2016 Mizuno Nighthawk Review

2016 brings us Mizuno’s newest Nighthawk BBCOR Baseball Bat. Operating since 1906 and offering custom made bats since their first injection-molded, compressed plastic bat back in 1957, it is no surprise that we are met with a quality product once again.

With an aerospace-grade aluminium alloy featuring six-variable thickness wall technology, a new and improved synthetic grip, amazing durability and balance, as well as a massive sweet spot, the 2016 Mizuno Nighthawk is one of the best bats available this year, while remaining affordable.

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Features

  • An Affordable Price
  • A -3 Length to Weight Ratio
  • 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter
  • Balanced Swing Weight with Low – MOI Increasing Swing Speed
  • BBCOR Certified for High School and Collegiate Play
  • Hybrid, Two-Piece Construction – Alloy Barrel, Composite Handle
  • Patented 2 PC Link Construction – Causes a Significant Reduction Vibration and Sting
  • Single Wall MZ3000+ Aluminum Barrel – Top-End Performance with Classic Sound
  • Stiff, Black Onyx Composite Handle
  • Synthetic Leather Grip – Provides Tack and Improves Feel
  • Variable Wall Thickness Technology – Six Distinct Barrel Wall Thicknesses Optimize Performance and Sweet Spot

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The lower MOI (moment of inertia) allows you to swing the bat much faster and with far greater control. This is crucial in baseball, your reaction time is limited, and you have to decide quickly whether you are going to swing or not. This will improve your decision making.
  • The four varieties of length and weight offer you more options in order to best customize the bat to your hitting style.
  • The faster the ball is after you hit it, the bigger the chance of getting to first base safely. That is because fielders have considerably less time to notice the direction the ball is going in, and thus less time to reposition and catch it.
  • The one-year warranty is amazing, it lets us know that Mizuno will stand behind the excellence of their design. If for whatever reason it breaks down within one year, it can be immediately replaced.

Cons:

  • Some players are not as comfortable with a balanced design. They are more used to a top-heavy bat that feels like you are swinging a hammer.
  • A top heavy design can be very unwieldy if you are not used to it.

Conclusions:

Once again, Mizuno have outdone themselves. Not only is the craftsmanship of this bat excellent, but the price remains affordable. The Mizuno Nighthawk is absolutely worth your money, and should anything unexpected happen to it this season, you have a 12 month guarantee to replace it!

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