Understanding the Mechanics of the Initial Start of the Swing

Written By: Garrett Gordon

Understanding the Initial Start of the Swing

The start of the swing is the start of the turn. Without the hitter knowing exactly how they must start their swing, they will be inconsistent with how they deliver their barrel through the hitting zone.

We teach hitters how to use each individual body part to start the swing and not just the hands. Hitters’  have been taught for so long about how important their hands are in the swing. Because of this, most will just use them to start the swing. This is wrong and so detrimental to hitters. It takes away any power they have by them not learning how to correctly use their body.

Learn the Start of the Swing with Movement First

We first teach hitters how to start their swing first without a bat in the movement progression. Because of this, they learn to engage the main parts of the body that start the swing (the hips, core, torso, shoulders).

What Are the Main Focal Points of the Start of the Swing?

Use the Torso

Make sure the hitter's turning bat through the zone with the body and not the arms or the hands. By using the whole body to turn/swing the bat through the zone we are ensuring maximum force being delivered at contact.

Bat Position & Timing

The main focus should be for the hitter to prepare their turn during the stride. Land with their head back over the back hip and hips hinged. Their bat should be angled over their head (knob pointed to catcher) and not wrapped behind it or too vertical at front foot landing. Having the bat over the head allows it to enter the hitting zone from behind the hitter. Because of this, they are able to accelerate the bat through the zone cleaner and more efficient. 


Early Connection

Learning the proper start and position of the downswing helps hitters with their early connection. According to Blast Motion, Early Connection measures the relationship between your body tilt and vertical bat angle at the start of the downswing. Establishing good connection (90 degrees) early in the swing helps you get on plane and increases your ability to adjust to all pitch locations.

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