Good Pop, balanced, doesn't sting your hands! It is a well made bat with a great tapered grip! It is heavy for the smaller kids on the team to swing with good bat speed.
unsure about weight
Was unsure of going from $350. brand "E" 32 inch drop 10 To a shorter 30" drop 5. The swing speed has decreased from 74 to 69 but the control, inertia, and pop of this bat more then make up for the speed. The pop is much closer to last year's bat then anything we've tried. Of course going to shorter bat a few balls have been hit off the end with very little vibration. A great bat for stronger kids or 12 and up. Or a great step on the way to bbcor. It does swing very smooth, and can feel the barrel all the way thru finish.
Best Bat of 2018 USA IMHO
We have tried all of the top USA 2018 bats and this bat by far is the best choice for power hitters. If your child can not handle the largest and heaviest bats this may not be the best choice for him, but for those that can it is the closest thing to the old bats and a great step in transition to drop 3 BBCOR bats for high school.
Louisville slugger 718 -5 USA Bat
Solid pop off the bat, no vibrations, my 12 yr old uses a 31/26 bat, he says it feels good and solid.
Bat seems durable, and not too shabby for a USA bat. Weight balance isn't as nice as the DeMarini. Too much weight at the end of the bat.