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Marucci F5 vs. Stringking Metal - Budget Bat Showdown - BBCOR Baseball Bat Reviews

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The Baseball Bat Bros try out 2 of the cheapest BBCOR bats of 2020 - the F5 from Marucci and the Metal from Stringking.

We're finding that it's not too difficult to find a bat with a 4 or 5 in 'power' on the Bat Bro Scale in the $100-$250 range. The only benefits a $300-$500 are going to get you in addition is a bigger sweet spot, more comfortable feel (flex & sting reduction), and a slightly better swing weight to pop ratio.

Stringking Metal BBCOR:
-Traditional endloaded one-piece swing weight
-1 piece alloy
-Stiff/Zero Flex
-A mild ping and almost a crack at times
-Pretty average sweet spot - but solid performance towards the end of the bat.
-Pop was very impressive. This thing can lowkey launch.
-Thin grip

Marucci F5 BBCOR:
-Relatively balanced - similar swing weight to the Easton Alpha
-1 piece alloy
-Stiff/Zero Flex
-Loud ping
-Pretty small sweet spot
-Not very much pop off the barrel
-Really thick grip

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Bottom line: due to BBCOR restrictions, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PERFECT BAT. Between power, sweet spot, and swing weight, every bat is going to have to compromise in at least 1 area.
Scoring scale:
8 or lower: not a fan.
9: average, middle of the pack.
10: solid bat, above average - Bat Bro approved.
11: one of the best bats in its category and one of the best overall bats of the year
12 or higher:
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