It is a natural science that is the same for all athletes – boxing, tackling, basketball etc. During hitting there are two types of rotation: away from your body (load), and around your body (swinging).
Explosive rotation is common with all sports and that is what we are isolating here. Not only does our Bat Speed Trainer connect you to your swing, it’s also designed to minimize upper body movement in order to improve your core mechanics.
You can’t reach out, you can’t swing with your shoulders, you can’t swing with your arms, you can’t swing with your legs. You have to learn how to swing from your core.
Start with your hands at the top of the strike zone.
Press your elbow back into your hip, drop the barrel of the bat down and focus on whipping it through the zone.
Spread out, isolate the foot down position.
The key to top-hand power hitting drills is to keep your bat level at the point of contact. Top-Hand training improves strength in the forearm muscles involved with keeping the bat level at contact.
If your hands lead the swing, you’ll disconnect from your power and you won’t be able to hold up on to late breaking pitches.
Image: When you start your swing by rotating your back leg from your hips you’ll be able to keep your hands back and make an adjustment a change in pitch speed and movement
Your forearms have to be strong enough to control the barrel of the bat, otherwise you’ll dip the barrel head, hit the bottom of the ball resulting in a swing and miss or a weak pop fly ball.
If you have poor technique, part two of the power equation, you’ll roll over at contact. When someone says, “don’t roll over on your wrists” that isn’t correct, because it’s impossible to roll at your wrists. Your wrists are controlled by your forearm muscles and elbow joint. The action of rolling over causes the barrel of the bat to rise, as a result you’ll hit the top of the ball (causing a ground ball) or swing and miss.
We’ve covered strength and technique, now you can add speed into the equation by using your hips to whip the bat to the ball. Combine these 3 parts successfully and you’ll begin to feel a significant improvement in your power hitting.
Image: Whip that bat through with your hips. Make sure you work on technique, focus on your hips controlling your swing.
Strength by itself will not equal power.
You can be a big strong guy but if you don’t have bat speed or technique you won’t be a consistent power hitter.
If you’re a smaller guy, you may have bat speed, therefore you’ll need to improve your strength and technique to gain power.
In most cases, swinging a heavy bat by itself with develop a long and slow swing. You might improve your strength, but you’ll fail to develop bat speed and technique, as the extra weight of the heavy training bat disconnects your back arm from your swing (casting).
However, combine heavy bat training with our hitting aid and you’ll gain the best of both worlds. Regardless of the heavy weight, you’ll stay connected to your swing. Improving bat speed, core strength and technique…the perfect recipe for power hitting.
Focus On Hitting The Ball Up The Middle, Spread Out, Connect Your Back Elbow To Your Rib Cage, Opposite Hand On Your Shoulder And Whip The Bat To The Ball Using Your Hips.