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About this project

We've developed the most revolutionary hitting aid through the intelligent use of physics!

The Hitting Knob

The Hitting Knob teaches the player proper hitting mechanics while maximizing both power and bat speed. This is accomplished by weighting the knob end of the bat with the easily attached Hitting Knob.

This innovative product can be used in every aspect of the training game, including: the on deck circle, while hitting off a tee, soft toss, and especially while taking live batting practice.

The Hitting Knob will benefit players of all ages and playing levels both in baseball and softball.  

Max Power | Max Bat Speed | Maximize Your SWING

The Hitting Knob Training weight provides multiple benefits:

  • Immediate results
  • Easy to use
  • Can be used during live batting practice
  • Quickly develops increased bat speed and power
  • Keeps your hands from “casting” out away from the body
  • Gives you more confidence as a hitter
  • Forces hands to work properly, creating a short compact swing
  • Strengthens hands and forearms

This is a 100% American designed and manufactured product. We hope you love it as much as we love it!


Development

Being a player and a coach, I was inspired to find a solution after reading several articles addressing that fact that studies have shown adding weight to the barrel of a baseball/softball bat (donut, sleeve, etc.) actually decreased the hitters bat speed once the weight was removed. [geek-out on the science here: #1, #2 and #3]

The first few prototypes were cobbled together from pipe fittings, rubber couplings and bandsawed barbell ends - but were functional enough to  test my theory. Soon I enlisted the help of a product designer and mechanical engineer to design, machine and weld steel prototypes which were sent out to my buddies in the Majors for their opinions.

Turns out they liked them so much we never got them back!

We have prototyped and tested several versions of the Hitting Knob, ranging from slip on "swing weights" sized to fit a particular bat (as shown in the video) to universal designs which utilize a screw clamp mechanism for the ultimate rigid attachment regardless of knob size and style. We've tested weights ranging from 8 oz all the way up to 60 oz - while we eventually plan on making several different weights, we've found the greatest muscle memory 'bang' and swing speed increase in the 8 - 30 oz range depending on the age and strength level of the individual using it.

Here's a few pics of our development history, complete from my early hacked weights and pipe fittings up through the heavy-duty 55 oz weights we sent out to teams in the majors. Once we settled on the "keyslot" installation feature, we experimented with different attachment methods (and even 3D printed a model to check fit and form).

Hitting Knob prototypes: early test weights on left; refined MLB samples on right
Hitting Knob prototypes: early test weights on left; refined MLB samples on right

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Hitting Knob "keyway" slot prototypes
Hitting Knob "keyway" slot prototypes

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Hitting Knob prototype fabrication process
Hitting Knob prototype fabrication process


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Why Kickstarter funding?

Manufacturing and sales are our next steps, but we need your help to get there.

We've spent hundreds of hours designing and working out production. The next part is relatively simple. We need money to fabricate sand casting patterns and assembly fixtures to make factory production feasible. We have quotes to produce only a few hundred Knob Weights and quotes to produce several thousand. We've set our goal at just $10k, because that's the minimum we need to get our initial product run complete, which will get it to the market place and into the hands of our supporters.

Patents have been filed and prototypes tested by college and pro players. We need your financial help to take the Hitting Knob to commercialization.

We also plan to implement an improved internal latch mechanism in these Kickstarter production units. This will allow the Knob Weight to fit nearly all baseball and softball bats on the market, while still being easy and intuitive to install and remove. A cross-section of the proposed production latching mechanism is shown below (springs are not shown for the latch arm and pressure plate ramp):

Installation sequence for next-generation internal latching ramp design
Installation sequence for next-generation internal latching ramp design

Our first Hitting Knob for sale will have these specifications:

  • Weight: 16 oz
  • Durable grey cast iron construction
  • Rubber dipped for safety and to prevent marring of bat
  • Fits aluminum and wood baseball and softball bats with knob diameters ranging from 1.75" to 2.13" (44.4-54.1 mm)
  • High visibility red color

We hope to offer different weights in the future... please check the hittingknob.com website for updates and any additional questions. 


Special rewards

We've collaborated with Dinger bats to offer a limited edition Hitting Knob professional wood bat. All are 33 oz, 30" models crafted in the USA from top quality maple with the Hitting Knob stenciled into the barrel. Some have been signed by my friends in the Majors. With each bat, we're going to include a limited edition (special color) Hitting Knob.

Limited edition Hitting Knob bat
Limited edition Hitting Knob bat

Thank you so much for your consideration to support our new endeavor!

Risks and challenges

Developing a new sporting goods product is always challenging.

Fortunately, our development risk is minimized by the simplicity of the product itself. It's functional, intuitive and durable. We have developed, prototyped and tested numerous versions of the Knob Weight. The next-generation improved latching mechanism we propose to build, test and deliver with the Kickstarter funding has already been designed and is currently being fabricated. As soon as the project is funded, we will start production with our US-based sand casting partner, which has already evaluated the design for manufacturability. Backers will be kept informed of the stages of testing, development and production – and we look forward to your feedback using the Hitting Knob!

Our team has experience bringing concepts to reality and products to market… but most importantly, we are passionate about the product!

Production Schedule:

OCTOBER: Finalize production design & successfully fund Kickstarter project.

NOVEMBER: Make master patterns for sand casting.

DECEMBER: Cast parts at foundry and send for rubberized dip coating.

JANUARY: Assemble, package & ship the best training weight you've ever used.

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