As complex as the baseball swing can be, it can also be quite simple. If you ingrain the six step sequence into muscle memory, your task of hitting becomes much easier. The swing becomes automatic.
The average Power generated during the swing is found from the effective mass of the bat, the Bat Speed at impact, and the average acceleration during the downswing.
Baseball hitters lift their legs while hitting to generate more force into their swing and to help with timing the pitch. Lifting the leg helps create momentum, which allows more force to be fired from the back leg during their swing. As a result, the hitter can hit the ball with more power.
The Mental Side of Hitting is easily the most important aspect in the game of baseball for two main reasons. 90% of hitting is how you feel when walking up to the plate. There are two players in every hitter.
7 Absolutes of How to Hit a Baseball- Hitting against a firm front side.
Have your back foot on its toe.
The hands are in a palm up, palm down position.
Head on the ball.
The Your back knee, back hip and head should be in a straight line.
Your head should be right in the middle of your feet.
Top arm is bent.
Place it where you stride when your front foot lands, open or closed. If you are not striding directly back at the pitcher, you’ll feel it under your foot immediately. If you can land in the same spot with good alignment and direction back toward the pitcher, you have a better chance of hitting the ball consistently.
Having good mechanics obviously helps a hitter be successful! Having a good controlled load and stride. Then getting to a good launch position where they have hand and hip separation and good torso tilt will set them up to be able to unleash with increased bat speed!
Bat Path is the path that your bat takes from the beginning of the swing to the end of the swing. When done correctly, the bat will create an oblong circle around the body. The tilt of that circle will depend on the height of the pitch. The lower the pitch the more tilt or angle you will see in the bat path.
Because the strike zone is lower than the pitcher’s release point, the ball must travel slightly downward from the pitcher’s hand towards the plate. This angle is usually 5 to 10 degrees. To get “on plane,” the bat barrel should be on a slightly upward path (5 to 10 degrees) to match the downward path of the baseball.
Yes, every ounce makes a difference. Two ounces doesn’t seem like much but I’ve seen it make a large difference. 1 inch in length is huge. My 12u daughter is still on a 30" despite her having a brand new zeno 31" and brand new 454 31" in the bag.
The shoulders, forearms, and wrists generate the majority of power that is needed for a baseball bat swing. While the biceps and triceps do play a certain role, and you want to train those a little bit just to avoid an imbalance, your arm workouts should be focused on the shoulders, forearms, and wrists.
Keep a good grip on the bat and keep your swing short to the hitting zone. We don’t want to swing down at the ball, we want to swing down into the zone. Down at the ball means we hit the ball with inconsistent contact a lot of times and slice the back of the ball with our bat.