The 10 Best Batting Trainers

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This wiki has been updated 22 times since it was first published in October of 2016. If you're serious about your game, you know that the secret to success is lots of practice. These batting trainers help you learn proper technique, hone accuracy, and build strength, and many are portable, allowing you to get in some work almost anywhere. We've included models designed for both kids and advanced adult athletes, as well as some that can be used with both baseballs and softballs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Prohitter Original

2. Insider Bat Device

3. Rope Bat Ultimate

Editor's Notes

April 02, 2020:

Both SwingAway models were taken off the list because they were no longer available. We also removed the Louisville Slugger Instructo, which suffers from poor durability and tends to fall apart when used extensively. Many users also complain that it left their bats damaged. The cables that support the Sklz Hit-A-Way are prone to breaking easily, so we eliminated that item as well.

Two of the new additions focus on improving grip technique: the Swingrail Aid and Prohitter Original. Both are installed to the bat handle to promote proper hand alignment and help hitters identify how the position of their hands impacts their swings. The Insider Bat Device provides similar benefits, and also teaches users how to incorporate their core into their swing to generate more power.

The Varo Authentic is a blend between a traditional hitting aid and a protective sleeve. It slides over the barrel of the bat, adding a layer of protection to prevent unnecessary damage as well as extra weight to help hitters develop greater swing speed. For those looking to identify and improve upon flawed mechanics, however, there are better options out there.

Special Honors

Joe Mauer’s Quickswing Major League Baseball fans will remember Joe Mauer for his impressive career with the Minnesota Twins, during which he was the only catcher in history to win three batting titles. Using that experience, he produced this batting trainer to help develop the next generation of pro hitters.

RBI Vortex This versatile swing aid is suitable for anyone from a youth softball player to a college baseball star. It sets up in minutes and comes with speed bands of varying resistance levels, and the ball height is easy to adjust for simulating different pitch heights. It’s backed by a lifetime warranty, too.

The HipStick Created by a university baseball coach, this distinctive tool helps players focus on how to incorporate the core more effectively into their swings. By practicing with the HipStick, batters can identify flaws in their mechanics they weren’t previously aware of, then develop the muscle memory necessary to correct them.

4. PowerNet Bundle

5. Easton Stick

6. Swingrail Aid

7. Sklz Hurricane Category 4

8. Varo Authentic

9. Hit Zone HZ-1B

10. Franklin Pro-Elite

Sam Kraft
Last updated by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.

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