Last year, I wore a Schutt XV with the Madd Maxx modification. I had it up nice and high on my throat. Didn't wear a dangler at the time. Foul ball went from the bat, glanced off the catcher's mitt, grazed the bottom of my mask, and hit the foam baffle (neck line of the Schutt XV) just below my Adam's apple. Everyone in attendance went, "oooooooooooooooo." Both coaches came out of the dugout to check on me. I had a knot in my throat and difficulty swallowing for an hour. I ordered a dangler that night online. I will not get behind the plate without one. Lesson learned.