Heavy Bat Training

Advanced Power Hitting

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Heavy bat training on its own is of little value, as most players develop a long swing, as they disconnect from their core. However, heavy bat training using our Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer keeps you connected. Gaining all the benefits associated with heavy load training while maintaining a short and powerful hands inside the baseball swing.

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  • Improve rotational hitting mechanics.
  • Stay connected with your swing, back elbow staying connected to your rib cage.
  • Improve strength in core hitting muscles.
  • Train balance with power, staying in your legs.
  • Generate power with minimal swing movement.
  • Prevents muscling up with your arms.

If you generate your baseball swing using your core by staying connected with your back elbow to your rib cage, you’ll be able to swing a heavy baseball bat with ease as your super-strong core takes the weight. However, if you disconnect the back elbow from your core your wrists will take the weight and you’ll have trouble keeping the bat head level at the point of contact.

 

Keeping your hands inside the baseball is a key component when it comes to bat speed and power. When your back elbow stays connected to your core you’ll generate maximum power at contact.

For example, if you were to hold a 30 pound rock for 20 seconds, this task is a lot easier when you hold the rock close to your body.

However, if you were to hold the rock away from your body the rock becomes heavier and more difficult to hold; this is because you’re getting way from your center of gravity.

The same goes for hitting, in particular heavy bat training. The further your hands are away from your center of gravity, the less power you’ll have in your swing.

Heavy Bat Live Batting Practice

Heavy Bat Model: Mizuno + weighted training bat.

Stay connected with your baseball swing, back elbow staying connected to your core

Combine balance with power. Generate power with minimal swing movement

Don't try to muscle up with your arms. Generate power and bat whip from your hips

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WHAT IS HEAVY BAT TRAINING

 

Heavy bat training involves a hitter taking the majority of his practice swings with a significantly heavier baseball bat than he uses in a game.

 

WHY HEAVY BAT TRAINING?

 

Below are a few main points on the benefits of heavy baseball bat swing training.

 

STRENGTHEN CORE HITTING MUSCLES

 

Swinging a heavy bat is a great way for a hitter to strengthen his “hitting muscles”. During heavy bat training, core muscle groups are targeted as the hitter has to work extra hard to maintain a level swing.
Forearm strength – especially the top hand forearm, which is forced to work extra hard to maintain a level swing path with the heavy weighted baseball bat. The forearms are a key muscle group that, when strengthened, can significantly increase power.

 

Deltoid – Deltoid muscles have to work extra hard to control the heavy weighted bat, especially the rear deltoid on the top hand side of the body.

 

Oblique strength – the side obliques and abdominals are put to the test trying to control the extra weight of the bat. The abdominals and obliques play a key role in exploding with core strength during the baseball swing.

 

EXPOSES ANY DIP IN THE SHOULDER

 

Heavy bat training is a necessity for any hitter that dips his back shoulder and drops the barrel head of the bat through the hitting zone. Dipping the back shoulder is bad as it will cause a hitter to pop the ball in the air — or to completely swing and miss.

 

Swinging with a heavy bat will exaggerate any type of dipping with the shoulders due to the extra weight of the barrel head of the bat — the hitter will have to work extra hard to maintain level shoulders through the swing.

MAINTAIN A LEVEL BAT/SQUARING THE BASEBALL UP

 

Maintaining a level bat through the hitting zone is key when squaring up a baseball — During heavy bat training the top hand forearm will have to work overtime to help maintain a level bat through the hitting zone. If the top hand gets lazy then the hitter will hit a weak pop up.

 

FORCES THE HITTER TO USE HIS ENTIRE BODY WITH THE SWING

 

The hitter cannot cheat with a heavy bat swing — any type of cheating will be exposed. In order to hit correctly with a heavy baseball bat the hitter must use all of the core hitting muscles. Failure to do so will result in a weak fly ball or ground ball.

 

EXPOSES LUNGING AT THE BASEBALL WITH A ONE HANDED SWING

 

Lunging out at the baseball with a one handed swing will cause a hitter to lose power and increase strikeouts. Heavy bat training prevents one handed swings — A hitter may be able to get away with a one handed swing when he is using a normal sized bat. However, when using a heavy bat, hitting the baseball hard with a one handed swing is virtually impossible. In order to be consistent with a heavy bat the hitter must use his entire body with the swing — and this especially applies to keeping the top hand on the baseball bat.

 

EXPOSES A HITTER THAT OPENS TOO EARLY WITH THE FRONT SHOULDER

When practicing heavy bat baseball drills, pulling off the baseball will be magnified as the extra weight in the barrel head of the bat will cause it to drop down more than usual. In order to be successful with a heavy bat swing — the hitter needs to stay closed with his front side.

FORCES THE HITTER TO DRIVE WITH HIS TOP HAND

 

The top hand is the drive hand in a baseball swing — a heavy bat swing trains the hitter to use his top hand all the way through his swing. The forearm muscles in the top hand will become stronger due to the extra weight in the baseball bat.

HITTER GAINS CONFIDENCE IN HIS SWING

 

It’s no secret — hitting is a mental game. One way a hitter can gain confidence is by feeling strong in the batter’s box. When a hitter is confident that he has power the more dangerous he becomes. Hitting with a heavy bat gives a hitter the necessary confidence that his swing is strong enough to beat the pitcher.

 

WHAT DEFINES A HEAVY BAT?

 

The heavy bat has to weigh more than its length:

 

  • 28 inch 29+ Ounces
  • 29 inch 30+ Ounces
  • 30 inch 31+ Ounces
  • 31 inch 32+ Ounces
  • 32 inch 33+ Ounces
  • 33 inch 34+ Ounces
  • 34 inch 35+ Ounces

 

Like normal weight training the hitter can start with a lighter bat and work his way up to a heavier plus weighted baseball bat. For example, a hitter can start with a 33 inch 34 Ounce heavy bat and over time as he gets stronger he can swing a 33 inch 36 Ounce heavy bat — or as heavy as he feels comfortable swinging.

 

WHO IS HEAVY BAT TRAINING FOR?

 

Heavy bat training can be used by any hitter that is looking to increase the strength of a baseball swing — it is up to the individual how young the hitter should be before he begins heavy bat training. The hitter should learn the fundamentals of hitting a baseball with a normal sized baseball bat before advancing to practicing with a heavy bat.

 

WHEN SHOULD YOU DO HEAVY BAT TRAINING?

 

Heavy bat training is ideal for the off-season & spring training. Just like weight training a hitter can taper down the amount of heavy bat swings he takes during the week — as the start of the season draws closer.

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