Sweet Spot Baseball Hitting Aid: Foe Or Hero?
SKLZ Sweet Spot Bat
Is the sweet spot hitting bat any good? Is it worth the money?
Swing Smarter Response:
Steve, oh the "sweet spot" timing you sent this question because of an alternatively better hitting tool I've had my eyeball on very recently (more later).
This is another SKLZ company training aid, Derek Jeter endorses quite a few of their hitting aids, and I think all those are crap. Don't get me wrong, I love Jeter, but man, those gadgets suck!
The Sweet Spot Bat is endorsed by none other than one of my favorite hitters Albert Pujols. Granted, I see what this baseball hitting aid is trying to do, but I'm not sure I'd invest in it (more on this shortly). And at $30 plus shipping, heck, it doesn't put you out much to take it out for a spin.
So, what's the deal with the Sweet Spot Bat?
It's more of a youth bat divided into 28/30/32" sizes. Heavy duty construction can be used with live batting practice, which is great. Another plus is the feedback you get from a barrel made of wood, and in this case bamboo, which is huge because I'm a huge cheerleader (2-tone skirt colors please) of using wood bats as early as a young hitter can swing a bat.
However, I think looks can be deceiving...
I think the sweet spot may be too big for what it actually is on a wood bat (about 1.5 inches...maybe). So, this would promote the same deadly swing deficiencies (long swing, false sense of power, and inconsistency) as an aluminum.
Plus, I'm not sure the feedback at contact a hitter will receive using the SKLZ Sweet Spot Training Bat will realistically mimic the use of real wood because of the fiber glass shaft attaching the barrel to the handle.
Steve, as promised, here's an even better option...
The ProHammer Bat. You can CLICK the preceding link to The Starting Lineup Store now, and remember you'll receive 8 FREE Swing Smarter Bonuses for purchasing.
Thanks so much for your question, hope this helps!