2018 axe element youth bat review
SUMMARY: The Axe Bat Company heads into 2018 with a line of USA bats aimed to enhance the batting experience for all USA Baseball leagues especially upon the grip with some new handle innovations. The 2018 Axe Element USA youth baseball bat is a single piece aluminum construction that features Axe’s Mantic Alloy encased within the 2 5/8 big barrel. This metal offers military grade strength for optimum pop, loud pings, and ultra-durability. The barrel of the Axe Element USA bat also features a new design to enlarge the sweet spot region and expand the potential for solid collisions over a 270-degree area. As a means to differentiate themselves from other bat manufacturers, Axe developed the ergonomically crafted composite handle for all Axe USA bats allowing for unmatched comfort, control, and vibration protection. The composite handle is comprised of Axe’s Endogrid technology which sustains and lowers shock vibration creating a smooth and comfortable feel. The top of the 2 5/8 barrel comes with Axe’s HyperWhip end cap that simultaneously decreases swing weight while increasing swing speeds also extending the length of the barrel. Lastly, the 2018 Axe Element USA baseball bat features an end loaded swing weight design placing extra mass within the sweet spot of the barrel making it a youth baseball bat for older and more skilled players.
OUR REVIEW: The Axe Bat Company has developed a reputation for designing the most ergonomically efficient and supremely comfortable handles in the youth baseball bat industry. The Element -8 drop is the company’s best answer to the question… “How much will the USA Bat standard affect my child’s swing?” In our experiences within the youth baseball community, it’s easy to see that the Axe Bat Company has a strong following. While brands like Easton and Rawlings may have more mainstream exposure, Axe bats are among the most underrated youth bats especially in regards to design, quality, and durability. To correlate the unique following of Axe bat users, about 80% of our volunteers who requested to use the Axe Element or the Axe Elite stated they preferred Axe youth bats in previous season or they have used Axe bats before. After approximately 250 solid swings, below is our official review of the 2018 Axe Element -8 Drop USA youth bat.
POP: By now, it should be well understood that the main between USSSA youth bats compared to 2018 USA youth bats is the level of obtainable pop off the barrel. By featuring bats that will perform at “wood-like” levels where the flight of the ball seems to die a bit sooner, it’s safe to say that offensive stats will most likely drop for each player. In our opinion, this is a very small price to pay for adding more integrity and safety to the sport of youth baseball. During our evaluation, the Axe Element provided more than adequate pop especially for being a single piece, alloy construction. If your player is looking to increase pop through heavier bats, the Axe Elite (-5 drop) packs hefty mass within its overextended sweet spot. The Element features less pop for added stability and control. Should be noted that both Axe bats are end loaded with an unbalanced swing weight. One particular youth volunteer wrote the following: “I have always liked the feeling of Axe bats and the Element is my favorite of all the bats I swung today. It was easy to swing and game a lot of big shots.”
Official SCORE: 8.5 / 10
VIBRATION CONTROL: When analyzing how the Element fought off shock vibration, we based our score directly from the our volunteer's hitter scorecards. Less than 10% of our youth hitters reported feeling a consistent sting upon their grip. Again, these statistics are very good especially considering the Element encompasses a single piece, alloy construction. The special Ergonomic handle deflected the stings.
OFFICIAL SCORE: 9 / 10
GRIP & COMFORT: The Axe Bat Company prides itself with designing and manufacturing highly innovative handles on their metal barrels. One particular youth hitter noted on his scorecard, “the grip and feel of Axe bats are what made me like them two seasons ago. The Element has a great grip and it feels very comfortable to swing. Very balanced also.” For our staff’s perspective, we witnessed every hitter that stepped in the batter’s box with the Element quickly adjusted to the aspects of a USA bat. This youth bat offers comfort and confidence over many other USA Bats bearing a single alloy construction.
OFFICIAL SCORE: 9.5 / 10
DURABILITY: Our staff gave good scores to the Element with regards to durability. After approximately 250 swings, our staff can only find typical scratches and handling marks on the barrel. Each Element we tested help up against dents and cracks. The strength of the military grade alloy withstood all the punishment our volunteers had to offer.
OFFICIAL SCORE: 8 / 10
OVERALL EXPERIENCE: Overall, the 2018 Axe Element provided our youth hitters with the same traditional comfort and feel as the older generation Axe bats. It delivered our hitters a great blend of pop and balance. If your youth player is accustomed to Axe bats, now is not the year to make a change. Despite the -8 drop label, we believe it is one of the lightest -8 drops of all the USA bats. Ours we tested came in about an ounce lighter. The Axe Bat Company continues to be one of the most under valued youth bats in the industry.