2018 DEMARINI VOODOO one youth bat
Our Summary of the DeMarini Voodoo One:
The DeMarini Voodoo One comes with all the same innovative improvements as the Voodoo except for a few details. The most significant difference between the two youth bats has to do with the internal design. The standard Voodoo cases a 2-piece hybrid construction of aluminum and composite while the Voodoo One features a single-piece, solid alloy construction. Both bats come equipped with DeMarini’s legendary X14 alloy material, adding thicker aluminum walls to the already huge 2 5/8" barrel. Much like the Voodoo, the Voodoo One is equipped with DeMarini’s newly designed 3Fusion end cap. This addition supremely optimizes weight distribution allowing for faster swing speeds and greater control. Lastly the Voodoo One is the lightest youth bat DeMarini has ever produced. If your child needs to improve his bat speed or if you (parents) are looking into comfort and quickness rather than pop or power, this is a great option.
Our Review of the DeMarini Voodoo One:
After evaluating all the USA bats in our possession, one of the best youth bats for younger and inexperienced players to use for the new USA Bat Standard era, is the Voodoo One. The single piece construction and lightweight design was documented by our volunteer hitting team as one of the easiest youth USA bats to swing during our evaluations. Our observations showed that the Voodoo One provided our hitters with quick and level swings through the strike zone offering good pop and elevated bat speeds. Below is our official review.
Evaluating the Pop of the DeMarini Voodoo One:
Parents, if you are looking for a bat that aims to enhance pop over all other elements for your slugger, this WOULD NOT be our recommendation. Although our staff recorded significant connection allowing for line drives, we noticed the baseball didn’t quite carry as far in terms of distance. Other bats like the hybrid Voodoo and Easton's Ghost X line, would be much better suited. This bat definitely has the potential to repeatedly create consistently solid line drive shots but lacks the "pop" needed for achieving hard fly balls beyond the fence.
OFFICIAL SCORE: 8 / 10
Calculating the Vibration Control of the DeMarini Voodoo One:
Having the players report stings throughout the evaluation speaks volumes to how this particular bat will protect your children's hands. As stated above, the Voodoo encompasses a sturdy 1-piece alloy construction. Typically, single piece aluminum bats usually do not offer as much vibration control as single piece composites or hybrid youth baseball bats. Out of all the volunteers who officially tested it, almost 20% noted feeling a consistent sting upon their grip. This percentage of protection doesn’t fair well when compared to the rest of the pack we've evaluated.
OFFICIAL SCORE: 7.5 / 10
Assessing the Grip & Comfort of the DeMarini Voodoo One:
Knowing that 20% of our volunteer hitters felt significant stings, we assumed that some negative feedback would come into play for grip and comfort. Our collected scorecards ask a series of questions determining a hitter’s level of confidence, control, and comfort while swinging the bats during the evaluation process. Judging by our the responses we were given, almost 15% of them gave low scores to the Voodoo One for grip & comfort. One particular hitter stated however, "When my hands didn't feel stings, the bat was light and very easy to use."
OFFICIAL SCORE: 8 / 10
Measuring the Durability of the DeMarini Voodoo One:
All of bats take on a barrage of punishment during our entire evaluation (and more). We made no exception for the Voodoo One. With baseballs traveling at high speeds of 40 MPH or higher per swing, the Voodoo One withstood any major cracks, dents or dings very well. The special aircraft grade alloy material housed within the 2 5/8 barrel of this bat proved to be extremely durable allowing it to receive the highest score we give out to bats.
OFFICIAL SCORE: 10 / 10
TLDR; Determining the Overall Experience of the DeMarini Voodoo One:
After recording, analyzing, and evaluating the data, our staff would recommend the Voodoo One for younger players who are seeking to increase swing speeds. Especially with the entry levels to the kid pitch divisions of baseball, it’s very important to develop mechanics, bat speed, and level swings within a batter’s hitting characteristics before focusing on power. It definitely does assist with those crucial elements of a swing due to its durable barrel and lightweight design. If your child is seeking to hit the ball out of the park, this is not the bat to use. Overall, it provides a confident batting experience and has great potential in developing the mechanics of your little slugger’s swing.
OVERALL SCORE: 8.375 / 10