The Verdict: 4.2/5 ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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With so many famous brands in the baseball bat industry, it surprised us when we ended up concluding that the 2017 Combat Maxum BBCOR is among the top bats today.
If it wasn’t for the sweet performance of the 2017 DeMarini CF Zen BBCOR, this Combat Maxum would have taken the top spot among them all.
This is a BBCOR-certified bat, so it’s good for even high school and collegiate play where the rules regarding bats are more restrictive.
It features the requisite 2 5/8-inch barrel, and a drop of 3. Available sizes range from 30 inches (27 ounces) to 34 inches (31 ounces).
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Why Is This a Surprise?
Some may wonder how it’s possible that this 2017 Combat Maxum BBCOR is so highly rated?
Usually American and Japanese bats have the highest ratings, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this bat is made in Canada.
Nowadays many say that baseball has been eclipsed by basketball, soccer, rugby, and lacrosse among the favorite sports in Canada.
Oh my how some folks are deceived! I personally try not to put too much stock into things like that.
Let me tell you that based on my personal testing with Combat products, they are top of the line with all the other companies.
I’ve used their bats, bags and batting gloves.
It’s actually my number one rated “one-piece” bat.
Once you use it for a while you will realize just how good it is.
Many of the 2017 Combat Maxum BBCOR reviews have commented on this bat’s superior performance.
It uses a single piece construction instead of a 2-piece construction, yet it offers excellent balance and performance.
In order to justify our conclusion, let’s focus on the features and benefits that put the 2017 Combat Maxum bat head and shoulders above the rest of the pack.
The 2017 Combat Maxum BBCOR Has A Huge Barrel
The huge barrel of the Maxum is probably the foremost advantage you can get.
Okay, it’s true that all BBCOR bats are limited to 2⅝ inches in diameter. But other bats may only have this diameter near the top of the barrel.
With Maxum, you reach the 2 5/8-inch diameter early and near the handle.
It’s not limited to mostly the top end.
This then leads to this incontrovertible advantage: you have a larger hitting area to work with.
In fact, depending on the bat model you’re comparing the Maxum to, this Combat Maxum bat is anywhere from 20% to 40% larger.
This can lessen your strikeouts and foul balls, and you can put the ball into play more often. That usually leads to more hits eventually.
Even the sweet spot is bigger.
That’s because its design has resulted in a drastic reduction in the swing weight. This reduction has actually been measured at 38%.
Now add lower swing weight to the balanced feel, and you get a bat that offers you an unbelievable level of control over your bat.
You’ll be able to swing in to the spot in the strike zone you want. When a ball comes in and slides down to the bottom of the plate, you can hat your swing so you won’t be charged with a strike.
You can’t underestimate the benefit of such control over your bat. This will allow you to hit the ball towards dead spots in the defense, so you can get a hit easily and consistently.
And if you’re a fast runner, you can even go for more infield hits. The single piece construction offers you seamless construction, so you won’t have to worry about the ball hitting a “dead spot” on your bat.
Such a dead spot can hit the ball weakly, and the fielders will have an easy time picking the baseball and throwing you out at 1st base.
Your comfort is a crucial aspect of your hitting. You have to be relaxed and confident so you have a better chance of concentrating.
When you’re uncomfortable when you hold your bat, you won’t be able to focus, and your mechanics will be all wrong.
With the 2017 Combat Maxum bat the balanced weight makes it really comfy to wield. You just know that you can swing it quick and it will go in the direction you want.
You can also stop your swing in time when the ball suddenly slides down from the strike zone. Such utter control is reassuring.
But there’s also the sheer comfort afforded by the famous Lizard Skins Grip. The comfort level is enhanced, and again you’re reassured by the slip-resistant feel of the handle.
The composite fibers run through the entire length of the 2017 Combat Maxum BBCOR, and this eliminates the dead spots. But in addition, this also makes it highly durable, which isn’t always the case with 1-piece construction bats.
Truth be told, 1-piece bats are so notorious in their lack of durability that the design has virtually been abandoned in the industry.
The Combat Maxum is the most notable exception to this trend.
This seamless bat with its 1-piece design will last for a very long while.
Combat is so sure of this that they’re not offering a standard 1-year warranty.
That’s the standard warranty period for baseball bats, but Combat is offering a 500-day warranty instead.
It was quite difficult to come up with any negatives to tell you the truth.
Should you really be concerned about anything with the Combat Maxum AB7MX103?
in the picture: 2017 Combat Maxum Drop 3 Baseball Bat
Well, let’s start with the price. This is a high end bat in its performance, so it comes with a rather high end price tag.
Now that price may not seem “right” for the brand (if you’re a brand snob), but it does match the performance level it offers. And if you’re lucky, you may even find significant discounts online.
Of course, there’s also the issue of the 1-piece design. This is the design that results in the vibrations traveling unimpeded down the length of the barrel according to some people.
A very small minority of people say every time you make contact with the baseball and mishit it, the vibrations will travel to your hands and cause them to sting. There’s nothing blocking these vibrations.
Admittedly, for many of us this is an encumbrance, and it can even be a distraction when you’re trying to hit.
But for a few others, the vibrations do serve a purpose when you use a carrot and stick analogy.
Use This To Your Advantage
You’ll find it easier to learn how to hit properly with the sweet spot, they say, when you get a hit or maybe even a homerun.
That’s the carrot in the analogy. The stick is, of course, the unpleasant stinging in your hands. But maybe that will motivate you to hit better.
Another key problem is that even with the high price, the 2017 Combat Maxum bat is selling very well, at a pace that Combat may not have anticipated.
That’s why some sellers don’t offer the full range of sizes. Some of the other sizes are sold out already.
Final Verdict on the 2017 Combat Maxum BBCOR
So on the plus side, you get a lot of benefits.
You have a huge barrel with a large sweet spot, and you get greater control while you also feel comfortable with this extremely dependable bat.
On the other hand, the 1-piece design can sting your hands, and it can be very expensive.
So should you get it?
You should definitely try out the Combat Maxum AB7MX103 this season, and you will definitely not regret it.
It really is superior to the vast majority of bats out there. With this you can improve your hitting results, big-time.
With it’s massive sweet spot you get way more plate coverage so the actuality of feeling vibration isn’t too likely.
It has a very balanced swing weight and is perfect for contact hitters or power hitters.
With this bat at the plate, you can expect your hitting percentage to improve dramatically.
This company truly wants to make the best bats in the world and each year they are getting closer and closer to my top slot.
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