Louisville Slugger XENO is one of the most recognizable names associated with high quality fastpitch bats. The company with over a century long tradition, that isn’t afraid to incorporate innovations into the design of their products, has once again position itself in the top 3 fastpitch bats of the season. This year’s addition of the famous model is the XENO Plus, a two-piece composite bat.
- Composite technology and a zero friction double-wall design
- 2-piece fused bat construction
- Double barrel system, dubbed S1iD technology, which gives the pop XENO bat is so well-known for
- The patented 2-piece iST technology in the transition from handle to barrel, now featuring stiffer feel for better energy transfer.
CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN:
Louisville Slugger Xeno is a two-piece bat, but unlike others, it uses internal socket technology which joins the handle and barrel into a firm and durable one piece. Thanks to the S1iD, it is game-ready the moment you unwrap it. The Xeno is available in a wide variety of weights as well. If you are more of a power hitter, you’ll really like the heavier -8 drop. If you are looking for a regular feeling swing you can opt for the -9 or -10 drop variations instead. The colors have changed from the last year’s model, the graphics are the same, but the faded grip tape on the handle is a nice touch.
|Drop:||-8, -9, -10, -11|
|Handle:||7/8″ standard handle|
|Certification:||USSSA 1.20, ASA, ISA, NSA, ISF|
|Material:||Performance Plus Composite|
|Grip:||Hybrid Performance Grip|
|Warranty:||One Year Manufacturer’s Warranty|
- Lightweight and balanced
- Massive sweet spot
- Lots of pop
- Stiffer feel may not suit all players
- The limited color option (unlike Louisville Slugger LXT)
DeMarini Uprising 2016 Stats (-12)
The balance, large sweet spot, and dual barrel technology really help bringing up your swing speed, even if your hands haven’t gotten any faster. Stiffer transition provides stiffer feel, and in theory it means more power when the ball is hit solid. On the other hand, it also means more hand sting on mishits. But unless you can hit at elite level speeds, the stiffer transition is not making a significant difference.
Overall, this bat is one of the best that money can buy. We recommend the 2017 Xeno Plus to those who want top shelf performance at all pitch speeds (right out of the wrapper), prefer an over-sized barrel and want a light swinging bat. Oh, and are not too concerned about the budget.