How many players have you seen who LOOK like they have to use all of their energy to swing the bat?
Is it hard for them?
How far does the ball go when they hit it as hard as they can?
How do the guys look when you watch Major League batting practice?
Pretty easy and the ball jumps right?
Here is what you need to do to have an easier swing with MORE bat speed.
Learn to swing with your hips first, with your upper body and hands being PULLED through the zone.
I know, I know…that is totally contrary to most coach’s teachings.
They tell you to “start with the knob” and “get the foot down early.”
Do me a favor and go watch ANY other rotational athlete….pitchers, hammer throws, tennis, shot put.
EVERY one of them has separation between the lower body and the upper body. The hips are always rotating first with the upper body and hands coming after, generating maximum velocity.
What would happen if a pitcher’s arm went before his hips? Probably wouldn’t have very much velocity or command right?
The same is true when your hands go first in your swing. The velocity of your bat head slows down dramatically and you are much less accurate striking the ball.
Hitting is a natural event. If you let your big muscles do the work, you will square more balls up and drive balls farther than ever.
Don’t believe me?
Watch the video below of Jedd Gyorko.
I am obviously a little biased about Jedd because I was able to coach him at West Virginia (but he did hit 23 hr’s as a rookie).
Watch from about the 40-second mark on when he starts to get it going. He is very aggressive with his hips and everything else follows…that is why he is able to generate so much power at 5-10.
Do you see what I am talking about?
Jedd is very aggressive with his lower half, which allows him to generate some of the best bat speed in the league.
That bat speed is what allows him to drive balls just as far as guys much bigger and stronger than him.
Remember this: your hips need to get in front of your shoulders before the heel plants. Once the heel plants, the hip shift will allow you to rotate properly and get maximum velocity out of your bat head.