BBCOR Blind Test – Louisville Slugger PRIME 915 Wins Big
BLIND BBCOR BAT TESTING
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER PRIME 915 VS. EASTON MAKO
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Perfect Game officials recently conducted a blind bat testing session with 30 talented high school players in the PG indoor facility. After conducting some pre-test research, we had discovered that the Easton MAKO was considered the number-one BBCOR bat on the market. Our partners at Louisville Slugger claimed that their PRIME 915 outperforms even the best BBCOR bat on the market.
We decided to run a test to see what the players actually thought. At PG we have HitTrax, Zepp and other equipment to measure almost everything that happens during the swing and at contact, but the most important element is what the actual hitters have to say.
In the testing, both a 32-inch and 33-inch MAKO and PRIME 915 were painted black so they could only be identified by a marking on the knob by the test administrators. The hitters then took several swings with each bat while we gathered data on each swing. When they were finished hitting we asked each player which bat he preferred, among other questions.
Before conducting the test, we thought the results would be fairly close but that, in fact, is not what occurred. Twenty-six of the thirty players said they preferred the Louisville Slugger PRIME 915 while four players chose the Easton MAKO. In fact, the PRIME 915 also had the most hitters say it was the best in the following performance categories:
Overall Performance – 87% chose LS PRIME 915
Best Balance – 70% chose LS PRIME 915
Best Feel – 83% chose LS PRIME 915
Best Sound – 73% chose LS PRIME 915
Best Pop – 83% chose LS PRIME 915
*Base Size – 30 high school players
**Bats tested by Perfect Game officials at the Perfect Game headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
One element that stood out to our Perfect Game staff that conducted the test was that none of the players included in the testing cited owning or using a Louisville Slugger BBCOR bat prior to the testing. At the conclusion, exactly 50% of players said they would switch to the PRIME 915 from the bat brands they are using today, which includes the biggest brands in the game.
Perfect Game Vice President Jason Gerst, who observed the testing, stated:
“Our goal in doing this test was simple. We sell bats from many manufacturers and we were under the impression that all BBCOR bats were very similar in performance. We wanted to do a fair test and see the results for ourselves; that is what we did and in this case the results were very clear. The players had no idea which bat they were swinging and it was incredible seeing nearly every hitter pick the same bat. In this case there was a clear winner.”
Louisville Slugger provided the following description of the bat used in the test:
“The PRIME 915 is the ultimate combination of Speed, Power and Balance in Baseball. Its premium composite barrel, stiff handle technology, and patented three-piece construction give the PRIME 915 a lighter swing weight, a massive sweet spot, dramatically reduced vibration compared to other bats, and maximum barrel flex, giving you the best possible feel when you bring the bat through the zone. We’re confident that this is the best bat in baseball and we’re backing it up with the 30-Day Performance Promise. If you’re not more confident in your swing in 30 days, send it back!”
PG will continue to conduct more equipment testing as Perfect Game tries to find out what is the best possible baseball and softball equipment on the market.
About Louisville Slugger
Louisville Slugger® is the Official Bat of Major League Baseball® and the #1 Bat in MLB®. It is synonymous with America’s pastime. Originating in 1884, Louisville Slugger bats have graced the hands of the greatest players in baseball, including stars of today. Known for helping create baseball history, Louisville Slugger continues to innovate and provide players the products and confidence they need to own the plate and make new history every day.