We procured a couple of Marucci Black BBCOR baseball bats this past week and we were finally able to get a few hundred swings on the shiny, jet black BBCOR bat.
We all know the Marucci Cat5 BBCOR bat is stupid hot. We wanted to see how the Black compared to the white Cat 5. I started with the orignal Cat 5 and was reminded why this is considered one of the best, if not the best BBCOR bat on the market. After about 25 pitches, I eagerly picked up the 2012 model Marucci to see what $100 extra would give me, besides a composite handle.
The sound of the Black is more hollow than the loud ping of the Cat 5, but it is not a funky, unnormal sound, it sounds good.
One thing that sets Marucci BBCOR bats apart from many other bats is the balance, they are simply easier to swing than most other BBCOR’s. (Note: The TPX Z1000 and the Anderson Ignite are also insanely balanced and easy to swing BBCOR bats).
After the first few swings and noticing the balance was giving me added bat control and ability to put the bat on the ball, I realized how smooth and comfortable my hands were. The Harmonic Dampener really does work, there is absolutely no vibration in the Black BBCOR.
Marucci is claims the barrel on the Black has a 33% larger sweet spot… After the first day of testing, I would have to agree. I switched back and forth from the Cat5 to the Black and consistently, I was shocked at how much better I was hitting with the Black. Just minutes earlier, I would have taken the Cat 5 up to bat, no questions asked.
Up until now, I would have said $199 would get you the best BBCOR available, but today unfortunately, I have to throw another hundred on that number and say the Black Marucci is worth the extra $100 if you are a serious baseball player and need to have the best baseball equipment on the diamond.