What do you think about the GroBat from Hitmaster?
Just wondered what you thought of the GroBat from Hitmaster? Looks like the main benefits are (1) the bat won't destroy your plastic practice balls, (2) the sweet-spot cushion provides immediate feedback if you hit the sweet-spot or not, and (3) the bat is weighted to mimic your regular bat.
I'm sure the reason this product, specifically the sweet-spot cushion, was invented was so the company's plastic ball pitching machine wouldn't get jammed up with practice balls that have been knocked out of shape and get stuck in the machine.
But, even without the machine, having some type of padding on the bat extends the life of the practice balls, if anyone even cares about extending their life. It's kind of fun to tear them up and break'em!
Sam in Canada
Swing Smarter Response:
Hey Sam in Canada, great question...I came upon this nifty gadget after I contacted Sports Product Consultants about featuring their Personal Pitcher on the upcoming Swing Smarter Starting Lineup storefront with 9 of the best baseball hitting aids on the planet.
I always used to play whiffle ball as a kid and used the old light yellow long plastic bat with whiffle balls. The Grobat seems to simulate the same thing, except for the fact they make the bat as heavy as a real one.
I agree, it's cool to break those whiffles from time to time, but if someone is on a budget the Grobat will be good at saving whiffles and giving instant feedback as to where the hitter is making contact on the barrel.
You can also shorten the bat with handle rings if it swings a little long for some.
In the old days, and in the developing world, they used/use broom handles and golf balls...they all accomplish the same thing, better hand-eye coordination and better precision in hitting the ball hard more consistently.
You can't go wrong with the Grobat :) Thanks again for your question.