When players are young they aren’t typically taught rotational hitting, which involves using all of the body’s core muscle groups to swing the bat. Kids are taught contact hitting or extension hitting which heavily involves the arms, wrists and hands. This is a fine place to start with new hitters but the game is quickly evolving and rotational hitting is being taught at younger ages.
The concept behind rotational hitting is to build a kinetic chain of energy that transfers from your legs to your core to you arms and finally to the bat. It’s much more difficult to field a hard hit ball and then a dribbler in the infield. The majority of major leaguers today are rotational hitters and not only have extremely strong cores, but upper leg and arm strength as well. This type of hitting requires strength from the whole body.
Since rotational hitting requires mechanics from the entire body, it can take awhile to find the weakness of your swing. Pinpointing the weakest part of the kinetic chain is important to improving your swing. After all, your swing is only as strong as its weakest link. Having an athletic stance is required of rotational hitting because your legs, core and arms must be ready to react in an instant. Connection occurs when your hands rotate with the back shoulder through the point of contact and your hands and arms only extend after the point of contact.
To develop your rotational hitting skills its recommended to try your swing out with a batting trainer like SwingTracker which is a baseball swing analyzer that captures motion data and presents it in a way that understandable and accessible to players of all ages and skill levels. For updates on Diamond Kinetics follow us on Facebook and Twitter.