The 3 Step Guide To Improving Bat Speed

As a baseball or softball player the ability to hit the ball with power is one of the most vital skills you can have.  College coaches and scouts will always be impressed with a baseball/softball player who can hit the ball hard.  Swing mechanics are extremely important in making solid contact with the ball, as are strength and athleticism.  If you have a lot of strength, but poor mechanics, the force you are able to create on the bat won’t transfer through the ball.  If you have great mechanics, but no strength, the balls you hit won’t have enough power behind them to leave the park or even get into the gaps.     

To improve your hitting mechanics, I suggest connecting with a hitting instructor (someone other than your high school coach) who can pick out the mechanical errors you need to fix.  To improve your rotational strength follow these three steps:

 

Step 1. Train and strengthen your core with your feet on the ground

 

Most of the core training that you do should be done with the feet on the ground.  Core training is not just abdominal training.  You must strengthen the entire trunk if you want that core strength to turn into bat speed.  Squatting is one of the best core exercises there is.

 

Step 2. Improve your torque by training rotational strength

 

Simply grabbing some weight and rotating is not enough.  Those types of exercises will strengthen and stabilize your core, but they will not directly help you create torque.  Torque is what bat speed comes from. The more you can separate the hips from the shoulders/hands, the more torque you will create.  This can be trained with cables, bands, ropes, dumbbells, etc…

 

Step 3. Strengthen your forearms and grip

 

The forearms are responsible for finishing the swing.  As the hands move to the ball, the muscles in the forearms and wrists control the ‘whip’ that the bat head goes through.  The stronger they are, the stronger the ‘whip.’ Grip exercises are simple to do, and can be lots of fun.