The swing starts at point A. A to B is short – B to C is long. Do not roll your wrist in the hitting zone.
Body position AFTER load
Where the swing starts
Hands are back and cocked
Bat enters the hitting area
Lead arm is extended
Body has shifted to the point C position
Closed front foot
Firm front leg
Straight line from the knee to hip to head
Hands finish away from head
Definition of Terms
- Point A – Our body position AFTER we load. This is where the swing starts. 50/50 weight distribution, hands are back and cocked.
- Point B – When the bat enters the hitting area. Lead arm is extended, top arm is in tight and body has shifted to the POINT C position.
- Point C – Closed front foot, firm front leg, straight line from the knee to hip to head, back foot pivoted and hands finish away from the head.
- Load – Purpose is for power. It helps us create a relationship between our hands and feet which help me stay back. My hands and feet must move in the opposite direction at the same time. This is where we increase rhythm and timing.
Drills to Help with Mechanics
If you can’t feel what is happening in your mechanics you will never understand how to correct it.
Off Balance Drill – View Video
- TEACHES how to load correctly – first thing controlled in a swing
- Feet start together
- Hands are in a neutral position rested on shoulder with elbows down
- This simulates the action in the load which creates a relationship between the hitters hands and feet
Point A Drill – View Video
- TEACHES how to hit without timing
- Start of the swing drill which teaches to hit without a load or momentum
- This can be used in a game when there is a 2 strike count and the hitter is having difficulty timing the pitcher
- Sacrifices power for contact and allows the ball to be seen longer
Stop the Bat Drill – View Video
- TEACHES how to get from A position to B position
- Helps hitter to feel power at Point B
- This drill teaches how to be inside and behind the ball at Point B