3 Baseball Hitting Training Aids to Think Twice About

Baseball hitting training aids can be a waste of time and money if you're NOT careful. We'll discuss 3 of the most sought after hitting tools, and talk over why NOT to buy them.

In analyzing these hitting contraptions we'll stick to 8 rating principals, and give grades (A through F) for each:

  1. Durability,
  2. Weight,
  3. Economical,
  4. User Friendly,
  5. Convenient/Compact (for storage),
  6. Easy Assembly,
  7. Partner Needed? (Y/N)
  8. Does the device teach you something? (Y/N)

Ideally, baseball hitting training aids need to be built to last, reasonable in price, user friendly, easily broken down, stored, and assembled, shouldn't need a partner to operate, and above all, it should NOT be difficult to get something good out of it.

Most of the research Swing Smarter has done reveals companies misleading the consumer into false benefits, like increased bat speed, quickens the hands, etc. Most of them are NOT true.

First, let's start off with the...

Bat Stick Review

Bat Stick (and its other distinguishing names)
I believe there are 2-3 different manufacturers making this hitting tool, and the one thing they're good for is father-son/daughter time, it doesn't help the swing at all...a hitting tee will help 10 fold over this one.

  • Durable - C
  • Weight - A
  • Economical - B+
  • User Friendly - F
  • Convenient/Compact (for storage) - A
  • Easy Assembly - A
  • Partner Needed? (Y/N) - Y
  • Does the device teach you something? (Y/N) - N

Depending on if these baseball hitting training aids are made anywhere else but the USA, then forget about durability. With heavy team use, they go bad real fast.

Although, it's light weight, offers convenience and a compact nature, no assembly is required, and being priced economically are pluses for this hitting tool.

Unfortunately, the Bat Stick doesn't measure up when it comes to being user friendly, partner is needed, and its lazy nature keeps a hitter from developing the right muscle memory.

Let's address why it's NOT user friendly...

The poor parent holding it has to use the wrist strap to keep the tool from flying out of their hand, this puts a lot of torque on the wrist and hand, especially when the hitter ages and gets stronger. From a fitness specialist stand point, this is bad on the body.

Also, there's NO way of using this hitting device by yourself unless you're an octopus, so pass or fail, and this fails!

And, last but NOT least, this is my own personal opinion, so take it for what it's worth, but the Bat Stick doesn't teach the hitter anything, and most importantly, does NOT make them better.

Invest your $29-40 on a decent hitting tee instead.


Hands Back Tee Trainer Review

The Hands Back Hitter

  • Durable - A
  • Weight - A
  • Economical - C-
  • User Friendly - D
  • Convenient/Compact (for storage) - C
  • Easy Assembly - A
  • Partner Needed? (Y/N) - N
  • Does the device teach you something? (Y/N) - Y

Baseball hitting training aids should make a hitter better, it looks good on paper, but it still missed the mark.

Although it seams durable, is light in weight (a few strings, a bulgy bar, and a ball stand), easy to assemble, and no partner necessary, there are a few drawbacks...

This contraption is priced at about $98 and, to me, seems OVER-priced. Try $39 for what you get. I've also heard from parents who unfortunately invested in the Hands Back Trainer found the string you have to step on to release the ball, is too high, and the hitter's step had to be very firm to trigger the ball to pop up.

This gets the hitter focusing on the WRONG things.

Here's why these baseball hitting training aids aren't good for a budding hitter...

A stride must be short (3 inches max), low, and with minimal effort, so this device does the opposite of what is intended. Sure it keeps your hands back, but at the expense of ruining the most important parts of the swing, timing and swing tempo.

It's NOT user friendly, and with the bulgy stationary bar, is NOT convenient/compact for storage, and lastly, does NOT teach the right execution of a healthy swing.

Which brings us to our last baseball hitting aid...

Instructo Tee Swing Trainer
Of all baseball hitting training aids this is the abominable snowman in the room. I remember when Ken Griffey Jr. endorsed this one almost a decade ago, and he had good right to pull his name from the contraption.

I want to apologize in advance for getting on my soapbox with this one, please make sure to get ear muffs for the little kiddies.

How did it stack up?

  • Durable - A
  • Weight - F
  • Economical - F
  • User Friendly - F
  • Convenient/Compact (for storage) - F
  • Easy Assembly - C-
  • Partner Needed? (Y/N) - N
  • Does the device teach you something? (Y/N) - N

Yes, this hitting tool is durable (steel bars), and you definitely do NOT need a partner, unless to cry with you to the bank because you wasted $179!

I remember my first experience with this baseball hitting aid fondly...

It loomed in front of me cold and stiff, me holding my $250 aluminum bat ($500 nowadays), I had to put a ball between the two bars on the little tee, and hit it without striking the menacing unfeeling painful steel bars. Ouch!

As I grew up and learned other more effective ways to re-create this drill with other more simple AND less intimidating baseball hitting training aids, I began to realize what a waste of time and money my relationship with the Instructo Tee Swing Trainer was.

The weight of the steel bars makes this "thing" inefficiently difficult to move, breakdown, re-assemble, and switch over for righties and lefties. Also, I wouldn't accept one of these as a gift, so no matter what the price, it's too expensive.

As far as I'm concerned, this hitting contraption doesn't teach anything, only to intimidate kids into pulling their hands in (wincing), swinging with crocodile arms, because they're afraid they're going to hurt their hands, again...

Not to mention, the parents wince in pain from the pocket book, seeing another new $500 aluminum bat purchase looming on the horizon, thanks to those clanging fascist steel poles.

You can get fantastic results with two cheap Franklin Tees equaling less stress and MORE success (video above)! Make sure the back tee ball is slightly higher than the front.

The Instructor Swing Tee Trainer is just empty calories when it comes to baseball hitting training aids. So, please save yourself the agony and do NOT buy any of these three aids.


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