Knowing the right way to swing a baseball bat is vital to playing the baseball game excellently and is equally important as any other playing technique that needs a well-coordinated step on carrying it out. The ability to swing a baseball bat is not learned and mastered in a day, and once the swinging efforts are successful, you would still need day-to-day practice to be a master class in the swinging action. It could get frustrating if one finds it difficult to hit a baseball which would be made possible with an excellent swinging technique. While playing the baseball game and trying to perfect your hitting ability, your stance, gripping and swinging techniques are part of getting it right.
Actions That Helps Swinging of a Baseball Bat
Swinging a baseball bat is not a complete action without some other activities that help and add to a swing’s perfection to hit the baseball. There are undoubtedly important aspects of batting that helps your swinging part of playing, and they include:
- Stance: In the batting process of playing baseball and right before the swinging moment, your ability to have a proper stance is essential. How well you stand in the batter’s box is closely related to how well you swing your baseball bat. When you take your stand in the batter’s box, you should reach and tap your bat towards the far corner of the home-plate first, which allows you to position yourself so that you can cover the strike zone from where you are standing. Maintaining a good stance is further helped when you spread your feet at a shoulder-width and place your foot farther from the pitcher and place it three inches outside of the batter’s box.
- Grip: The ability to hold and grip your baseball bat well is perhaps the leading act that would help your swinging of the bat while playing. When keeping your baseball bat, knowing the right way to grip it is essential, just as gripping it correctly. There is no definite right or wrong way to hold a bat, but choosing and practicing with the way it works for you is essential. There are two significant ways of gripping your baseball bat; The Box grip style is the most common and feels very natural to batters; the batter holds the bat in such a way that both hands are used with the knuckles making up the sides. The second gripping style is the Door Knocker Grip, and it is when both your hands while gripping the bats has your knocking knuckles lining at the sides of the bat handle vertically. To help your gripping act, you should ensure that the bat is kept from your palm and keep your grip is slightly loose for a better swinging speed.
How To Swing A Baseball Bat
Every sport needs different techniques to ensure the maximum performance of the players; batting in baseball requires a lot of focus, muscle use and needs a lot of conditioning. Below are the listed step-by-step ways on how to swing your baseball bat.
- Like stated earlier, to swing your baseball bat well, you should keep your feet parallel to each other and directly under the shoulders. A right-handed batter should keep the left side of the body facing the pitcher, while a left-handed should keep his side facing the pitcher from his right. The batter’s weight should be placed on the balls of the feet to enhance movement and make response swift, and the knees of the batter should also be bent slightly because a lower gravity helps you bring more force to your swings and avoid sticking your butt out.
- After maintaining an active stance, keep your body in a relaxed position and yet ready for actions. Do not be tense, as it could mess up your movements. Athletes, when comfortable, move with more speed and acceleration. Later, ensure that your bat is gripped loosely firm by the handle as it helps to maximize your speed when hitting the ball; the two ways to grip your bat have been mentioned earlier in the post. The bat should be placed at an angle over your shoulders and not resting flat across your back; the angle set should be around 40 degrees as it helps you get into swinging action quickly. Your eyes should be fixed towards the ball at all times and be ready to uncoil once the ball is close to hitting distance.
- Once the ball has left the pitcher, take a foot back by three feet to add more power to your stance as the ball is approaching and when you are about to swing the bat, rotate your hips to create a sync with the swing. If you are left-handed, you should turn your hips clockwise and anti-clockwise if you are right-handed. Your eye should always remain on the ball when about to swing, and lowering the chin helps the body and head align. Ensure you also turn your shoulders along with the swing and follow through the swinging moment until the ball is fully swung. The bat should be well extended over your shoulder in the opposite direction after the swing.
We have carefully outlined the necessary steps to swing a baseball bat, and we hope you found this helpful, but like everything in life, a practice they say makes perfect. Knowing how to swing is not just the end of it; a constant level of practicing also adds to one’s level of effectiveness and perfecting the swinging act.