Want to teach your players to keep their eye on the ball all the way to contact? Get SKLZ's Pujols Power Stick.
Want to increase your softball players’ hand and arm strength and bat speed with a weighted bat? Get SKLZ's Pujols Power Stick.
Want a product that is rugged and can keep on ticking after thousands of swings? Get SKLZ's Pujols Power Stick.
I use multiple batting stations and tools during our girls fastpitch softball practices and game warm ups. My teams consistently lead our league in hitting and slugging, and the Power Stick is the one station I credit the most for my team's hitting success.
The Power Stick weighs 25.5 ounces and comes with three weights that screw onto the end of the bat: 1, 2 and 3 oz. weights. It is about 1.1 inches in diameter and comes with 3 plastic golf ball whiffle balls. Its length can be adjusted from 27" to 34" and locked into place in seconds by a 10-year old girl.
I usually just use the 3 oz weight, which makes the Power Stick 6-8 oz heavier than my players' bats. I bought a couple of dozen practice golf balls to go with the ones that come with the Power Stick, and have my girls swing at the balls. 25 game-speed swings with the Power Stick help build up their upper body strength and stamina, while accomplishing the primary mission of keeping their eye on the ball all the way to contact. It is a FANTASTIC tool to improve bat speed and teach the girls how to drive the bat through the ball while hitting the ball square. I believe baseball players and teams would see the same benefits as I do as a softball coach.
My one complaint is that the Power Stick tends to only last a season. I've used two now, and both lasted a little more than a season -- about 10,000 swings. A batting aid should last multiple seasons, in my opinion.
SKLZ definitely hit a home run with this product. Unfortunately, they no longer manufacture Pujols Power Sticks because the weight at the end of the bat can fly off if not tightened down, becoming a safety hazard. When I heard this, I immediately bought a second Power Stick so that I will have one if mine ever dies. If you are a coach interested in having the best hitting team possible, or a player who wants to become a much better hitter, then you MUST buy the Power Stick. If you can't find it in stores, buy it online, but buy it before your next practice!!! And remember to check that the weight is tight each time you use it.