2019 DeMarini Voodoo One Bat Review

BBCOR: Stock $250, Full Custom $350

The Voodoo one is a light swinging one-piece. This year’s 2019 model is identical to the 2018, save for the paint job. If you want to save $50, pick up last year’s model here.

The Look

The Voodoo One is almost entirely glossy red.

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Just like the other Voodoos, the One’s barrel graphics are camo. One side is black camo and the other is white/gray.

Unique to the Voodoo One, DeMarini included a shoutout to their hometown to the handle.

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The 3Fusion endcap is white with black braces.

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The grip and knob are both black.

The Voodoo One is also available on DeMarini’s custom builder here.

Knob/Handle/Grip

The Voodoo One uses the same grip as the other two Voodoos. This grip is a traditional design that feels like synthetic leather. This material is firm, a bit sticky, and is speckled with a pattern of indented D’s for traction. These features make for a simple, high quality stock grip.

The handle had a medium circumference that fit in my hand well. This tapered into DeMarini’s RCK knob, which has an ergonomic design that limits rubbing against your bottom hand. This design makes it one of the most comfortable knobs on the market.

Feel/Swing Weight

The Voodoo One is the second lightest bat that DeMarini offers. It is one of the lighter one-pieces on the market, but has a higher swing weight score than the Louisville Slugger Solo 619 and in my opinion is a bit heavier than the Rawlings Velo. Even with the higher swing weight, if you’ve liked swinging a Solo or Velo in the past, the Voodoo One will definitely feel good in your hands. Here’s DeMarini’s swing weight chart so that you can compare the One with the rest of the lineup. The lower the score, the lighter the bat.

Performance

The Voodoo One is loud.  Really loud. With this bat, DeMarini reaches the decibel level of the Velo ping, which is quite an accomplishment. While your ears will be ringing, you’ll also demolish some baseballs with the One. The one-piece construction gives the bat a stiff feel from start to finish. Because alloy is tougher to work with than other materials, this construction also means that the barrel isn’t as big as composite bats in order to keep it durable. Players who choose to swing one-pieces normally don’t mind this because they’re looking for a feel more similar to a wood bat. The lightness made it very easy to wait on the ball and control the barrel through the zone. The one downside to the one-piece Voodoo is the stinging vibrations produced on mishits. This issue is by no means unique to the Voodoo, but it was definitely very uncomfortable when I hit one off the end. While it would be nice if DeMarini would implement some vibration reduction tech like some companies have done recently, the feedback means that the bat will tell you if you’re doing it wrong.  And it’ll only feel that much sweeter when you barrel it up.

Conclusion

The Voodoo One is a quality baseball bat with a very simple design. Its light swing weight and one-piece construction will appeal to a lot of hitters. I wouldn’t mind if DeMarini tried to dampen the vibrations (and discomfort on the hands), but those who choose to swing one-pieces generally appreciate the feedback. Again, this year’s 2019 model is structurally the same as the 2018, so if you want to save $50, you can pick up the 2018 here.

 

BBCOR: Stock $250, Full Custom $350

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