The Muhl Tech - Baseball Advanced Skills Tee (AST) is unlike any other swing trainer available. Designed to help experienced players perfect their bat skills and beginning players to learn proper mechanics, a forward arm and outside swing barrier simultaneously eliminate both "dipping" and "casting".
And, the height adjustable, movable arm positions the ball anywhere across the strike zone to realistically represent inside and outside pitch locations. Use it to increase bat speed and learn to "hit the ball where it's pitched".
Why the "Forward Arm"?
In fact, the question should be "Why not a forward a arm?". You don't hit the baseball over the center of the plate (as traditional batting tees suggest). You make contact in front of the plate. But there are two other equally important reasons to use a forward arm design:
1. The forward arm eliminates "dipping" or dropping the hands and trailing shoulder to lift the ball with a "looping" type swing. If you "dip" with the AST, you hit the back of the arm. It forces you to take the bat straight down to the ball, leveling the swing at the point of contact.
2. The forward arm also pivots and rotates to place the ball on the inside or outside of the strike zone. Then, the arm points in the direction to drive the ball based on pitch location (i.e. pull the inside pitch, go with the outside pitch to the opposite field . . . "Hit the ball where it's pitched").
What is the purpose of the outside barrier?
The outside barrier eliminates "casting". It keeps you from swinging "long" and helps you "keep the hands inside the ball". If the bat or arms are extended prematurely, the bat head will slap the flexible upright barrier post.
For years coaches have set a baseball tee adjacent to a fence or screen to force hitters to compact their swing. The outside barrier does the same thing except it is a lot more effective.
The outside barrier rotates around the tee to accommodate LH or RH hitters and it moves along with the forward arm to help you keep the hands "tight" when you are working on inside and outside pitch locations. With the outside barrier, you are forced to rotate the hips and torso and extend the hands only at the point of contact. It produces a "quick" bat and more power too!
The tubing for the AST is molded from polyurethane using an open casting process. What is polyurethane? It's a flexible material like rubber, however, polyurethane is much stronger and more durable than rubber, as much as 10 times more durable.
Wheels for roller blades, industrial rollers and dimpled pitching machine balls are among the many items typically made with urethane. It's a great material for products that must withstand impact and stress yet remain flexible. Urethanes are expensive and the AST does cost more than a rubber tee but, it will last 10 times longer and even comes with a two-year warranty.
Custom Cup Brush/Ball Holder
The AST also uses a replaceable, custom cup brush as a ball holder. The brush, which works equally well for baseballs, softballs or poly-balls, is also more than 10 times more durable than rubber, tube-type ball holders. And, the brush gives you a clean "swish" through the ball with no shock to the bat or hands.
Practical & Portable
The AST can be assembled or disassembled, by hand, for easy storage and transportation. And, the Advanced Skills Tee uses a hollow, canteen style base that is filled with sand or water (and sealed with a rubber plug). When filled, the base provides weight for stability and when empty, the base is light and portable.
Optional Pitch Location Mat (PLM
[Regular price: $24.95])
The Pitch Location Mat (PLM) shows proper contact points and the direction to drive pitches that are inside, outside or down the middle. Inside and outside contact points are marked for both right and left handed hitters as well as down the middle. In fact, the pitch location mat is an excellent tool for soft toss or live arm drills. It's a great tool for both beginners and experienced ball players to actually see where the ball is pitched and learn to hit to all fields.
Save $5.00 [$19.95] when ordered with the Advanced Skills Tee.