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2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3

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2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3
  • 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3
  • 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3
  • 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3
  • 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3
  • 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3
  • 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3
  • 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3
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Questions and Answers for 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3

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How would you compare this bat to the 2018 5150?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 and the 2018 Rawlings 5150 are be very similar in feel and performance. Both bats are balanced one-piece alloy bats.

Tori Expert ·Jul 21, 2018

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Why is this bat the least expensive out of the Louisville Slugger BBCOR?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 is a tradtional one-piece alloy model. This allows the bat to be sold at a lower cost because it is less expensive to manufacture. The other performance will be similar to other BBCOR models, but it may have more vibrations on contact because of the construction.

Tyler Expert ·Jul 13, 2018

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How would this compare to the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One in terms of balance? Is one more balanced than the other?

Both the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 and the DeMarini Voodoo ONE BBCOR bats are one-piece alloy models with balanced swing weights. The difference in the balance would be minimal and more personal preference.

Cameron Expert ·Jul 10, 2018

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How does the Omaha 518 BBCOR compare to the 2017 Marucci CAT 7 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC7? Which would recommend for a 14yr. old, 6ft tall 165 lbs? He wants to keep bat speed.

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3, like the Cat 7, will be a one piece alloy bat. Both will provide a balanced swing weight to help generate bat speed. One thing in favor of the Omaha 518 is that the new end cap will further improve the balance of the bat.

Tyler Expert ·May 21, 2018

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Which is better: the 518 BBCOR or the Easton Beast x Speed BBCOR?

Based on the number and quality of reviews we have received, I would rank the Beast X Speed slightly ahead of this Omaha 518 in regard to bat performance.

Ben Expert ·Apr 26, 2018

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Is the Omaha 518 BBCOR better than the Rawlings 5150 BBCOR bat?

Both bats are pretty solid one-piece, all alloy bats. I would probably lean slightly towards the Omaha 518 myself if I had to choose one, however. The Omaha has been a good performing, durable model from Louisville for many years now.

Kyle J. Expert ·Apr 17, 2018

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Is it possible to get a size 31.5" or 32.5" in this bat?

We do not carry this bat in those lengths. You could try contacting Louisville Slugger directly to see if they make it in that size.

Kyle J. Expert ·Apr 11, 2018

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Is this bat more balanced or end loaded?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 features a Balanced Swing Weight.

Carter Expert ·Mar 24, 2018

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Is it approved for USSSA baseball?

Yes, you can use BBCOR bats like the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 in USSSA baseball.

Carter Expert ·Mar 14, 2018

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What’s the differnece between the 518 Omaha and the 517 Omaha?

The biggest difference is the new 6-Star Premium Performance End Cap that Louisville Slugger uses in the Omaha 518 to help improve the balance of the bat. However, they both use the same alloy and most other aspects of the design are similar.

Kyle J. Expert ·Feb 23, 2018

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I looked up drop 3 bats and this came up. Is that what this is?

Yes, the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 is going to be a -3.

Carter Expert ·Feb 20, 2018

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My son is 5’9 110lbs. What size would you recommend?

Based on your player's specifications, I would recommend the 30" 27oz. size of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3.

Tyler Expert ·Feb 20, 2018

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I am 5’5” and 135 lbs. What length of the Omaha should I get?

We would suggest a 31" length for your size.

Kyle J. Expert ·Feb 11, 2018

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My son is 5’5” 140 lbs. He's 13 playing up and needs a -3 bat. What bat would you recommend? He's swinging this model bat but aluminum -5.

Based on your player's specifications, I would recommend a 31" 28oz. size bat. If he likes the Omaha series already, I would certainly recommend the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3. It now offers a 6-star premium performance end cap to further improve the balanced swing weight. If you were wanting a hybrid construction bat to negate vibrations while providing a similar feel on contact, then check out the 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS718B3.

Tyler Expert ·Feb 03, 2018

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My son is 6'4" and 170 lb high school sophomore. What size bat should he be using in the 518 Omaha?

Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 in a 34 inch model; you could also go with a 33 inch if he feels more comfortable with the lighter weight.

Cameron Expert ·Feb 02, 2018

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My son is 5’2” and 133 lbs. Which size bat should we be looking at?

Would recommend getting the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 in a 31 inch model based on his height and weight.

Cameron Expert ·Jan 26, 2018

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I'm 5'11" and 152 lbs. What length do you think I should purchase?

Based on your height and weight, I would recommend getting this 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat (WTLBBO518B3) in the 32" length as long as you can handle the 29 oz weight.

Ben Expert ·Jan 25, 2018

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I'm 5'10" and 150 lbs. What size bat do you recommend?

Based on your height and weight, I would recommend getting this 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat (WTLBBO518B3) in the 32" length.

Ben Expert ·Jan 25, 2018

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I was wondering if I can use a 33" in this model of bat? I am 6 foot, 177 pounds (in college).

Yes, based on your height and weight, I would recommend the 33" 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat (WTLBBO518B3).

Taylor Expert ·Jan 16, 2018

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My son needs a -3 33” bat that is USSSA approved. He prefers Louisville Slugger, what do you recommend?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 will only be BBCOR certified and will not feature any other stamps (USSSA or USA). There are only a handful of USSSA models made in a 33 inch length and these bats will all weigh 28 ounces. There are no LS models available in a 33 inch 28 ounce but there is the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: WTDXVB5.

Cameron Expert ·Jan 06, 2018

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Is this bat USSSA approved?

No, the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 is approved for BBCOR.

Tori Expert ·Dec 17, 2017

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My boy is 5'10" 185lbs and a freshman in high school. Is a 33 inch bat okay?

I would recommend the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 in a 33 inch bat length for your player.

Dan Expert ·Dec 13, 2017

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What does it mean when it says it has a balanced swing weight score of 2.3? I am looking for a balanced swing bat for my son. Most bats either say balance swing or weighted swing. I am not sure what the 2.3 score represents.

Louisville Slugger assigns their own swing weight score to their bats to compare to other Slugger bats within the BBCOR line. The most balanced Louisville Slugger bat is the 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS618B3 (1.1), followed by the 2018 Louisville Slugger Prime 918 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBP918B3 (1.7), the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 (2.3), with the 2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBS718B3 (3.0) being slightly end loaded.

Logan Expert ·Dec 03, 2017

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How well is this bat balanced compared to the Voodoo One and Rawling Velo?

All the bats mentioned will be very similar in balance. They all have an advanced end cap that improves balance and are all one piece alloy.

Mick Expert ·Oct 29, 2017

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My son is 13, has an early birthday will be going into high school next fall...He used the Marrucci CAT 7, 30 inch -5 last fall and spring/summer. Looking for a well balance -3 for him to start using since he will be required to use a -3 next year. Right now he is about 5'3" 100lbs and growing..Looking at either the Marrucci CAT 6 or the Omaha. Which bat would you suggest is best going to the -3 and what length?

It's difficult to say that one bat is better when comparing these two but I will say that the Marucci Cat 7 has an improved anti-vibration knob on the bat to eliminate sting if that's an issue. From a balance standpoint, both the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 and the Marucci CAT 6 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC614 will be very balanced bats.

Dan Expert ·Oct 26, 2017

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My son Tre is 13 and 5'7" and 105 lbs. What should he swing?

Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 in a 29 inch model.

Cameron Expert ·Oct 04, 2017

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Is this bat a drop 3?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 is a BBCOR model and thus a drop 3 length to weight ratio bat.

Cameron Expert ·Sep 17, 2017

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Will balls from the batting cages mess this bat up?

I would recommend against using this 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat (WTLBBO518B3) with the rubber, yellow balls that are sometimes used at batting cages. That type of ball is denser than a regular baseball and can damage the barrel walls of any type of baseball bat.

Ben Expert ·Sep 10, 2017

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How do I customize this bat?

If seeking to get the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 customized one would need to use the LS custom bat builder.

Cameron Expert ·Sep 04, 2017

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Do you have to break this bat in?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 is an alloy bat, so it will not require any break in.

Logan Expert ·Aug 29, 2017

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My son is 12 years old, 5'7", 145 lbs, has swung BBCOR before but now using it permanently. What length should he swing with the 2018 Omaha?

Based on your players height and weight, we suggest a 32" model of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3.

Jason Expert ·Aug 23, 2017

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Does this bat meet the 2018 USA Bat standards?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 does not meet the 2018 USA Bat standards, and does not feature the USA marking.

Logan Expert ·Aug 17, 2017

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Is there a major difference on the balance between the 518 and 618?

There will be a slight difference with regards to the balance on the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 in comparison to the 618. How much so it really up to personal opinion.

Cameron Expert ·Aug 09, 2017

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Is there a major difference in pop between this 518 and the 517?

Any difference in performance between the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 and the 2017 would be minimal.

Cameron Expert ·Aug 06, 2017

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I like the 2017 bat, but the 2018 looks very promising. Is there a difference that makes the 2018 an easy option to get over a $400 bat?

This 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat (WTLBBO518B3) features a one-piece, all-alloy design to it. The alloy used on the bat is ST 7U1+ and that material is very high performing. Many college baseball players chose to go with the 2017 version of this Omaha 518 this past season over competing $400 bats.

Ben Expert ·Aug 02, 2017

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What's the difference in the pop in this bat and the $400 one?

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 will compare favorably in terms of performance capabilities to the LS Prime 918. The main difference between these two bats is the lack of vibration reduction a player will get with the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 since it is a one-piece bat. With the Prime 918 being a two-piece bat it will be better equipped to reduce vibration from an off-centered hit due to the flex the bat will feature.

Cameron Expert ·Jul 14, 2017

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Is the 518 with the new end-cap going to be as balanced as the 517 and 516?

Due to the new end-cap, this 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat (WTLBBO518B3) should feature a slightly more balanced swing feel when compared to the Omaha 516 and Omaha 517.

Ben Expert ·Jun 29, 2017

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