The 2021 slate of Louisville Slugger performance bats launched Oct. 21 with BBCOR and USSSA improvements across the lineup.
The BBCOR lineup gets headlined by the 2021 Meta (-3), the one-piece Omaha (-3) and light-swinging Solo (-3). The Meta was completely redesigned for 2021 and also includes a Meta PWR (-3) for power hitters wanting a bat with more “explosive performance,” the brand says. The new barrel construction in the Meta line offers a lighter composite end cap and will likely appeal to younger BBCOR players.
Omaha has been the Louisville Slugger bat of choice for those preferring a one-piece design. In 2021, the bat is now exclusively available on the brand’s website. It also received a complete graphics overhaul.
On the USSSA site, the Meta is new for the 2021 lineup. “Players love the feel and performance of the Meta at the BBCOR level,” says Jake Misener, Louisville Slugger brand manager. “USSSA players can now get that same high-level composite bat in three distinct weight drops, so as they progress in their career, they can swing the best bat in the game at every level.”
With the Meta previously available only as a BBCOR offering the demand was such that Louisville Slugger decided to expand the lineup. New for 2021, an updated connection piece and end cap compare with the prior Prime model that it replaces in the USSSA lineup.
The USSSA Solo now comes in a -5 and -8 for the 2021 season.
Louisville Slugger continues to push the customization available on the brand’s website. The 2021 Meta is available for customizing in both the BBCOR and USSSA models and the 2021 Solo is available. Customization is $50 more than an inline bat, with the brand saying by dropping the customization pricing it makes a unique opportunity attainable for additional players.
The brand says that top college programs, such as Louisville, Florida State, Arizona, North Carolina and Georgia, will continue to swing Louisville Slugger.
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