Reviewing the 2022 DeMarini CF Fastpitch Bats
We are excited to introduce the 2022 DeMarini® CF® Fastpitch Bats--a lineup that truly speaks for itself with consistent performance at the plate. With its iconic Paraflex Plus™ Composite Barrel, DeMarini’s flagship fastpitch bat lineup delivers the long-lasting durability and elite production that has become synonymous with the CF.
“This high-performance barrel stays hotter longer than anything else we’ve seen on the market,” said DeMarini Engineer Julia Luciano.
Updated for 2022, the CF Fastpitch lineup features four distinct weight drops. Within each weight drop, CF is available in multiple lengths. DeMarini engineers in Hillsboro, Oregon tailor-make each bat for a different type of player, designing and producing each combination of length and weight to enhance feel and performance.
WHICH FASTPITCH SOFTBALL BAT IS RIGHT FOR ME?
As players grow and mature, they may advance to a larger bat. Longer and heavier bats can help deliver greater exit velocity and distance, so players should pick up the bat that will help them maximize their game. When making the next step up, a good rule of thumb for hitters is to choose a bat that is either one inch longer or one ounce heavier than their current setup. This allows players to adapt quickly to the swing and feel of a new fastpitch bat. Since the DeMarini CF Fastpitch Bat is available in four weight drops, players have several options to choose from when looking for a bat to match their swing.
“The CF is DeMarini’s flagship bat,” Luciano said. “It’s had a home in our lineup for the better part of a decade, and that’s no accident. We’re constantly innovating, but we never forget our roots. There’s something special about this model that keeps players coming back from the day they first pick up a bat to the day they step on the field as an Olympian.”
For softball players looking to develop their game, (-11) fastpitch bats are ideal to maximize bat speed and barrel control to give players the best chance to make consistent contact at the plate. With a smooth-swinging design and lightweight Paraflex Plus Composite Barrel, the CF (-11) allows younger players to perfect their swing and develop good habits.
“It’s super balanced,” Luciano said. “It swings light and gives players the best combination of pop, barrel speed and bat control available in a (-11).”
Contact-first players, regularly hitting leadoff or turning over the lineup, can swing the CF (-11) to slap the ball to all fields and hone their skills at the plate.
An all-new Tracer™ End Cap tops the Paraflex Plus Composite Barrel, and it is composed of lightweight and durable composite materials. The dished end cap of the CF (-11) maximizes barrel length while optimizing weight distribution.
New for 2022, the Type-V Connection System dampens vibration and offers great feel on contact. This connection system, debuting on the (-11), (-10) and (-9) variations of the CF, pairs the Paraflex Plus Composite Barrel with a Paraflex Plus Composite Handle.
“The handle protects a hitter’s hands from sting, allowing the barrel to provide the type of feedback players are looking for,” Luciano said. “If you barrel it up, you’ll know when you strike the sweet spot. If you miss, you’re still going to get great pop and performance, but you’ll be able to identify where on the bat you missed and adjust your next swing based on that information. That feedback helps players fine-tune their swing without the fear of getting rung up in their hands. It’s an essential tool for speed players and slappers that rely on the finesse of the short game to produce for their team.”
Preferred by most players hitting in the middle of the lineup, the CF (-10) fastpitch softball bat offers the ideal balance of swing weight and performance. DeMarini manufactured the CF (-10) to deliver the perfect blend of feel and pop with an ultra-balanced swing weight that many hitters prefer.
“Most people should be using a (-10),” Luciano said. “It was designed for a player that’s working gap-to-gap, looking to hit for a high average while still capitalizing on home run power.”
The 2022 CF (-10) features the same new Type-V Connection found on the CF (-11) and CF (-9) to pair its ultra-responsive and durable Paraflex Plus Composite Barrel with a Paraflex Plus Composite Handle. Manufactured with lightweight composite materials, the raised Tracer End Cap of the CF (-10) optimizes barrel weight and performance.
DeMarini constructed the 2022 CF (-9) to be the best possible bat for stronger players looking to swing for power. Designed for dominant hitters who can control a heavier swinging bat, the CF (-9) merges new research with the innovations of the DeMarini FNX and insights from previous CF Insane models to deliver the ideal bat for players looking to generate maximum exit velocity.
“This product is streamlined for heavy hitters,” Luciano said. “We’ve offered bats geared towards power hitters in the past; this year’s model exists as a culmination of all that we’ve learned from our research into hitting balls over the fence throughout the years.”
The Paraflex Plus Composite Barrel of the CF (-9) is enhanced to improve durability and optimize the hitting area, affectionately known as the sweet spot. A new Tremor End Cap composed of ultra-strong materials makes its debut on the (-9) and (-8) variations of the 2022 CF. Designed specifically for these heavier-swinging bats, the raised Tremor End Cap optimizes barrel performance to help propel extra-base hits.
Crafted specifically for fastpitch softball’s most lethal hitters, CF (-8) delivers extreme power and sends the ball flying on contact. Built for dominant performance, the 2022 CF (-8) takes the technology that players loved from the heaviest DeMarini FNX model and reintroduces it to the CF lineup.
The Paraflex Plus Composite Barrel of the 2022 CF (-8) mirrors the barrel of the 2021 FNX (-8) and the barrels of previous CF (-8) fastpitch bats. A Direct Connection pairs the heavy barrel with a Paraflex Plus Composite Handle, resulting in the stiffest feel among all 2022 CF fastpitch softball bats. Don Loeffler, DeMarini Innovation and Engineering Manager, said the CF (-8) offers the stiff swing that strong fastpitch players love.
“It’s as close to a one-piece feel as you can get without being a one-piece bat.”
Citation: Blog and Information Courtesy of DeMarini.Com and DeMarini Sports.
- Christopher Bastien