DeMarini made headlines in 1995 when they introduced the first double wall bat (DeMarini realized that using two separate walls within the bat created a springboard effect).
The success and sheer power of these bats helped catapult the company’s name in the industry.
In 2000, the company was acquired by the better-known Wilson Sporting Goods, which allowed them to improve their distribution and production capabilities to handle their newfound demands.
Despite being picked up by a much larger company, DeMarini remained resolute in its dedication to not only producing quality baseball and softball bats each year, but also nudging the bat industry forward with revolutionary and performance-enhancing technologies.
In all types of baseball and softball leagues (high school, collegiate, fast-pitch, senior etc.), DeMarini is universally known and respected. At each of these levels of play, their bats are some of the best available.
This is partly because DeMarini has a knack for pushing their bats to the absolute limits that league rules will allow. In other words, these bats are fine-tuned for peak legal performance.
Thus, it should come as little surprise that DeMarini is the most popular brand of bats amongst NCAA division-1 athletes. This popularity transcends to other levels of play.
In the world of fast-pitch softball, DeMarini bats are just as deadly in the hands of the right hitter.
League rules, mandated by the American Softball Associated (ASA), International Softball Federation and other governing bodies of organized fast-pitch softball, stipulate that bats must have a 2.25-inch barrel diameter and a length-to-weight difference between -8 and -13.
There are also rules regarding the maximum ‘pop’ a bat can exert on balls. These are in place to protect pitchers and infielders from potentially life threatening line drives.
The 2015 DeMarini CF7 pushes batted balls to the very limits of this parameter. It has the maximum legal trampoline effect allowed by league guidelines.
Its other features, such as the D-Fusion handle and barrel compressing end cap, further enhance this bat and its user’s performance.
Compared to its competitors, the CF7 holds its own defiantly. Plus, thanks to the introduction of its successor, the 2016 DeMarini CF8, the CF7 has a newly reduced price and is extra affordable for a high-end stick.
2015 DeMarini CF7 Overview
The 2015 DeMarini CF7 is an ultra-lightweight bat, but it has the ability to produce superior power and pop, as if it were an end loaded power hitter’s stick. Such is the genius and innovation behind DeMarini bats.
The CF7 is specially designed to redirect as much energy as possible to the barrel of the bat, thereby transferring that energy to the ball upon contact.
This is doubly impressive when you consider the fact that the DeMarini CF7 is a two-piece bat.
Often times, energy is lost with a two-piece bat because it becomes severely dampened at the connection point between the barrel and the bat handle. DeMarini’s D-Fusion handle solves this.
The D-Fusion handle does several things for the CF7 fast-pitch softball bat. First, it suppresses vibrations felt in the batter’s hands.
This unpleasant feedback can be extra painful when you are swinging an ultra-lightweight composite bat, like the CF7, and do not make solid contact.
Next, it reapplies these dampened shockwaves into the carbon fibers and down to the sweet spot of the barrel.
The D-fusion handle is reinforced with the Paradox Composite material, which delivers a stiffer feel than most two-piece bats; stiff-swinging bats often deliver more power on contact because less flexing occurs during the actual swing.
Moving up the bat to the barrel, DeMarini’s innovative design continues to shatter the norms of what a lightweight, composite, two-piece bat ought to be.
With the Paradox Composite constructed barrel, the sweet spot is expanded beyond the realm of most bats and thereby improving your odds at swatting a line drive (or better) through the field.
The double wall construction, as aforementioned, improves the spring-boarding effect on balls across the entire surface of the barrel (it also makes a really great pinging sound on contact!).
This extra responsive barrel is still permitted by all major softball associations, but packs incredible power.
Topping off the 2015 DeMarini CF7 is the barrel compressing end cap. Upon contact, this device acts similarly to the D-Fusion handle in that it helps redirect the energy directly into the sweet spot.
Thus, every ounce of power behind your swing, is placed into the ball as it leaves the barrel of the bat.
The CF7’s end cap also enhances the size of the sweet spot and improves contact off the end of the bat.
2015 DeMarini CF7 Pros
On the upside of things, the 2015 DeMarini CF7 has a light swing weight, which grants the impressive bat speed needed for contact hitting, but its design gives the CF7 the power and pop of an end-loaded stick.
Its ability to redirect the otherwise wasted energy, created at the moment of contact, into the sweet spot of the barrel is not only impressive, but effective.
This optimizes the exerted force onto batted balls to the peak of the legal limitations allowed by the ASA, ISF and other fast-pitch softball league associations.
The DeMarini CF7 is also comparably inexpensive (that being said, competitive fast-pitch softball bats are costly and you should be prepared to spend over $200 at least).
Since the release of the newer, 2016 CF8, the CF7 has received a noticeable price cut. Thus, you can get a competitive, performance-enhancing softball bat without breaking the bank.
2015 DeMarini CF7 Cons
Ironically, many of the CF7’s pros can also be seen as cons. Yes, it has some power behind its ultra-lightweight swing.
However, there is a difference between having some added pop and being an end loaded power hitter’s bat.
This bat is designed specifically with contact hitters in mind and its Paradox Composite material and double wall barrel should not sway a power hitter away from buying a stick with an end load.
With the introduction of the CF8, the preceding CF7 is now less expensive and that is wonderful if you are on a budget.
By all measures, the CF7 is an absolutely mammoth bat for its new price. But, it is not the CF8. Every feature in this newer bat is an improved version of the CF7’s components.
It is not just a new color scheme; DeMarini has upgraded to the D-Fusion 2.0 handle technology and the Paradox Plus+ Composite design.
In other words, if you can afford it, you may as well just pick up the CF8 instead.