Questions and Answers for 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X18 Senior League
What has more end load: the Voodoo OVERLORD or the Easton XL1? Which has more pop?
The 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X18 Senior League has and end loaded swing weight comparable to the new DeMarini Voodoo OVERLORD. The main difference is the Easton will feature a two-piece composite design, whereas the OVERLORD has a composite handle and aluminum barrel. Both have good pop, but the Easton will need to be broken-in to be game ready.
Is this bat's composite matrix reinforced with carbon nanotubes?
The 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X18 Senior League bat will feature an IMX composite barrel and an SIC Black Carbon composite handle. I am uncertain about the composite matrix and/or nanotubes. If you'd like to ask Easton, their number is 1-888-259-1297.
Is this bat considered a "big barrel"?
Yes, the 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X18 Senior League bat is considered a big barrel.
What is the difference between the XL1 BBCOR BB14X1 adult and the XL1 SL14X18 Senior League?
The difference between the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X18) and the BBCOR model are the drop sizes. The Senior League model features a -8 length to weight ratio whereas the BBCOR XL1 will have a -3 length to weight ratio. Other than the drop weights, both models will feature the same design and composite material.
Is there any significant difference in hitting performance between the new 2014 and the old 2011 XL1 models?
There will not be a big performance difference between the 2011 XL1 and the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X18). The main differences will be cosmetic.
About how many swings before breaking this bat in?
The best way to break-in the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X18) Senior League is taking 150-200 swings off a tee while rotating the barrel and repeating the process with soft toss. For more information on breaking in a composite bat check out http://www.justbats.com/blog/index.php/3789/breaking-in-your-composite-baseball-bat/
Is this bat legal for Pony League?
Yes, the 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X18 Senior League bat will be USSSA 1.15 BPF certified. I would just check with your coach or league official and make sure you can swing a composite barrel bat in your league.
I am 5'5 and 110 lbs, and swinging a -9 Voodoo. Will this bat be just as easy to swing as the Voodoo?
The 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X18 Senior League is end loaded like the DeMarini Voodoo. It have a similar swing as the Voodoo.
Is there any difference between the 2013 Easton XL1 and the 2014 Easton XL1?
The 2014 Easton XL1 BBCOR: BB14X1 Adult bat will have different graphics than the 2013 version. The materials and design will still be the same though.
Is this bat approved for Babe Ruth 13-14 year old?
The 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X18 Senior League is a two-piece fully composite bat feature the USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp and is not legal for Babe Ruth 13-14 year old division. Composite bats in that division require the BBCOR .50 stamp.
Besides the -8 vs -9 weight, what else is different about the Easton SL14X18 and the SL14MK9? What kind of hitter is the MK9 better suited for? Will they feel different?
The 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X18 Senior League is an end loaded two-piece bat. It is designed for a power hitter. The Easton MAKO -9 is a balanced two-piece bat, better suited for a contact hitter who needs to increase their bat speed.
If I am normally early on the ball, should I get a -8 or -5?
This depends on a couple different factors. The 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X18 Senior League will be more end-loaded than other models. If you are transitioning from a balanced, -10 bat, I would recommend going with the -8. If you are going to be transitioning to a BBCOR model soon, I would recommend the -5.
How end loaded is the XL1? Do you need amazing batspeed? I was wondering since I have average batspeed.
The 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X18 Senior League is end loaded. We recommend this bat for power hitters, who have a little more strength.
If your player is big and strong with fast bat speed, what is best the XL Series or the S series?
The 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X18 Senior League and the rest of the XL-Series is typically preferred by power hitters with good bat speed, as it has an extended barrel, heavier length to weight ratios, and an end loaded feel to put more mass behind the ball. The S-Series is intended for contact hitters to increase bat speed, as the series has a balanced swing weight and lighter length to weight ratios.
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