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Rick, I would respectfully disagree with your comment " really doesn't allow for work on mechanics". It is actually better than a tee to work on mechanics and you say it yourself; you don't have to chase the balls down. With a 3 second reset and a non-moving ball, this is a great tool to work on mechanics. A player doesn't have to worry or think about a ball coming at them or breaking away or hitting them. Just set, swing and hit. Emphasize what they need to work on whether it be keeping the front shoulder down, hips leading the hands, turning the shoulders and keeping your angles, or whatever it might be, the swing-away is a great tool for it. Hope this helps and you are able to incorporate it into your workouts. Best of luck.
I like the SwingAway as well. Here's a new training tool I just came across. I was curious what everyone thought.
I might be missing something here, but it looks like a fishing pole with a ball instead of a hook. It takes 2 people to use, and it is dependent on the rod holder's grip/stance being extremely still through the swing or the ball bobs up and down, side to side.
I really like the makeup of the tool. The one thing I don't like about the SwingAway is the instructional videos advocating 10 swings in a minute or 25 swings in quick succession as a part of the drills. This is not good instruction. Players should take time to re-set their approach every few swings to remain focussed. Otherwise, they're just taking hacks.