Need to buy the best BBCOR bats on the market today? You are not alone. More than 450,000 high school players and more than 25,000 college players, National Federation of State High School Associations baseball players, and players in other different leagues need BBCOR certified bats.
With so many options to choose from, the best BBCOR bat can be a difficult find. To make your decision easier, we have narrowed it down to a list of our best drop 3 options on the market. Here is what we settled on:
Our Top 10 Picks for 2021
2021 Louisville Slugger Meta
If money is no object, then the Louisville Slugger Meta BBCOR Baseball Bat would make a great pick. It’s a massively popular bat that has consistently featured on plenty of best BBCOR bat lists.
The Meta is a balanced, three-piece, fully composite BBCOR baseball bat. Its composite barrel makes it a great sounding, lightweight option with a huge barrel. Additionally, its patented 3FX Connection System gives it a stiff feel and reduces vibration in the hands.
What’s different between the 2020 and the 2021 version is a new end cap for enhanced barrel length & swing speed, plus a new bat grip for comfort.
Overall, the Meta is a light swinging bat that makes it one of the best BBCOR bats for contact hitters and generally any player looking for a balanced, lightweight bat. We love its menacing black and gold design, its massive barrel, balanced swing, and massive sweet spot.
We certainly didn’t like the price, but that’s as bad as it gets. This bat is fantastic!
2021 Warstic Bonesaber
At #X is the BBCOR Warstic Bonesaber, a balanced, single-piece, all-alloy bat with BBCOR’s standard 2 5/8 inch barrel. This bat is modeled off the infamous 271 turn wood bat, and thus sports a thinner wood-like handle.
The Bonesaber’s standout feature, and our favorite one too, is the patented, innovative tapered handle. This unique taper runs to the end of the bat and makes this bat incredibly comfortable and fun to swing.
It comes in 2 colorways, black and tan, and is decked out in a textured black grip with gold trim.
Overall, what we loved was its tapered handle, the brilliant pop, its feel, and a ping sound that’ll make your ears ring. This bat is perfect for the bigger, more experienced hitter who doesn’t mind a stiff, one-piece aluminum stick, and occasional sting in the hands.
Drawbacks would be an average barrel and smaller sweet spot than other options on this list. The small sweet spot shouldn’t be much of a concern since this bat is better for experienced players who can consistently square up a ball.
2021 Easton Maxum Ultra
The Easton Maxum Ultra is a one-piece, all-composite bat. Its construction gives players the stiff feel and energy transfer that you can typically expect with one-piece bats. The barrel’s carbon construction is enormous, giving this bat an equally sizeable sweet spot.
Swing feel has been rebalanced to add a little heft to the barrel, but not so much that it loses its balanced swing weight status or is challenging to use. The Maxum will provide the perfect balance of speed and power.
The Maxum Ultra will be immensely popular with hitters like a middle-of-the-road bat – one that isn’t one-piece stiff or has two-piece flex. We especially love the Maxum’s barrel’s size, performance, and light swing.
2021 DeMarini The Goods
DeMarini The Goods was the most eagerly awaited bat of 2021. It certainly lived up to its hype in 2020, making it to our best BBCOR bats of 2020 list. The 2021 version is no different – Our players loved its pop, performance, and feel.
The Goods is a two-piece, end-loaded, hybrid (alloy barrel & composite handle) bat with a 2⅝ inch barrel. The heavy X14 end-loaded barrel couples to a lightweight composite handle that can make this bat a handful for beginners but a delight for power hitters.
The connector does well to give a stiff feel on contact, allowing for power transfer but didn’t dampen sting as much as we’d have liked.
Overall, little has changed for 2021 from our analysis, save for an updated end cap. The 2020 version of this bat should serve you just as well and for significantly less price-wise.
One word. Excellent. We had a hard time choosing between the Victus Nox and the Goods for best BBCOR bat of 2021. Yes, that good.
The graphics alone are insane – really cool graffiti on the barrel. Construction-wise, this is a two-piece hybrid bat that has a carbon composite handle and an aluminum barrel. Its end-load, with more mass built into the barrel, is excellent for power hitting. The connection system worked well to dampen sting in the hands, even during mishits.
The bat flexes ever so slightly with every hit, but not so much that you feel like you’re losing power. The tapered handle fits the hands perfectly, and its micro-perforated soft-touch grip is tacky enough for great feel and control through the zone.
We loved that this bat has excellent pop, with its performance on par with bats like the Vandal and The Goods. We didn’t like that it didn’t swing as heavy as advertised, which is a tad misleading. If that’s something you can live with, then this one to consider.
Choosing the Best BBCOR Bat – A Buyer’s Guide
If you dream of hitting like a seasoned pro, choosing the best bat will get you one step closer to achieving this dream. Making the best choice, however, is tedious and time-consuming.
Additionally, the BBCOR bat space has a range of fantastic bats. Not to mention the new, improved models that manufacturers continue to put out year after year. Making the right choice is getting increasingly difficult.
The first thing to remember is to determine what’s important to you. Take a look at your budget and your preferences – your hitting style & taste. It all depends on what you need from your bat.
When buying a BBCOR bat, ensure that the bat is from a reputable manufacturer & has the BBCOR certification label. If not, it may not be legal for use in your league.
For instance, if your budget is not high and you’d prefer an inexpensive bat that’s still a good BBCOR bat, a solid wooden BBCOR bat fits the bill quite nicely.
On the other hand, if money is not an issue and you want the best BBCOR bat the market has to offer, get yourself a composite BBCOR bat.
What is a BBCOR Bat – What Does BBCOR Stand For?
When shopping for a baseball bat, you’ll eventually come across the BBCOR acronym.
The BBCOR qualification standard was put in place by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
It ensures that alloy bats and composite baseball bats used by high school & college players met a certain standard.
What does BBCOR stand for? Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution. The BBCOR qualification standard measures the “trampoline effect” on an aluminum or composite bat. The higher this number is, the faster the ball leaves once it’s hit.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, a 0.50 rating or less (slightly more than a wooden bat) was required for a bat to BBCOR certified.
Other BBCOR certified bat rules state that:
- The drop weight of the bat must not exceed -3
- The diameter of the bat should be no more than 2 5/8-inches
- The length of the bat should not exceed 36 inches
The BBCOR standard was implemented to ensure player safety (especially pitchers) on the field. The old ration did not adequately protect them from dangerous ball speeds. When the bat conforms to the BBCOR standard, the league can make sure that its players are not in harm’s way.
For instance, wood baseball bats don’t have a lot of “flex” when the ball is hit, and as a result, the ball loses a significant amount of energy. The BBCOR standard makes sure that non-wood bats perform much like wood bats.
This evens out the field and increases player safety.
While BBCOR bats are only required for high school & collegiate level, they have started to feature in other leagues around the 10 to 14 age range. This is because young hitters can generate deadly speed with hits from bats that are not BBCOR certified.
Choosing the Right BBCOR Baseball Bat
Now that we’ve covered what the BBCOR stands for, let’s move on to picking the best BBCOR bat. Finding the best bat, given the hundreds of options available, is no small feat.
Do you want an aluminum or composite bat? Would you prefer a one-piece or two-piece? End-loaded or balanced? This can be a lot to take in.
Here’s a little breakdown that’ll make your choice a whole lot easier. You’ll need to consider several factors when picking out your bat. Some of these factors include:
BBCOR bats have a -3 length to weight ratio (and are often referred to as drop 3 bats). Drop or length to weight ratio is the difference between the bat’s weight and length. The resulting negative is what’s called length to weight ratio or drop.
For instance, a 33-inch BBCOR bat that weighs 30 ounces is a drop 3 bat. Take the length, 33 inches, and subtract it from its weight, 30 ounces.
A good number of BBCOR bats range between 31 – 34 inches in length. A few models such as the 2018 Louisville Slugger 618 Solo go down to 29 and 30-inch lengths.
Our bat size chart will help point you in the right direction.
- At the top, find your height range (in inches)
- Pick your weight range on the left of the chart
- Scroll across the chart up until the point where the top (height) and the left (weight) meet.
His chart only serves as a recommendation. Ultimately, the right choice boils down to preference, strength, and technique. Test out several lengths until you find the one that suits you best.
The next item on the list is the type of material. BBCOR bats come mainly in aluminum and composite materials.
- Aluminum BBCOR Bats – Also referred to as alloy bats. They feel more traditional and give off an unmistakable “ping”. Fully aluminum bats also come in a one-piece design. One-piece bats give honest feedback and are unforgiving on mishits. Read about the difference between one-piece bats and two-piece bats. Additionally, alloy bats are much cheaper than composite bats, which is a huge plus.
- Composite BBCOR Bats – are quickly growing in popularity. Composite bats give players a distinct edge at the plate, helping them become better players and improve their performance. Some of these advantages are a bigger sweet spot and reduced sting on mishits.
- Wood baseball bats – Few things are as distinct as the “crack” of a wooden bat. They’ve been in production since the 1800s and are the only type of bat allowed in the MLB. Currently, wood bats are feature several different wood types such as bamboo, ash, birch, maple, and wood composite.
Much like the name suggests, a one-piece bat features a single, continuous piece of metal. On the other hand, two-piece bats feature two different sections (a barrel and a handle), held together by a connector.
One-piece bats: One-piece bats have a stiff feel and provide little flex on contact with the ball. Because of this, very little power is lost on contact with the ball resulting in more power. One-piece bats are the preferred choice by strong, power hitters.
Two-piece bats: Provide more give/flex on contact with the ball. The construction of a two-piece bat creates a “whip” effect that increases bat speed. This whip effect results in more power. Because of this, two-piece bats are excellent for players with contact hitters with average or below-average bat speed.
Balanced: These bats have their weight distributed evenly across the length of the bat. Players generate faster swing speeds as a result. Contact hitters prefer balanced bats because of this, owing to greater control and faster swing speed.
End Loaded: Have more weight near the end cap, towards the end of the barrel. As a result, end-loaded bats are a bit harder to control and are best used by stronger, power hitters. More weight around the sweet spot means players can generate more power and hit farther.
BBCOR Bats and Cold Weather
BBCOR bats are made from different materials. These materials will perform differently in various weather conditions.
For instance, composite & aluminum baseball bats are unsuitable fpr cold temperatures and should not be used in temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. They will not perform as well in these temperatures and are likely to crack or break.
The primary issue is not the bat but the balls. As it gets colder, the baseball or softballs get denser. Composite baseball bats and aluminum bats are not made to hit such heavy, dense objects.
The best bats for playing in cold weather are wooden BBCOR baseball bats. Their performance is not affected by the low temperatures, and in cold weather, you can count on your wooden baseball bat to be there for you 🙂
How to Take Care of Your BBCOR Baseball Bat
Manufacturers will only honor the warranty if you take proper care of your baseball bat. Here’s how you can ensure your BBCOR bat receives the right care.
Aluminum bats: Do not use your aluminum BBCOR bats in temperatures under 60 degrees. While the bat may keep its performance, the baseball bat gets hard and heavy. This weight change will dent your bat.
Another good tip is to have a spare, cheaper bat for your practice sessions. Limit the use of your bat to game days to slow the wear and tear on it. If you must use your bat during practice, use leather balls instead.
Also, be a little selfish with your baseball bats. Breaking your bat is a genuine possibility. Please do not share your bat so that it lasts longer.
Wooden bats: Store them in a dry area. If you are using a wooden bat, it will sometimes develop tiny dents from continued use, which is normal. To fix these, rub the bat down with a bone. This smooths out the surface of the bat by buffing out the dents.
Composite bats: Store your composite BBCOR bats in a cool and dry place. Additionally, please refrain from using your composite baseball bat in cold temperatures (below 60 degrees) as this will lower temps, lowers the bat’s performance, and may make them crack.
Success on the field is mostly dependent on picking not only the best equipment but the right equipment.
As you shop around for the best BBCOR bat of 2021, we sincerely hope that this article helps you in your quest.