When you hear the name Louisville Slugger, usually the first thing you think about is their wooden baseball bats. As the company continued to evolve in the past several years, they branched out to include aluminum baseball and softball bats, including slowpitch and fastpitch bats. Their 2014 line of bats are one of the most talked about in the sport today and for those looking to get a new fastpitch bat, the 2014 Louisville Slugger Xeno might be the best bat to add to your bag.
The 2014 Louisville Slugger Xeno is currently available for $299.95, $40 less than the manufacturer suggested retail price from our friends at Cheapbats.com. It comes in five different lengths and weights of -10 oz, with the smallest being 30”/20oz. and the biggest being 34”/24oz. The bat was constructed with composite material and the one thing Louisville Slugger is known for is putting their time in money into researching what will make their bats better. That is especially the case with this bat, as they used Pure 360 composite, which is a thinner, but stronger composite material that allow multiple layers of the material to be used. By using multiple layers of this thinner material, you are able to get more power into each swing when you make solid contact.
The barrel of the 2014 Louisville Slugger Xeno was made with S1iD that gives this bat superior production compared to similar bats. There is an aluminum disc built inside the barrel of the bat which helps to give it a larger sweet spot than most bats on the market today. When you hear the bat make contact with the ball, you will hear a nice and crisp sound. This happens because of the material they used in the construction of the bat, and the evenly balanced weight distribution also helps to ensure an easy and controlled swing.
The bat comes with a 12 month warranty and has a traditional Louisville Slugger end cap to go with a thicker handle with a synthetic grip. This bat may not be at the top of your list of bats to buy for the upcoming season, but it should be. To see more of the 2014 Louisville Slugger Xeno, watch the video.