The time has come to round our review series of the best youth bat available on today’s market. The Louisville Slugger Prime 916. This bat is one of the most sought after in the market. All for good reason.
Three is not a crowd
The three-piece bat design and construction is one of the unique features about the slugger. It is a design which Louisville have pioneered and made their own. In an innovative and ever-changing industry, they are at the forefront. Technological advancement is again evident throughout the 916. The company have continued to improve the already excellent range.
The unique feel of this three-piece construction may raise some eyebrows, but in fact, the performance benefits are clear. The Tru3 Dynamic Socket connection provides for ever so slight movement. In times gone by, this may be pointed as a negative. Not with the 916. Actually, this slight freedom of movement between the handle and barrel serve an essential and positive purpose. Reduction of vibration post contact. This has become an industry expectation, especially prevalent at youth level. Negative vibration can be off putting and distracting, particularly for young players. Elimination of vibration allows for comfortable bat handling and a focused mind. Furthermore, possibility of injury can be reduced. All of these point to an improved performance. Like its rivals, Louisville have invested heavily in creating a vibration free batting experience. They have come up trumps with the Slugger 916.
The sweeter the better
Similar to its competitors, the 916 has introduced a carbon composite barrel. They refer to this innovation as FCS(Fused Carbon Structure). It provides for lightweight but heavy hitting. Many users have commented on the immense pop from this bat and ease of hitting with the 916. It claims to be one of the lightest swings on the market. Perfect for young, growing, stars of the future. The lightweight swing of the bat means they have confidence to swing freely and self-confidence is greatly boosted by the fantastic pop off the composite barrel.
The 916 is BBCOR certified and claims to have the biggest sweet spot of any slugger to date. No small thing when it comes to hitting those perfect shots. The 1” composite disc below the sweet spot, helps to increase the hitting range and sweet spot. This is a feat which can really boost the performance and strike fear into the heart of outfielders nationwide. The increased sweet spot and composite insert, thanks to the research and hard-work of the Louisville team, still complies with all regulation. All of this whilst keeping the barrel as light as possible. A groundbreaking development which others are sure to follow.
The 916 introduces the thinnest barrel walls possible whilst still in-keeping with regulation. This allows for a much lighter and more comfortable feel from the bat. Ultimately, this leads to ease of swing and more hitting success. Louisville recognize, quite rightly, that it is key to the development of our aspiring star to keep on swinging. By introducing one of the lightest bats on the market, in terms of feel, they provide everybody with a hitter’s chance.
Handle with ease
The 916 comes with lizard skin grip which is ultra-comfortable and stable, meaning that even after long hours in the cage, young hands can still keep swinging like it’s the first pitch. As we mentioned previously in our review of the Rawlings Quatro, comfort is something which cannot be underestimated. Louisville have recognized and provided for this need excellently.
The Slugger 916 comes with a 2 5/8 barrel and in a variety of weights and sizes to suit all young needs. Consistency of performance exists throughout this bat despite implementing a wealth of new features. It is lightweight and delivers one of the most outstanding pops on the market. It really gives an aspiring player the opportunity to shine on the field.
With its eye-catching design, color scheme, and lizard skin handle, your young player will also look the business as they step up to the plate. This is no small thing in today’s game. Confidence is key and if you look good, you feel good. You will certainly look and feel great stepping out with the 916. It also comes with a 12 month warranty as standard, meaning that if there are any issues, you are covered.
Innovation packed value
From a pricing view, the 916 offers tremendous value for money. In a competitive market, it manages to bring a wealth of features and combine them with proven performance. This puts it in the mid-range of our review series prices, however, you get serious performance for your buck with the slugger. It really is at the forefront of an already fast growing industry. There’s no coincidence that a vast percentage of the world’s most elite young players are stepping onto the field with a 916 in their hand. It is on top of the game in terms of performance.
To round-up, there is no doubt that the Slugger 916 has to be considered as one of the pace setters in the youth batting market. They vie for dominance along with the other bats we reviewed early in the series. The 916 is a powerhouse, combining not only lightweight but also ferocious hitting power. If you want to unlock your full potential, the Louisville Slugger 916 should weigh heavy in your thoughts when purchasing your next bat. Heavy in your thought, but light in your hand as you know the ball around with ease.
Tell us what you think
That completes our review series on the top of the range bats on the youth batting market. We hope it proved to be insightful and will help make your next purchase easier. Please check out our other reviews in the series of the awesome Easton S2-10, DeMarini CF7, and, Rawlings Quatro before making your final choice. Also, comment and discuss your experiences with any of the bats we have mentioned and most importantly, Keep on swingin’.