WARNING: Severe Reviews of Baseball Hitting Aids that May Hurt Your Feelings Follow...

With over a hundred reviews of baseball hitting aids at SwingSmarter.com, I still get comments from people - some the product inventor - that they're very unhappy with my opinion. Heck, I even received a threat to sue unless I took down the review for his terrible hitting aid - not to name names, but cough...the Instructo Swing.

I had to remind him about our First Amendment Right to Free Speech, and that the review would stay up. Oh also, that he'd be getting a letter from my attorney in return. I called his bluff, and he gladly relented.

And get this...at the end of it all...

He asked if I wanted to sell his product and get a commission. He just didn't get it!

Folks, the problem is baseball - AND softball - are stuck in the dinosaur ages when it comes to what works and what doesn't. Which hitting technique is the best, and what isn't.

I can tell you, guys like Chas Pippitt, Chris O'Leary, Steve Englishbey, Sean Dixon, and Mike Epstein are on the right path. They teach what we see with high-level hitters, instead of what we think we see.

My goal for SwingSmarter.com is to be the Amazon for customer reviews of baseball hitting aids...oh, and of course this includes softball.

My opinion is...just that. They're like A-Holes...everyone has one. I understand people get upset at what I think. There are two people in this world: 1) People who will like you, AND 2) People who won't.

Because of this, I want to let the community squawk - I mean talk. Above-all, I want this to be a sounding board for Swing Smarter Readers.

PLEASE NOTE: if I smell a hype centered stench coming from the marketing department for a particular product...cough, the Baseballance...then I'll delete it. I want real, candid, genuine reviews of everyday people using - or have used - these hitting trainers.

Watch your bark, be cool like the Fonzy, and you'll be fine.

Here's where you FINALLY get to sound off...

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