Sink or Swim with the Lightning Stick by Joe Magno?
The Lightning Stick in Action
The Lightning Stick Product
The Lightning Stick Blueprint
What are your thoughts on Joe Magno's Lightning Stick. Seems to make sense, but is it really worth the 75 dollar price? Seems a standard broom stick with a handle would work just as well. What are your thoughts on this product...?
Swing Smarter Response:
Thank you Eric for the submission of the Lightning Stick, and for including pics (I actually added one of my own)!
Here's a rundown of the benefits described in the Lightning Stick YouTube video above. After, I'll discuss if it's worth the $75 price-tag.
Increases eye-hand coordination - small ball training with golf sized whiffle balls
Increases bat speed - says because the Lightning Stick is pretty light, and has holes which makes bat aerodynamic, creating a quick swing (with a reference to Olympic over-speed fast twitch muscle training)
Increases palm up palm down muscle memory - handle contoured for "knocking knuckle" alignment
A couple things of note: Joe Magno takes a Down & Through swing with the Lightning Stick during the benefits portion of the video, which made me want to throw up in my own mouth.
For me, this was the first time hearing about Joe Magno, and one thing is quite clear, you can't refute his laundry list of accomplishments. As a matter of fact, he may be OVER-qualified ;)
Seems like a really good and knowledgeable guy, so I wanted to lay that down upfront.
Now, about The Lightning Stick...
First, it probably costs less than $15 to make which isn't a problem, but my point is, there's a little wiggle room in the $75 price.
I do believe the Lightning Stick will do all three benefits Joe Magno says.
That being said, I think there are a few small holes (pun intended) with its design and hitting philosophy...
A quick grip test...
1. I don't like these hitting aids creating a "contoured" handle because everybody's hand sizes differ, and saying everyone NEEDS to line up the "door knocking" knuckles is crazy-talk.
If you're right handed, put your left index finger into the palm of your hand, close your right hand real tight around the left index finger, and try to pull the finger out of your grip.
Now, do the same experiment, but this time put the left index finger at the bottom of the fingers just above the meat of the hand, close the right hand around the finger, and try to pull the left index finger out...
Which one did you have a stronger grip? And were your "door knocking" knuckles lined up? My don't because I have bigger hands.
Train like an Olympian??
2. I can appreciate over-speed training building fast twitch muscle fibers in Olympic athletes because I'm an athletic performance buff, however we're only seeing half of the equation for baseball hitters here...
Let's take a quick Physics lesson...
Force = Mass X Acceleration
To increase Force, we have to find the happy-medium between Mass multiplied by Acceleration.
The Lightning Stick definitely increases the Acceleration side of the equation, but so does a hyper-light aluminum bat!! And we should all know by now, this is how we got into this mess, swinging with upper body dominance.
Unlike non-baseball Olympians, it's not enough to increase acceleration; we have to increase the mass at impact too! So, swinging a heavier bat the "right way" is the key to success at the plate.
The problem is, most young hitters across the nation are swinging with an upper body dominant swing, and putting a lighter bat in their hands will reinforce their already bad muscle memory.
The New Age Hitter
To increase bat speed mechanically, we have to put in the right technique training for healthy and efficient swing movement, and use the right hitting aids reinforcing that.
For all you math majors, here's another equation:
Elite Swing Technique + Work Ethic + Best Hitting Aids = Consistently Powerful Swing
Simple as that. Where can you find all these ingredients?
I wouldn't say the Lightning Stick sinks or swims, but I wouldn't pay $75 for it. I'd actually recommend one of the top 9 hitting aids called The ProHammer (PLEASE NOTE: may be on back order, so the link may not work), which is a spitting image, is heavier (more like a game bat), cures the hands from rolling over, and you can hit live baseballs with it. The price is more because there's more value to it.
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