Upper Body Hitting Mechanics Flaw - Bat
Tired of beating the baseball into
the ground with top spin? Frustrated because all you seem to be able to hit is the pitch down the
middle of the plate? If this sounds like you, there is a good chance that your path your bat is
taking to the baseball is funky. In some technical speak, you need to create some more bat LAG and
ditch the bat DRAG you’re creating. Let me break this down.
This is a hitting mechanics issue that can be solved with the right information and some consistent
repetition. Take a look at the picture you see here. Do you see how the hitter’s top
hand elbow is in front of knob of the bat? This is the dragging motion that the term is
referring to. The upper body hitting
mechanics are such that the knob of the bat drifts downward before it moves
forward. This causes a hitter to cast his hands away from his body producing a sweeping
action with the barrel of the bat through the hitting zone.
Bat Lag: Bat
lag occurs when a hitter begins forward movement with
the knob of the bat without letting the knob sink downwards
first. Now, take a look at how the hitter in this picture is leading with the knob of
the bat. The knob is actually in front of the back elbow which is the ideal location. As the knob
of the bat begins to move into the hitting zone, the barrel of the bat will lag behind the
knob. Eventually the barrel of the bat will whip into the strike zone and the hitter will
extend his arms forward towards the pitch. With proper upper
mechanics, a good hitter will be able to extend his hands through the baseball
after impact instead of prior to coming into contact with the baseball.
I explain this concept in its entirety in my Hitting Mechanics 101
video. It’s a tricky piece to figure out since some of the problem can be
caused from sloppy hitting mechanics. If you haven’t already clicked on
the video button above, what you will see there is a short clip on my blog discussing the
difference between bat drag and bat lag.
Back to top |
page | Bookmark this page