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Louisville Slugger 2012 TPX (-3) Z-1000 Baseball Bat


Price: $69.99 - $249.95
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  • Composite baseball bat designed for high school and college players
  • LS-2X composite construction creates optimum combination of performance and durability
  • S1iD barrel technology creates maximum flex for larger sweet spot
  • 31/32-inch tapered handle with synthetic grip; Louisville Slugger end cap
  • -3 weight-to-length ratio; meets all college and high school BBCOR standards

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Designed for high school and college players, the Louisville Slugger Z-1000 baseball bat brings new meaning to the word "performance." From the earliest days of the game, Louisville Slugger has employed the most powerful technology in the bat business. Back in the days of Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, that meant putting the most skilled craftsmen at the lathe, where they handcrafted bats to the most demanding specifications of the world's most demanding players. Today, it means applying the latest aerospace technology to bat making, delivering high-tech aluminum, hybrid, and composite bats for youth, high school, college, and senior leagues.

The Z-1000 is made using Louisville Slugger's Swing1 inner disc (S1iD) barrel technology, which allows the barrel to flex to its maximum allowable performance level from your very first swing. Inside the barrel is a "governor" that's positioned at the sweet spot to stop the barrel from flexing past the performance limit. The precise positioning of the iD within the barrel also extends the sweet spot over a much larger area, resulting in a more reliable, more powerful swing. The Z-1000's high-strength, lightweight graphite fibers also allowed Louisville Slugger to reduce the wall thickness of the barrel. By using more layers in the barrel for added strength while maintaining a thinner overall profile, the company improved the bat's performance while maintaining its durability. The bat is "game ready" from the moment you take off the wrapper.

Other features include a 31/32-inch tapered handle with a synthetic grip, a 2-5/8-inch barrel, a Louisville Slugger end cap, and a -3 weight-to-length ratio. Available in lengths ranging from 31 to 34 inches (with weights from 28 to 31 ounces), the Z-1000 meets all college and high school BBCOR bat standards. Each Louisville Slugger bat comes with an industry-best one-year warranty.

About Louisville Slugger
In many ways, the rich 120-year history of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat began in the talented hands of 17-year-old John A. "Bud" Hillerich. Bud's father, J.F. Hillerich, owned a woodworking shop in Louisville in the 1880s when Bud began working for him. Legend has it that Bud slipped away from work one afternoon in 1884 to watch the Louisville Eclipse, the town's major league team. After Pete Browning--the Eclipse's star who was mired in a hitting slump--broke his bat, Bud invited him to his father's shop to make a new one. With Browning at his side giving advice, Bud handcrafted a new bat from a long slab of wood. Browning got three hits using the bat the next day. Browning told his teammates, which began a surge of professional ballplayers visiting the Hillerich shop.

Although J.F. Hillerich had little interest in making bats, Bud persisted, eventually registering the name Louisville Slugger with the U.S. patent office in 1894. In the early 1900s, the company was one of the first to use a sports endorsement as a marketing strategy, paying Hall of Famer Honus Wagner to use his name on a bat. By 1923, Louisville Slugger was the selling more bats than any other bat maker in the country, with such famed clients as Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Lou Gehrig. In the ensuing years, the company has sold more than 100 million bats, and 60 percent of all Major League players currently use Louisville Sluggers. The company now sells far more than bats, including fielding and batting gloves, helmets, catchers' gear, equipment bags, training aids, and accessories.

Product Description

TPX Louisville Slugger BB12Z -3 Z-1000 Composite High School/College bat meets BBCOR bat standards.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004R0MKVQ
  • Item model number: BB12Z-SIZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,500 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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This bat seems to have a nicely sized sweet spot.
Jerry Palmerino Jr
My tests show that it has GREAT potential, and also -- the videos I've seen of this bat being used are VERY impressive.
Ace
Excellent bat that looks really sharp, has great balance and is a good weight and length.
T. Gaston

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wilderness1 on October 3, 2013
Size Name: 32 -Inch/29 oz. Verified Purchase
First of all I couldn't believe the Amazon price. It was lowest of all internet
places I looked and the bat wasn't available at the local level. Service and delivery
was typically Amazon great. No disappointments.

Second, even though it was a new product it was almost 2 years old in stock.
"Old Stock" never performed better and WOW did that ever help lower the
purchase price. The all composite construction was better
than expected and may even be superior to those that are being built today.
What remains uncertain is how it will last given the active play of kids in the
13-15 age group. My son has hit some nice line drives even though it is not
completely broken in and he believes it is awesome now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kaspasia on November 28, 2012
Size Name: 32 -Inch/29 oz. Verified Purchase
My son saw this in an Eastbay catalog and wanted it. He plays baseball at a very high level so he needs the best equipment but we're not as wealthy as some of his AAU team mates which can present a challenge. Thank goodness for the internet! Between Ebay and Amazon I've been able to get him top of the line equipment at rock bottom prices! It's been a life saver.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gamer on September 9, 2013
The Z1000 is a great bat with a -3 ratio and certified by BBCOR it is allowed for Middle School ball and travel ball. I recommend this bat for a strong relatively big built player. You will start noticing a farther hit ball than before and hard line drives. Make sure the swing is correct by going through the basics because if you don't there will be failures. One tip with this bat is don't have your elbow up while in your stance. The Z1000 will not disappoint you if you have all the fundamentals right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RG VINE VOICE on May 15, 2012
Size Name: 33 -Inch/30 oz. Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
It feels a little bit spongy compared to a non-BBCOR bat, but it does have a nice sweet spot. Great in the batting cages or against live pitching. It is nicely balanced for a smooth swing. It's found a regular spot in my bat rotation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RENAISSANCE MAN VINE VOICE on December 15, 2011
Size Name: 33 -Inch/30 oz. Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This is a serious bat with a serious price. For those who train, the weight of this bat will be perfect... for younger, smaller or untrained batters it will be too heavy and compromise swing speed. The bat is identified as an Official MLB bat with a hologram and serial number... this is a great bat! ... but "a lot of bat" ... if you are strong and serious about your performance ... you may want to pay the price for this instrument. There are some precautions: Use in temps above 60 degrees, rotate bat with each use, do not store in temperature extremes such as the trunk of a car on a very hot day, you have to take care of it a bit and at this price you will want to. :)PING!!

Specs:

Model BB12Z
33 in. in length
30 oz. weight
BBCOR certified .50
1 year/ 1 time warranty
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By Lori Shoemaker on June 21, 2014
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The bat was dead and never had any pop. It sounded like you were using a wood bat. Do not purchase you will be disappointed.
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Size Name: 31 -Inch/28 oz. Verified Purchase
We bought this bat as a back up to our regular bat, the Louisville Slugger 2014 Raid. While the Raid is an AWESOME bat, this one comes in as a close second. It doesn't have the "ping" like the Raid does, and although they're the same weight, the boys say this one is more difficult to swing. They're the same length, the same weight, but they are all different in how they "feel" when they swing. They LOVE the Raid, and certainly prefer it to this one, but this one is good for the batting cages and for games where they'd like to change things up a bit. Also, they prefer the bottom portion of the handle on the Raid better because it is easier to maintain a steady grip. Overall, a very nice bat but if you can, get the Raid since it's 2 years newer than this one.
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By Andrew on November 5, 2013
Size Name: 33 -Inch/30 oz. Verified Purchase
I love this bat! Immediately has great pop, and just feels really good. Definitely one of the best BBCOR bats out, even though it's a year old.
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