The grip has to be loose, and have little or no tension. The bat barrel is an extension of your hands—just like the ball is an extension of your hand when you throw. You do need to have a firm enough grip to hold on to the bat through the swing, but too many youngsters grip the bat too hard.
Major League hitters “throw” or “whip” the head of the bat. They hold on just enough to not let the bat go flying—most of the time anyway. When you see a bat flying into the stands on TV this
Above: Bryce Harper has been incredible this year. It's no coincidence that he is crushing the ball to the opposite field and wearing out the gaps!
Great hitters consistently drive the baseball to the gaps with authority. They look to drive the ball up the middle and to the opposite field gap and work off this approach to hit other pitches. In the higher levels, the hitters who separate themselves are the ones with the fewest “holes” in their
Originally Posted by pheasant
The 1991 Twins would destroy the 1927 Yankees. They would just walk Ruth and Gehrig every time, then Hrbek would push those guys off first Base and tag them out each time. That's the formula for a Twins 4 game sweep over the 1927 Yankees.
Lol about as likely as the '27 Pirates thinking they had a shot
Great hitters will often tell you they feel like the pitch is coming toward them in “slow motion” even on a 95 mph fastball. How can this be? They have the ability to “slow the game down.” Again, the mental approach is the key to hitting.
Two keys to this are:
1- See the ball right out of the pitcher’s hand. The hitter should know release point and wind-up tempo before they step in the box. They should use the time on deck to start timing their loading mechanism with
Too often, hitters sacrifice quality for quantity. I will see hitters go through 2-3 buckets in a half hour’s time. This puts a hitter in a rushed mindset and it leads to weak, tired, and mentally fatigued swings. When in a game, the best hitters “slow the game down.”
The truth is: Practice swings—good or bad—transfer into the game. Here are just a couple thoughts for improving a hitter’s ability to transfer good practice swings into the game: