What's Up with the Direct Protect Thumb Guard?
Direct Protect Packaging
Doees it help your swing and grip only, is it worth the money?
Swing Smarter Response:
The Direct Protect Thumb Guard is an interesting phenomena...you see quite a few Big Leaguers wearing it when they hit, and it's marketed as a bat sting reducer, which is true, but there's supposedly another benefit to it...
The reality is, every hitter gets jammed at some point and has to go back and pick up their thumbs...having something on your hands to reduce the shock is a plus.
I had a talk with The Bat Jack (http://thebatjack.com/)inventor who makes a similar product, and he was saying guys are improving their grip on the bat and surprisingly their Slot Position!
The big difference in The Bat Jack versus the Direct Protect Thumb Guard is, he's marketing it as a Slot Position booster, to improve grip on the bat, and it wraps around the handle and cradles the top hand index finger.
I think a better Slot Position was the side effect of the original marketing plan for the Direct Protect Thumb Guard. The proof is in their name.
This product has been around forever - I remember seeing it when I was playing in Junior High over 15 years ago! Although, I never used it, I sometimes wonder what all the fuss was about. Heck, if it's working for Big Leaguers, then why not us "normal" people?
Also, priced around $7, it's worth a gamble. I do like The Bat Jack better though. I think it does more work on the Slot Position than the Direct Protect, but I want you to be the judge. Check out their video on the homepage of:
I'd love to hear from other Swing Smarter savants about their use of the Direct Protect Thumb Guard below in the Comments section...