How to Swing a Baseball Bat
Professional baseball league players make swinging a bat look easy, but they actually took a lot of time to practice and perfect the skill. Now if you would like to swing the bat as good as the pros do, you can keep reading in the following for the easy steps on how to do it correctly.
Part 1: Getting the right batting stance for how to swing a baseball bat
1.Position your feet shoulder-width apart or slightly wider. Remember to keep both feet paralleled and aligned under the shoulders.
Face the pitcher with your left side if you were a right-handed player while also keeping your head towards the direction where the baseball will be from. It will be the right side of your body facing the pitcher if you’re left-handed.
- Don’t be stiff, but keep a comfortable stance.
- Make a more reactive stance and quicker movements by resting on your feet’s ball.
2. Bend your knees slightly and keep them that way. While knees are bent, your body should sink into your feet’s balls. Never stoop or crouch too low. It will negatively affect movement.
Check that there is a sort of spring in your hips and knees. This lower gravity center assists in force generation in the swing and provides stabilization while batting.
- Prevent compromising your balance by adopting a grounded, comfortable and steady stance.
- Never allow too much leaning forward or sticking out of your butt
- Make sure your hips, knees and shoulders are square.
3. Until ready to make the swing, keep your back foot planted and both feet rooted on the ground. You will be able to generate more power by driving from your feet up with a steadier stance.
While starting the swing, you’re stepping slightly using your front foot, while twisting your back foot in order to follow through, but until you’re making contact with the ball, you should keep both feet locked.
- Remember that your weight must be positioned a bit slightly over your back foot to be ready to step into the swing later on.
4. Keep yourself loose and ready. Prepare to move fluidly by relaxing your muscles. Prior to stepping up to bat, shake out your hips, shoulders and ankles.
- Don’t be tensed, or you’ll be erratic. It will lead a poor precision and speed, which are the least you want when trying to make a good swing. You should stay calm and comfortable.
- Don’t bunch up, but stay poised and loose. You’ll be able to move faster and smoother if you’re relaxed than you would if tensed.
Part 2: Getting the Proper Grip and Position
1.Make sure your hands are properly positioned. Wrap your hands around the baseball bat. You should not hold it in your palms for this would prevent proper flexing and rotating of your wrists especially when you swing. You must give a light grip on the bat until you’ve made contact with the ball so that you can maximize your reactivity and speed.
- Never think of gripping the bath with your entire hand but with your fingers.
- Avoid a too high grip on the bat’s handle, or you’ll blunt your swing.
- Keep a small space between your bottom hand’s and bottom knob’s pinky finger.
2. Line your knuckles up. Down the grip of the bat, you must keep the top of your fingers in a long row. As you’re swinging, the bat will be shifting in your hands, which will be naturally turning the handle of the bat. Steady the bat using your fingers’ pressure. However, don’t grip the handle tightly.
- Alternatively, you can try turning your hands inward until the middle point of your knuckles are in the same direction (box grip).
3. Allow the baseball bat to hover over your shoulder. Next, you should let the bat to point upwards and at an angle on top of your shoulder instead of resting it just flat across your back. Maintain the raised position of the bat off your shoulder, and prepare to swing.
- Never let the bat touch your shoulders, neck and back.
- Keep the angle at which you’re holding the bat must be around or above 45 degrees.
- You can enter the swing fast if you’ve already applied muscular tension on the bat.
4. Maintain a straight line. Position your gravity center over your feet, while keeping your shoulders, hips and toes aligned.
You need to point your chin toward the mound in order to focus on the ball, so you can uncoil when the ball reaches the right hitting distance. This is important, so always keep it in mind if you want to swing the baseball bat correctly.
- You might sacrifice control, power and speed should any body part deviates from the linear stance.
Part 3: Achieving the Proper Swing
1. Prepare to increase your power by taking a small step. Be ready to step out slightly using your front foot once the pitcher throws the ball. However, see to it you’re not losing core tightness or coming out of proper alignment. Move your front foot only two to three inches. Doing so, you’ll be able to increase your swing’s power because of the directional force added to the hip and shoulder movement.
- Don’t lose your balance as you’re stepping. Make a quick and short step, which must be leaving you in a position having a solid base in order to hit the ball.
2. With your hips, initiate the swing, and rotate it with a short and quick movement to produce the swing’s momentum. Never allow your hips to move out of alignment or sway as you’re swiveling.
Your hips should turn counterclockwise if you’re right-handed, and vice versa. Remember that most of the swing’s power begins at the hips and then the shoulders.
However, some players acquire an injury because they muscle the ball using the shoulder’s wrenching motion.
- Keep your body upright while rotating to prevent coming out the alignment and coming off the axis.
3. Focus on the ball. Keep your head lowered with your chin dropped throughout the swing. Lock your sight onto the ball until the bat touches the ball or you’re strike out.
Be prepared to time your swing and keep your focus. You can keep your head and body aligned with your chin lowered because you’ll be hunched over while being bended at the waist slightly as you’re preparing to bat.
- Notice the path that the ball is taking to improve tracking as it’s moving towards you during practice.
- Never tilt your head excessively, or else it may throw off your perspective because your eyes aren’t leveled. As a result, you might compromise your ability to zero in.
4. Into the swing, you must be able to turn your shoulders and bring them across your entire body following your hips. You should stay calm and focused until the bat strikes the baseball. Your body must uncoil like a spring from your feet up through your hips and then ending with the shoulders’ turn.
- The bat’s shaft must stay in position during the initial stage of the swing. Remember that you will have less advantage if the bat’s tip is further from your body.
5. Drive it home by following through! Once you hit the ball, keep driving through your swing until your baseball bat’s extended over the opposite shoulder. Your upper body must be facing the pitcher at the rotation’s end.
- A follow through will make the majority of the momentum of your rotation and stop the ball’s forward movement while sending it back with much power.
- You can keep your hands on the bat or release your top hand while keeping the bat swinging. Try either of the methods, and stick with what is comfortable to you.
Learning how to swing a baseball bat can give you a more rewarding experience playing the game while increasing your batting average. But just like in any aspect of the vibrant sport, swinging a bat perfectly takes time and a lot of practice.
Now you know the key practice areas as you’re mastering the art of swinging the baseball bat. Start practicing today!
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