The 'Muhl Kicker' Weighted Training Bats By Muhl Tech
Muhl Tech's "Muhl Kicker" Weighted Training Bats With A 1-Inch Barrel
The Muhl Kicker's one-inch barrel requires a player to really zero in on the ball. Mentally, hitters become comfortable with a certain amount of success (any contact with the ball) when taking batting practice, eliminating much of that (normal) success with a small barrel will cause a hitter to make mental adjustments (more concentration) and physical adjustments (visual focus) to overcome that lack of "normal" success.
Using a Muhl on a regular basis will build strength, develop power and increase bat speed. One of the biggest problems for young hitters and most hitters for that matter is a lack of bat control due to strength. Our bodies will only get as strong as we force them to. The light aluminum bats of today only force player's bodies to develop just enough strength to handle the bat they use. Years ago, when we used wood bats our bodies developed the strength to handle that particular weight. If you put a training bat with extra controllable weight in the hands of a hitter, their body will make the adjustments (getting stronger) to handle equally well this extra weight, thereby improving their ability to easily control a lighter aluminum or wood bat and hit a ball harder with more authority. We also use different handle lengths with each size to evenly distribute the weight, keeping half of the weight closer to the hands.
The audible feedback of the Kicker is designed to help hitters teach themselves, sound swing mechanics. The Muhl Kicker has a sliding steel element installed in the barrel that clicks or "kicks" when the bat head is extended. With a good swing, the click should be heard at or slightly before contact out in front of the plate. This is achieved with good hip rotation and throwing the hands at the ball. Since you can use the Muhl with hard balls in live hitting drills, actual swing tendencies become more amplified to the user and coach.
If you are casting the hands away from the body or looping the bat head, the Kicker will click early. A player's own ability to hear the release point acts as a second coach and allows for self-teaching. Becoming proficient with a short stroke will generate quicker bat speed, allow more time to wait on a pitch, and increase power, too.