2 Common Mistakes That Limit Space for Your Barrel to Turn
While a hitter may perform many quality movements, the energy that is created can be lost before it reaches the barrel or can be released in the wrong direction. When the swing is all said and done, the action and energy of the barrel is truly what matters. In today’s article, I am going to highlight two common mistakes that can result in sub-optimal barrel movement.
1.) Landing With Your Hands Too Close To The Shoulder
In the video below, I will show how many hitters tie themselves up by landing with their hands too close to their shoulder. This is often coached into players who have had a previous problem with bat drag or arm bar. While this type of hitter may have a better technical look on slow motion video, they tend to look tight and rigid as they swing. If you have an excessively pushy swing, exhibit early roll over, or consistently make contact with the ball too close to your body, this landing position could be your problem. A better solution is to use your rear scapula to move your hands closer to bicep depth. During this move you will feel the front arm lengthen (but not completely). This movement will allow you the space to turn the barrel deeper into the zone as well as to keep the barrel in the hitting zone longer through the barrel release.
2.) Landing With Your Head and Torso Too Forward Relative To The Lower Body
In this section I will show a common mistake that can limit the ability to create space for an ideal swing path and launch angle. When players land with their head and torso too far forward (relative to their body), they must either move their head and spine as they turn to create space or push down and forward to create space. Neither of these solutions are ideal for power or swing path. At Baseball Rebellion, we want you to move forward but to land with your head closer to the back hip. This creates the space for the barrel to turn deep and to enter an upward motion earlier in the swing. This helps players achieve ideal launch angles. Two symptoms of landing too forward are:
- Inability to pull middle-inside pitches with power
- Inability to lift the ball with power
I hope you have enjoyed these videos and that correcting these movements leads to a better swing and more extra base hits this upcoming season!
Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor