In 1970, the first Aluminum Softball bat was introduced by manufacturer Worth Sports for the Slowpitch game. Shortly after, Worth Sports made the first one-piece Slowpitch aluminum bat. In the late 1970s, manufacturer Easton Sports hit the scene with a stronger grade of Slowpitch Aluminum and more durable with better performance. In 1992 a Slowpitch Ball Player from Portland Oregon by the name of Ray DeMarini invented the DeMarini Ultimate Distance Double Wall for Slowpitch and changed the game forever. The performance of his Slowpitch Softball bat with the trampoline effect off the barrel was incredible. The Sweet Spot was huge and hard to miss. Many Slowpitch Softball players who had never hit a home run in the life were now enjoying doing exactly that. Worth Sports countered with there own Multi wall for Slowpitch called the EST in 1997 and those 2 were the best in the game until the Composite Slowpitch Softball Bat era that we will talk about below came in.
Composite Slowpitch Softball Bat Era:
In 2000, Composite Softball bats made a major entrance into the market, and it wasn’t long before Composite bat were competing with the leading aluminum bats. All composite Slowpitch Softball bats are among the highest performing bats. Miken Sports led the way in early 2002 with the Miken Utra Softball Bat and within 4 months it was banned by all Slowpitch Softball associations. The Performance was so hot and the ball off the barrel so fast that it led to some injuries before Slowpitch Softball players learned to back up on the hitter more. Miken bounced back with a new and approved by all Slowpitch Softball associations bat in late 2002 with the Miken Ultra 2. This was also banned by 2003 by all Slowpitch Softball Associations with the Exception of SSUSA. New rules followed from ASA, USSSA, NSA and ISA and new on field Softball Bat testing came into the game. The softballs were tapered back in performance and to this day in 2021 the Softball bat is constantly being checked at tournaments. The top Slowpitch Softball Bats in 2021 are #1 Miken Freak 23 or Primo, #2 Worth Krecher Ryan Harvey, #3 Easton Resmondo Smash it, #4 Anarchy Skud and #5 Pure Sports Meltron.