There has been a growing fascination among our hitting community to instruct our hitters to get more – bat speed.
The “thinking” from coaches and players is logical. If our players have more bat speed than they’ll have more time to catch up the fastball. I will agree to this. But – here is the twist that I’ve learned. As a coach, I want to make efficient use of the training time and help our hitter to use drills that will accomplish quickly. I don’t want to use redundant drills that will take longer for players to acquire more bat speed. There is a technique inside the video series the Best Hitting Drill Ever ( advanced section) that teaches players to gain MORE Bat Control. As as a result from this drill, players ultimately gain more Bat Speed, almost instantly!
If you’re like me, I’m probing any resource regarding this subject that will help me to be a better coach and ultimately help my players perform better on the field. One resource I use are player interviews. Time and time again, when a player is facing a pitcher who throws 97-100 mph, and when they are asked in the post game interview about their approach at the plate, regarding their success, we hear comments like : “I didn’t want to do to much up there..” or , “I just flicked the barrel ..” or “I let my hands to the work” .. So you see – no one .. that I’ve ever heard once said, I tried to be quicker and catch up to his fastball. It’s always, stay calm and relax – this is the approach that usually wins. And to add something, these players who say these comments, they already have .. years of accumulating .. bat control experiences.
Here’s a FREE Tip ,, the next time you go to the batting cages, crank up the pitch speed, and do the OPPOSITE that everyone else does.. don’t swing faster — SWING SLOWER — and you’ll see how easier it is to hit !
To learn more about teaching and gaining more bat control check out : Best Hitting Drill Ever!