What are the main causes a long baseball swing?
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.
TOP HAND – SHORTEST PATH TO THE BASEBALL
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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.
Besides the hands, the next worse spot to tense up is the arms and elbows. Tension in the arms 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.
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The following baseball hitting drills are designed to speed up a slow bat by isolating the upper half of the body in the baseball swing. As the hitter returns to swinging with two hands, along with reintroducing his lower half, he will notice an immediate improvement with his bat speed and power. This series is a small part of our huge range of member only hitting tools, including unique hitting drills and videos that provide simple hitting instruction on how to become a complete hitter.
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. This baseball hitting drill is 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.
The objective with this Opposite Field Tee-Drill exercise is to demonstrate to the hitter the improvement in both swing power and bat speed. On the first swing the hitter will notice a significant difference in how hard he hits the baseball. The previous baseball hitting drills were designed to isolate and improve the speed and power of upper body in the swing, now returning to 2 hands, the hitter will notice an immediate improvement in his swing performance.