When USA Baseball announced a new standard for measuring youth baseball bats, some parents were concerned. The reason? A previously purchased baseball bat was being rendered useless after 2018 depending on their child's League. And, of course, that meant researching, selecting, and hoping for similar results from a new bat.
One of the initial findings is the popularity of Easton's Ghost X -10 USA Baseball bat. Easton was one of the first manufacturers to market with USA Baseball bats and given their strong hold on the youth bat market (re: MAKO series), Easton delivered.
Technical, powerful, and beautiful, the 2018 Easton Ghost X differs from the Hyperlite bat as it's a drop 10 with a two-piece, fully composite construction. Meanwhile, the Hyperlite is a drop 11 with a one-piece, composite design. Released on September 1, 2017, the Ghost X uses the X-tended barrel design to ensure the longest composite barrel in baseball and, of course, is equipped with the USA Bat stamp. Other features of the popular USA Baseball approved bat are:
- Approved for play in AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, and Pony for 2018 and beyond (USA Bat Standard approved).
- EXACT carbon composite material optimizes barrel performance and enlarges the sweet spot.
- New dynamic feel system delivers best-in-class feel and performance.
- New engineering X advanced carbon technology uses EXACT composite for better vibration reduction.
- Re-designed CONNEXION+ technology enhances durability and is the standard of excellence for two-piece bats.
The Ghost X is recommended for Lil' All-Stars, as it has a speed balanced swing weight, which makes the bat perfect for contact hitters and power hitters.
Here is what some Coaches and parents are saying about the 2018 Easton Ghost X -10 USA Baseball bat:
"I was skeptical about this new USA bat standard. I thought they were charging us parents the same amount of money for a bat that didn't perform as well. My son wanted this Ghost X because it's most similar to his MAKO Beast, but I think it's better. The pop is great off this thing. He never complains about sting in his hands anymore either."
"We all know that the bat will not be as hot as the USSSA ones...but this model is not that bad. If you hit it square, it will fly. Can't compare to the other models, but I am happy with this bat. Will only get hotter as we use it more. Smooth and clean design as is the norm with Easton bats."
Meet other USA Baseball approved bats, but know that the Easton Ghost X is the early favorite. Have you swung a USA Baseball approved bat yet? If you've used the Ghost X, let us know your thoughts in the comments below or leave a review on the product page to let others know what you think.
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