Clapbat? Instant feed back, or expensive hockey puck?

by Anthony LaMarca
(Rochester, Ny)



Was wondering about the clapbat as a tool. I'm about to purchase the mp30 and wonder if the clapbat was a good purchase to go with it. Or should I supplement the mp30 with something else?

Swing Smarter Response:

Thank you Anthony for bringing up the ClapBat...expensive hockey puck, you're funny :P

The MP30 is definitely a great choice, and we do like the idea and functionality of the ClapBat, but not sure if $100 is reasonable for something we used to mock with the natural swing "wind."

When you swing, you'll hear the wind of the barrel cutting through the air (unless it's a bitter cold day in New York ;). We would gauge where the "woosh" of the air was sounding the loudest to figure out where the hitter was making contact. The farther back the "woosh" the longer the swing...the more out-in-front-of-the-plate the "woosh" sounded, the better more powerful and consistent contact the batter would have.

If you don't mind spending the money, the ClapBat will be a decent investment because it will give you instant feedback on your swing. We're not sure we'd pay for it because we can shorten a hitter's swing with the Two Tee Drill instead, featured on our Top 5 Hitting Drills page.

All-in-all, you'll see marked results hitting with the MP30, and if you're looking for something else to invest in for a swing, then we recommend the Backyard Batter and/or the Wheeler Dealer Spitter soft/drop toss machines. They're both (along with the MP30) featured in our online store, The Starting Lineup: where you can find "The 9 Best Baseball Hitting Aids on the Planet," below.

Happy swinging!


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Unfortunately, they aren't cheap AND some require a hefty investment...however, everyone knows we get what we pay for. If we purchase cheap baseball hitting aids, then we'll get cheap results; and if we're a seeker of non-quality non-functional products, then we'd highly recommend NOT visiting
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Mar 18, 2010
From the creator??
by: Anonymous

Most likely, but then I will ask you this. You say the the puck shifts optimally "at contact". Which basically means that the only time the barrel should drop below the hands is at contact. So what do you do with a low inside or outside pitch? How could you get to those pitches? Just wondering what the science says about that.

Mar 16, 2010
The science behind the CLAPBAT
by: Anonymous

Although the audio feedback mechanism is an obvious feature of the CLAPBAT, it is not the most beneficial aspect. The CLAPBAT is designed to hold the ten ounce puck at the bats center of gravity as long as the barrel remains above the hands keeping the extra weight from effecting the bats balance or altering the batters swing. When the barrel drops to the level of the hands ( optimally at contact) the puck will slide to the bats sweet spot. This change in weight distribution constitutes a dramatic 25-33% shift in the bats balance and results in a considerable momentum increase when swung correctly making the bat very easy to swing. When swung incorrectly, the shift occurs prematurely and the weight distribution ( end heavy) causes the bat to become extremely difficult to swing. This sensory feedback mechanism is what helps young hitters build muscle memory and create good habits. Although not visually recognized, the science behind this patented technology is more than an expensive hockey puck.

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