Ever since I started doing this, I’ve been asked a lot of great questions. The most popular question by far has been to explain the difference between the Louisville Slugger LXT and Xeno. Well lets not waste any time and dive right in!
|Bat||Xeno Plus||LXT Hyper|
|Available Weights||-8, -9, -10, -11||-8, -9, -10, -11|
|Louisville Slugger Website Copy||“The most popular bat in the Fastpitch game brings even more to the plate, with its Performance PLUS Composite and zero-friction double-wall design allowing the barrel to reach its maximum flex without resistance. The patented 2-piece iST technology in the transition from handle to barrel eliminates negative feedback on mis-hit balls, and now this iST technology features a stiffer feel for energy transfer. The patented S1iD barrel technology give the Xeno PLUS the right mix of undeniable power, massive sweet spot, superior balance and lighter swing weight.”||“The LXT HYPER features new technology for the ultimate balanced swing weight and maximum pop, allowing players to get the most from their bat when they step into the box. The LXT HYPER is built with a 100% composite design and new PBF Barrel Technology that doubles the sweet spot for unmatched power. Louisville Slugger has improved the patented TRU3 Dynamic Socket Connection, allowing for necessary movement between the barrel and handle to maximize the barrel trampoline effect and eliminate negative vibration – giving you the best possible feel when you bring the bat through the zone. The most powerful bat in the game just got a lot more pop.”|
Bottom Line: The 2017 Xeno and LXT differ in 2 major areas:
Connection – iST vs Tru3: The Xeno with the iST is going to swing stiffer than the LXT using the Tru3. Players are going to feel a lot more flex in that transition area where the bat deflects (bends back) on impact when swinging the LXT. The LXT with Tru3 will also absorb more vibration on mishits because of how it’s developed. Feel usually comes down to personal preference.
Barrel – Since they both use the same type of materials to create the composite barrel, the main difference comes down to the inner discs that act as a governor to keep the bats legal. The Xeno has always used and currently uses 2 internal discs. The LXT Hyper eliminated one of the discs and just uses 1 to create the new PBF barrel. This means that the LXT will still max out at the legal limit, but the sweet spot will be wider allowing it to perform better along the length of the barrel.
If you’re trying to decide which one is better for you, you need to decide what type of feel you prefer and if $50 is worth it to get a wider sweet spot. They are both great bats, you can’t go wrong with either.