The best swing path to the baseball is the one that allows a hitter to consistently meet the baseball square on, in the shortest amount of time.
Close your mind and open your eyes:
Hitting happens in a split second – and during this time the mind must process many tasks
All this needs to be decide on approximately 0.5 to 0.8 seconds (depending on pitch velocity). The conscious mind can not process this information in the time needed to hit, this is why it is necessary for a hitter to use his subconscious mind to take over the swing. The subconscious mind processes information at a much faster rate than the conscious mind as our sensory pathways (vision in this case) take in data at a much higher rate than the conscious mind.
Too much BP where the hitter tries to hit home runs every pitch will result in bat drag come game time. Some say a home run swing in BP is a bad swing, too many home run swings in BP will contribute to bad habits. It is essential that a hitter has a balanced hitting regime that includes a variety of hitting exercises.
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As stated earlier, flying open causes a hitter to drop/dip the back shoulder. Dropping with the back shoulder is the number one cause of a long swing. Once the bat head drops beyond the point of no return, there is little chance of catching up to a good fastball.
Tight grip 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.
Besides the hands, the next worse spot to tense up is the arms and elbows. Tension in the arms will result in a long/slow swing. It is vital a hitter relieves all tension in the upper body while he presents in his batting stance. Refer to the image below.