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The 2018 Rawlings Quatro BBCOR was a new release last year, and it was expected to do well in terms of sales.
It is true that if you’re only used to balanced bats that the 2018 DeMarini CF Insane BBCOR really is crazy.
But the truth is that not everyone looks for a balanced bat.
Instead, some hitters really want to wallop a baseball with a hammer rather than with a chopstick. If that’s you, then this is the bat you’re looking for.
DeMarini is of course among the most well-known brands in baseball bats.
Features of the 2018 DeMarini CF Insane BBCOR baseball bat: WTDXCIC
Let’s see exactly how insane this gets. But really, the features do make sense for some hitters.
For the WTDXCIC version, you get the standard drop (-3) ratio along with the usual 2 5/8-inch diameter for the barrel.
These are typical dimensions that come with a BBCOR-certified bat. It’s stamped so you know you can use this for high school and college play.
This 2018 DeMarini CF Insane BBCOR is also a composite bat instead of a bat that uses aluminum. Instead, it uses the crazily durable Paraflex material that’s stronger than other composite materials by as much as 22%.
The material allows DeMarini baseball to distribute the weight along the bat more precisely, so that this time you get the end-loaded feel you want.
The material also gives you that humungous flex that makes it act like some sort of trampoline. It results in a massive pop performance.
This is also a 2-piece bat, which again provides the flex and pop you want. However, all the pieces have been brought together in what DeMarini calls its 3Fusion System.
It’s a system specifically designed to make sure that everything works together flawlessly.
The lightweight 3Fusion end cap also helps in distributing the weight along the bat properly and accurately.
In practical terms, it means that while you still get that crazy end-loaded swing weight, you also still get the complete control over the bat.
This is what you need so you don’t end up looking stupid always swinging through the air and missing the ball.
Then there’s the handle, which is quite sleek and streamlined. Its design provides a considerably reduction in the vibrations that plague your hands whenever you hit the baseball outside the sweet spot of the bat.
The baseball tends to travel farther and faster upon getting whacked by the 2018 DeMarini CF Insane end loaded BBCOR bat.
Then there is the RCK knob. This part of the bat is supposed to just keep your hands secure on the handle so that the bat doesn’t fly away from your grasp.
There are many different types of knob designs, but in this one DeMarini made sure that at least it’s also ergonomically designed.
This makes it quite comfortable since it fits into your hands perfectly.
Check Out The Endcap and Handle
Pros of the 2018 DeMarini CF Insane BBCOR Bat
Let’s first start with a caveat: this is a bat for power hitters. It is not for leadoff or even for 2-spot hitters.
Instead, this bat is best for guys who hit in the 3-hole or cleanup spot. It’s great for the 5-position too.
The advantage here for power hitters is the insane distribution of the weight. It’s like wielding a mallet or a hammer instead of a drumstick.
If you’re able to control that kind of bat because you have the strength, then you can truly whack that baseball far out into the outfield or even outside the fence.
The material used for this bat is also excellent. Think about it; you go through lots of contact with the baseball while you take massive swings.
That can really wear down a bat made from much weaker materials.
But this time, you get the insanely tough Paraflex material from DeMarini.
This means you don’t have to worry too much about warping your bat because you get contact very time.
This may even let you use the bat again for another season. Though the warranty is only standard and good for a single year.
Perhaps you’re thinking that you don’t need to worry about durability because you’ll be whiffing a lot when you take your swings.
That’s not going to happen simply because of this bat. It’s true that many end-loaded bats are harder to control unless you have massive muscles. But that’s not really the case here.
You’re able to guide this bat to where you want it to go, unlike with other end-loaded bats.
It’s this kind of control that should keep you from striking out a lot.
With the 2018 CF Insane (-3), you also get the flex that naturally comes from a 2-piece design. It’s a system in which the bat redirects the energy of the baseball on contact from the bat and handle and then back to the baseball again.
Basically, it’s like it comes with some sort of mini-trampoline effect that really gives you the pop you need.
It’s also nicely protective of your hands. Whenever you make contact with the baseball outside the sweet spot, you’ll cause vibrations to travel through the barrel and the handle.
But the handle has been designed to reduce the vibration energy that reaches your hands, so you’re not quite as punished whenever you make a mishit.
The knob is great too. Sometimes the knob can be a minor annoyance, because it can feel distracting or weird.
But this time DeMarini has paid attention to the ergonomic requirements so that it’s as if the knob has been designed with your hand shape in mind. Your hand rests against the knob nicely and comfortably.
The 2018 DeMarini CF Insane BBCOR is certified. You don’t have to worry about whether or not your bat is legal to use for high school or college play.
It’s absolutely okay to use within the rules, and it’s got the stamp on the bat to attest that it’s really certified for BBCOR play.
Weight Distribution and Design of the 2018 DeMarini CF Insane BBCOR
Reduced Vibration and Comfort
DeMarini Baseball Bat Sizzle Video
Cons of the 2018 CF Insane (-3)
It’s not quite perfect, and for some people it’s definitely the wrong bat to use.
It’s not for the very weak. As we’ve said, it’s designed for power hitters, and those guys are often huge and heavily muscled.
That’s the only way for you to control the mass in this crazy bat. If you’re very young or very small, then controlling this bat can be a problem.
If you want, you can read a DeMarini CF Insane review from a player without the strength to use this properly. It can be very amusing to read their bitter rants about its crazy weight distribution.
It’s also not for the poor. This is a premium brand and model, especially when you consider its superb design and terrific material durability.
It’s a tough bat that will provide excellent performance for an entire season at least, with massive pop and surprising comfort.
So of course it’s a lot more expensive than other bats. Since this is the latest 2018 model, there’s also no discount coming your way.
However, it does help if you regard its purchase as some sort of investment. It gives you the best power-hitting performance you can possibly ask for.
Its durability and performance also make it a cost-effective option. You won’t need to buy another bat because it broke down or it let you down.
Either way, it definitely won’t.
The look is also surprisingly subdued. While that sort of thing may appeal to some, others may be irritated by how it doesn’t look expensive at all.
In fact, compared to some other bats it looks bland.
It’s like having Bruce Wayne on your side instead of the cooler-looking Batman.
Should You Buy The 2018 DeMarini CF Insane End Loaded BBCOR Bat?
In the end, its looks and price aren’t really serious issues compared to the benefits you get.
You’ll get full value and more from this bat if you’re a player in a league, instead of just a casual player who plays baseball maybe once or twice a year.
Just remember that this is called the 2018 DeMarini CF Insane BBCOR bat, and the use of the “insane” in its name is quite apt.
The end-load feel really is crazy, and that’s why it only works best for power hitters in the cleanup spot.
However, you don’t have to be juiced up on steroids to use this—and that’s because the weight distribution somehow gives you a nice sort of control as well. Add the durability and vibration-free comfort, and it’s a sure winner.
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