Great balance and feel with no vibration. Ball jumps off of the bat and has a loud sweet ping that keeps the defense back on their heels.
Best Alloy Bat on the Market
I do not like composite bats. They have to be broken in and this bat is HOT out of the wrapper. My teammates have told me that the 5150's sweet ping sound is intimidating to them and they can identify when a barreled up ball is coming from a Rawlings 5150 bat. My new 2017 31/26 model is definitely more end-loaded compared to my 2016 32/27 model. According to Rawlings, the end-loaded bat has a 10% increased swing weight so I got a bat that was an ounce lighter. If you want a 2017 balanced bat model, you have to buy the 5150 VELO but it is not worth the price difference. Marucci sponsors my 14U national travel team. After testing and comparing the Cat 7, this bat has more pop. I accidentally hit my metal Jugs pro style tee on my backswing and the bat did not dent so it is very durable. I have had no problems with vibration and I rated the bat 5 stars in that area but you have to understand that it is a one piece bat and will sting more than any 2-piece on a mis-hit.