The Five Best Fastpitch Bats for 2020

Need a new bat? Step up to the plate with one of the best fastpitch bats for 2020.

When you play serious fastpitch softball, you need to be on top of your game every time you step into the box. Today’s pitchers are armed with an arsenal of sizzling fastballs, drop pitches, riseballs and off-speed deceit – all designed to send you back to the bench in short order. Meet the challenge head-on with one of the best fastpitch softball bats for 2020. Each bat on this list has been identified as a top performer by our softball equipment experts.


1. Easton Ghost Advanced 2020

Easton Ghost Advanced 2020

The 2020 Ghost Advanced Bat provides players with a barrel that’s longer, lighter and stronger than ever before to help hitters consistently rake at the dish. Available in several different drop weights, this iteration of the Ghost Advanced features a two-piece composite construction that leverages Easton’s Second-Generation Double Barrel design to deliver the lowest compression in the game for maximum barrel flex and performance. If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, the traditional Easton Ghost series for 2020 also comes very highly rated by our experts and customers.

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2. DeMarini Prism 2020

DeMarini Prism 2020

The Prism is another 2020 fastpitch bat boasting a double-barrel construction. The composite outer wall provides a lightweight feel without sacrificing power, while the lower-compression inner wall creates a spring-like effect at impact. The 3Fusion Endcap and Handle System help transfer maximum energy to the barrel, where it remains after contact to reduce the vibration felt in the hands.

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3. Louisville Slugger Xeno X20

Louisville Slugger Xeno X20

Engineered for elite players who prefer a stiffer feel as they travel through the zone, the 2020 Louisville Slugger Xeno X20 Fastpitch Bat returns as one of Slugger’s most popular fastpitch models. The stiffer composite feel that’s become synonymous with the Xeno is achieved through its IST Connection Piece, which maximizes energy transfer toward the barrel for consistent power. The Xeno can be found in a variety of drop weights ranging from -8 to -11 depending on your preference at the plate.

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4. DeMarini CF 2020

DeMarini CF 2020

Offering more bat speed and barrel control, the 2020 DeMarini CF Fastpitch Bat is perfect for hitters focused on making consistent contact. DeMarini is able to achieve this by utilizing a 3-Fusion Connection Piece between the handle and barrel, which keeps energy in the barrel and cuts down on vibration. Because the CF emphasizes speed and control, this model is only available with drop weights of -10 and -11.

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5. Louisville Slugger LXT X20

Louisville Slugger Xeno X20

The LXT is the most popular bat in the Louisville Slugger fastpitch lineup. The full-composite barrel provides a massive sweet spot, maximum pop and incredible sound right out of the wrapper. The VCX Connection System allows the barrel and handle to move independently at impact to optimize feel and virtually eliminate unwanted vibration.

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Need some help choosing the best fastpitch softball bat for your season? Check out this Pro Tips guide for more information on how to find the right softball bat for you.