Combat have always been manufacturing bats that have good swing weights and large sweet spots, but with their all new Combat Youth 2016 Maxum -12, the company has hit the ball out of the park and created a monster of a bat. It is no understatement to say that the Maxum has the largest sweet spot of any bat we have tested. It has been engineered with ground-breaking industry technology as well, and could revolutionize the way baseball bats are manufactured. Combat expects a lot of success with their new 2016 Maxum. The bat has garnered nothing but compliments so far, and that trend seems unlikely to stop anytime soon.
The Combat Youth Maxum -12 is a youth bat for players between the ages of 8 to 12. It is USSSA 1.15 BPF certified. The bat can be used in the Little Leagues, Babe Ruth, Dixie, Pony and AABC leagues, amongst others.
The Combat 2016 Maxum boasts a 2 ¼” barrel, but what makes the bat stand out is the end-load. The bat has a structure and shape that magnificently enhances the sweet spot on the bat. With this bat in hand, any contact is a great contact. Hitting home runs will be a walk in the park for accurate and adept hitters with the Maxum. Simply put, this bat has the largest sweet spot in the industry.
Coupled with the gargantuan swing spot, the Maxum also boasts an incredibly light swing weight. This makes it possible to swing the bat really fast and do nasty damage to the opposition, while at the plate. The end-load of the bat means that even though the swing weight is light, all the force of the swing concentrates at the barrel end, which also happens to be where the sweet spot is.
The Combat Youth Maxum 2016 -12 is a one-piece composite bat. It is made of composite and ultra-strong resin. The resin is injected into the bat’s mold at high pressure, eliminating any joints or weak points. This makes the bat extremely strong, sturdy and durable. The partial composite structure does result in a loss of forward force though, as momentum is lost in transmission between the layers.
The design of the Combat Youth Maxum gives it an ultra-balanced feel when players swing it. This gives it a consistently elevated performance at all times. The increased hitting surface and the fine-tuned balancing make it impossible to not hit the ball with the Maxum. You couldn’t miss even if you tried. Another bat that guarantees a hit at the plate is the DeMarini 2016 Voodoo Raw. Unlike the Maxum though, it has a 2 5/8” barrel and offers a different set of options to hitters.
The Combat Youth Maxum 2016 has a tapered 7/8” handle. The handle is fitted with a lizard-skin grip for enhanced feel in the palms. The grip ensures the light-weight bat sticks as you swing it with all might. The grip also has a certain tackiness to it which dampens the vibrations from impact to a short extent. This gives the bat a better feel in the hands and keeps hitters from getting blisters or burns during long stints at the plate.
Feature Benefits of Combat Youth Maxum 2016 -12
- Bat designed to have the largest sweet spot out of all other bats
- Light weight helps to swing bat easily and fast
- Resin-Composite structure makes bat durable and sturdy
- Bat is made end-loaded but balanced
- Lizard skin grip gives enhanced feel while reducing impact vibrations
Pros & Cons
- Largest swing spot
- Fast swings and low swing-weight
- Bat has long life-span
- Weak points on bat eliminated
- Grip helps to dampen force of impact
- Easy to swing fast and get good contact
- Hard to sometimes hit accurately in directions
- Bat doesn’t have state of the art technology
- Energy use isn’t optimum as energy is lost between layers
- End-loaded makes it hard for smaller players to use
- Grip erodes fast
To further increase the lifespan of the bat, avoid from taking the bat into the batting cage and use the bat with only the standard balls. A bat sleeve may be worn on the bat to protect the resin coat.
1. Does the bat have a warranty?
A. Yes. The bat comes with a one-year warranty.
2. Is there a money back policy?
A. Yes. If you are dissatisfied with the bat, Combat will refund it for full within the first 500 days of purchase, provided proof of purchase can be shown.
3. Is the bat one-piece or two-piece?
A. The bat is a one-piece bat.
4. Is the bat made of composite?
A. The bat part composite and part resin, which is injected into the structure at high pressure.
The Combat 2016 Youth Maxum -12 is an amazing bat, which is pioneering new designs in bat manufacturing and bursting the envelope when it comes to the shape and build of a bat. It excels in two of the most desired features in a bat: a large sweet spot and a light swing weight. This makes the bat a force to be reckoned with at the plate.