Ready to make the change? AXE bats are gaining popularity and taking the baseball world by storm, thanks to cutting-edge designs that take the biomechanics of the player’s swing into consideration. Heavier loads give the hitting face more power, and hyperwhip endcaps enhance balance.
The company offers quite a few options for baseball, fastpitch, and slowpitch. All have something special to offer, but which is the best AXE bat for your needs? We hope our reviews help you make a choice that gives you more pop with every swing. Here are five top picks to consider.
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Featuring an ergonomic handle for better comfort, safety, speed, and control, the AXE Bat 2018 Origin SR Youth USSSA -10 baseball bat features a 2 ¾ inch barrel and a -10 length to weight ratio. This bat carries a USSSA 1.15 BPF certification and comes with an eye-catching black and yellow finish.
Stamped with USSSA 1.15 bpf stamp, legal for leagues following USSSA rules
Handle encourages kids to hold the bat correctly
Not eligible for USA baseball league play
Grip feels a bit cheap; easy to replace with bat grip tape like Lizard Skin
If your kids’ league still follows USSSA rules or has no bat regulations and you’re working on building batting skills, then you’ll want to put this bat in the running. Coaches report that this bat helps kids correct a multitude of ills: If there’s a problem staying level, rotating the barrel, or finding the correct grip, it’s quite likely to help.
With a 2 5/8 inch barrel of LP1 alloy, the AXE Bat 2018 Origin bat features a -8 length to weight ratio. The patented AXE handle provides a comfortable, stable grip while maximizing speed and helping players make better contact with the ball on a more consistent basis. A hyper whip end cap makes for a faster swing while extending the sweet spot. This bat carries a USSSA 1.15 BPF certification. A contrasting black, steel, and neon yellow finishlend an attractive appearance.
Bat will not crack
Helps kids develop a strong, confident swing
Larger sweet spot than many competing bats
A bit of sting on contact
A great choice for little leaguers who are working on their swing, the AXE Bat 2018 Origin is well-balanced and feels a bit lighter than it actually is.While it does come with a bit of vibration, particularly when hits come off the end cap, this bat provides a solid hitting experience that can help improve technique and build confidence. It’s worth noting that this bat has a new USABat certification, and is approved for play in little league, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Pony, AABC, and Dixie Youth.
AXE Bat 2018 Elite Hybrid USABat (-5) Baseball Bat
In an attractive black and blue color, the AXE Bat 2018 Elite hybrid USA bat (-5) features a 2 5/8 inch diameter barrel, along with AXE’s signature handle. Offering outstanding comfort, exceptional control, and plenty of power this bat boasts an end loaded swing weight for added oomph. The length to weight ratio is -5. This AXE bat comes in sizes between 30 and 32 inches.
Meets USA standards for little league
Powerful hitter for power hitters
Smooth, balanced feel
Two-piece hybrid design throws some batters off; this bat is not for everyone
If you’re looking for an amazing little league bat for a promising young player, you might want to take a look at this one. It does cost a bit more than some other bats in the AXE lineup, and the two-piece design can take some getting used to. Many young players find that this bat helps them get to the next level, making it well worth a try if you’ve got a player who’s doing well and wants to hit more home runs.
The AXE Bat 2018 Element features 1-piece alloy construction for a good combination of power, speed, and contact with the sweet spot. The AXE patented handle encourages a proper grip while improving barrel control and enhancing speed, while the 2 5/8” barrel combines durability with plenty of pop. The hyper whip end cap improves balance. This bat features a green and black finish and is available in several sizes. It meets USABat standards, and is approved for play in AABC, Little League, Dixie Youth, Pony, and Babe Ruth. As with other AXE bats, a 1 year warranty is included.
Outstanding for competitive batters
Whips faster than a -10
Helps improve performance
Can take some getting used to
AXE Bat puts plenty of research into its products and it really shows in the Element bats. It’s worth noting that some players need a month or two to really get used to the way this bat feels and performs compared to their old favorites, while others need just a practice session or two. We appreciate the multiple sizes available, which make it easier to make a confident selection or swap to a different “favorite” bat as players grow and improve.
AXE Bat Danielle Lawrie (-12) Fastpitch Softball Bat
The AXE Bat Danielle Lawrie (-12) Fastpitch Softball bat offers 1-piece alloy construction for plenty of speed and power, along with a balanced feel that helps players develop and maintain a consistent swing. The patented AXE handle design boosts confidence while providing a comfortable grip, resulting in harder contact with the softball. A 2 ¼ inch barrel provides plenty of pop, while the hyper whip end cap extends the sweet spot while enhancing speed. This AXE softball bat features a bold raspberry and black design, and is available in a range of sizes. It is approved for play by USSSA, NSA, ASA, ISA, NFHS, and NCAA.
Surprisingly affordable, particularly for an AXE bat
Suitable for left and right hand hitters
Outstanding quality and feel
Players may feel a little sting when hitting balls with end of bat
Ready to take fastpitch softball to the next level?The AXE Bat Danielle Lawrie can help. While of course some things are left to the player, this unique bat design will help improve your grip and encourage you to hit the ball with power and confidence. We can’t get enough of it, and we think you’ll like it too. As a bonus, this softball bat is legal for use in a number of leagues.
Considerations when Choosing an AXE Bat
Once you’ve tried an AXE bat, you may never go back to old-fashioned wood or aluminum. What should you look for though, besides the AXE label and a bat style that’s suitable for your preferred game (or your kids’ preferred game?) Here are just a few quick pointers.
Certification:AXE bats are not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, so double check to be sure that the bat you choose is one that you or your child can use in games where certification is required. If you’re not sure about current standards, consider having a talk with a coach before you invest in the AXE bat of your dreams.
Barrel diameter:Pick the barrel diameter that’s right for your game. Double check regulations if you’re not sure what size is right.
Weight:Heavier bats give you more power, but this won’t help if you choose a bat that’s too heavy for you to manage. The good news is that AXE bats are engineered to be well-balanced, so a heavier bat is easier to manage. If you’re not sure about which weight to choose, you might want to chat with a coach.
Price:Yes, AXE bats cost a bit more than some competitors, but they deliver in terms of longevity and performance. If you’re on the fence about investing in an AXE bat, consider borrowing one to play with for a while as you make your decision. We really like these bats, and we think you’ll appreciate them as much or even more than we do. Buying online is our favorite way to save money on great gear like this.
With just a little picking and choosing, it’s not at all difficult to find the right AXE bat for your game, your stature, and of course, your league’s bat certification requirements. We wish you the best of luck this baseball season!