If you play baseball or if you’re a fan who likes to watch others play, you probably think that anyone can hold a bat, swing at a pitch and hit the ball. But, it’s not as easy as that. You have to know “how to hold a baseball bat” before you can become consistent and successful offensively.
It may surprise you to know that the best hitters understand the mechanics involved in “making solid contact.”As any experienced coach will tell you, when it comes to holding a bat and hitting a baseball,“it’s all in the grip.”
The proper grip increases bat speed and creates more of the whipping motion needed to hit with power and drive the baseball.
There Are Five Simple Steps For You To Follow.
Here is what you need to know and do …
1. Place The Bat Handle In Proper Position
To make sure you get the right grip, start by placing the head of the bat on the ground directly in front of your lead foot. Next, grab the handle with your bottom or non-dominant hand. If, for instance, you are right-handed, your bottom hand should be your left hand.
When you get your hands in place, you will have created a slight angle which will enable you to add “extra whip” to your wrist and more power to your swing. That will give you the ability to hit the ball harder when you make contact.
2. Arrange The Fingers Of Your Bottom Hand In “Prime Hitting Position”.
It’s easy to do. Simply bend the index finger of your left hand (bottom hand) around the bottom of the bat handle.Then, wrap your bottom three fingers around the bat handle, as well, but keep them slightly apart from the index finger beneath them.
It’s also important to try to keep the bat off the palm of your hand as you hold it with your fingers. This will assure that you retain the bat speed necessary to hit consistently.
3. Grip The Bat Firmly With Your Top Hand
Grab the handle with your top hand (right hand) in a similar fashion to how you took hold of it with your bottom hand. That is to say enclose your fingers around the handle with your index finger held slightly apart from the three bottom fingers of your hand.
Once done, all four of your fingers should be gripping the bat handle firmly, but not too tightly, while your thumb rests on the handle in a comfortable position.Importantly, your second knuckles (in the middle of your hand) should all be aligned so that you have maximum bat control.
4. Hold The Bat “Lightly”
If you want to be an effective hitter, keep your grip firm, but relaxed,when you hold the bat. Your grip will actually tighten, automatically, when you swing at a pitched ball. It will become even stronger when you make contact with the baseball and follow-through with your swing.
A tight grip tends to create fatigue in your fingers and muscles, factors that can lead to a slower and weaker swing. A light grip leads to the results you want: increased bat speed and hard hit baseballs.
5. Use Your Wrists To Create “Bat Lag”
When you grip the bat properly, you will enable your wrists to create “bat lag” and delver the bat to the ball with perfect timing. Bat lag is actually a term used to describe the relationship of your hands to the head of the bat as your swing progresses through contact with the ball.
When done correctly, your hands come forward while the bat head remains behind. Then, the bat head is whipped around and forward at the very last instant with help from your wrists, mostly the wrist of your top (right) hand.
Practice using the techniques described in this article and, over time, you will become a very good contact hitter and, perhaps, “an offensive threat.” But, you can actually make yourself an even better hitter by positioning the bat at the right angle.
Hold The Bat At An Angle To Become An Even Better Hitter
There are three ways to angle a bat, one of which is likely to be right for you. For example, you can hold the bat in a flat or level position which will shorten the back part of your swing and give you a quicker,more direct path to the ball.
You can keep the bat in a position that is perpendicular to the ground, but held straight up and down.This will “put a loop” in your swing and add extra length to it which will ultimately enable you to generate more bat speed and power.
Finally, you can hold your bat in a way that is somewhere in-between level and angled. You will know,after trial and error, which way of holding the bat is most comfortable and best for you.
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