Anytime a brand as strong as Louisville Slugger releases a new bat, it’s big news. So when Louisville Slugger announced they would be releasing a new multi-piece composite fastpitch softball bat our ears immediately perked up. The 2020 Louisville Slugger RXT X20 -10 Fastpitch Softball Bat (WTLFPRXD1020) has been released alongside long-standing models such as the LXT and XENO. Let’s take a look at what makes the new 2020 RXT standout from the others in an extensive RXT bat review.
Sporting a two-piece, fully composite construction, the 2020 RXT will provide ridiculous levels of comfort and precision on contact. Given the composite materials used, we recommend that each player break-in the barrel before they use it in a game. This will consist of roughly 100-200 hits with a softball. New with the RXT is a Springloaded Connection System to create the ultimate performance on contact. The idea is to maximize the pop by placing emphasis on the connection point of the bat. It should allow for more energy to transfer and better results in each at-bat like the XENO has for many years.
Louisville Slugger is also rolling out their patented HVR-1 technology in the RXT. HVR-1 technology emphasizes barrel performance. By incorporating this into the barrel of the bat we are expecting to see the performance at maximum levels on each swing. At least each swing that hits the ball on the sweet spot.
The RXT will feature a balanced swing weight. By doing this Louisville Slugger has made a bat geared for both contact and power hitters alike. Last year’s model, the PXT had an end-loaded swing weight. As a result power hitters were generally the only style of players able to fully utilize the model.
As we touched on a little bit earlier, we anticipate the new RXT to provide excellent performance because of the technology in the construction. Coupling the Springloaded Connection System with a balanced swing weight will likely provide an advantage over the previous PXT models. Furthermore, the RXT will utilize a one-disk system (like the LXT) to create a larger overall sweet spot when compared to the XENO models. This should allow for a higher hard-hit rate and fewer stingers.
So Who Should Swing an RXT?
The one downfall with Louisville Slugger’s RXT is that it is only going to be made available in a -10 drop weight. This immediately eliminates most of the youth softball players from utilizing it. However, any player that is comfortable with a -10 model will be able to take the RXT to its’ fullest potential.
As far as certifications are concerned, the RXT is approved for play in USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, & ISF. Therefore any player will be legally allowed to use this fastpitch bat in a fastpitch softball game.
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The RXT will blend two of the all-time best fastpitch bats in the game. It will provide each player with the power on contact like the XENO, while also the maximum sweet spot area like LXT. This alone makes it an extremely appealing option for any skilled fastpitch player needing a composite, -10 drop, fastpitch bat. Continue breaking down the model and you’ll notice even more alluring aspects like the Pro Comfort Grip, a Copa Performance End Cap, and the HVR-1 technology and the RXT might just be the most sought after fastpitch bat in 2020.
Do you have any experience swinging an LXT, XENO, PXT, or even the RXT? What was your experience? We’d love to know!
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