A baseball swing can come in a variety of different forms, shapes and sizes. Some have big leg kicks, others have no stride at all. Some have hands that start high, others have hands that start low.
The key to creating a baseball swing that works for you, or your players, is to experiment with the recipe with the proven ingredients.
Yes, there are recipes for success in a baseball swing, but there isn’t just one.
In this article, I’m going to give you the ingredients that make a great baseball swing. It is going to be up to YOU to experiment with them, and taste and see which ones work for your particular baseball approach.
I’m writing this in hopes that you can develop a swing that is uniquely your own, made up of successful mechanics that make all the great swings, well… GREAT!
Let’s start with the ingredients:
- Hold bat in your fingers, not your palms
- Line up you “knocking knuckles” holding the bat
- Hold bat at a 45 degree angle towards the pitcher before the pitch
- Keep your front shoulder “IN” vs. “OUT” as long as you can
- Initiate the swing with your lower half (your legs) vs. upper half (your arms)
- Keep your head down on the ball for as long as you can
- Load your hands just 3-7 inches back
- Swing with the knob of the bat going towards the baseball
- Keep your hands above the baseball as long as you can
- Keep your barrel “UP” and do not drop as long as you can
- Have a strong top hand on the bat
- Have loose muscles and “whip” the bat through the zone
- Keep your barrel in the zone as long as you can
There you have it; the successful ingredients of a GREAT baseball swing!
It’s now up to you as the baseball player or coach, to try them out, mix them around and taste and see which ones you like and gets you the results!
If you have any questions at all about one of the above “swing ingredients”, don’t be afraid to comment in the comment section below this post.
Also, check out this blog post about the 5 best baseball hitting drills if you’re ready to take your swing to the next level.
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