Clapbat? Instant feed back, or expensive hockey puck?
by Anthony LaMarca
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.