Picking the correct size BBCOR bat for your size and strength is the most important decision you make as a hitter. This is because a bat that is too big/heavy or too small/light will result in sub-optimal hitting performance.
The best way to determine what size bat to buy is to try the bat you are thinking about buying. If possible, take the bat into the cage or to batting practice and see how it feels. If you are able to get the bat through the zone and make solid contact that size BBCOR bat is probably best for you. However, if you feel late or not confident in your swing that bat is likely too big.
If trying the bat is not possible before purchase you should use your best judgement based on the players age, height, weight, strength, and playing ability.
To start, age is a pretty good starting indicator for size. Players who are moving into BBCOR from a senior bat should look at 31 inch or 32 inch sizes. Average and below average hitters should opt for the 31 inch to help compensate for the added weight of a BBCOR bat. Young players who are great hitters should try a 32 inch to give them more plate coverage and more power on contact. We do not recommend anything longer than 32 inch for players new to BBCOR as the transition to the heavier BBCOR bats will take some time to get used to.
If the player has been playing BBCOR ball for a couple years we recommend either a 32 inch or 33 inch bat. Similar to choosing a bat for young players, the stronger hitters will want to shoot for a 33 inch bat, while contact hitters may want to purchase a 32 inch. Some companies make half sizes like 32.5 inch if you feel you might be in-between sizes.
Advanced and Really Strong Players:
If the player is a great hitter and is physically strong then we recommend trying either a 33 inch or 34 inch BBCOR bat. Very few players in high school and even college should swing a 34 inch BBCOR, so if you are unsure on the size we recommend sticking with the 33 inch for the added bat speed and bat control.
MOI or moment of inertia is a measurement of how much energy is required to take a bat from a state of rest to a state of motion. BBCOR bats with a lower MOI require less effort to swing than BBCOR bats with a higher MOI.
Is lower MOI better?
Lower MOI BBCOR bats are easier to swing, but there is a trade off of performance with lower MOI bats. Higher MOI bats are harder to swing, but offer more pop on contact with the ball.
What MOI is best for me?
There are many factors that can determine what MOI is best for a player. Speaking very broadly, lower MOI bats are better for contact hitters and higher MOI bats are better for power hitters. However, players should always strive for the highest MOI bat they can swing with confidence and control.
If you want to learn the MOI values of each of the Top BBCOR bats you should download our 2015 buyer’s guide. In the buyer’s guide we measure each bat’s MOI and balance point to help players understand what bat is best for them.
The following 2015 BBCOR bats were tested by us using the BBCOR testing standard to determine the balance point and MOI for each bat. With that information we were able to place each bat into three categories to help you better determine which bat is best for you. The three categories are:
1. Best for One, Two, and Three (contact) hitters.
2. Best for Three (power), Four, and Five hitters.
3. Best for Six, Seven, Eight, and Nine hitters.
By selecting a BBCOR bat that has the correct balance point and MOI for the type of hitter you are will result in much better performance at the plate.
Xmas is coming early this year at Top BBCOR! We have been chosen as one of the review blogs to test the new RIP-IT Helium BBCOR baseball bat that will be due out in early 2015. As a result, we will be getting our hands on a ‘beta’ version of the bat in the next couple of weeks. Here is a snip-it of the email from RIP-IT:
“We have an innovative bat that we will be launching in early 2015 and would like your blog to be one of the first to try an early beta version of it.
The name of the bat will be the RIP-IT Helium BBCOR and the use of helium in the manufacturing process will be a major leap forward for BBCOR bat performance, durability, and technology.”
As soon as we get it we will add it to the buyer’s guide based on the balance point, MOI and performance. If you have not already downloaded the report, do it today. The 2015 BBCOR buyer’s guide breaks down all the top BBCOR bats by balance point and MOI so you can buy the perfect bat for you.
In the past we have received questions about where bats are made. For those who like to buy BBCOR bats made in the USA, sadly there is only one option of the bats we tested. Here is the breakdown of where each bat we are testing is manufactured.
We also included where those companies are located and if they are owned by a larger or foreign company below. The Top BBCOR performance reviews are available here.
Made in (listed alphabetically):
DeMarini CF7 – China
Easton Mako – China
Easton Torq – China
Louisville Slugger Prime 915 – China
Rawlings Trio – China
RIP-IT Elite – USA
DeMarini – Owned by Wilson located in Chicago, IL, however DeMarini’s offices are located in Hilsboro, OR.
Easton – Around two years ago, on the verge of bankruptcy, Easton was purchased by Bauer, a Canadian company who specializes in hockey. Bauer is also the owner of Combat Sports another bat company that did go bankrupt a few years ago. Easton’s offices are located in Van Nuys, CA.
Louisville Slugger – Owned by Hillerich & Bradsby located in Louisville, KY
Rawlings – Also owned by Wilson located in Chicago, IL, but Rawlings’ offices are located in St. Louis, MO.
RIP-IT – Owned and operated by RIP-IT out of Orlando, FL.
UPDATE: 2015 Top BBCOR bats are listed in our buyer’s guide. Get it here.
We are in the final phases of bat testing for the 2015 Top BBCOR bats. The video below is an example of how we obtain the period of each bat which is one of the variables needed to determine a bat’s MOI.
Just to let everyone know, this year we are updating our BBCOR bat rating system. We are taking bat reviewing to a whole new level through the use of computer modeled data and actual BBCOR test data to determine which BBCOR bats are the top BBCOR bats for you. We felt it was time for a little less opinion and a lot more facts.
The first round of analysis and reviews will include all of the Top BBCOR bats for 2015. Starting with all bats in the $399.99 and up price range. Manufacturers in the first round will include:
We will do our best to add as many bats to the list as possible, but there are limits to what we can afford each year :). In the meantime leave us a comment below and let us know what 2015 bats you are most interested in learning about. And don’t forget to join our email list. We will be emailing everyone as soon as the 2015 buyer’s guide goes up.
Thanks for checking out TopBBCOR.com and we hope everyone gets the perfect bat this season!
UPDATE: 2015 Top BBCOR bats are listed in our buyer’s guide. Get it here.
This year, there are a lot of new BBCOR baseball bats on the market that are causing a lot of hype. We have provided a list of the best quality BBCOR certified bats for 2014. We strive to keep our website as updated as possible, so as company’s introduce their new 2014 BBCOR bats, we will update our list accordingly after we demo their latest and greatest top-notch BBCOR bats. Here is our list of the best BBCOR bats currently out right now.
Out of all the BBCOR certified baseball bats available, RIP-IT’s BBCOR AIR Elite is the one to beat in 2014. The performance of this BBCOR cannot be touched. This two-piece BBCOR bat had a late release. It was finally released months after their 2014 bat lineup was launched. There is no question that this bat almost didn’t pass testing because it was too hot. It has an immense amount of pop. RIP-IT claims that the performance and pop of the bat are owed to their use of Air Technology and a rifle barrel. Whatever the cause might be—it’s awesome.
Our favorite thing about this BBCOR bat is the pop. Out of all the other BBCOR certified baseball bats we demoed, this one had incomparable pop. The barrel of the BBCOR AIR Eliteis very forgiving, allowing you to have great pop and great contact, even when the ball is hit outside of a typical bat’s sweet spot. If you want a best BBCOR bat with a wide hitting range, a barrel with all-over performance and fast swing speed—this is it.
At $399.99, this BBCOR bat is worth every penny. There’s no risk to this reward. RIP-IT offers the best return and warranty policy out of any other company on our list. Unlike the other brands on our list that offer a one-year (365 day) warranty; RIP-IT offers a full 400-day warranty and has a 30-day full refund return policy. They are also the only ones on our list to offer a warranty with unlimited repairs and replacements.
Another feature that sets the BBCOR AIR Elite apart from all others is the grip. RIP-IT’s contact grip gets the job done preventing sting while still being comfortable. We also can’t deny that it is the fastest BBCOR certified bat we have ever tried.
The lack of vibration can also be owed to the fact that it is a two-piece bat. The BBCOR AIR Elite has a composite handle and an alloy barrel so players can get lots of pop while still avoiding sting.
Covering all our bases of durability, power, control, balance, speed and pop; we just had to put this bat at number one. Needless to say, we are interested to see how RIP-IT is going to top this one next year.
DeMarini’s BBCOR comes in at number two with stunning control. The Voodoo Paradox gives players complete control over their swing and can absolutely crush anything that comes its way. The swing is considerably lightweight and gives you a good amount of power. Our only complaint about the bat is that it is a little top-heavy, which is why it would probably be best for a power hitter as opposed to a contact hitter.
Because the bat is top-heavy it may be a littler more difficult for contact hitters to swing and you may also have more trouble with swing speed if you are a smaller player. But nonetheless, the Voodoo Paradox is one of the best BBCOR bats on the market with an insane amount of power.
Our favorite thing about this BBCOR bat is the end cap. DeMarini’s end cap design is seemingly damage-proof, giving you one less thing to worry out. We can tell that DeMarini set out to make durability a major factor in this BBCOR certified bat, and it shows.
With a stunning amount of speed, power, durability and control, there is no doubt that this bat deserves some hype at our number two spot.