The 2016 line of best BBCOR Bats is released and our mission statement is to “Get you the best bat”.
To be clear, we simply strive to guide you through the bat buying process, by providing all of the information necessary to make an informed decision. We will not try to convince or persuade you to buy the most expensive model.
This page is staffed by former college baseball players. We know how BBCOR bats are tested. We understand that performance is all that matters. We will guide you through the process of selecting the bat that is perfect for you.
Best Bang for Your Buck
#3. 2016 Rawlings VELO
There is no doubt that you will love 2016 Rawlings VELO right out of the box. This is a one-piece alloy bat with light weight that makes you swing as fast as possible.
Who else already use the 2015 VELO will experience the same feeling because this bat has a crazy pop, cool graphics and the loud “ping” sound. 2016 VELO has featured an excellent handle and grip to make you run into the game immediately.
The only con is the amount of feedback when he hits off the end of the barrel. The vibration can be painful. It’s hard to avoid this with an aluminum bat, of course.
- -3 Length to Weight Ratio
- 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter
- BBCOR Certified
- Comp-Lite Composite End Cap
- Extended Barrel and Sweet Spot
- One-Piece Alloy Construction
- Stiff, Alloy Handle
#2 – 2016 DeMarini Voodoo RAW
Anyone who loves to drop bombs on the field, then 2016 DeMarini Voodoo will be a great choice. Lots of pop, huge sweet spot, great sound, No vibration, well, this bat is definitely suitable for power hitters. The 2016 Voodoo RAW set the standard for end loaded two piece hybrids with D-Fusion 2.0 handle will shatter the earth, tell the fortune and then change the game.
The con is 2016 Voodoo has a little sting off the end but it just encouraged the hitters to hut the sweet spot even more.
- -3 Length to Weight
- 2 5/8 Inch Barrel
- BBCOR Certified
- D-Fusion 2.0
- Extended Barrel Design
- Hybrid, Two-Piece
- Low Pro End Cap
- RCK Knob
- X12 Alloy Barrel
Best of the Best
#1. 2016 Easton MAKO XL
For the number one in our recommendation is the 2016 Easton MAKO XL. Easton has included all the best features in 2016 MAKO XL, including huge sweet pot, good top end weight, very serious pop, minimal vibration. All do the good job keeping the XL1 tradition alive. The XL is quite similar to the XL1 of the past in the sense of 2 piece composite with an end load. As compared to 2015 MAKO XL, the 2016 version come into the field with an upgraded drip and color.
The con is that the price is extremely high, if you’re willing to pay for the best.
- -3 Length to Weight
- 2 5/8 Inch Barrel
- 31/32 Inch Tapered Composite Handle
- BBCOR Certified
- ConneXion Technology
- End Loaded Swing Weight
- HYPERSKIN Grip (Thickness: 1.2 mm)
- TCT Thermo Composite Technology
- Two-Piece, Fully Composite Construction
What the heck is BBCOR?
This is a hot-button question in the game of amateur baseball today. Even though BBCOR has been around since 2010, there hasn’t been much information provided to the public about what it stands for and the reasoning behind it. Most believe that it is just another marketing scam by major bat companies to get more money out of the pocket of everyday Americans.
The truth about BBCOR is that it stands for Batted-Ball Coefficient of Restitution. One, that is a mouth full and two, what does that mean? Below is a passage taken out of the NCAA protocol on bat certification, put into effect in January of 2011.
Bat performance is specified by using the BBCOR (Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution), which is calculated using the inbound and rebound speeds of the ball:
All the scientific babble aside, basically the NCAA wanted metal bats to be safer and to act more like wooden bats. BBCOR measures how much energy is lost when the ball makes contact with the bat. The higher the number, the greater the “trampoline” effect will be.
Prior to 2011, metal bats were measured by BESR. The “trampoline” effect being produced by BESR bats was allowing 5’7” 160lbs second basemen, to hit the ball out of the park. Scoring and injuries were at all time high.
The NCAA decided they needed to do something about it, so they came up with BBCOR. For a bat to be BBCOR certified, the bat must meet the .50 ratio for “trampoline” effect, which is only slightly higher than that of a wooden bat.
Types of BBCOR Bats
BBCOR bats come in all different makes, models, and sizes. To cipher through all of the information it comes down to three questions:
- Composite vs. Alloy
- 1-Piece vs. 2-Piece
Composite vs. Aluminum/Alloy
The barrels of BBCOR bats are made out of two different types of metal; composite and aluminum alloy. Ultimately there is no right or wrong answer to whether you should buy a composite or aluminum bat. It all comes down to personal preference.
However, we have provided you with a comparison of composite and aluminum bats below. So that you can make a decision based upon which one you think will be a better fit for your abilities and price range.
- Balanced Feel
- Absorb the Sting
Composite bats are made out of woven fibers of carbon kevlar, graphite, fiber glass, or carbon fiber. Composite tends to be lighter and stronger allowing the bat maker to create a bat with a longer barrel(larger sweetspot) and lighter swing speed.
However, if you go with a composite bbcor bat, you will need to “break it in”. Lucky for you, we have a complete guide on how to break in a composite bat. This will allow you to get the maximum performance from any composite bat.
Aluminum Alloy Benefits:
- More Affordable
- No Break In Time
Aluminum bats are made out of different alloys or types of metal. These vary depending upon the different bat companies.
Aluminum bats tend to be more stiff and responsive. Meaning that when you make contact the bat is going to flex minimally and you will be able to feel whether you made hard contact or “just missed” it.
Aluminum bats are also very durable and allow you to get great bang for your buck. It is also important to mention that aluminum bats do not require a break-in period. They can be taken right out of the box onto the playing field, unlike composite bats.
1-Piece vs. 2-Piece Bat
Now that you have determined what type of material you want your barrel to made out of, it is time to decided if you want a 1-piece or 2-piece bat. Each one offers unique performance improvements. Just like deciding between composite and aluminum alloy, there is no right or wrong answer here. Ultimately it is the players preference.
- More for Power Hitters
1-Piece bat is made out of either composite or aluminum alloy. 1-Piece bats tend to be stiffer and stronger. This means that when the bat makes contact with the ball, little to no energy is lost in the process. It also means that you have to be fairly strong to swing these bats through the zone, they have a little higher swing weight, but also drive the ball further. If you are strong and are a power hitter, I would recommend a 1-piece.
- Lighter Swing Weight
- Increased Bat Speed and Power
2-Piece bat is composed of a handle and a barrel that are bonded together. They can be made out of different materials. For instance the Easton Mako has a composite handle and a composite barrel, but the Easton S2 has a composite handle and an aluminum barrel. The materials of the barrels differ by bat companies. The 2-Piece design allows for the bat to flex during the swing, which will result in increased speed and power. The 2-Piece is more tailored to contact hitters that want a quicker bat speed and lighter swing weight.
We all know that price is a determining factor when picking out a BBCOR bat. It would be nice to have the money to buy whatever bat you like and if you don’t like it, buy another one.
However, this is not a reality for most. That is why the BBCOR Bats HQ staff has created this website to provide all of the information to make an informed decision and to hopefully save money.
If you go to the Ultimate BBCOR Bat Guide you will see a chart that can be organized by brand, make, barrel material, lengths, features, rating, and even the lowest prices listed through Amazon.
Our goal is to provide you with the information needed to get the perfect bat for the perfect price.