2016 Rawlings VELO Youth Review

The 2016 Rawlings VELO Youth Baseball Bat offers something different to the constructed feel of their usual bats, in fact, this is a whole new ball game. Rawlings have created a lightweight bat with a balanced feel which has all the benefits of the new 2-part composite design. The handle isolation from the barrel allows for additional flex and width which can only improve your game. The new model cuts down on vibration allowing you to be extra confident in your gameplay too.

The blend of durability and performance is a winning combination, with 2 ¼ inch barrel and -11 weight ratio, this bat also comes with Little League approval. It’s powerful, lovely and offers a pop that you won’t believe.

Approved for play in Little League, Babe Ruth, AABC, USSSA, Dixie and Pony

  • Comes with 12 month’s manufacturer’s warranty
  • It retains durability while having a higher performance rating
  • It has 2 ¼ inch barrel diameter
  • -11 Length to weight ratio
  • Increased flex and fully balanced swing weight

2016 Rawlings Youth VELO Review: What’s new?

There are many advantages to the 2016 Rawlings VELO Youth bat, which is mainly down to the new 2-part barrel composite, the responsiveness has been heightened so you have that bounce effect on contact, and you don’t lose any durability. It offers a quick, slick vibration free swing for users and a great sweet spot, pop and delivery.

The Good

The 2016 Rawlings VELO Youth has superbly balanced swing weight which in turn allows for increased bounce and flex. It is approved for all the major youth leagues which say a lot about the bat. It can offer the player a very high-performance rating and still doesn’t lose out on maximum durability. It scores highly with both coaches and players, and you can’t beat that kind of feedback.

The Bad

Some players say it can take a while to get used to the feel of it because it’s different to previous Rawlings offerings. However, that is the only niggle, and it doesn’t interfere with gameplay.

The Bottom Line

Overall customer reviews for the 2016 Rawlings VELO Youth baseball bat have been very positive, the overall rating scores and overwhelming 5/5, the pop is the same. In the general feel, it fluctuates between 8 and 10/10, it’s down to each user’s individual experience and how long it takes the player to get used to the new style bat. Durability and Vibration score top marks in most cases, making the 2016 Rawlings VELO Youth one of the go-to bats of this year.

What needs to consider

  • When you purchase a new baseball bat for a short while it becomes your pride and joy, then after a while you don’t take care of it as much as you should. Here are a few handy tips to ensure your bat is always in top form.
  • Use your own bat – it is picked out for you and won’t suit other players
  • Keep in a storage area which isn’t too hot or cold
  • Remember to rotate your bat every swing by ¼ to prevent wear on one side.
  • Use regulation leather baseballs.

In a Nutshell

With the new technology which Rawlings have used to perfect the 2016 Rawlings VELO Youth, it is streaking ahead in the gameplay stakes. With reviews reporting an excellent balance, great trampoline effect, perfect pop and more it’s a step in the right direction for this manufacturer.

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