Louisville Slugger has been grinding the past few years working to become the most dominant fastpitch bat on the market. Whether it is a Xeno or LXT, you can rest assured that you are stepping up to the plate with a top quality weapon.
This year’s line stayed the course with similar graphics from 2015, but, in true Louisville Slugger fashion, they have stepped it up a notch for 2016. Along with adding the “Plus” to the names, the new line has infused an eye-catching splash of optic yellow into both the Xeno Plus and LXT Plus. Louisville Slugger has struck a perfect balance between classic and flash with their aesthetics and I could not be more pleased with how they turned out.
Moving on to what really matters- ultimate performance. Let’s break it down by model.
Xeno Plus: The old faithful. This bat has one of the largest sweet spots in the game with a trademark sound that gets results. Louisville Slugger Performance Plus Composite allows for zero wall friction and maximum pop. The two piece barrel to handle iST technology provides max flex and limits bad vibrations. With sizes ranging from -11 to -8, this is a bat that can be swung throughout an entire career.
LXT Plus: This model has been slowly catching up to its LS counterpart over time and we think this year might be the year that LXT breaks out ahead of the almighty Xeno! This is one sharp looking bat with some of the best graphics and color schemes that we have seen yet. Made with the same Performance Plus Composite Technology as the Xeno, this model is no longer end-loaded like it was in 2013. You will get an evenly balanced bat engineered for maximum performance! The LXT TRU 3 Technology doesn’t allow the handle and barrel to touch allowing for optimum pop and eliminating all vibrations. Another great surprise is the addition of a -11 option! Now the younger, smaller athletes training for big-time performance can join the LXT crowd. Seriously, this bat is legit and that blue will definitely make a statement at the plate!
We are counting down the days until June 1 when these beauties arrive in the store. As always, be sure to stop by Better Softball in Better Baseball and demo one to see the results for yourself!
You’ve seen them in back yards and driveways across America… the pitching target that looks like you’re throwing to a cartoon character. Most of them are equipped with a thin vinyl tarp hanging off a pole with a cut out strike zone and a right-handed batter painted on. A pitching target is a great idea if you want to work on pitching accuracy, consistency, and overall skill, but there’s something else out there that is nine times as durable, nine times as effective, and nine times the fun. It’s called the 9 Hole Pitcher’s Pocket.
Designed and manufactured at Better Baseball in Marietta, GA is what some will say is the greatest pitching training aid ever made. The 9 Hole Pitcher’s Pocket was first created in 2000. Over the last 15 years, 6 prototypes have gotten this product to where it needs to be: a useful, durable, exciting pitching aid that’s fun and effective for both little leaguers and major leaguers. Ever since the Pitcher’s Pocket caught the attention of players, parents, and coaches, it’s proven to be an extremely popular training aid for baseball and softball players worldwide.
So why get a Pitcher’s Pocket when there are cheaper alternatives? A big chunk of that answer is durability. Any time you’re putting a vinyl tarp under the constant stress of baseballs hitting it, it’s going to split at the seams and tear into pieces sooner than you may think. The same goes for mass-produced pitching targets with an aluminum frame and a cheaper quality (polypropylene) netting. The Better Baseball 9 Hole Pitcher’s Pocket comes fully equipped with nine separate #60 grade nylon-netted holes, or pockets, divided by bungee cords that attach to a UV coated vinyl padding-incased galvanized steel frame. The detachable/height-adjustable legs, also made of galvanized steel with rubber end caps, guarantees a sturdy base and easy storage. These pitching targets are built to last a long time. Period.
Another reason to consider the Pitcher’s Pocket over a different training aid is its versatility. The 9 Hole Pitcher’s Pocket is an ideal backstop for live batting practice, a good stand-in first baseman for infield ground ball practice. Catchers can use it too, as a target for their throw-downs at second and third base. The Pitcher's Pocket is a perfectly sized strike zone for wiffle ball, and a means to play competitive games between players of all ages. A fan favorite, “Tic-Tac-Throw,” is a game using the Pitcher’s Pocket as a tic-tac-toe board. Be the first to get three of your pitches in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line to win. You can also play a full game in "9 Innings”. Each inning, you get four chances to hit a designated hole. For each hole hit, you earn one run. Start the first inning in the top left hole and work your way down and over to the bottom right hole for the ninth inning. Whoever has the most runs at the end is more accurate and has earned bragging rights… until next time. These are some great games to keep practice fun and engaging.
Want a Pitcher’s Pocket that’s a different size than the 9 Hole? No problem. They also come in a Quad Pocket, 12 hole and 16 hole. Want to attach a larger back-stop behind it to catch the missed pitches? No problem there either. Better Baseball is flexible with the dimensions, number of holes, and any extra attachments you might want added. The Pitcher’s Pocket is available in a wide array of colors including black, red, navy, royal, green, purple, orange, yellow, and many more.
The Better Baseball Pitcher’s Pocket is the best tool possible for assessing and increasing pitchers’ accuracy. It is highly recommended for baseball and softball players (especially pitchers) of all ages who are serious about improving their game.