Recently, there has been a big fuss about the DeMarini Prism+ and Easton Ghost softball bats. I’ve been coaching for a long time now, and throughout the years, I’ve used and suggested many softball bats to many of my players.
Suddenly quite a lot of my students are coming to me to know more about these two bats. So, I’ve decided it’s time to test them out and put this debate to rest once and for all. Both bats offer something unique. While there is the new-and-improved Easton Ghost 2022, I decided to put DeMarini Prism+ and Easton Ghost 2019 into the ring. I went with the 2019 model because the 2022 Easton has its fair share of complaints.
So, if you are looking to find out which one is better between the DeMarini Prism+ vs Easton Ghost Softball bat, you’re in for a treat because today I’m going to tell you exactly what the bats are capable of.
Comparison Between DeMarini Prism vs Easton Ghost Softball Bat
The question of “which one is better” was long overdue. Even I have a hard time when it comes to Demarini Prism+ and Easton Ghost softball bats. Both bats have what it takes to be the best. So, it pretty much boils down to which one is better suited for you.
|Easton Ghost 2019
|28” to 34”
|USSA, NSA, ISA, ASA, ISF
|USSSA, NSA, ISA
As you can see from the chart above, only the Demarini Prism+ bats come in different heights and weights. But what is it that makes bats differ from each other? Well, to know more about that, you’ll have to scroll down a bit.
1. DeMarini FP Prism+ Softball Bat
DeMarini has really outdone themselves with the Prism+. It comes with some of the best state-of-the-art features, which are unique and sure to give you the feeling that you’re looking for. As you already know, the bat comes in different heights and weights for both kids/teens of different age groups. It has something called Doublewall Gapped Barrel Technology, which allows the bat to offer excellent performance and create a sharp yet satisfying sound when you strike a ball.
The performance of the barrel is like none other due to the exclusive build of the bat. It has long composite strands, which ensures an even weight distribution along the barrel area. It’s not over yet; the bat has two other features: ReFract End Cap and Type V Connection. The former allows you to have the maximum speed and control while swinging. The latter, on the other hand, pretty much works like a booster to the feature, Continuous Fiber Composite Barrel.
Overall, the bat comes packed with quite a lot of features to ensure players have a smooth and balanced experience. It’s a great fastpitch bat. I loved it – and I believe you will love it too.
2. Easton 2019 Ghost Sofbtall Bat
Easton Ghost 2019 is relatively old compared to Prism+. It came out a few years ago, and I have to say, it packs quite the punch. Similar to the Prism+, the Easton Ghost features composite as its primary material. The unique blend of materials lets the bat produce a sound that you can hear throughout the field. Not only that, but it also makes the Easton Ghost more durable than standard softball bats.
I think you all heard about Easton’s exclusive patented double-barrel construction. If you haven’t, then let me tell you, it is undoubtedly one of the best barrel designs for softball bats you’ll ever find. A flexible yet strong outer barrel is combined with a secondary inner barrel to offer a unique feel, pop, and sound. It also allows the bat to strike with a better force compared to single-barreled bats.
Next is ConneXion Technology, which lets you transfer maximum energy to the bat when you take a swing. It also eliminates vibration to stabilize your shots. The bat has a low barrel compression due to the XTX Xtra Tough Resin Matrix technology. Basically, low compression gives the bat more flexibility that helps you with the shots. The feeling is similar to a heavy object bouncing a trampoline, sounds cool, right?
Finally, the bat features a 1.8mm cushioned grip, which assists in reducing hand fatigue when you are playing for a long time.
Note: The 2019 Easton Ghost isn’t USA (formerly known as ASA) approved. So, you may (and most likely will) face difficulties when taking this bat to certain tournaments. If you want to participate in a USA-certified softball tournament, I would recommend taking the Easton 2022 Ghost Advanced. It’s a great bat and supports all formats. But it’s a bit more expensive than the Easton Ghost 2019.
A side-by-side comparison of the features of both DeMarini Prism+ and Easton Ghost.
|DeMarini FP Prism+
|Easton 2019 Ghost
|Doublewall Gapped Barrel Technology
|Double Barrel Construction
|Continuous Fiber Composite Barrel
|ReFract End Cap
|Type V Connection
|XTX Xtra Tough Resin Matrix
The Difference in Performance
After using the bats— okay, who am I kidding? I’m too big for the bats. What I wanted to say is after making a few players of mine use the Prism+ and Easton Ghost, I found out that both bats differ in a few aspects. In terms of sound, the Prism+ has a sharper and more majestic sound than the Easton Ghost. You can hear the sound echoing off the field, and it actually feels amazing.
When it comes to balance, I will have to give the point to Prism+ again. My players said the bat has a better balance overall. They added Easton Ghost feels a little heavier, which makes it a bit tough to swing. As for pop, I believe Easton Ghost wins this round. It has more pop from the start. On the other hand, it will take you a little while to break into Prism+, but once you do it, the result is amazing.
Next, we checked the power and strike. After playing a couple of shots, I asked my players which bat had more power. Almost all of them answered the same, Easton Ghost. So, this round also goes to Easton Ghost.
|DeMarini FP Prism+
|Easton 2019 Ghost
In the battle between DeMarini Prism+ vs. Easton Ghost softball bat, I don’t think there is any winner or loser. Both bats are the top dogs of the field. Therefore, it boils down to only one thing— which one is better suited to your or your kid’s physique and playstyle. When I asked my players which one of the bats they preferred more— some of them said the Prism+ and the others, Easton Ghost.
You can understand that to some people, the former is better and to others, the latter. So, take your time and then make a choice. I prefer the DeMarini Prism+. The Easton Ghost 2019 and 2022 Advanced do have incredible features. But I feel more comfortable using the Prism+, and pop is out of this world.
Besides, you should keep in mind that Easton 2019 Ghost has limitations. It’s not USA(read ASA) certified. So, you’ll have trouble using it in some tournaments. In that case, the Easton 2022 Ghost Advanced is a better option. It comes down to you. Both brands are popular. They can help you hit more, hit better, and hit harder. So, you’re the one who calls the shot now. Good Luck!