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This is a BBCOR bat certified for use for the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) and the NCAA.
While it has some key features of the Mizuno MaxCor BBCOR bats of previous years, the 2017 Mizuno MaxCor (-3) also offers certain improvements.
This is only fitting, as it stands as Mizuno’s latest and most expensive bat.
What Do You Have To Lose?
Features of the New 2017 Mizuno MaxCor
So let’s take a glance at some of the key features we will find in this adult bat:
Basic stats. Just so we’re clear, this is a 2 5/8-inch diameter bat. The (-3) ratio means that if you get the 31-inch long model, it’ll weigh 28 ounces.
You have 4 size choices available, ranging from 31 to 34 inches. And just in case you’re still not clear, at 34 inches it will weigh 31 ounces.
VP sleeve. The new MaxCor sports a revolutionary material for the sleeve called viscoelastic polyurethane (VP).
The effects of this new material are varied, but one of the crucial benefits is that the circumference of the sweet spot is now wider.
Some of the other Mizuno MaxCor BBCOR bat reviews claim there’s now a 33% increase in the size of the sweet spot.
In addition, the material optimized the backspin, and it really improves the performance so you get greater distance for every hit.
New Alloy Core. What’s under the VP sleeve? It’s the aluminum alloy core, with aerospace-grade quality and variable wall thickness.
Soft outer barrel. Like other Mizuno MaxCor BBCOR baseball bat models in previous years, the outer barrel is quit soft.
In fact, it’s this feature that has made it famous among BBCOR bats.
So what’s the point of this? What you have to understand is that in theory the length of the barrel determines the size of the sweet spot along the length of the bat.
That is, the sweet spot expands from the knob to the end cap, based on how long the barrel is.
On the other hand, the barrel’s softness affects the width of the sweet spot along the diameter of the barrel. That is, from the top to bottom of the barrel.
How does this work out? This wider expansion of the sweet spot occurs in the moment of impact when the bat meets the ball.
As the collision occurs, the malleable barrel flattens toward the barrel’s aluminum alloy core. Since the material seems to wrap around the baseball instead, then there’s a greater amount of barrel material in contact with the baseball.
Dynamic damper. What happens when you miss the sweet spot when you sing and make contact with the baseball?
In that case, you get vibrations traveling along the length of the bat. This can really hurt your hands.
But now there’s the dynamic damper, which is the transition piece between the barrel and the handle.
Basically, it dampens and absorbs the vibrations before they reach the handle, so that your hands are better protected from the consequences of a mishit.
Balanced swing weight. If your top priority as a hitter is to make contact (and not to really wallop it outside the park), then this balanced swing weight is preferable for you.
The balance makes it easier for you to control, so that you get a greater chance of getting a hit.
New and improved grip. The latest grip is wrapped in new synthetic leather. It offers a great feel for the bat, and it also gives you the tack so the bat is held more securely in your hands.
It’s less likely to escape your grasp, which isn’t really a good thing when you’re taking a mighty swing.
Is The Barrel Different Than Other Bats?
How About Swing Weight and Grip?
Benefits of the New 2017 Mizuno MaxCor
So exactly how do you improve your hitting when you use the 2017 Mizuno MaxCor BBCOR baseball bat? Here are the top 4 advantages:
If you’re playing in the NCAA or NFHS, you KNOW you’re using a legal bat. What you don’t want is any confusion about whether or not your bat is allowed.
This is BBCOR-certified, so if your league requires BBCOR bats, this is definitely okay.
You get a lot of control over your bat. This is an important advantage for hitters, and that even includes homerun hitters.
The improved control is courtesy of various factors.
Part of it is the light swing weight.
This makes it easier for you to start your swing, since you don’t have a lot of weight to overcome at the start.
Then there’s also the balanced weight of the bat. This gives you a better chance of directing the bat’s swing direction properly.
Compare it to an end loaded bat that feels like you’re swinging a large mallet. Unless you have the strength and the muscles, such a design is a bit more awkward to swing in the proper direction.
And in baseball, you can’t just ignore the value of a good single. When you have guys in scoring position, sometimes getting to first base safely is all that you need.
More pop. Not that you’re limited to singles with this bat. In fact, it’s designed to give you greater distance for your batted balls.
One reason for this is that you get more bat material in contact with the baseball. That’s the function of the soft barrel.
With more bat to the ball, you transfer more force, which can then really make the ball fly farther. Why settle for a single when you can get a double — or a homerun?
Another benefit to this new design is that it optimizes the backspin. Scientists have confirmed the value of the backspin on a ball.
There’s usually a backspin on a typical homerun baseball. The backspin counters the effects of gravity on the ball, so it keeps the ball flying for a longer time in the air, and it leads to a greater distance.
Your hands are protected from the sting of a mishit. Hit the ball wrong, and in typical (cheap) baseball bats your hands pay the price. But that’s not the case with the Mizuno MaxCor BBCOR.
First of all, the sweet spot (the area of the barrel that doesn’t cause vibrations when it comes into contact with the ball) is huge.
Some Mizuno advertising materials even claim it to have the largest sweet spot in the BBCOR bat industry.
So this essentially means that you minimize the area that can cause vibrations.
And if the bat hits outside the sweet spot? That’s why you have the dynamic dampener. It muffles the vibrations before it hits your hand. You’ll still know if it’s a mishit, but it won’t be a painful lesson.
What About Pop and Vibration?
2017 Mizuno Maxcor BBCOR Test Results
I personally tested this bat. More specifically I tested the 33 inch/30 ounce model.
I hit off a tee and I also hit soft toss. Watch video here.
In the Spring of 2017 I’ll let players from a local baseball team test it out as well.
Until then here’s what I thought:
- The 2017 Mizuno Maxcor BBCOR bat was very easy to swing
- The ball pops with the best bats out there
- Hitting the ball has the sound of a wood bat which I absolutely love!
- Even though it was just soft toss I didn’t feel any vibration and I wasn’t even wearing batting gloves
- There is a ton of barrel so even a perceived mishit still rifles the ball with tremendous pop
- The only thing I didn’t like was the the sleeve/barrel got marked up pretty good. Not too noticeable but for me I don’t like seeing scratches or marks even after cleaning.
I Interviewed the Top Bat Engineer With Mizuno Baseball
I spoke with the lead engineer with Mizuno. He personally designed this 2017 Mizuno Maxcor BBCOR baseball bat.
This is the first time a top baseball company reached out to me and offered to answer any questions I had for their top expert.
This is a rare occurrence in my experience so this showed me right away that they are very serious about their bats.
It’s hard to put a phone conversation to words but here are my exclusive notes:
- The VP Sleeve is unique to the industry and it’s been designed to create faster ball speed.
- Bat was designed by real baseball players.
- This bat is for everyone. Not just power hitters or slap hitters.
- They wanted to make this the lightest swinging bat on the market.
- Designed in United States, materials research in Japan and manufactured in China.
- Details matter so try it and blind test compare it to any bat out there.
Is It For You?
It depends on what you’re looking for in a bat. It’s just the bat you’re looking for if you meet every factor listed here:
You’re in need of a BBCOR-certified bat because of your league’s rules. Usually, these leagues are for older players, including the NFHS and the NCAA.
Even some of the older divisions of major Youth baseball organizations may also specify that only BBCOR bats are allowed.
You’re looking for a balanced bat, instead of an end-loaded one. Still, even homerun hitters may like this bat, since it can really give a lot of pop on the ball on impact.
And you can’t get a homerun when you can’t get contact.
But this is really ideal for contact hitters. The balance makes it easier to control. Add the lower swing weight and you can really make the bat go where you want it to go.
Put in the larger barrel, and you can really increase your batting average.
You’re willing to give this soft barrel a chance. Let’s be honest here: some people are doubtful about the capabilities of such a malleable barrel, at least until they see the hitting results.
If you’re able to overcome your doubt, you’ll be amazed at just how hard this soft bat can hit.
You can afford it. Quality comes at a price, since you have to pay for all those newfangled designs and technology.
If you’re looking for the cheapest bat you can find, this is definitely not for you. In fact, so far this is the most expensive Mizuno metal bat currently available.
Final Thoughts on The 2017 Mizuno Maxcor BBCOR Baseball Bat
So do all these statements describe you perfectly? Then what are you waiting for?
The unique capabilities of the 2017 Mizuno MaxCor BBCOR are waiting for you.