MP30 Swing Mechanic bat vs. Mattingly V-Grip Training Wood bat
I have been looking at both the MP30 Swing Mechanic and the Mattingly V-Grip Trainging Wood. There does not seem to be much difference in these learning tools, but I am trying to determine which one would be best for my nine year old son.
I have read many opinions on the MP30 Swing Mechanic bat. However the thick handle concerns me about proper grip. The Mattingly V-Grip Traing Wood bat has a handle that promotes proper hand alignment, but also seems to be thinner. They both promote the a 28" length. The MP30 is 36oz and the V-Grip Training Wood is 34oz. Are there other differences that I am not seeing?
Swing Smarter Response:
Great analysis Scott comparing both hitting aids. The two major differences being weight and grip thickness. I'm still partial to Jaime's MP30/28, and it's not because I promote it on The Starting Lineup...I can always issue a challenge and sub it out if I thought the Mattingly V-Grip Training wood bat was better...let me explain...
I like the heavier weight of the MP30/28 because I think one of the major issues today with all bats are they're too light. The lessor mass creates glaring swing imbalances where young hitters learn to swing with their "arms" instead of their hips.
Now, this is okay if aspire to be a punch & judy hitter, but if we want to swing with any power, which most hitters do, I advise learning to swing a heavier bat. Not only in the case of the MP30/28, but other bats in general. I'm liking the new BB Core aluminums having recently come out in the College and High School ranks for this reason. They're heavier and hit like crap (compared to the old lighter aluminums), but if we train our swings to hit with our "hips," in addition to making contact on a tiny sweet spot, then (if we're lucky) we'll be more prepared for a pro contract, not to mention our swing will be healthy.
About the thicker grip...
I always look at what the old timers used to hit with (Lou Gehrig: 34" 39oz, AND Babe Ruth: 36" 42oz bats), these guys swung telephone poles, and the grip on this lumber was so fricken' thick they almost couldn't wrap there hands around them.
The point is, these guys were able to marry consistency and power within their swings, they hit for high average and slugging percentage.
During those vintage years, this length to weight ratio was the norm, and if you look at average OPS numbers from then to now, you'll find league average OPS decreases as the years move to 2010 numbers. Listen, I'm talking the "average" MLB OPS, NOT for a select group of guys here.
Players overall where better hitters, AND in a league that wasn't watered down (less teams and way better pitching).
So long story short Scott, I love the MP30/28 better than the Mattingly V-Grip, and I think it will do wonders with your 9-year-old-son's swing :)