We compiled a list of the best baseball hitting aids on the market. Whether you’re shopping for a little leaguer, or you yourself play at the highest of levels, these hitting aids will help improve your swing in a multitude of ways including discipline, power, and consistency. This list includes hitting aids for budgets as low as $25. We compiled an unbiased list of the best baseball hitting aids to help you track, measure, and improve your hitting.
Diamond Kinetics is one of the few companies leading the charge in baseball technology. Along with Blast Motion, Diamond Kinetics is the only bat sensors approved by MLB for use on-field during workouts. In our mind, a Diamond Kinetics SwingTracker is a must have for every coaches toolbag.
It’s been said that “You can’t improve what you don’t measure.” The SwingTracker gives you objective data that is tracked over time so you can see your progression.
It’s far more accurate than the Zepp Swing Analyzer and collects more than double the data points. So what exactly does the Diamond Kinetics Swing Analyzer measure? A total of 11 data points currently. Max Hand Speed, Max Barrel Speed, Speed Efficiency, Forward Barrel Speed, Applied Power, Max Acceleration, Impact Momentum, Trigger To Impact Time, Distance in the Zone, Hand Cast Distance, and lastly the Approach Angle at Impact.
You can read our full Diamond Kinetics Swing Tracker Review, by clicking here. However, one point that must be mentioned is the idea of tracking bat speed. Zepp, DK, as well as Blast Motion measure bat speed, but bat speed is pointless if it’s in the wrong direction and wrong place.
We are huge fans of the Tanner Tee, they’re durable and portable. However, on the contrary, do you buy a tee for how long it lasts, or what it can do while it does? The Backspin Tee sacrifices no durability and literally flips upside down what you think a batting tee should do.
The concept is simple, the goal of every pitcher is to induce ground balls, so why are we teaching our hitters to hit them? The Backspin Tee’s technology allows hitters to focus on proper bat path to hit more hard line drives at the correct launch angles.
The Tanner Tee is the most used batting tee in professional and college baseball. In our opinion it’s the best batting tee money can buy. It’s made out of high quality and durable material that can take a beating. Due to its light weight (six pounds) and it’s unscrewable base, it can be stowed and transported in any baseball bag.
Earlier we mentioned if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. You spend countless hours in the cage refining your mechanics. HitTrax is the first and only baseball simulator. Like the Diamond Kinetics Swing Tracker, HitTrax offers immediate feedback to hitters and brings the excitement of outdoor games and competition, into the batting cage.
HitTrax does not replace Batting Practice on the field, but 12 months of on-field BP is not the reality in most parts of the country.
The Pocket Radar accurately measures ball speed with an accuracy of +/1 1 MPH. With a pocket-sized and simple to use interface, the Pocket Radar is a pro level tool at a fraction of the price.
Overload and underload training has been proven to increase throwing, pitching, as well as exit velocity when implemented correctly. SKLZ has the most comprehensive weighted bats training system on the market. They don’t just ship you bats and wish you best of luck, but provide you with a 6-week training program.
1. You get to a field and they don’t have any batting cages
2. Your wiffle balls break often
No explanation is needed for why Major Leaguers take batting practice for hours before games. If you can’t take BP or get in a batting cage, wiffle balls are your next best bet.
We’ve personally used SKLZ Impact Baseballs for the last three years, not a single one has broken. Magic right? The SKLZ Impact Baseballs are supple so they absorb impact. However, their softness does not hamper ball flight.
Yes, you read that right, PVC Pipe. This is by far the cheapest tool on this list that you can add to your hitting toolbox in less than an hour. The lightness of PVC can help hitters feel their swings more. You can’t go wrong with a 3/4″ PVC, but head to your local hardware store and feel around.
Now that you have a PVC bat, here are some easy to implement drills…
When you swing the PVC, you should hear a “whoosh” sound. The goal with the whoosh drill is to make that sound as early as possible. The sooner you make the whoosh, the sooner/ deeper your reaching your max bat speed.
Mini Wiffle Ball Drill
You can do this drill with a wiffle ball, and if the PVC is thick enough, a tennis ball. Throwing side toss, simply try and make solid contact.