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Another baseball season is just around the corner, and for that there’s the 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha senior league baseball bat SLO5160 available for some of you serious players who want serious performance without shelling out serious money.
The price is just right, it’s a notable upgrade from the previous year’s version, and it really looks good compared some of its competitors.
Improvements in the SLO5160
This 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha senior league baseball bat offers a -10 length to weight ratio, with available sizes ranging from 27 inches (17 ounces) to 32 inches (22 ounces).
It comes with the USSSA 1.15 BPF Stamp and a 2 5/8-inch barrel diameter which is permissible in most but not all youth leagues.
So first things first, you need to confirm that these features let you use this bat for this coming 2016 baseball season.
It should be permissible to use in the USSSA and Travel Ball leagues with the BPF 1.15 Certification mark, but it’s better to be safe and make sure.
It’s a notable improvement over the Louisville Slugger Omaha 515, which wasn’t bad to begin with. Here are some of the most significant changes:
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It comes with the new 7UI lightweight aluminum alloy, resulting in the lightest Omaha bats ever produced by the company.
That allowed the Slugger to make the barrel 40% longer than the 515. In fact, the barrel on this senior league 516 is even larger than the barrel of the Slugger 716 hybrid bat.
It almost matches the size of the Slugger 916 two-piece composite bat.
With a longer and bigger barrel, it means you can cover more of the plate, and it’s easier for you to reach pitches on the outside part of the plate.
It also means you get a bigger sweet spot. Actually, now you get the biggest sweet spot in any Omaha bat in Slugger history.
Then you also need to add that this offers you the lightest swing weight in any Omaha so far. The swing weight was reduced by 8% compared to the 515.
That light swing weight gives you better control, so you can actually swing the bat into the right position over the plate.
And what’s more, you also get to swing the bat much faster, so you get more speed when you hit the baseball and you get greater distance with your hits.
Finally, the Lizard Skin grip is now standard on the 516, whereas it wasn’t on the 515. This particular grip is truly comfortable and yet they also offer a very secure grip.
That’s not hard to understand when you discover that the manufacturer of this grip started out with excellent bicycle grips.
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Other Features on the 5160
The 5160 also comes with the 7/8-inch tapered handle, which should be familiar enough with most baseball hitters that it feels comfortable in the hands.
Like many bats, this 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha Senior League baseball bat SLO5160 comes with the full 12-month warranty. But it also comes with the 30-day performance guarantee, and within this time frame you can test it out fully.
Pros and Cons of the Louisville Slugger Omaha 516
As it is an aluminum bat, you can get great performance out of it right out of the wrapper. The large diameter can really help with your hitting average, since you get a better chance of making contact.
Slugger has done well in figuring out how to make it bigger while still reducing the swing weight. That’s remarkable.
The balance of the bat is also superb, as it makes it very easy to handle by 10-year old players.
Many of those who tried the bat also report that it comes with a lot of pop.
And with its new aluminum material, it’s a very durable bat, It probably won’t crack or dent for many years.
That’s one of the advantages of going with the latest bat from the Louisville Slugger company.
You get the most recent and hi-tech materials with the latest innovations, so you get more advantages while you still comply with the baseball bat guidelines.
Of course, with the 1-piece construction, the vibrations when you make contact travels down to the handle and into your arms.
There’s a good and a bad side to that. The advantage is that you get lots of feedback when you make contact, so you know just how solidly you hit the ball.
On the other hand, when you mishit the ball then you’ll feel some ringing down in your hands every time. So during that first 30 days, make sure you can withstand such an effect.
But you can also look at the vibrations in your hands as an additional incentive to improve how you hit.
Verdict on the 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha Senior League Baseball Bat SLO5160
If you’re a real baseball fan, you’re most likely aware of the reputation of the Louisville Slugger brand. It’s one of the most iconic brands in baseball, with 130 years of history behind it.
With the 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha Senior League baseball bat SLO5160, the brand also gives notice that they’re not resting on their laurels. The future looks just as good.
So if you’re hankering for a 1-piece bat in the midrange price market, the SLO5160 is an excellent choice. The improvements over the previous year’s model are well worth the price and it truly shines compared to other bats in is category.
You cover more of the plate, you have better control over the direction of your swing, and you can swing it faster so the ball travels a longer distance when you make contact.