What do you think about the BatAction OR Hurricane Hitting Machines?

by Ben Timme

BatAction Hitting Aid

BatAction Hitting Aid

My boys are 12 and almost 15. Both throw and bat right handed. They are very good ball players. They can always benefit by more swings, and are interested in taking swings from the other side of the plate. What do you think of the BatAction or SKLZ Hurricane hitting machine as a hitting tool at home?

They are active in school and in other sports as well, extra time is hard to find. I was hoping this would enable them many quality swings in a short time period.

Thanks, Ben

Swing Smarter Response:
Hi Ben, I can hear your frustration with finding the time for your kids to work on their swings through the computer ;) I'm very old school when it comes to hitting aids, and my readers know, you can't go wrong with a good ATEC hitting tee, whiffle balls, and the aids in this Swing Smarter article.

I don't really like the SKLZ and BatAction because you see the ball coming around like a tether ball, which you'll never see in a real game situation. In order to Swing Smarter, we have to mimic a real pitch and you can't go wrong with a tee and a live arm, especially if they're learning to switch hit, the sooner the better :)

I really like where your heart is, so keep up the good work and your boys will do great!


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Oct 12, 2010
I see you point...
by: Joey from SwingSmarter.com

Hi Robert,

You're right, I was looking at the Hurricane differently than how you use it with your kids. The way you're using it is hitting with the ball stationary. In that case, I can see using this gadget, but I still don't like it and I'll tell you why a bit later...

And I like your videos on drills in the enclosed link people can use to utilize this machine.

You see Robert, I'm old fashion and still love hitting off the batting tee, and even the best of the best tees (ATEC Multi Tee which is in The Starting Lineup Store) are half the price of the Hurricane and easier to set up.

Also, I like the SwingAway as my stationary hitting machine and it's the same price. It definitely will take up more space in your house/garage, but is about the same time to setup once already put together as the Hurricane is.

The bonus with the SwingAway is it get kids pushing through the baseball because the ball is suspended in the air with tethers, which as you might know, we're big on at SwingSmarter.com.

The bottom line Robert? If your kids are getting results with the Hurricane and you're obviously comfortable with using it, then all the better.

Thanks so much for the awesome content your provided to the Swing Smarter Community, I really appreciate it!

Oct 12, 2010
We love the hurricaine!
by: Robert Canary from Hartford, KY

Thanks Joey.

I did read your input on the hurricane, however you only make mention to swinging the ball around, as though it was on a tether. However, that is not how it is supposed to be used. If coaches are trying to throw the stick around, then yes I absolutely agree, it could do more harm than good.

Here is a link to our website that shows drills on the Hurricane:

I general use it with a "one-two-three and slam" drill. Basically the hitter, loads, triggers, throws the bat to the target three times, and on the forth they make a full swing. It really seems to help my younger players develop good loading and trigger and flow of mechanics without worry about knocking the ball off the tee and using up time to chase loose balls.

I did have a 8U team last year that went into a very bad hitting slump. I packed up the hurricane and brought it with me to next three tourneys, they had to do 4 "one-two-three and slam" repetitions. Before they went on deck. It seemed to help, they soon came around and started hitting again.

However, they are heavy and takes about 10min to set up.

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