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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bat Speed Training For More Power

By Alan Bryan

Using bat speed training can help you quickly gain an additional thirty to even one hundred feet in your power. The most common refrain in hitting is that it is not how hard you swing, rather, how quick your swing. Simply, it is the laws of physics that apply to hitting, as the velocity of the bat connecting with the ball determines the distance a ball will travel.

There are many bat speed training methods that can help you increase your velocity. However, despite all the great training out there, selecting the right bat is also a factor. Most bat speed drills should be done with a wooden bat. With the new, technologically advanced aluminum bats allowing for more error in your swing, many hitters have become dependent on technology rather than practice to hit for more power.

Simply, there are no soft hitting zones in the new aluminum bats. A wooden bat, however, has a very defined sweet spot, and when you miss that sweet spot, the wooden bat will let you know by either shattering or stinging your hands tremendously. Learn how to properly get the head of a wooden bat through the hitting plane, and you are one step closer to hitting for more power.

Effective bat speed training involves several components, some of which are not directly baseball related at all. In additional to practicing with wood bats, you should also strengthen your wrist and lower body using light weight resistance. Putting it all together can help you start hitting for more power in record time.

Effective bat speed training can take your game to the next level by increasing your power and average. When used correctly, bat speed training techniques are extremely effective. Learn the best training methods, recommended by professional scouts, by visiting

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1 comment:

  1. Nice article! In my years of experience playing and coaching, one of the major flaws with some youth baseball coaches is they teach their athletes to swing hard.

    By telling young kids to swing hard, they are teaching their players to grip the bat tightly, which totally leads to a slow bat. Keeping a relaxed and loose grip on the bat is the first step to great bat speed!

    Youth baseball is one of my passions. I have actually created a youth baseball site at:

    Check my site out and give any input you can. Register to receive a free newsletter by going to:

    Once again, great article! New coaches to youth baseball need to see this type of information so they don't lead their players in the wrong direction.


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