Bought this bat 2-3 years ago for my 9yo son. A little heavy (at first), but he/we love the bat...NOTHING BETTER than the sound of wood. Just recently, my son missed the barrel, and after 2+ years, his beloved bat cracked (that's what you get for swinging at a bad pitch:)). No worries, we came home that afternoon and my son Custom made his own! SAME BAT, just HIS colors, etc. We already have it and he is busy pounding the barrel! And, at 11+yo now, the weight is perfect! SUCCESS!! Keep making quality products...we are in! p.s My son also uses and loves the Cat7 for travel ball...just saying!