Fix a Long Baseball Swing

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I hit great during batting practice drills but can’t hit in a game, what am I doing wrong?

“You can’t afford to get fooled by hitting coaches who promise they’ve discovered the “secret recipe” for hitting home runs. Home run baseball hitting drills practice hitting a slow-moving belt high pitch. The problem’s when facing a quality pitcher in your league chances are he’s not going throw a “mistake pitch” you can hit for a home run.”

Clinton Balgera. Founder of

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The Laser Strap Speed Trainer is the number hitting aid to fix a long swing. Our bat speed training aid does the coaching for you by preventing casting and guiding you to a more explosive and powerful swing.

What Causes a Long Baseball Swing?

There are many contributing factors to bat drag (or a long slow swing). Here’s our BIG 3 causes of bat drag:


1. Bad practice habits triggering poor hitting mechanics

2. Pull-the-ball/Home-run hitting approach

3. Inability to see, track and read movement

“He’s a good player but on the smaller side and has a real problem with casting her hands. He has been struggling with this the last few years as the other kids grew at a more rapid rate and he did not. He’s starting to grow but not near as strong physically and appears to be way to handsy as a result of not understanding how to use his core. I personally have been anticipating your Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer as I think it could help him a ton!”

Bad Practice Habits


If you practice with a long swing,  you’ll have a long swing in the game. Too much BP where you try to pull every pitch or hit home runs will result in bat drag and a slow bat.


Over time, you’ll develop bad habits as you start to lunge and wave at the ball. This will then transfer to your game-day at-bats, where you’ll find that you’ll have trouble hitting the inside fastball and you’ll jump out at the baseball to try and compensate (resulting in poor game-day performance).


In order to prepare your swing for a game-day inside fastball, you need to practice drills that allow the ball the travel deep in the hitting zone, forcing you to keep your hands inside the baseball (the key to a short swing).


Too much tension when you set up in your batting stance will result in a long/slow swing. It’s vital that you release all tension in order to allow for your fast, reactive swing to take over.

The main cause of tension in the batting stance and swing is a tight grip on the bat handle. This causes tension in the forearms that results in a long swing with bat drag. There is nothing worse than watching a hitter tense up on the bat so much that he looks like Frankenstein when he swings. Loose grip equals a fast/tension free swing.

The Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer makes you swing with your hips as opposed to your arms. There’s too much focus on the upper half of the body when hitting. The swing engine room is your core, more specifically your hips. Correct lower half hitting mechanics will prevent hitting mistakes associated with your head, arms and shoulder’s such as pulling off the baseball.

Pulling Off The Baseball


Flying open with either the front foot, hips, shoulder or head will cause a hitter’s bat to drag through the zone. Flying open results in dropping the back shoulder, hands and bat head. Once the bat head drops beyond the point of no return (too much angle, the bat should remain as flat as possible), there is little chance of catching up to a good fastball. There are many reasons that you fly open, with the main ones being; not seeing the baseball (which causes you to rush you swing), lacking confidence (any doubt in your head will transfer to you rushing your swing and flying open too early), over-swinging, poor hitting approach (trying to pull every pitch) and nervousness in the box.

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The Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer makes you swing with your hips as opposed to your arms. There’s too much focus on the upper half of the body when hitting. The swing engine room is your core, more specifically your hips. Correct lower half hitting mechanics will prevent hitting mistakes associated with your head, arms and shoulder’s such as pulling off the baseball.

Step 2 - Turn your front knee as you did previously with the balance ball
  • STAY BALANCED: Throughout the swing stay centered from your head to belly button, all the way through the swing cycle. When the head gets away from your center of gravity is when the swing will break down.
  • BE SHORT AND FAST: Take the quickest path possible to the baseball. A hitter with a long swing should be thinking “stay short”. This is especially the case when a hitter is beaten for pace by a good fastball, his thoughts should revert to “stay short & be quick”. The worst thing a hitter with a slow bat can do is to not make any adjustments in the batter’s box. The hands inside the ball hitting drill is a great drill for teaching a short, fast and powerful baseball swing.
  • SHORTEN UP: This is “old-school” mentality, however, sometimes a hitter has to swallow his pride and shorten up 2-4 inches on the knob of the baseball bat. What’s more embarrassing? Shortening up on the bat, or striking out 4 times in a baseball game? The hitter who is willing to make physical and mental adjustments during at-bats will ultimately be more successful.
  • MENTAL CUES: A hitter should have mental cues to remind him to “stay short”, “stay tall” or “stay back” depending on the situation. As stated earlier, hitting is a game of adjustments, and mental cues can help a hitter to adjust from swing to swing. During practice or a game a hitter can do such things as tap his leg, stare at the label of his bat or step out of the batter’s box to clear his head. Each of these actions can be a “mental cue” for some type of hitting action.
  • SELF-EVALUATION: A hitter can tell by the way he is hitting the baseball as to whether his “swing is long” or “bat drag” is taking place. Weak pop ups to the right side of the field for a right-handed hitter, or to the left side of the field for a left-handed hitter, are a strong indication a hitter has a long swing. Find out more about self-evaluation and hitting a baseball.
  • VIDEO/PHOTO ANALYSIS: Use a camera or your iPhone to capture a hitter’s swing to replay step by step in slow motion. Look for common faults such as bat drag and a long swing. When a hitter can see for himself what he is doing wrong, then it is more likely to register in his mind to make some adjustments.
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Why is a Long Baseball Swing a Bad Baseball Swing?

  • TROUBLE WITH THE INSIDE FASTBALL: Once a hitter begins to drag his bat through the hitting zone, there is no chance of squaring up a good inside fastball. In order to hit the inside fastball the hands need to take the shortest path possible to the ball to meet the ball out in front of the hitting zone. Learn more about hands inside the baseball.
  • NO POWER: A hitter can forget about hitting for power with a long swing. Besides size and strength the next part of the equation for hitting home runs is bat speed. Of course bat drag equates to a long swing, and a long swing is a weak swing.
  • UGLY SWING: Let’s face it, bat drag does not look pretty and a long swing is an ugly swing. In order to have a “pretty baseball swing” a hitter needs to stay short and on top of the baseball.
  • FOUL BALLS: Foul balls are great when a hitter has 2 strikes against him and he is fighting off some nasty pitches. But when a hitter is fouling off too many fastballs down the middle of the plate, this can be a sign that he has bat drag. Dropping the bat head will ultimately cause a hitter to foul off pitches, or even worse will cause a hitter to swing and miss. Which leads to the next point:
  • STRIKING OUT: Bat drag/long swing is a major contributor to strike outs. A hitter that can’t catch up to a fastball will ultimately rack up an insurmountable number of strike outs. Bat drag causes “a hole in the swing”. By definition a “hole in a baseball swing” is the area of the hitting zone where a swing with bat drag fails to cover. Dropping the back shoulder will cause a dip in the swing. This ultimately causes a bad angle for the bat head and results in a “hole in the swing”.
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