Batter up! We all know that a good game of baseball includes a top-notch batter, and a good batter knows the connection with the bat is an important one. It should be comfortable in ways that the weight complements the strength of the batter, and the sweet spot accommodating the accuracy level of each swing.
There are tons of bats available to us in the market, and not being able to try out each bat before bringing out the cash can lead to regret- a lost game due to the wrong bat isn’t the best feeling. So I’ve provided you a drop 3 BBCOR certified bats list!
Luckily, there are plenty of baseball bats reviews, more importantly BBCOR baseball bats reviews, and updated lists of the best BBCOR bats 2017. So I’d like to share with you 12 of the most sought-after bats and what each of them have to offer, so you can take a look at several baseball bat comparisons, each with high bat ratings, and find the best baseball bat in the world for you and make the home-run swing! (You and your team can thank me later!)
Table of Contents
- 1 Our Top List of BBCOR Bats for 2017
- 2 Reviews of the Top 12 BBCOR Bats Recommended for 2017
- 2.1 #1. Easton BB17MK Mako Beast Comp 3 BBCOR Baseball Bat
- 2.2 #2. Marucci Cat 7 BBCOR Baseball Bat
- 2.3 #3. Rawlings Velo Hybrid Balanced BBCOR High School/Collegiate Baseball Bat
- 2.4 #4. Easton BB17ZSW Zcore Speed White -3 BBCOR Adult Baseball Bat
- 2.5 #5. Rawlings BBR53-3 5150 Alloy BBCOR
- 2.6 #6. Louisville Slugger Prime 917 BBCOR (-3) Baseball Bat
- 2.7 #7. DeMarini Voodoo Insane End Load BBCOR -3 Drop Bat
- 2.8 #8. Louisville Slugger Solo 617 BBCOR (-3) Baseball Bat
- 2.9 #9. Axe Bats 2017 Elite BBCOR L130E -3 Baseball Bat
- 2.10 #10. Axe Bats 2017 Origin BBCOR L132E -3 Baseball Bat
- 2.11 #11. Adidas Performance AeroBurner Composite Baseball Bat
- 2.12 #12. DeMarini CF Zen Balanced BBCOR -3 Drop Baseball Bat
- 3 Which of these is the best drop 3 baseball bat?
- 4 BESR vs. BBCOR
- 5 How Long Do Composite Bats Last and What About Alloy Bats?
- 6 Conclusion
Our Top List of BBCOR Bats for 2017
We have included a table below of all the top picks for this season. All the bats below come in a range of sizes. For Example: Sizes 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 should be available for all the bats shown.
Reviews of the Top 12 BBCOR Bats Recommended for 2017
This is an awesome BBCOR certified bat for those who want something that’s compact for when it’s not in use but still have the confidence to hit like there’s no tomorrow without it coming apart in the middle of the game.
My personal favorite out of all Easton 2 piece bats, this Easton Mako BBCOR baseball bat will have you swinging for more! You’ll have most likely seen this at the top of composite bat reviews.
Here we have a balanced BEAST of a bat giving you one hell of a swing with its TCT Thermo Composite barrel, which we’ll take a closer look at in just a second. Take note that it’s an inch and half longer than the usual Mako bat, but it still remains as their drop three.
As for grip, the 1.2mm wrap on this thing will help in having you let go of the bat safely and properly before running, it’s the amazing HYPERSKIN technology that comes with most Mako bats. Pick your color of black, grey, or white
Specs To Ponder
Another feature that works amazingly well with the Thermo Composite barrel, is the fact that it’s a two piece, and this adds onto the quality of the bat rather than just keeping it compact for travels, the cool thing is that it uses energy transfer to its maximum potential, keeping the energy shock strictly in the barrel rather than it reaching the handle, an explosive deflection which stays balanced, sturdy and gives off a big blow to the poor ol’ ball!
Mako Beast Drop 3
- Absolutely loving the powerful grip, those who need to work on their grip strength, this is a great bat for the meantime.
- Energy transfer- minimal aftershock on the handle due to the energy mostly staying in the barrel and snapping back a furious slam to the ball
- Easton Mako bat warranty goes up to a full year!
- High up on the light baseball bat list
- Length. It’ll definitely take some getting used to the extra inch and a half.
Marucci Cat 7 Drop 3
The Marucci Cat7 that’s been causing a bit of a stir with features completely new to the market is definitely something to take a closer look at! Youth baseball bat ratings were off the hook with this one, with some of our younger batters claiming it to be the best baseball bat, this is the Marucci Cat7, one brand of baseball bats made in USA, and a great choice from the list of high school approved bats.
This is a mixed alloy of one of the amazing one piece baseball bats by Marucci with such amazing strength to it, absolutely no question when it comes to durability! The grip is soft and comfortable, I’ll say that, but I think for functionality, you would need to purchase an additional grip tape for a firm and secure hold.
If you used a Cat6 baseball bat or have a read one of the Marucci Cat 6 BBCOR reviews, you might have come across the small sweetspot issue.
Well now, it’s got an extra large sweet spot, twice as large as the Cat6 so forget everything you know about accuracy (just kidding, don’t do that), but better hits are something you can expect from this bat more often, and something that adds to the amazing hit is the double wall thickness of the barrel end that has improved the balance of the Cat series by great amounts, considering .
Specs to Ponder
You’ll find at the end of the handle is a cool wheel-looking thing attached inside. This is the widely talked-about AV2 anti-vibration knob that pretty much diminishes negative vibrational feedback, which is something that can add seconds on to your run-time because negative vibrations can often have your thumb sticking to the bat a little longer than it should when you’re trying to run to a base!
This is considered one of the BBCOR bats with the most pop, likely caused by that whopper sweet spot, and could be the best aluminum baseball bat out there?
Cat 7 Marucci BBCOR
- The AV2 Anti-Vibration knob, could be the reason for your next home run!
- No internal weight rings but still has a beautiful balance to it
- Large sweet spot for some serious blows
- Slippery grip, or I really need to work on my grip strength (yikes!) but works well with some Easton bat grip tape
- White baseball bats get dirty looking easily
Rawlings Velo 2017 BBCOR
If you’re looking for the best BBCOR bat with the most POP from a list of the top BBCOR bats, you might want to check out this Velo Hybrid Balanced bat by Rawlings. This amazing looking bat will have you walking up to home base as batter with style! You’ll hear some people dub this as the best bat for highschool baseball, and the most used bat in college baseball equipment.
This is a bat that is so lightweight it could really improve the speed of your swing due the VELO fiber reinforced Silver Comp Lite composite end cap, removing excess and unneeded weight from the end of the bat giving you an awesome balance with each hit of the baseball and transferring the MOI towards the hands of the batter!
Specs to Ponder
There’s a trampoline effect that happens the moment the ball touches the sweet spot of this bat, its sweet spot flexibility allows it to bend just the right amount to create a deflection that not only helps with accuracy of where you want to hit the ball, but also helps the ball travel further than expected with a High School or Collegiate baseball bat. Rawlings have named this feature as the pOp2.0, this is also what makes the pop so loud it might actually stun the rest of the players!
Rawlings VELO BBCOR Bat 2017 (-3)
- Speed. This is definitely a bat that will improve the speed of your overall swing
- Looks super cool!
- The way the sweet spot works is pretty impressive, although it could be a little bigger
- The loud pop stuns me more than my opponents
- Negative Vibrational Feedback stung a little
2017 Easton Z-Core Speed
Are you digging the Easton BB17MK Mako Beast but hate the fact that it’s a two piece bat? If so, then this might be the better option for you! There are plenty of amazing bats in this line of Easton baseball bats BBCOR approved, and this one is at the top of the list for the Easton baseball bats 2016.
Just like it’s counterpart two piece, this bat by Easton has 1.2mm extra strength grip due to the bat grip’s HyperSkin technology that claims to reduce negative vibrational feedback.
This is a one piece bat constructed of a strong “hmx” Hyper Lite Matrix alloy, one of the most durable alloy bat we’ve come across, and to add to that is its Z-Core internal core technology fitted in the barrel..
Specs to Ponder
The Z Core internal core technology in the barrel produces an extra large sweet spot for a more definite hit with just the right amount of pop with each ball contact. The energy transfer on this thing may not be as impressive as the two piece but it doesn’t hinder the maximum potential for a high swing speed, just ready your mind for a bit of a sting on the hands and be sure to make that dash to your choice of base a much faster one!
Easton Z-Core Speed Whiteout BBCOR Bat (-3)
- Large sweet spot, easy accuracy on this bat upon ball contact
- HyperSkin Grip actually works as a great grip
- Negative Vibrational Feedback is strong with this one, sticks to my hand for as long as almost two seconds
2017 Rawlings 5150 (-3)
Get a load of a super responsive bat, this one is quite similar to the previously mentioned Velo Hybrid Balanced BBCOR by Rawlings when it comes to the barrel, but it’s still a totally different bat on its own. It’s one of the best baseball bats for high school and the most popular college baseball bat with BBCOR bats ratings out of this world!
The Rawlings BBR53-3 5150 is constructed of aerospace grade blend alloy that is tough like crazy. The barrel core of this bat also contains the Precision Optimized Performance Technology (better known as the Rawlings pOp)- but an earlier version as the Velo Hybrid contains the upgraded pOp 2. Yes, this bat has the Double D’s that I love; Durability & Deflection.
Specs to Ponder
This bat generates a barrel flex, so it actually has the same awesome trampoline effect as the Velo Hybrid, but take note that it does have a smaller sweet spot. However, balance is something you can get your hopes on this bat because they’ve taken advantage to transfer any excess weight to smaller areas of the bat. Another thing that adds to the good balance of this bat is the end cap; it’s got the Comp-Lite Composite feature that bids farewell to unnecessary weight, keeping the bat light and your swing swift!
Rawlings 5150 BBCOR Bat 2016
- Lightweight, overall improves swing speed
- Nicely balanced, helped to my movement accurate to what I wanted
- Probably the best BBCOR bat for contact hitters
- Generally strong negative vibrational feedback
- Paint is cheap and comes off easily
Louisville Slugger 917 Prime BBCOR
We’ve talked about two pieces, and one pieces, (I personally think of women swimsuits when I hear them) and although those sound great, it’s time to bring forth this three piece bat to take a closer look at what it has to offer! If you’ve read any of the Louisville Slugger 716 reviews, you’ll be stoked to see the improvements in this bat.
This Slugger Prime 917 by Louisville detaches at both ends of a connecting middle piece of the barrel and the handle, so if you’re trying to look for something as compact as it gets, keep reading for the specs and how the 3 connectable parts come together for a top-notch performance.
Specs to Ponder
Just like the bat we talked about previously, this Slugger Prime 917 has a strong barrel flex that improves the trampoline effect when hitting the ball because of it’s Fused Carbon Structure (FCS) composition and Microform composite material, expect an explosive hit with pretty good accuracy because of the enlarged sweet spot. To top off the newly-tried composition is Louisville’s “Lizard Skin” grip.
Louisville Slugger Prime 917 BBCOR Bat 2017 (-3)
- Awesome grip, it has a comfortable touch and also lessens negative vibrational feedback
- The speed is incredible!
- Didn’t really last long, breaks and cracks easily
- Hard on the pocket, this is one of the more expensive bats on the market
2017 Demarini Voodoo BBCOR
So we’ve mentioned a bunch of balanced bats so far. If you’re a bigger fan of End-Loaded bats, this is where DeMarini comes to shine, and it definitely should shine, as this is quite an expensive baseball bat! It’s got to be one of the best end loaded bats on the market!
The construction of the overall bat is the DeMarini upgraded version of their X14 alloy which has a double wall thickness that is meant to make it much stronger. The double barrel walls are also there to help in creating an evenly balanced bat for powerful hits. Durability is something you might enjoy when it comes to this Voodoo Insane End Loaded bat.
Specs to Ponder
It has some new features pretty similar to the Marucci Cat 7 in terms of Anti-Vibrational knobs, however this is a two piece bat and has a completely different feel to it. The difference in the knobs is that it doesn’t just dissipate the energy to reduce negative vibrational feedback, but the technology within the bat actually uses that energy to deflect that flying baseball way further than I’d initially expected, they call this piece the D-Fusion 2.0 handle. To add, the fact that it’s a connected two piece helps to keep much of the energy from moving to the handle by locking it up in the barrel piece.
DeMarini Voodoo Insane BBCOR Bat 2017 (-3)
- Amazing balance for an end-loaded bat
- No negative vibrational feedback
- INSANE power on the ball
- The DeMarini bat grip is quite weak
- Heavy swing
- One of, if not the most expensive baseball bat out there
Louisville Slugger 617 Solo BBCOR
Hopping back on the one piece band wagon (or should I say bat mobile?) with the Slugger Solo 617 from Louisville!
I find this bat to be one with speed as it’s a nicely balanced bat with some cool new technology from Louisville! Apart from their awesome Lizard Skin grip attached to the tapered handle, let’s take a look at another feature these guys have added onto this speedy bat!
Specs to Ponder
SBC, or Speed Ballistic Composite, is a feature created by Louisville Slugger and makes for the end cap on this 617 BBCOR baseball bat, removing the need of extra weight and making for a swing swifter than Taylor Swift and her relationships! The lesser the MOI, the better, right?
The newly created SL Hyper Alloy uses the energy from the ball by transferring back to the ball for a far hit, lessening vibrational feedback by a huge amount without the need of a special knob to reduce negative energy. This is a rare feature for a one piece bat because it somehow disables a lot of the energy that is generated from a hit, from transferring to the handle, which is usually a much more common feature in two or three piece bats.
2017 Louisville Slugger Solo 617 BBCOR
- Awesome grip
- Lessened Negative Vibrational Feedback
- Light feel & higher swing speed
- Smaller than usual sweet spot
- Knob breaks off easily after a short time use
2017 Axe Bat Elite BBCOR
If you’re one of the many batters suffering or has suffered from a Hamate bone injury, you’ve probably heard about this bat through a recommendation. This isn’t just a safer bat, but in my opinion, it’s the best BBCOR bat for power hitters.
It’s true that this is a great bat for the injured, but keep in mind that this bat is also amazing for lessening the probability of getting injured in the first place, so let’s talk about the handle. The patented Axe grip must have been created through an ergonomic perspective because it’s one of the most comfortable handles the bat market has to offer. But it’s important to know that the handle is not the only reason why this is one of the safest bats out there.
Specs to Ponder
Taking a look at the interior, you’ll find a wire frame grid filled with urethane that absorbs negative vibration by a mile called the Endogrid technology. This is a two piece bat composed of Axe Mantic alloy. It’s got a little more mass in the barrel due to the Endogrid but you’ll find that the balance isn’t completely thrown off because of the special Angled Hyperwhip end cap which is slanted away from the side of the bat that is meant to hit the ball. All in all, it’s a much safer bat!
Axe Elite BBCOR Bat 2017 (-3)
- Safer than other bats
- Reduced negative vibrational feedback
- Extremely comfortable handle
- Balance and swing control isn’t at its best
- Grip wears down quickly
2017 Axe Bat Origin BBCOR
Here we have another Axe Bat that has many of the same cool features, looks, and generally very similar to the Axe Bats Elite BBCOR L130E we just talked about. So let’s take a look at the specs that are the same before we head on to talk about the difference in the two.
This is a one piece and end loaded bat with a better balance the aforementioned Axe bat. It’s constructed of Axe’s high quality LP1 aluminum alloy that is durable and gives off a powerful and sturdy hit without the extra weight. Control of the barrel has been greatly improved. Rather than absorbing the shock from when the ball hits the bat, you’ll find that the energy is instead transferred back to the ball for optimum distance hitting!
Specs to Ponder
Like the Elite L130E, the handle is super ergonomic and works well in preventing injuries along with the use of the built-in HyperWhip end cap that is also slanted away from the hitting side of the bat, removing unnecessary weight from the face to allow for a swift speed and reducing shock.
2017 AXE Origin (-3)
- Ergonomic handle
- Reduced negative feedback (but not as much as the L130E Elite)
- Balance and barrel control is improved
- Still quite a heavy swing
2017 Adidas Aeroburner BBCOR
Here’s a name we’ve all heard before, whether you play baseball or not, Adidas is a popular sporting brand that has never ceased to impress in the sports realm.
A one piece and balanced bat with looks that’ll probably make all the other players jealous! But let’s forget style right now, and talk about the good stuff- the bat specs! It’s made of layered, compressed, and heat treated alloy (pure carbon composite) created by Adidas called their “Aero Burner” technology making for a beautifully functional stream-lined barrel with a balance like no other!
Specs to Ponder
This bat is fixed with the Adidas Recoil System for a solid swing and which greatly reduces shock within the barrel, transferring negative vibration back onto the ball for a powerful hit with accuracy and distance.
The control of your swing is also upped a few points by the EQT grip tape wrapped around the handle. The end cap is a thin and lightweight texin definitely helping to increase the speed and power as well, it could be at the top of the best balanced BBCOR bats.
Adidas AeroBurner Comp BBCOR Bat 2017 (-3)
- Strong grip
- Large sweet spot
- Increased swing speed
- Wears slowly, takes a long time of “breaking in” for that extra ‘used’ comfort
2017 Demarini CF Zen BBCOR
Swinging in control (lots of control), is this CF Zen Balanced bat from DeMarini! The construction of this bat is somewhat similar to the Adidas Performance Aero Burner Composite because it’s also a streamlined bat. Let’s take a closer look at the best of the DeMarini two piece bats.
This bat is a two piece that is 22% stronger than it’s predecessor with a compatible handle that moves all the energy from your movement on the handle to the barrel of bat giving off an explosive hit with minimum after shock.
Specs to Ponder
Both carefully designed pieces of the bat makes for what they call their 3 Fusion System. A strong barrel and functional handle with an RCK knob that reduces negative vibration, which is then all topped off with the 3 Fusion end cap. This end cap rids the bat of extra weight for a light and speedy swing with plenty of power.
demarini cf zen bbcor bat 2017 (-3)
- Comfortable handle
- Awesome contact upon the ball with a nice pop
- Reduced shock
- One of the High End baseball bats
- Out of this world expensive, costing around double that your usual high quality bat
- Has a tendency to crack in early uses
Which of these is the best drop 3 baseball bat?
There are so many things to take into account when asking what is the best bbcor baseball bat on the market at a drop 3? And we’re not just talking about the best bat out there, it’s important to get the one that’s right for you!
In sports training, there is something we call the “Law of Individual Differences” which pertains to each person having a different skill set. These things are not just about what you’ve developed and how much you’ve developed each skill, but another factor you can’t deny is something that goes as deep as our genes. Let’s take a look at some of the factors that can help you in deciding what bat to purchase that’ll help improve the game and give you a boost of confidence and reliability when it’s your turn to step up on that plate!
Your bat swinging muscles may be developed well enough to get you an amazing hit, but have you taken into consideration your bone strength? There’s nothing worse than being an amazingly injured batter. Apart from upping your Calcium dose (and Vitamin D to help your bones absorb all that Calcium properly), you might want to look into a more ergonomic bat that lessens the potential harm that a strong impact can have on your bones.
Strength may take the ball places so if you have a weaker arm than you’d like, look for a bat that helps produce an explosive hit with an optimal trampoline effect to get that ball soaring as far as you can.
Speed is another factor that can hit the ball to great distances but it’s also got another purpose of its own, such as matching up to a top-notch pitcher. If you’re a little slow, unless you can slow down spacetime with your mind (and if you can I hope baseball is not the only purpose you’re using it for), then you’ll want to grab a bat that’s a little more on light weighted side for a faster swing.
Accuracy is just as important as the former two swinging skills. You can swing at the speed of light and hit with the strength of Hercules but if you don’t actually hit the ball then there really isn’t a point. If accuracy is something you feel you need to work on, why not get a bat with a sweet spot that is larger than usual? Hitting the sweet spot will also lessen a lot of problems in batting, such as reducing the possibility of an injury and lessening the negative vibrational feedback or aftershock which is our next important factor after the swing.
Control is something that compliments these three swinging factors because your strength and speed obviously needs to be controlled. Your brain can think accurately but control is being able to transfer that accuracy, that strength and that speed to your physical movement because every millimeter and millisecond counts. So you know how and where to hit, but can you transfer that information from your brain to your body?
Apart from certain techniques in physical therapy, another one of the things that helps with this, is getting a good grip (pun intended). If you are faced with an uncomfortable handle with a slippery grip, chances are the amount of control you can apply for each baseball bat swinging factor is lessened by a lot.
On the other hand, opting for a bat with a good grip and comfortable handle can ease the tension and give you more control of what you’re actually doing with the bat, you can add on to a bat with a slippery grip by grabbing some good quality grip tape and installing it yourself, customizing a bat is usually an option but still has a limited effect.
Let’s take a break and admire Josh Womack’s bat tricks for a bit:
Negative Vibrational Feedback
Not only does it increase the chances of a hand injury, but it can also take away seconds of running time which can really affect your chances of making it to a base or even making that home run. Once you hit the ball it doesn’t really end there, the aftershock can cause the bat to stick to your thumbs for as long as a few seconds before eventually leaving your hands which could slow you down and not only cause yourself harm but others around you.
The last thing you want when you realize you’ve made it to first base is seeing someone knocked out by your bat. Some bats lessen negative vibration with the way they have been composed, there are also bats that feature a knob that has anti-vibration technology. Some bats might absorb all that extra energy, some bats might transfer all the negative energy towards the barrel then back onto the ball for an added distance of a hit, and other bats don’t speculate and take care of the issue at all.
Picking the right size according to your weight and height is important for you to have as much control and comfort with each swing. If you haven’t figured out the right size for you yet, you might want to set aside some time to check out this guide to picking the right sized bat for you.
BESR vs. BBCOR
What Does BBCOR Certified Mean and what is a BBCOR baseball bat? What is BESR??
BBCOR is short for “Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution”, and if it’s BBCOR certified you can guarantee that it scored high on their testing of the trampoline effect!
BESR stands for “Ball Exit Speed Ratio” and BESR certified bats have basically been tested pretty similarly, the difference is in the calculations used.
The list of bat reviews above include mostly alloy baseball bats with some composite so you can get a grasp on the “composite vs. alloy bats” idea, all good drop 3 bats, and all certified BBCOR approved.
How Long Do Composite Bats Last and What About Alloy Bats?
It usually depends on the temperature of the place you are playing in, and includes temperature of storage of the bats. Most people prefer Alloy, but to get a deeper understanding of what you’ll want to dive into, take a look at this video with some Composite baseball bats information:
All in all, these are the best bats to consider if you’re looking for a drop 3 baseball bat. Personally, the winner of this round up is definitely the Easton BB17MK Mako Beast Comp 3 BBCOR Baseball Bat. I chose this bat because it impressed me in the main features that I look for in a bat. The balance of the light baseball bat, grip control, speed, and sweet spot all worked in harmony to deliver a mighty swing that I fell in love with. The extra length isn’t so bad once you get used to it, but it might hinder your potential if you ever switch back to a regular length baseball bat.
Although many of the other bats came in close, such as the Adidas Performance AeroBurner Composite Baseball Bat, which made its loss due to the fact that I just can’t seem to get that specific connection and comfort with the bat itself, it felt like brand new with every use.
A few other bats that came close were the Marucci Cat 7 BBCOR Baseball Bat, an awesome one if you don’t mind grabbing some high quality and heavy duty grip tape, and the DeMarini CF Zen Balanced BBCOR -3 Drop Baseball Bat which was just way too expensive and ended up cracking real easily.
I hope this article gave you a good look at some of the best drop three baseball bats the market has in store for us, but you’ll want to make sure to take a look at the in dividual reviews to get a full grasp on each bat before making the investment!
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