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One Drill for Better Bat Path

Written By: Eric Tyler

One Drill to Improve Your Bat Path

What is the Most Important Part of the Bat?

The barrel.

The most sought-after object to find in hitting. Some days it may feel like yours went missing while others it may feel as if the entire bat is made up of it.

Hitters display different styles and characteristics within their swing. But, the best hitters in the world have one thing in common. They all field the barrel more than most. Sure you can catch a ball slightly off the handle or the end and still do damage. But, the most damage will always come from the barrel. 

So how can we train ourselves to be a master of the barrel and be able to move that object wherever needed, whenever? Is there any drill we can practice to help control that barrel more?

Every hitter feels and reacts differently to different drills or swings. This article is about one drill that I’ve implemented lately and have seen great improvement in both hitters direction and bat path. 

Split Grip Drill 

By splitting the hitter's hands you allow the hitter's top hand to move closer to the barrel and control that part of the bat better. The improved control of the barrel allows the hitter to feel which direction it is moving.

This is where it can get interesting. However, the hitter needs to work on moving the barrel, they can accomplish that during this drill. Yes, a hitter can swing too far up just like they can too much down. The more control the hitter has, the quicker they are able to make adjustments to the path. 

Improved Swing Direction 

Not only can a hitter’s bat path be more controlled with the split grip, also their swing direction. By splitting the grip, the hitter is forced to hit with a slightly shorter bat in turn making their swing direction that much more important.

If they have a shoulder dominant swing, they will pull off and hit the ball off the end. The limited length of the bat forces the hitter to use the correct posture and create the proper tilt necessary to square the ball up. 

Other Drills That Help Improve Swing Direction 

Move Better To Hit Better 

The purpose of drills should be to help the hitter feel a certain move that they can relate to their game swing. So while they will never split their hands to hit in a game, if they are able to feel the way their body should move to produce the desired result, the drill is a success. And as always, there is no one drill for every hitter. But, if this drill can help one hitter, it’s worth it to know it.

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