Archive for October, 2010

Baseball Hitting Instruction

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Question:

Joe,

 

Thanks for your program and I will be working with my son on the drills. I do have a couple of questions: 

1. Past instructors have taught my boy to line up the knocking knuckles of both hands. In the video it is obvious that they are not lined up.

2. Also, at the past Cal Ripken Camp it was stressed the grip is the fingers on the bat and not the palm of the hand. In the video it appears to me that when you do the hand up and hand down that the grip is in the palm.

 

Which is correct.

 

Thank You,

Garold Blackburn  

 

Answer

Thank you, Gerald, for your question. We have several baseball hitting tips that we can offer you with this. 

  

There is a basic theory that lines up the knocking knuckles of both hands. This is associated with the “Linear Stroke” and is commonly taught with baseball hitting drills. With this stroke, the top hand, when in contact, is facing forward, and the bottom hand is facing towards the catcher. The hands would then roll, keeping  a major portion of the bat in the fingers. I do not recommend or subscribe to this stroke.  It will never maximize the ability of your young hitter. There is a better way.

 

Here is what I suggest and what we do with our baseball hitting instruction. In the stance position, the knocking knocks are facing up and slightly forward, and lined up between the knuckles of the bottom hand. You can check this out by noting that the back elbow is neither raised up, nor is it against the body, but is in between these two extremes. When in contact, the top hand is under the bat and the bottom hand is over the bat.

 

The role of the top hand is to drive the bat head to the ball. The roll of the bottom hand is to control the long lever of the bat. You can test this out. Pick up a hanner and hit a nail with it. That is the very same feeling you want with your top hand.  The bottom hand pulls the bat inside the ball and stabilizes the stroke. The top hand and the bottom hand are antagonistic. They work against each other. In between the two hands is a fulcrum, which is at the breaking point of the bat. In other words, we don’t swing the bat. We don’t roll the wrists. The top hand is in abduction and the bottom hand is in adduction.

 

Test this by taking a regular bat, standing against an immovable object, and apply pressure. You will find that the top hand goes forward, and the bottom hand comes back towards the body. You do not want him to “swing” the bat or “roll the wrist” and all of that baloney. You want him to drive the bat into position and then snap it. If he were hitting a mat with our SpeedBat, we would ask him to “stick it!”.

 

Hope this helps.  Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Best wishes and good luck,

Coach Joe Brockhoff