2018 DEMARINI VOODOO youth bat
SUMMARY: The 2018 Demarini Voodoo USA youth baseball bat is unlike any other Voodoo model in the past. This youth baseball bat features a multitude of enhancing modifications and technological advances geared to give youth hitters supreme confidence at the plate. The 2018 Voodoo encompasses a 2-piece hybrid construction that provides a traditional sound with a comfy feel. The 2 5/8 big barrel comes equipped with Demarini’s X14 Alloy adding thicker aluminum walls for maximized performance. The X14 has been a staple for Demarini and its rich tradition continues into their 2018 USA baseball bats. The most innovative addition to the Voodoo is the 3Fusion System residing within the 100% composite handle. This configuration includes a 3Fusion handle and a lightweight 3Fusion end cap. Together they drastically reduce shock vibration, increase swing speeds, optimize weight distribution, and gives batters better control all while maximizing energy transfer upon the baseball. The Voodoo is set to be one of the most popular youth big barrel bat for years to come.
OUR REVIEW: After evaluating the 2018 Demarini Voodoo youth bat, we feel confident in recommending this bat as one of the best (if not the best) hybrid options amongst all the other 2018 USA hybrid bats. In fact, if your child has been contemplating switching to the unique grip and feel of a hybrid, this is probably the best bat for making the change especially for entering into the USA bat standard era. When reviewing the Voodoo, we reserved the swings for our youth volunteer hitters who generally prefer the feel of hybrids. After our official evaluation concluded, we gave all the hitters the option to unofficially swing any USA bat they wanted to including this one. During the official testing, we wanted our hybrid hitters to break in the Voodoo youth bats in our possession. 250+ swings after, below is our official review of the 2018 Demarini Voodoo Hybrid -10 Drop.
POP: During the "pop" portion of our evaluation, our staff witnessed and documented many more positive reactions to the Voodoo than negative. The alloy barrel gave a deafening sound and delivered solid line drive shots even when particular young hitters’ swing seemed a bit unbalanced. Many hitters mentioned how the end cap looked cool and kept their swing quick and powerful. One particular hitter stated the following on his scorecard, “The Voodoo felt so much easier to swing than all the bats I swung today. I noticed no power drop from this bat like I did with most of the new 2018 composites.”
OFFICIAL SCORE: 9 / 10
VIBRATION CONTROL: Our vibration control score comes straight from the opinions and thoughts of our volunteer youth hitters. Before moving onto the next station, we ask our players to rate, judge, and comment on how the particular bat in question protected from vibrations. The 2018 Demarini Voodoo houses a sturdy hybrid 2-piece construction that did a great job with fending off negative vibrations (according to our volunteer’s feedback). Out of all the players who officially tested out the Voodoo, only 7% noted feeling consistent stinging upon the hands. Overall, the Voodoo did a great job reflecting almost all vibrations.
OFFICIAL SCORE: 9 / 10
GRIP & COMFORT: Our grip and comfort also comes directly from the personal feedback and opinions from our volunteer youth hitting team. Similar to our vibration control category, our scorecards ask a series of questions to determine a hitter’s level of confidence, control, and comfort while swinging a particular USA bat. During evaluations, our volunteers who already preferred the feel for a hybrid only had positive comments to say about the Voodoo. One particular hitter stated, “The new Voodoo is great, my swing was fast and I felt good standing at the plate. I got good pop from it too.”
OFFICIAL SCORE: 9 / 10
DURABILITY: The Voodoo held up decently in terms of cosmetics as well. Our staff noticed a bunch of markings, scratches, and impressions throughout the barrel, however no major cracks or dents. When compared to the other bats we evaluated, the Demarini had many more imperfections. Although this bat might be prone to getting dinged up quicker than other USA bats it should have no problems that would impair performance or eligibility.
OFFICIAL SCORE: 8.5 / 10
OVERALL EXPERIENCE: The 2018 Demarini Voodoo hybrid scored better than any other hybrid we have evaluated this year. Our staff scored it the best USA hybrid bat for pop while the volunteer hitters scored it the best hybrid for comfort and vibration control. Put simply, we highly recommend the Voodoo as the best option for players that prefer hybrids. We also recommend this youth USA bat even for kids who don’t have much hybrid experience. This is simply an overall great youth baseball bat.