I think it's embarrassing to have to pop start your car or hit the starter with a hammer.
Why not just get a new starter(IMI-101 gear-reduction unit works great even at 10:1 compression) and call it a day?
Agreed. The hammer just delays the obvious and the inevitable. I had to jimmy the starter one time on my old Ford truck to get it to engage. As soon as the truck started I drove to the parts store to get a new starter. I don't have time for playing starter roulette.