Are the Hitting Discs by Towny Townsend Just Hype?
Do you have an opinion on the Towny Townsend hitting discs? (hittingdisc.com)
The discs have plenty of major league endorsements but the players endorsing the product all grew up in Virginia where Mr. Townsend was a coach of theirs. It seems reasonably priced too. Thanks, chrisvegas
Swing Smarter Response:
Hi ChrisVegas, great question and this is one of those hitting aids leaving me scratching my head. Somebody had the idea to mesh Ultimate Frisbee with hitting! :P
I get the idea of the discs, I do...they're suppose to be unpredictable, and really help with hand eye coordination and maybe hitting the breaking ball. They are reasonably priced and are worth a shot at $30.
Now, would I buy them?
Probably not. From what I'm seeing, I can get the same affect hitting whiffle balls with the holes located on one side, PLUS I'd be hitting an actual ball.
Great point on the multiple Major League endorsements coincidentally living in the same area, being coached by the Mr. Townsend himself. I like your thinking and that should raise a bright red flag. Now, the million dollar question is, do we see these "star" endorsers using the Towny Townsend Hitting Discs?
I'd be willing to bet with 99% accuracy, they don't. It's like Derek Jeter and his endorsed products, I'd challenge anyone to see if he's using any one of those for more time than it took to shoot the endorsement video and marketing pictures.
I also don't think all the benefits included on HittingDisc.com are accurate: targeting & tracking tool, developing proper swing mechanics, outstanding hand/eye coordination, curbs fear of getting hit by ball, and bat speed.
Let's be real here, it's not going to make your mechanics better or increase your bat speed. Curbing fear of getting hit is a general benefit that anything like throwing tennis, whiffle, or racquet balls at a young fearful hitter would also do.
The only pure benefits are targeting and tracking and increasing hand/eye coordination. Thanks for the submission ChrisVegas...think of us as your Swing Smarter Hitting Aids watch dog :P Good luck!