound like too much for a 4'11" 7th grader?

Yes, that does sound a bit large. I would look at a 31" length BBCOR model for someone of that height.

Kyle J. Expert
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Is this bat aluminum? Does it have good pop?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 features a one-piece alloy barrel and will have good pop.

Cameron Expert
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My son is 12 and weighs about 120. He is 5 ft tall. Is the 29/26 Omaha 517 BBCOR a good bat for him for middle school?

If your middle school requires BBCOR bats then the 29"/26 ounce 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a great option for him.

Carter Expert
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How does the Omaha 517 BBCOR bat compare to the 2017 Marucci CAT 7 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC7?

Both the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the Marucci CAT 7 are one-piece alloy bats with balanced swing weights. With the AV2 knob on the Marucci CAT 7 one may see slightly better vibration reduction capabilities compared to the LS Omaha 517.

Cameron Expert
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I'm having trouble deciding which model of the Louisville Slugger lineup to choose from. I'm 6’1 210 lbs and typically hit for power. Money isn't an issue, which model would you recommend?

The one piece construction of the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 would benefit a power hitter, but if you're looking for something with a bit of an end load, I would take a look at the 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS718B3 in a 33" size.

Logan Expert
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Do you know if this bat is okay for 14U Sandy Koufax League?

For the 14's Division of Sandy Koufax Baseball in 2018, you will want to use a BBCOR rated bat like this 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173). However, for the 13's Division, the league notes that a USA Rated bat must be used in 2018. I would recommend reaching out to a coach to confirm your division of play and the bat you will need for use.

Ben Expert
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I just bought this for my son. He is 13 and will be in high school next year. Does this bat meet the guidelines? Also for Babe Ruth 13 to 15 year?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is BBCOR certified and thus can be used in both Babe Ruth 13-15 division and high school; high school requires BBCOR models.

Cameron Expert
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My son is a 5'3" and 105 lbs freshman in high school. What weight bat is recommended for his size?

Based on your specifications, I would recommend that your son swings a 30" 27oz. BBCOR bat. Fortunately, this one-piece alloy 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is available in that size.

Tyler Expert
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Is it legal for senior league, junior high ball and travel tournament baseball in 2018?

This bat contains the BBCOR stamp that is required for high school and college play. It does not have the USSSA stamp. Some middle school leagues require BBCOR, and some only require USSSA stamps. We would recommend checking with your coach or league commissioner to see exactly what you would require. Senior League typically requires USSSA 1.15 BPF stamps on the bat.

Kyle J. Expert
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My son is 13 and he is 5'7 and 190 pounds. Should he be hitting the 32" or 33" in the Omaha BBCOR? This is his first BBCOR and is moving from hitting an Easton Mako last season

Based on your sons height and weight we would recommend a 33:/30 ounce 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 for him. That is just a general recommendation through, and he could definitely do a 32" if he was more comfortable with that.

Carter Expert
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I am 5’9" and 148 lbs. Is it good if I use a 33 inch of this bat?

Based on your current height and weight, we suggest a 32" model of the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173. I am not sure I would suggest going up to a 33" model just yet.

Jason Expert
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How does it compare to the Marucci F5?

Both the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the Marucci F5 are one-piece alloy bats with balanced swing weights. They will compare favorably to one another in terms of feel, performance and durability.

Cameron Expert
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How does it compare to the CAT 7?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the 2017 Marucci CAT 7 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC7 will be very similar bats. Both bats will feature one-piece all alloy construction and both bats will have exceptional durability.

Dan Expert
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I'm 14, 5'8" and 135 lbs. Winter training for my high school tryouts and open gym are coming up soon and I'd like to purchase my first BBCOR. I've been wondering if I should use a 32/29 or 31/28. I've been going to the gym for about a year now to prep for this and I've been using a 31 inch bat for a while now and I can for sure handle the weight of the bat but wondering if I should go with a 32/29 as if I feel that's what I need to do.

Based on your height and weight, as well as factoring in your age, we would recommend getting the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 31 inch model. If you feel you are strong enough and can generate enough bat speed with a 32 inch model then there is certainly nothing wrong with getting that size of bat.

Cameron Expert
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My son is a small 7th grader trying out for middle school team and needs to move up to a BBCOR bat. He is a pure contact hitter who could use a bit of power on the bigger field. Was looking at either BBCOR Easton Z Core Speed or LS Omaha 517. Can you recommend one over the other? Is there a better bat suited for him (30"/27) ($200 budget)?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is an excellent bat to consider for someone that is a contact hitter. This bat features a one-piece alloy design with a balanced swing weight. When comparing this bat to the Easton Z Core Speed, one will find a lot of similarities in that this is another one-piece all alloy design with a balanced swing weight. Either one would make a great choice especially is wanting to stay within the budget mentioned.

Cameron Expert
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Could I use this bat in high school?

Yes, you can use the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in high school baseball.

Carter Expert
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Will this bat feel more like the Rawlings VELO or 5150?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 may feel more in line with the Rawlings VELO to some. The sound off the bat will not be the same as that of the VELO and balanced swing weight may or may not feel more balanced; it all comes down to personal opinion. With that said, the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a great bat to consider and compare to the VELO.

Cameron Expert
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Will this bat be legal in high school next year based on the new rules for bats?

The bat rules for high school baseball are not changing, so the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 will still be legal.

Logan Expert
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When will the price drop a little bit more?

Unfortunately we will not be able to say precisely when this 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) will drop in price. However, the 2018 Slugger bats have been released. There is always a possibility that the price could drop a little more. But we cannot make any guarantees.

Mick Expert
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Will this bat be legal for Junior League baseball in 2018 with the new USA bat standards?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) will not be legal by USA Bat standards as it does not have the USA stamp on it.

Carter Expert
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(1) Which is more balanced: the 2017 or 2018 model? (2) Does one have a bigger sweet spot?

(1) The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat (WTLBBO518B3) features the new 6-Star end-cap that is designed to improve the balance of the Omaha 518. Because of that, I would recommend the the Omaha 518 as the more balanced bat. (2) Overall, the barrel material and barrel length between the two bats is pretty similar and I think the corresponding sweet spots should be similar too.

Ben Expert
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How does this bat compare to the Prime 917 in terms of pop and performance?

This 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) is a one-piece, all-alloy bat. The Prime 917 is a two-piece, all-composite bat. Despite the differing constructions, both this Omaha 517 and the Prime 917 will have the same potential for performance. Deciding on a model will be dependent upon the style of bat you prefer to use (one-piece, all-alloy *or* two-piece, all-composite?).

Ben Expert
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Where is it manufactured?

This 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) is manufactured in China.

Ben Expert
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Is it aluminum?

Yes, this 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) is made of aluminum material.

Ben Expert
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Is this bat a good choice for a power hitter who likes to feel some weight in the barrel?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a great bat to use for both contact and power hitters alike. The one-piece alloy design gives the bat a stiff feel on impact and the balanced design allows for easy barrel head control.

Cameron Expert
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Which bat is the lightest feeling -3 BBCOR bat today?

If you were looking for the lightest feeling BBCOR bat from Louisville Slugger, I would suggest the Solo 617 over this Omaha 517. The composite end-cap on the Solo 617 gives the bat a very balanced feel (even a more balanced feel than this Omaha 517).

Ben Expert
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I'm 5'5, 115 lbs and 13. In my league we either have to have an aluminum bat or a BBCOR. I would prefer a bat with just a little sting. So what would be a good bat for me?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 would be a great option with what you are looking for. This bat could be a little big at first for a 13 year old but you will adjust to the -3 weight ratio over time.

Max Expert
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I am 5'8" and weigh 110 lbs. I'm used to swinging a -10, but I'm going into high school. What size should I swing and am I going to feel my swing speed drop by the weight difference?

Based upon your height and weight, I would recommend going with a 30" or 31" BBCOR bat. Since you are used to swinging a bat with a -10 length-to-weight ratio, the move to a -3 BBCOR bat will be a significant change and could slow down the swing speed initially. However, with time, I think your bat speed will catch up.

Ben Expert
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I purchased this bat for my son and it has a rattle inside the bat, is that normal? Sounds like there are pieces of metal inside the bat that are loose.

Sometimes the end cap glue from the inside of the bat can become loose and cause a rattling noise in the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173

Max Expert
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Is this bat end-loaded or balanced?

This 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) will have a balanced swing feel to it.

Ben Expert
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Is the bat end loaded?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 features a balanced swing weight. It is not end loaded.

Jason Expert
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Is this bat weighted similarly to Old Hickory's Trout model?

The swing weight feel on the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 should be very similar to that of the Old Hickory Trout model.

Cameron Expert
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I'm a 13 year old who is 5'8" and weighs 145 pounds. Which size bat do you think I should have, a 32" or 33"?

Based upon your height and weight, I would recommend viewing this 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) in the 32"/29 oz size.

Ben Expert
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Is this bat more for a power hitter or a contact hitter?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 could be used by either style of hitter. The one piece design would offer stiffness that would benefit a power hitter, and the well balanced design would benefit a contact hitter.

Logan Expert
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I am 5'2'' 120 lbs and 13 as a freshman in high school. What length and weight would you recommend?

I would suggest a 31'' for the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173

Max Expert
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Does the Omaha 517 or the Rawlings 5150 have a lower swing weight?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 would feature a slightly lighter swing weight than the 2017 Rawlings 5150 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB75.

Logan Expert
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I'm 14, 6 feet 220 lbs. I was wondering if this would be a good bat or is there something better?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 would be a great option for you with the one piece design offering more stiffness that would benefit you at your size.

Logan Expert
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I have a 16 yr old son who weighs 165 pounds and is 5'10", what size bat do you recommend?

I would recommend a 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 32'' but if he feels comfortable could go up an inch to the 33''.

Max Expert
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My son is 5'8" and 180 lbs and 14 yrs old. Which bat would be best, 32 or 33"?

Based of your son's height and weight the best size option would be a 32'' in the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173.

Max Expert
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Is this good for a 13 year old and for high school?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) is a great option for a 13 year old and a high school player.

Carter Expert
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I am 17 years old 5'6 1/4" and 180 lbs, what size bat would be best for me?

Based on your height and weight, we suggest a 33" model of the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173.

Jason Expert
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I am 6 foot 4 and 180 lbs, what size should I get?

I would swing a 34 inch in the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR model. If you have a slower swing speed I would look at dropping down to a 33 inch 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR model.

Max Expert
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My son is 14 and entering high school. He's 6'2" and 145 lbs. Looking for a BBCOR bat recommendation and size.

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 would be a great bat to go with. It is one of our most popular and highest rated BBCOR bats. Based on your player's height and weight, I would suggest a 33" size.

Logan Expert
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I am 14 years old, 5'10" and 125 lbs. and was wondering if the Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR baseball bat would be a good bat and what size would be good?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a great bat, one of our most popular and highest rated BBCOR bats. Based on your height and weight, I would suggest a 31" size.

Logan Expert
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I'm 5'8" and weigh 115 and play for our school modified team and intermediate (50-70) and want to know which one of these bats would be the best for me.

Based on your height and weight, I would suggest a 30" 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 if you are required to swing a BBCOR bat.

Logan Expert
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I am a 14 year old who is 5'8" and needs a great BBCOR bat for high school. Do you have any recommendations?

For a player of your height and age, we would strongly recommend getting the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 32 inch model. The Omaha is always a high performing and durable model featuring a one-piece, alloy design with a balanced swing weight.

Cameron Expert
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I am 6 foot and 133 pounds and am 13 years old. Would you recommend a 32.5 or 33?

Based on your height and weight, I would suggest a 32.5" 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173.

Logan Expert
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What is the difference between a 517 and 617 model?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and 617 are very similar. However, the 617 uses a different alloy which offers a stiffer feel and makes the bat lighter weight.

Tori Expert
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I need to have a -3 bat for my senior league but I need a 32 inch 22 or 23 oz and I can't find one that low of a weight in a -3.

Unfortunately all BBCOR bats like the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 will feature a length to weight ratio of -3. Youth big barrel bats/Senior League Bats will offer the lighter drop weights of -12, -10, -8, and -5 (these are the common ones) with -11 and -9 offered by some companies as well.

Cameron Expert
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Does this bat feature an end-loaded swing or balanced?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a one-piece fully alloy bat with a balanced swing weight design.

Cameron Expert
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What bat is recommended for a 13 year old? He's 5'3" and weighs approximately 110 lbs.

Based on your player's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 30 inch model. Since the player is only 13, we would recommend looking into a -8 model (Senior League Baseball Bat) unless his league requires the use of BBCOR bats.

Cameron Expert
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Weight?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 has a length to weight ratio of -3. For example, a 33 inch bat will weigh 30 ounces. Putting this bat on a scale, the 32 inch bat will weight roughly 30 ounces.

Cameron Expert
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My son is a high school senior. He is 6'0" tall and weighs around 185 lbs. What size do you recommend for the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR bat (BBO5173)?

Based on your players height and weight, we suggest a 33" model of the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173.

Jason Expert
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Does this bat say on it that it is approved for Little League? My son is 13 and plays on a youth team but they have that requirement for bats.

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a BBCOR certified bat featuring a 2 5/8" barrel diameter, so it would not say that it is approved for Little League on the bat. You would be looking for a 2 1/4" barrel diameter.

Logan Expert
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I'm 6'2" and I'm 140 and 15 years old. Do you recommend a 33-30 or 32.5-29.5? I have a 32 and a 34 inch bat but the 34 is too big. What do you recommend?

Based on your height and weight I would recommend the 32.5"/29.5 ounce 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173).

Carter Expert
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How does the Omaha 517 BBCOR compare to the Exogrid 3 BBCOR?

This 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) and the Exogrid 3 are pretty similar bats. Both are essentially one-piece bats with an alloy construction. However, the Exogrid differs as it has composite inserts in the handle to bring the swing weight down a little. However, at contact with a ball, both bats will feature the same stiff feel and great performance.

Ben Expert
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What is the difference between this year's model and last year's model?

There isn't much difference between the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5163. It's mostly the same bat, with a slightly different cosmetic scheme on the exterior of the bat, and a slightly larger sweet spot on the 517.

Logan Expert
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I am 5'8" and 160 lbs (junior). I tend to be more of a gap hitter than a power hitter. Would this bat be the best fit for me out of the Louisville 2017 lineup?

If you are wanting a balanced swinging bat as a gap hitter, then yes, I would recommend this 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173). It has a pretty balanced swing feel and one-piece, all-alloy design that has been very popular.

Ben Expert
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Which bat has a bigger sweet spot, the 2017 VELO or the Louisville Slugger 517?

Both the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the Rawlings VELO are one-piece alloy bats with balanced swing weights. Although the sweet spots are not the same on these two bats there is not going to be a significant difference between the two and, as such, both would be great options to consider.

Cameron Expert
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What bat would have better performance between the 617 and the 517?

You're really going to get the same performance out of the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the 617, but the 617 will feel more balanced with a lighter swing weight.

Logan Expert
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I am a 13 year old baseball player who uses a 2016 Rawlings VELO. Kids have told me about Louisville Slugger and said I should get one. I told my dad I either want a 517 or a 617 but I was wondering which one was actually better.

The 617 would be a bit more balanced than the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173, but performance would be comparable between the two. If you were looking for something balanced like the Velo, I would go with the 617.

Logan Expert
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My son is 11, weighs 88 lbs. and is 4 foot 9. He wants a 30 inch Louisville Slugger. What do you recommend?

Based on your son's height and weight I would advise going with the 30" size for the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173.

Sean Expert
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My son is 14 and has been swinging a 32" -11 composite bat. He's getting ready to turn 15 and starting his freshman year of baseball. With him having to go to a BBCOR bat what size would you recommend if he's 130 lbs and 5'7"?

Based on your sons height and weight I would recommend a 31"/28 ounce 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) for him.

Carter Expert
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Is this bat end heavy? And is it good for a power hitter? I have the Easton MAKO and its too balanced for me that I'm starting to not like it. I'm 230 pounds and 6'0" senior so I'm trying to find something that will make my last year in high school a blast.

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a balanced bat, but would offer more stiffness than the MAKO due to it's one piece design. We do have the 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 End Loaded BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5163H in a 34" size if that interests you.

Logan Expert
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Is this bat balanced like the Omaha 516?

Yes, the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 features a balanced swing weight similar to the Omaha 516.

Jason Expert
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My son is 6'2" and weighs 205. What bat size is good for him?

Based on your player's height and weight, I would suggest the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 34" 31oz size.

Logan Expert
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Is it a big barrel?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 features a 2 5/8" barrel diameter as it is a BBCOR model. A BBCOR bat is what all high school and college players have to use and the standard barrel diameter is 2 5/8".

Cameron Expert
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Is this bat good for power hitters? How much pop does it have?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a one-piece alloy bat with a balanced swing weight making it a good option for both contact and power hitter alike. As for the amount of pop, this is not something that is quantifiable but consumers rate this bat highly from a performance and durability standpoint.

Cameron Expert
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My son is 15 years old and is 5'7" & weighs 190 pounds. What bat size do you recommend for him?

Based on his height and weight, I would suggest a 33" model of the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173.

Jason Expert
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My son is a freshman in high school. He is 5'7" tall and weighs 160 lbs. What model would you recommend for the 517?

We would recommend a 32" bat for someone about his size, give or take 1".

Kyle J. Expert
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Is this bat's weight balanced or end loaded? I am looking at getting my son the 31 inch 28 oz drop 3 size bat and want to know if this bat would fit his body size. He is about 5'5" and 105 pounds.

The Omaha 517 is a very well balanced bat.

Kyle J. Expert
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My son is 15 years old and is 5'9" & weighs 200 pounds. What bat size do you recommend for him?

Based on your player's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 33 inch model.

Cameron Expert
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Does this bat outperform the Louisville Slugger Assault?

The Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat BBO5173 is the model that replaced the Louisville Slugger Assault. They both are a one-piece all alloy design with a balanced swing weight. The Omaha 517 features Louisville Slugger's newest ST 7U1+ Alloy which will provide a larger sweet spot compared to the Assault model.

John Expert
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How would this bat compare to last years 516 model? Is there any difference between the two bats?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 features a newer alloy and a bigger sweet spot than that of the 2016 model.

Logan Expert
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My son is 13, 5'6" and weighs 154 pounds. What size bat should we be looking at?

Based on his height and weight, we would suggest the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 32" 29oz. size.

Logan Expert
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How is the 517 Louisville Slugger Omaha on your hands? My son hates to use a bat that stings his hands when he hits. Also, I have noticed some of the players on our high school team using a smaller bat than what they would normally use because they feel with a smaller/lighter bat they can achieve a faster swing, which in turn helps them a little bit since they are having to use these BBCOR bats. What is your opinion?

Since the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a one-piece bat, there is a high possibility of sting or vibration. As far as the size of the bat, we suggest using the largest bat that you can control. The more mass you can put behind the ball, the more power you can transfer through the ball.

Logan Expert
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I am considering this bat, but am interested in how it compares to the LS 916 bat?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a one-piece alloy construction, whereas the 2016 Louisville Slugger Prime 916 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBP9163 is a three-piece composite design. The 916 will have more flex in the swing than the 517 because of the three-piece construction.

Linsey Expert
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My son is 13 yrs old and weighs 102 lbs, height is 5'4". What size bat does he need?

Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in a 29 inch model.

Cameron Expert
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I am interested in purchasing this bat. I am 5'10" and 130 lbs (10th grade). I currently swing a 32". Would you recommend the 32.5" or 33"?

Based upon your height and weight, I would recommend a 32.5" option of this 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) over a 33" option.

Ben Expert
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Having trouble deciding between the 517 and 617? What's your opinion?

Both the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the LS Solo 617 are good bats to consider for a power hitter. The Solo 617 has a different balanced swing weight feel compared to the Omaha 517 and might be a better fit for some.

Cameron Expert
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Which bat would be better for a home run type of guy? This or the 917?

Both the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the 917 could be used by a power hitter and really comes down to personal preference based on balanced feel of the two bats, whether one likes the sound and feel of composite or alloy and the one-piece or two-piece construction. A one-piece bat will not flex as much and could offer slightly more pop.

Cameron Expert
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My son is 5'4" and approx 110 lbs. Do you think that a size 32 drop 3 would work well knowing that he is hitting his growth spurt?

Based on his size right now, we would suggest the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 in the 29" 26oz size if he needs the BBCOR certification. However, if you believe he could grow a couple inches and 15-20 lbs rather quickly, the 30" or 31" options wouldn't be too far away for him.

Logan Expert
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Would this bat be relatable to a 271 turn?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 will be different than a 271 turn model in the respect to barrel size ( 2 5/8" compared to 2 1/2" for 271 turn model). The handle diameter and weight distribution will be similar though.

Cameron Expert
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Is this going to a be a stiff flex or a regular flex bat?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a one-piece all alloy construction, so the swing would be more stiff than a two-piece design.

Linsey Expert
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Does this bat have the same 30 day return policy as the 2016 version if unsatisfied?

Unfortunately, the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 does not come with the 30 day trial period like the 2016 model does.

Cooper Expert
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How does this bat compare to the DeMarini Voodoo One?

These bats both compare very similar to each other. Both are one-piece, alloy models and both will have very good performance. The main difference is that the Louisville Slugger comes with a custom Lizard Skin grip while the DeMarini Voodoo One will come with a more standard DeMarini grip.

Kyle J. Expert
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Would this bat be for a contact hitter or a power hitter?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) would be a great option for both contact and power hitters. But it is a one pice design and typically power hitters prefer one piece designs.

Carter Expert
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Does this bat have to be broken in, or is it ready for game play?

No, the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 does not need to be broken in before game use. Then only bats that will have to be broken in are fully composite bats.

Cooper Expert
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Is the Omaha 517 better than the Solo 617?

It is really going to be personal preference. The 2017 Louisville Slugger Solo 617 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBSO6173) is going to have the Lowest MOI & Fastest Swing Speed In Louisville Slugger BBCOR Line. But both are very good bats and whether someone preferred one over the other would be up to personal preference.

Carter Expert
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What is difference between the 516 and 517?

This 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) will be different from the Omaha 516 because of the new ST 7U1+ alloy material that allows for a big sweet spot and a stiffer feel at contact. As well, for this 2017 Omaha 517, Slugger will cease using the Flexband technology that helped keep older models of the bat within the requirements set forth by BBCOR certification.

Ben Expert
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Is the Omaha or the MAKO BEAST better?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) and the 2017 Easton MAKO BEAST BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB17MK) are going to be very different bats. The Omaha is a one piece aluminum bat while the Mako Beast is a two piece composite bat. Power hitters typically tend to prefer the one piece bats while contact hitters tend to prefer two piece bats. Both bats have been highly rated throughout the years and you really cannot go wrong either way.

Carter Expert
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Does this bat have good durability?

Yes, the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 features a ST 7U1+ Alloy which is very durable.

Sean Expert
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My son is 14 yrs old and in 8th grade. He currently using the 30 in, 21oz.-9, 2 5/8 barrel Louisville Slugger Vapor SLVA159. He is transitioning to the next level. He is 5' and 90 lbs. Is the 30 in, -3 the right size for this change? Is there other options?

Based off of his current height and weight we recommend either a 29" or a 30". I think if he is currently using a 30" then I would stick with that but I would not recommend going up since he is already making a big jump in size from a -9 to a -3.

Cooper Expert
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How many balls does the Omaha 517 need to break in?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) is an aluminum baseball bat and will be hot right out of the wrapper. It does not need any break in.

Carter Expert
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Is this bat balanced or end loaded?

The 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is a balanced bat.

Marcus Expert
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What is the difference in this and the 2016 Rawlings Velo?

Both the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 and the 2016 Rawlings VELO are well-balanced alloy bats. The biggest difference between the two is that the VELO features a composite end cap, giving it a slightly lower M.O.I. and swing weight.

Marcus Expert
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This bat can be used in high school, correct?

Yes, the 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173 is BBCOR certified and it is approved for play in high school.

Jason Expert
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I have the 2016 and love it. What is the 2017 tech detail, feel and swing weight difference?

The new 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BBO5173) and the 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 Senior League Baseball Bat (SLO5160) are going to be extremely similar with only minor differences. The most noticeable difference is going to be on the 2017 version it has the New ST 7U1+ Aluminum. This is going to make it a little bit more durable than the 2016 model, and offer a little bit larger sweet spot. Another minor difference will be the 2017 version has a 31/32 Inch Standard Handle while the 2016 has a 7/8 Inch Tapered Handle.

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Bat Features
  • 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter
  • -3 Length to Weight Ratio
  • 31/32 Inch Tapered Handle
  • BBCOR Certified - Approved for High School and Collegiate Play
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  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty
  • HMX (Hyperlite Matrix Alloy) Construction
  • One-Piece, Alloy Construction
  • ZCORE Internal Core Technology - Creates Huge, Expanded Sweet Spot
  • HYPERSKIN Grip (Thickness: 1.2 mm)
  • Lower Swing Weight Index for Balanced Feel
  • Legal For Play In Intermediate (50-70) & Junior League Divisions Of Little League
Description for Easton Z-CORE HMX BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16ZA
For 2016, Easton has brought the most expansive line of power and performance to the market with the all-new Power Brigade Series!

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Bat Features
  • Free Shipping!
  • 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter
  • -3 Length to Weight Ratio
  • 31/32 Inch Tapered Handle
  • BBCOR Certified - Approved for High School & Collegiate Play
  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty
  • One-Piece, Alloy Construction
  • Custom Lizard Skin Grip - Enhanced Comfort With Decreased Vibration
  • NEW ST 7U1+ Alloy - Delivers Huge Sweet Spot & Stiff Feel On Contact
  • Exceptional Durability
  • Legal For Play In Intermediate (50-70) & Junior League Divisions Of Little League

Description for 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5173
New from Louisville Slugger for 2017! The Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 has baseball bat lovers drooling at the mouth. Ball players get the best of nearly 130-plus years of innovation all rolled into this one-piece alloy construction. Louisville Slugger, a name associated with only the best bats in baseball, has elegantly designed and carefully crafted the newest Omaha model into a masterpiece that helps players step up to the plate with confidence. Constructed of Louisville Slugger's brand new ST 7U1+ alloy, the Omaha 517 delivers a huge sweet spot, a much more stiff feel on contact, and exceptional durability. This also results in reliable power, championship performance, and consistency throughout the season. Furthermore, with a balanced swing weight, a noticeable increase in bat speed and control will take place. As a bonus, slick new graphics and a custom Lizard Skin premium performance bat grip add comfort and style while decreasing vibration and sting. Last, but not least, Louisville Slugger is backing the Omaha 517 with a full twelve (12) month manufacturer's warranty. Louisville Slugger: Power In Numbers!

This 2017 Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO517 features a -3 length to weight ratio, a 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter, and a 31/32 inch tapered handle for an unbeatable feel. Additionally, this model has the BBCOR Certification making it legal for play at the high school and collegiate level. Pick up yours today with free shipping right here at JustBats.com. We're here for you from Click to Hit!
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