What about the Pop-Toss Batting Tee and the Pull The Trigger Hitter?
Pop Toss Batting Tee
Pull The Trigger Hitter
What are your thoughts on both of these devices?
1. Pop-Toss can be found at http://21stcenturybattingtees.com/ 2. Pull the trigger hitter can be found at http://www.baseballrotationalhittingaid.com/
I am getting ready for winter workouts for a girls travel softball team and I purchased the pop toss device but have read some reviews that say it wont help. Can you check these both out for me and share your opinion
Swing Smarter Response: Thanks for your submissions David...first, let's chat about the Pop Toss Batting Tee:
I love soft toss machines, but only when you don't have to do anything but concentrate on hitting the baseball, like the Wheeler Dealer Spitter ($379 shipped from TheStartingLineupStore.com).
What I don't like about the Pop Toss is you must reload the darn thing every time. I know, I know, hitting off a tee isn't any different, but soft toss is typically done with a partner who tosses the ball for you, the hitter doesn't have to do anything but swing the bat.
I would rather hit off a tee, than the PT, and invest in the Wheeler Dealer Spitter for soft toss (to take out the use of a partner)...I would also assume the WDS would last a lot longer than the $49.99 Pop Toss, and your players will love it indoors.
The bottom line...
I see the Pop Toss uncomfortably speeding up a hitter's tempo, in addition to breaking their concentration with the constant stopping-and-re-loading every time.
Now, what about the Pull the Trigger Hitter?
David, I just don't like these stationary spinning, tethered balls on a string, or the hitting stick type hitting gadgets. I don't know what it is about these things that make me want to hit myself in the shin with a ball-peen hammer, but they get me in that mood.
The price? Holy cow! For a Pull the Trigger Hitter Package, which includes spinner, 3-way receiver, and chain clamp is $119! And if you want their Portable Hitting Station, add another $379!
The best way to go for a portable stationary hitting gadget is the SwingAway. The basic model costs $199 shipped from TheStartingLineupStore.com.
I know it gets cold out there in Virginia, so indoor training is a must. We have to remember, we always get what we pay for, and to improve hitting: mechanics are priority one, then quality repetition.
I hope this helps David, try and stay warm this winter :)
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