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Many competitions are won in millimeters and inches. The difference between a home run blast and an easily caught fly ball comes down to a tiny area of the bat known as the sweet spot. Anyone who learns to consistently hit the ball on this part of the bat will see dramatic improvements in their hitting ability.
The SKLZ Sweet Spot Bat is uniquely designed to help you develop the hand-eye-coordination and batting mechanics to find the sweet spot every time.
The Good: Provides instant feedback to the batter and dramatically speeds up the learning curve. The sweet spot is the only available striking surface, so every successful hit reinforces kinesthetic awareness.
The Bad: The shaft is probably strong enough for fast pitching, but it’s best used for soft tossing and hitting from a tee. Hitting a fast ball off the exposed shaft area may cause damage to the bat.
The Bottom Line: This bat will dramatically improve your ability to find the sweet spot every time you connect with the ball. You’ll quickly develop better mind-body awareness and proper batting technique to powerfully connect on your strikes.
SKLZ Sweet Spot Bat Review
The SKLZ Sweet Spot Bat has all of the middle area of the barrel removed except for the end part, where your most powerful hits come from. The idea is that when training with this bat, you’ll be forced to really keep your eye on the ball and pay attention to bat placement. When you go back to using a regular baseball bat, your mind and body will be tuned for hitting the sweet spot of the bat every time.
The barrel and handle are all wood construction, so it feels like you’re hitting with a regular bat.
It comes in two different lengths – 31 inches or 32 inches. It would be nice if SKLZ offered a 33 or 34 inch option for taller batters, but this isn’t a deal-breaker. You can mark choke points on the handle for the really small batters.
It’s designed for soft toss and hitting off a tee – not for live hitting. I’ve seen people doing actual batting practice with this bat, but it’s probably not a good idea for long-term use. It’s definitely not a game bat, either, but if you can get hits with this bat in a game, you probably have a good career in baseball ahead of you. When used correctly though, you’ll have a piece of training equipment that will last for years.
The bat looks awkward, but it’s evenly weighted from top to bottom to give you the tactile feel of a normal wooden baseball bat. The idea is to train hand-eye-coordination and connecting the ball with the perfect spot on the bat every time.
Develop Hand Eye Coordination:
This is one of the best baseball bat training aids for developing hand eye coordination and proper batting swing. It isolates the area where you’re supposed to hit the ball – the place where your hardest hits come from. As a result of the striking surface being so small, the SKLZ Sweet Spot Bat provides instant feedback when trying to hit pitches that are out of the strike zone. You’ll feel the sensation of being off balance as you extend or pull back to chase the ball. This really trains the eye to recognize when to pull the trigger and when to let the pitch fly by.
The SKLZ Sweet Spot Bat demonstrates that you have two choices when a pitch is coming at you. Your first choice is to try and adjust your swing dynamics to meet the ball – extending the bat if the ball is going to the outside of the plate or trying to pull back when the pitch comes in close. Your second choice is to only swing at pitches in the strike zone.
If you hit the ball on the end of the bat or the inside of the bat, the ball won’t fly out with much force. You’ll likely send the defense a pop-fly or a grounder, giving them an opportunity for an easy out. It’s always better to keep the defense on the ropes by hitting a powerful line drive right at the opposing players, by splitting the gaps between the defense, or better yet by sending the ball over the fence for a homerun.
When you hit off the sweet spot, even if you hit a ground ball at an infielder many times there is so much power behind the ball that it will cause the defensive players to misjudge and struggle to make the catch. You can create errors for the other team, possibly getting you a base hit and advancing the players you have on-base.
Where is the sweet spot on a bat?
Golf clubs, tennis rackets, baseball bats, even ping-pong paddles all have sweet spots. In baseball, it’s the striking area on the bat where the greatest amount of energy is transferred from bat to ball. This is where you want to hit the ball each time for maximum power and precision.
That’s all well and good, but where is the sweet spot on a bat? How do you find it?
For most baseball bats, the sweet spot is going to be in the general area of the last 5-7 inches at the end of the barrel. It’s the spot on the bat where when the ball strikes, you feel
the least amount of vibration in your hands.
You can find it by holding the bat upside down with one hand on the handle and taping the barrel with any solid object. Start from the end of the barrel and slowly move up toward the handle, feeling the vibrations in your opposite hand until you find the area where the vibration in the handle stops. You’ll find that it’s only about the width of a finger.
This is the sweet spot on the bat. For powerful strikes, that’s where you want to hit the ball every time.
When it’s time to practice hand eye coordination and proper hitting mechanics, put down that game bat and pick up a SKLZ Sweet Spot Bat. It’s one of the more invaluable baseball bat training aids.