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Swingrail Review

Swingrail Review

February 16, 2022 | by Brian Duryea | @BatDigest

We took some hacks with the Swingrail, had a few hitters try it out, and read every online review we could find about the device. Generally, we think it an above-average tool when compared to the number of swing gadgets on the market today. It helps players feel what “keeping their hands inside the ball” means. This, in turn, creates a quick to the ball approach on a good swing plane.

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Swingrail Recommendations

If your hitting coach has told you that you “cast” the bat or your swing is “too long,” then the Swingrail will likely be useful. (Assuming, of course, your hitting coach knows what they are talking about). The idea is the Swingrail is used during tee work or soft toss to create the right muscle memory. Improving your upper body mechanics to the shortest path to the ball is useful for any player (softball or baseball) at any sporting level.

However, the Swingrail is far from a full hitting solution. And, the idea of getting your hands inside the ball or getting an optimal swing path is not new. The principle can be taught and drilled in a hundred different ways. (See this YouTube search for some inside drills and this one for some bat path drills).

Does that make it worth the $29.99? Hard to make that decision for someone else’s money. Our general feeling is that anything that can get dad and son excited about getting in work is worth considering.

Among the Swingrail reviews, the device’s biggest complaint was how hard some younger players found it. If you don’t really drive the knob to the ball, then you’ll struggle to make it work. The bat will not come off the rail. Younger players say under 8 or 9 might find serious frustration in getting it to work. But, in some sense, that is the point. Make it work.

Before and After Swingrail

Our experiment was to take a novice hitter and establish a baseline of his contact percentage and ball distance. We measured how many times he hit the ball and how far (using our Rapsodo) before and after his first swing rail session.

In short, our results were inconclusive. However, we do believe his bat path looked better. Maybe most importantly, the hitter finally felt what it was like to get his hands in front of him. Or, as others say, get “inside” the ball. We are hopeful that, in time, the results will show from a better bat path and optimal contact points.

Here is a video of a pre and post Swingrail session.

Where to Buy

We found our Swingrail on Amazon. But, you can also buy it directly from their site. eBay also has a few sellers of the device. Best we can tell, those are the legitimate product.

Staying Inside the Baseball

Any player, softball or baseball, could use the Swingrail. In particular, those who struggle to get “inside” baseball.

Getting inside the baseball is misunderstood by a lot of folks. The phrase getting “inside” doesn’t mean very much by itself. Ultimately, the idea is that our hands throw the knob of the bat towards the ball to create the pivot point of the bat out in front of us, towards the ball. This creates a quick to the ball-bat path, maximum bat speed, and a good bat swing path.

This video does a decent job explaining what getting inside the ball means.

Swingrail Videos

Here are a few videos we found helpful in our research of the Swingrail. The principles of getting our hands “inside” the ball and attacking the ball in front of you are emphasized.


David says:

Like any tool, you can cheat to make it work and by that create a poor swing path to the ball. The tool should be considered something that helps keep you from casting, but if you drive the knob to the ball to release the rail from the loop, and send your hands across your body without good turn and tilt, you end up swinging straight down. If you use proper technique then it can help. Moral, learn the swing, then use the tool to reinforce it, the tool will not MAKE you swing correctly, it only trains out one bad flaw.
PS. the guy from Swingrail showing how it works has a really steep to the ball swing because he never gets into his legs or behind the ball,,,,and John Madden’s video is old and he has since updated some of his thoughts on how the swing should work (after getting lectured by his good friend Josh Donaldson).
Tips: Stay connected, create good tilt and turn and then release hands to the direction you are hitting to and through the ball. Use front arm as direction from elbow to wrist. The turn starts the rotational aspect and creates bat speed, the release of the hands, transitions that rotation to linear action and allows you to drive through the baseball and not slap across it should you only rotate or if you are a top down swinger. Don’t try to chop or slice the bottom of the ball, to create backspin, drive through it.

Anonymous says:

My 8 y/o son was able to make adjustments within 15 minutes of using the Swingrail. There is a transition time though. If your kids are consistent hitters, even if using bad technique, they will likely need some time to really lock in the timing of their new swing. We went two games where my son did not get a hit. When he finally locked in timing, balls were hit harder and carried further.

Aryn J Hedrick says:

I have been looking at this for a while, I coach 10-12 baseball and struggle on getting basic hitting mechanics consistently. Wanting help with muscle memory

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