5 INTRIGUING FACTS THAT RELATE TO A SLOW, TIRED, WORN OUT BASEBALL SWING
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#1
ONE HANDED DRILLS ARE MONEY!

One hand baseball hitting drills are designed to speed up a slow bat by isolating each hand and forcing the lower half to work extra hard to get into a solid hitting position. 

 

Top and bottom hand isolation drills train a hitter to keep his head on the baseball, to stay through the ball, hit with backspin and prevents the hitter from rolling over at the point of contact. One hand hitting drills are particularly useful for hitters’ that have a long and slow baseball swing, the top hand plays a key role with keeping the swing short and compact, and specifically on the inside pitch, where the elbow will drive into the rib cage, an action that is required for keeping your hands inside the baseball. The bottom hand plays a key role with staying through the baseball, bottom hand drills train the hitter to get into the best lower half position that enables his upper body to stay stay through the baseball.

#2
THE BIG 2: DIPPING AND FLYING OPEN

DIPPING TOO MUCH WITH THE BACK SHOULDER

As stated earlier, flying open causes a hitter to drop/dip the back shoulder. Dipping the back shoulder excessively will result in a long swing. Once the angle of the bat head drops beyond the point of no return, there is little chance of catching up to a good fastball. Dipping and flying open are thought to be a problem generated poor upper half mechanics, however these 2 common hitting problems are generated from improper lower half hitting mechanics. A hitter that is lazy with his back leg will have issues with dipping and pulling off the baseball. To find out more about how to fix these two hitting mistakes…Join The Hitting Project.

#3
A TENSE SWING = A SLOW SWING

TENSION IN THE ARMS & ELBOWS

Tension in the hands and forearms will result in a long and slow baseball swing. It is important that a hitter minimizes tension in the upper body, especially as he is setting up in his batting stance. Think of a fighter in the ring…when a fighter tenses up too much and tries to punch his opponent too hard, his punch becomes slow and loses it’s force. However, as the fighter relaxes the speed of his punches increase (along with the power of his punches). The same goes for a hitter. The more a hitter tenses the slower the swing…the more the hitter relaxes the quicker and more powerful the swing becomes.

#4
PRACTICING A HOME RUN SWING = SLOW GAME-DAY SWING

BAD TRAINING HABITS

Batting Practice where the hitter attempts to pull or hit home runs every swing, will result in bat drag come game time.  It is essential that a hitter has a balanced hitting regime that includes a solid opposite field hitting approach. A pull only approach will ultimately be the downfall of a hitter as this is very detrimental to the game-day baseball swing. The best way to speed up a baseball swing is relax, clear the mind and focus on seeing the baseball out of the pitcher’s hand.

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#5
A GOOD HITTING APPROACH FIXES EVERYTHING

A consistent opposite field hitting approach will naturally shorten and speed up your baseball swing.

An opposite field hitting approach will naturally cure most of the mechanical flaws that cause a swing to be long and slow. These include:

  • Short soft stride
  • Stay closed
  • Stay back (don’t lunge)
  • Confidence to let the ball travel deeper in the hitting zone

Find out more about the benefits of an opposite field hitting approach