When the ball reaches those speeds, or curls around in a strange way, you want a bat that’s quick and easy to control, and with power to really launch the ball into orbit.
Are their bats better than all the others?
How Easton Fastpitch Bats Made a Splash in the Industry
Easton was founded way back in 1922. It’s hard to believe, but they actually started out as a maker of bows and arrows.
That’s because you can say the same of their Easton fastpitch softball bats as well. They’re weapons too.
In fact, you can say that, over the years, they’re high-tech weapons.
They made their first bats for baseball and softball in 1969, and they were quickly known for their innovation, and their bats became almost frighteningly effective.
They didn’t quite originate the idea of using aluminum for bats, but they set the standard.
Easton’s First Go Around
With their first bats, they showed the world just how great aluminum can be.
Right off the bat, so to speak, the Easton aluminum bats carried less weight, offered better results, and lasted longer than the other aluminum bats of the time.
They quickly became the bat of choice in college and junior leagues, but not for the majors. They were just “too good”.
Easton Fastpitch Softball Bats
Easton fastpitch bats came out with titanium. When they were banned because again they were too good, they came up with a new metal named “scandium” which improved bat performance while it still followed the rules.
Then they came up with aeronautic-grade materials that dropped the weight even further while offering greater durability.
Easton continues that tradition of innovation to this day. And thus its reputation and its market share continue to soar.
They compare right at the top along with DeMarini.
Let’s take a look at some of their offerings and see how they can really help hitters at the plate.
They all have a 1-year warranty, but you will need the original receipt as well as the hologram sticker that matches the hologram on the handle.
Also, they carry the USSSA 1.20 and ASA certification and are approved for ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA, SSUSA, and ISF leagues.
Specs Video For the 2016 Limited Edition Stealth Bat
Check out this cool video of a Easton fastpitch bats limited edition.
2016 Easton MAKO TORQ -10
Easton MAKO TORQ CXN ZERO 10This is available at sizes ranging from 31 inches (21 ounces) to 34 inches (24 ounces).
This bat alone exemplifies many of the high tech innovations that the company has come up with for their Easton composite fastpitch softball bats.
On the official website, it sells for $270.
First it offers the Torq technology. This unique handle lets your hand rotate, and this boosts the efficiency of your bat swing.
This frees up your hands so that you can adjust to an inside pitch.
Instead of hooking a foul ball, you can end up with a double down the line past the infielder.
You don’t even have to change how you swing your bat to see an improvement.
With this, you can move the bat faster into the hitting zone, and you also keep the bat in the zone for a longer time while creating more backspin and power.
What that means is that you significantly boost the likelihood that you can drive the ball in any direction.
Easton’s TCT Thermo 2-piece composite alloy design makes it possible for the bat to be extra-long in the barrel.
This results in a bigger sweet spot, and it also reduces the moment of inertia so your swing is faster.
This setup also minimizes the sting you feel when you mishit the ball.
So even if you make contact at the end of the bat, or you get jammed, you won’t have to endure that dreaded sting in your hands.
The CXN technology that connects the 2 pieces together is also special. It maximizes the energy transfer when you make contact.
So that means the power you generate with your body as you twist and swing transfers through the bat and to the ball.
This also enhances your “feel” for the ball when you make contact.
This also reduces the vibrations you feel in your hands.
The handle is also made of composite material, and it measures 29/32 inches.
To really improve your grip, it also comes with the Torq Taq grip.
This is the advanced 2-piece grip design that improves tack as well as durability.
This means you get a grip that’s more comfortable and you also get a better performance.
What’s The Easton MAKO TORQ Made Of?
Easton MAKO TORQ Fastpitch Conclusion
These technologies are featured in the many models of Easton fastpitch bats.
They may have a different drop, but they have the same intrinsic technologies that make then perform better.
Easton FS3 -12
The drop 12 is great for young players who may want a little more length to their bats, but don’t want the weight that usually goes with having more bat.
With this model, you can get a 30-inch bat with just a weight of 18 ounces, up to a 34-inch bat with a 22-ounce weight.
Why choose this? For some players, control is the most important thing, and the light weight offers that control better than a heavier bat.
In addition, this bat comes with a balanced weight instead of being end-loaded.
So you can control it better; you can more accurately place it in the spot of the hitting zone you want.
More FS3 Specs
This bat also comes with the IMX advanced composite barrel. This is the proprietary blend of alloys that Easton had come up with to have a big barrel with the requisite durability. It also optimizes the sweet spot.
Durability is always an issue with alloy bats, because each time you make contact the metal just bends a little.
It’s why you should rotate your bat every at-bat, so the dings on the bat are even.
But with the IMX, the dings are reduced so that it can last for a longer period of time.
Again you find the CXN technology here. Every time you make contact outside the sweet spot, you’ll feel the stinging in your hands as the vibrations travel down the bat.
But not with this. This bat reduces that sting, so if you’re a regular player you will feel more confident.
You’re no longer punished every time you don’t hit a softball squarely.
The Famous FS3 Grip
The handle is comfortably thin at 29/32 of an inch. The composite handle also comes with the vaunted 1.2mm Hyperskin grip.
This revolutionary grip is a marvel, and it originated as a grip for motocross bikes.
You really don’t want to lose your grip in that sport! Soon it made its way to baseball and softball bats.
This grip is very light and fits on your bat like a second skin. You get a solid and comfortable grip with its textured surface, which really offers a nice tackiness.
The Hyperskin also absorbs the shock when you make contact with the softball, so that you again reduce the vibration you feel in your hands.
All these technologies that work together in reducing the vibration even lets Easton claim that it’s practically zero vibration. This may be an exaggeration, but not by much.
EASTON FP16S50 FS50 -10This is the most affordable among the Easton youth fastpitch softball bats, and they’re great at their average price of about $25.
And some sellers online may even offer them for less. This comes with a drop 10 weight, ranging from 25 inches (15 ounces) to 30 inches (20 ounces).
It’s made with aluminum alloy and the thin 31/32-inch handle comes with the Easton All Sports Grip.
For beginners, this is a promising Easton fastpitch softball bat.
The cost is virtually negligible, so you;re not too disappointed if your kid decides on a different sport.
Final Words on Easton Fastpitch Bats
To make it last as long as it should, you need to use the Easton fastpitch bat for leather-covered balls only.
It should a bat for an individual and not for a team to take turns using. The player should also learn to rotate the bat for a 1/4 turn for every at-bat.
For fastpitch softball hitters, that’s a homerun combination.