Questions and Answers for DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch
My daughter is 13 years old and stands 5'11 and weighs 180 lbs. She currently hits an Easton aluminum balanced bat 33/21. She has a nice even tempo swing and drives the ball well. Very strong hitter. What bat would you recommend as an upgrade to give her more jump of the bat? Thanks.
I would recommend the DeMarini CF6 Insane (DXCFI). The Insane is in the New CF6 line and will perform very similar to her old bat. I would also suggest a 34 inch bat. The Insane will have a slight end-loaded feel and should help her generate some extra power.
My daughter is 5' 100 lbs and is a 14 year old lefty. She is not a very strong hitter, but a great slapper. Would the CF5 or the Insane be better? What size: 31" or 32"?
Based on her height and weight, we suggest a 31" model in the CF5. The DeMarini CF5 Insane (DXCFI) Fastpitch has an end loaded swing weight and is better for power hitters.
Is this bat legal for High School through the NFHS?
This 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: (DXCFI) Fastpitch bat features the most current USSSA and ASA fastpitch performance certification marks, and has not been placed on a banned bat list. It is approved for use in high school play that's governed by NFHS rules.
My daughter is 13 yrs old, 5'3" and about 115 lbs. What length/weight bat should she have?
Based on her height and weight, we recommend a 32" 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane (DXCFI).
My daughter is 14 but just got back into softball after a 4 year break. She was using a vendetta 31/20 but she just made a tournament team and felt she needs a bigger bat and heavier. She is 5'2" and about 125 lbs. I believe she could be a power hitter with the right bat. We were thinking of a CF5 as they are a little cheaper than a CF6 and her younger sister has one and loves it. We were thinking about 32/22 CF5. Would that be better or the CF5 Insane?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane (DXCFI) Fastpitch has an end loaded swing weight, which is typically preferred by power hitters. If you think she can handle and end loaded swing weight, the Insane will help increase her power the most.
My daughter is 5'5" and weighs 160lbs solid. She is a pretty good power hitter and currently uses a balanced 31/23 -8. I am interested in getting her the end loaded Insane. Her coach suggests a lighter bat, 31/21 -10...any suggestions?
The DeMarini CF5 Insane would be a great option moving down from a -8 to a -10 drop. The Insane will be 2 ounces lighter but will feature an end loaded swing weight. The Insane is more designed for the power hitters that are strong enough to generate their own bat speed through the zone.
Is this bat approved for girls college fastpitch softball?
Yes, the 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch is approved for collegiate play in fastpitch softball. It has the new USSSA stamp, ASA performance certification, and a -10 length to weight ratio.
My daughter is 13 5'7" 160lbs. She has the CF5 balanced bat that is 33-22. She is a power hitter with a super fast swing and would like the CF6 Insane for the end load but unsure about the added ounce. Would this 1 ounce move to a 33-23 make a big difference?
2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch will be heavier than the balanced model she currently has. You would be adding an inch, an ounce, and an end-load. The added weight, length and different weight distribution will benefit her power hitting, but that may be difficult to transition to. If she is comfortable with a 32", I would recommend going with that length for the Insane.
My daughter is a lefty (not slapper) hitter with a some decent gap power. She is 12 and 5'1" 105 lbs. She makes great contact and hits very hard. Currently has Vendetta 31" 19 oz., but thinking 31" 21 oz. makes more sense. Any advice?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch is more end loaded than the DeMarini Vendetta, so it will feel like it's even heavier than the two oz. increase. If she was getting around on the ball okay, an end loaded bat like the Insane is great for power hitters. If you think the 3 oz. might be a bit much, the 2014 DeMarini CF6 Hope: DXCFH Fastpitch is balanced so it will help her maintain her bat speed, making that 2 oz. increase easier to transition to.
My 16 year old 5'5" 130 pound average strength daughter needs to replace her Mizuno Frenzy 3.0 (32 -10) that she has had for a couple of years. She is a line drive hitter with good bat speed, but would be happy to add some power. She still likes the feel of her Frenzy but thinks it's lost its pop. Is CF5 Insane a sensible upgrade?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch is an endloaded bat, unlike the Mizuno Frenzy which is a balanced bat. The two-piece design of the CF5 will offer more flex and increase swing speed. The endload will be good for power hitters.
My daughter is 13, 5'8" and weighs 118 lbs. She is a power hitter. Would you recommend this bat and if so what size?
Based off your daughter's height and weight, we would recommend a 32 inch or possibly going up to a 33 inch bat. The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch would be a good option for a power hitter since it is going to be endloaded.
What is too cold to use a CF6?
Whether it's the 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch or the new 2014 CF6 line, 60 degrees is the lowest recommended temperature for use. Anything colder could risk damaging the bat.
Hi, my Daughter is 5'7" 135 lbs. She's a lead-off hitter, slapper, but also hits righty. Would this be a recommended bat?
No, the 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch would have a slight end loaded swing weight that the power hitter's love. I would stick to the regular CF5. It will be more balanced and easier swung by a slap hitter.
My daughter is a junior in HS, 5'8", 150 lbs, 3/4 hole power hitter. She loved her last bat (33" 23 oz. 2012 Easton Stealth). We are looking at the DeMarini CF5 Insane (2-piece design) or Easton FS2 (1-piece design). Which bat would you recommend?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch is a great option for a power hitter, as it has an end loaded swing weight to put more mass behind an already powerful swing. Typically, power hitters prefer a one-piece design, as it transfers the energy more efficiently. The Easton FS2 is a well balanced design, but Easton also produces a one-piece end loaded model, the 2013 Easton FX2: FP13X2 Fastpitch, which would be a good choice, too.
My daughter is 11 and plays 12u fastpitch. She is 4'11" and weighs 99 lbs. she is a slapper but also makes some good solid hits. She currently uses a 29" vendetta and loves it, but she says it feels too short. Any recommendations?
You should get your daughter the -10 balanced 2014 DeMarini CF6: DXCFP Fastpitch. Get her a 31" based off of her height and weight.
My daughter is 11 and 90 pounds, 5 feet 3 inches. What bat would you recommend for her to start out with? She's playing travel ball verse pitchers who throw about 50-55 mph.
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch is an end loaded bat and designed for a power hitter. We recommend a balanced bat for her age such as the 2014 DeMarini CF6: DXCFS Fastpitch.
My daughter is 13 years old. She is 5'7" and 160 lbs. Is a 32/22 good or should we go with a 33/23? She currently is using a DeMarini 32/21. Also should she go with an end load bat as the CF5 Insane is?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI is recommended for a power hitter, due to the end load. If she's more of a contact hitter, I'd recommend going with the 2014 DeMarini CF6: DXCFP, as it's more balanced. Based on her size, we recommend going with the 33" 23 oz.
My daughter is 8 years old, 85 pounds and 54 inches tall. What size of this bat do you recommend? Is 31 inches too long?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch is an end loaded bat. It is designed for a power hitter. Based on her height and weight we recommend a 29" to 30" bat.
My Daughter is 12, 4'11 - 85 lbs. She is a singles hitter. Just switched to softball from boys baseball. Which bat would you recommend? We are new at this softball thing. Thanks.
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch is end loaded and designed for a power hitter. We recommend the 2014 DeMarini CF6: DXCFP Fastpitch. The balanced swing weight is suited for a player making the transition to softball.
My daughter is 8 and 46" and 82 lbs, what size bat do you recommend?
Based on her height and weight we recommend a 29" bat. The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch is an end loaded bat. It is designed for older players with power.The 2014 DeMarini CF6: DXCFS Fastpitch would be a better choice for her age.
Does the CF5 Insane come in a 32" 22 oz.?
Yes, we have the 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch bat in a 32" 22 oz. model.
My daughter is 5' 6" inches tall, 125 lbs., and 13 years old. What bat do you recommend? I want the best bat you have, she uses a 32 inch 19 oz.
The 2014 DeMarini CF6: DXCFS Fastpitch is going to be a light 32" 21 oz. bat and it would be great for her.
My daughter is 5' tall and weighs 95 lbs. The bat she has now is a Xeno 31" 21 oz. Should she stick with same size or go up to a 32" 22 oz. DeMarini?
Based off of your daughters height and weight she should be using the 31" 21 oz. 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch still.
My daughter is 13 years old, 165 lbs., and 5' 6". She is really wanting the 2014 DeMarini CF6 DXCFS fastpitch bat. Right now she is using an Easton Stealth -9 33" 24 oz. Is this DeMarini a good choice for a second bat?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch is a great bat. It is DeMarinis top of the line bat and it would make an excellent choice for a second bat.
My daughter is 10 years old and weighs 100 lbs. She swings a 2012 Xeno 31" 21 oz. bat and hits for decent power. Which DeMarini bat would be better for her? Insane, 2014 CF6: DXCFS, or 2014 CF6: DXCFP?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch is an end loaded bat, while both the 2014 DeMarini CF6: DXCFS Fastpitch and 2014 DeMarini CF6: DXCFP Fastpitch are balanced bats, like the 2012 Xeno. If she saw success with the -10 Xeno, I would suggest the 2014 CF6: DXCFP, which is also a balanced -10.
Is this a legal bat for high school girls to use?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch is approved for play in ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA, and ISF. High school rules vary regionally, so it's always best to check with local league officials.
Is this a single wall bat?
No. The DeMarini CF5 insane will be multi-wall bat.
I don't see the 33" 23 oz. size listed, is it out of stock? I was going to order it right now.
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch is a closeout bat. We won't be getting more in the future.
How do I break in my CF5 Insane?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 Insane: DXCFI Fastpitch bat will need to be broken in properly for optimum performance. You can follow the link below for break-in instructions. http://www.justbats.com/videos/video/baseball-training--how-to-break-in-a-composite-bat/83/.
My daughter recently broke her 2010 CF4 33/23. She loved that bat. She has been swinging a 2011 Xeno and really doesn't care for it. We have been checking out the CF5 and the Insane online. Unfortunately, we live in a rural area where we just can't run to the store and let her swing them. She is a 3,4, and 5 hole hitter with power. Would the 23 oz. Insane swing more like a 24 oz. bat? Any insight would be appreciated.
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 INSANE: DXCFI is an endloaded bat, giving it a heavier feel compared to a balanced bat of equal weight. Holding the DXCFI next to a more balanced CF5 of the same weight, the Insane will probably feel about an ounce or so heavier.
My daughter is 5'5" and 114 lbs. Which would be the best bat for her?
The 32" 2013 DeMarini CF5 INSANE: DXCFI Fastpitch would be a great bat for her.
Is this a better bat for my daughter? She has a CF5 hope 31" 21 oz. and is 5'4" 135 lbs. and is pretty much a power hitter. Do I stay with the Hope CF5 or the Insane? And what size?
Since your daughter is a power hitter, I would recommend going with the 32" 22 oz. 2013 DeMarini CF5 INSANE: DXCFI Fastpitch. It is an end loaded bat, which is preferred by many power hitters.
My daughter (16 5' 10' -165lbs) is very strong and currently uses the 34" cf4. She seems to always be choking up about an inch on the bat so when we upgrade to the cf5 should she drop to a 33-23 since its end loaded?
If she needs to choke up on a 34" bat, then a 33" model is recommended, especially if it's an endloaded bat like the CF5 Insane.
Can this bat be used for indoor batting practice without damage? Dimpled balls on a pitching machine is being used. Thank you.
The dimpled cage balls will damage a bat because they are much more dense than a normal baseball.
My daughter is a power hitter. Should I buy her the DeMarini CF5 or the DeMarini CF5 Insane?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 INSANE: DXCFI Fastpitch bat would be the better choice. Typically, power hitters like the end loaded feel that the CF5 Insane offers. The regular CF5 will be a more balanced model.
My daughter is playing in the 10U division, will this be a good bat?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 INSANE: DXCFI Fastpitch bat has an end-loaded swing weight. A player of her age might prefer a model that has more of a balanced swing weight.
Can this bat be used in cold weather? If not, what substitute would be good for cold weather (below ~50*F)?
The typical lowest recommended temperature for composite barrel bats is around 50 degrees. As the weather gets colder the balls will get more dense. It is actually the dense ball that ends up damaging the bats. For a less expensive alternate bat, try this: 2013 DeMarini Cat: DXCTF Fastpitch.
My daughter had a DeMarini CF4(-10) Fastpitch softball bat that she used for 2 seasons. We are trying to find the comparable DeMarini bat for her that acts just like the CF4. Which one do you should she get?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5: DXCFP Fastpitch will be just like the CF4 your daughter used in the past. They are both two-piece balanced model bats.
I have heard that the composite bats are going to be be banned is this true? Also can you please explain the difference between 1 piece and a 2 piece? My daughter has always used the Xeno. We got the 2013 model and she dislikes it.
To our knowledge, composite bats are not going to be banned. A two-piece bat like the 2013 DeMarini CF5 INSANE: DXCFI Fastpitch will provide more flex and it is end loaded. A one-piece bat will be stiffer, better suited for a power hitter.
Is the 2012 DeMarini CF5 approved by the ASA?
Yes, the 2013 DeMarini CF5 INSANE: DXCFI Fastpitch bat is approved for Play in ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA, and the ISF.
People have been telling me that swinging an end loaded bat will ruin my swing, is that true?
Not necessarily. There are many players who really excel with an end loaded bat. It depends upon your swing speed and your strength and ability to drive the ball. An end loaded bat is recommended for those players who hit for power and have really good swing speed.
Is the 2012 model approved for USSSA and ASA or just the 2013?
The 2012 DeMarini CF5 INSANE is legal in USSSA until September 1, 2013.
Does this bat come in 34" and a 23oz?
Unfortunately, the 2013 DeMarini CF5 INSANE: DXCFI Fastpitch bat only comes in a -10. If you wanted a 34" it would be a 24oz. bat.
Is this bat red or orange?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 INSANE: DXCFI Fastpitch is more of a burnt orange color.
Is this bat approved for college swac division?
Yes. The 2013 DeMarini CF5 INSANE: DXCFI Fastpitch bat is approved for collegiate play.
Will you carry this bat in a 31/21?
Yes, we are currently out of stock in a 31" 21oz. 2013 DeMarini CF5 INSANE: DXCFI Fastpitch bat. We are getting more in soon. I would check back with us in a few weeks.
What is end loaded mean and its purpose?
End-loaded bats are bats that are top heavy with more of the weight distributed towards the end of the barrel. These bats are best for power hitters with high swing speeds as they are able to generate more inertia with an end-loaded bat, improving performance. Hitters that lack the strength to swing an end-loaded bat will see a loss of bat control and swing speed, resulting in mis-hit balls and a higher rate of strike outs due to not being able to get the bat head around.
I am looking at the CF5 Insane and the Miken NXT Freak. My daughter is 12 and uses an older RockeTech. Would you recommend one over the other?
The DeMarini CF5 Insane is designed to be end loaded and is a two-piece fully composite design. The Miken NXT Freak has a balanced swing weight and is a one-piece fully composite design. Both bats will be extremely high performing, so I would base your decision on one-piece vs. two-piece and/or balanced vs. end loaded.
I noticed that the 2012 Insane model will only be legal (in some and not all) leagues because of the new sticker required. Will this 2013 model have the sticker and how long will this bat be legal?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 INSANE: DXCFI Fastpitch bat has the new USSSA stamp that makes it legal in USSSA in 2012, 2013 and beyond. USSSA does not have a timeframe as to when they will change their rules again.
Would this bat be ok for a slapper?
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 INSANE: DXCFI is designed to be end loaded which would not be ideal for a slap hitter. The DeMarini CF5: DXCFP is a balanced model which would help you to have better bat control.
Would this be good for a thirteen year old girl? I need a new bat.
Yes, the DeMarini CF5 INSANE is one of the highest performing bats on the market. The INSANE models of the CF5 are going to have an end loaded and the CF5: DXCFP will have a balanced swing weight.
Will I be able to use this bat in High School/ASA tournaments in 2013?
Yes. The DeMarini DXCFI is ASA approved (see Bat Features). It will be legal for play in High School and ASA.
What is the difference between the 2012 insane and 2013 insane?
The 2013 CF5 Insane and the 2012 Demarini CF5 Insane differ very little, if you liked the 2012 then you will love the 2013. Demarini used a slightly different composite material with the 2013 and the graphics are different but the swing weight will be the same.
Could you tell me the difference between the models of CF5 bats (other than length to weight ratio) is? I see CF5, CF5 hope, CF5 Insane, etc. We have purchase 2 CF5 bats and are looking for the best advantage in a bat and don't know which way to go.
The 2013 DeMarini CF5 INSANE is an end loaded bat. The CF5 and the CF5 Hope are both balanced bats. The CF5 Hope is just a special edition bat.
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