When you watch a professional baseball player go up to bat, you see some explosive swings!
These guys make it look effortless, but that effortless swing came at the cost of hours of practice, perfecting the mechanics that make that ball rip. D-BAT Sports – the best baseball training facility – is here with a few common batting mistakes we see in batting mechanics – and how to fix them:
Lead With the Hands
Often amateur batters get excited and they let their arms/hands get ahead of their body when hitting the ball. This may work, but it cuts all of the power from the lower half of your body! Instead, lead with the hips every time. A proper swing should send the energy and force from the back leg, to the hips, and then to the arms/hands for an explosive swing every time.
Bat is in the Wrong Spot
Batters often want to keep the bat raised up over their head, cutting the power as they swing because of the bat extension. Instead, the bat should be positioned just above your back shoulder, ready to swing through the ball with a sharp and steady motion.
Big Step Forward
When at-bat, many young players will take large steps forward in order to amp up their swing. Instead of generating more power, they actually strip power from the swing by leading with their front foot and not the back. Not to mention, a jerky step forward can get the batter off balance and create a loss of eye contact with the ball. Again, shift energy from the back hip to the front, and let the rest roll from there.
Perfecting batting mechanics may seem tedious, but it pays off in the long run. If you’re serious about improving your batting mechanics and want some professional batting practice, then get your reps in at D-BAT! Call a location near you today to get started.