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The Insider Bat is an extremely popular training aid. Tens of thousands of people have purchased this hitting tool. Unfortunately, in our opinion, the Insider Bat is about as bad a training tool as you can use. However, we have found a few ways to use it that have helped hitters understand extension, helping them stop rolling over, and how to allow their wrists to deliver the barrel.
By holding The Insider Bat backwards, you create the ‘Outsider Bat’ and the best ‘snapping the barrel’ training tool we’ve found. You can hit the pad ‘square’ to make a “POW” sound as you can hear in the video above. By varying the angle and distance of the pad, the hitter must adjust and adapt by changing their extension point and when they allow the barrel to enter the zone. This is a great drill for fixing rollovers, increasing extension (if needed), or helping the hitter turn the barrel sooner (if needed).
Obviously, not everyone has a football blocking pad, but a couch cushion will work just fine.