YRAYear Round Athlete Teaching how to grip a baseball bat

Hitting- How to grip the bat

 

  1. .Batting gloves optional.  Personal preference.  Some players like to wear batting gloves and some like to feel the bat in their bare hands.
  2. Grip the bat at the base of your fingers. 
    • If you are batting right handed.  Grab the handle (grip) of the bat close to the knob of the bat with your left hand.  Place the end of the bat (barrel end) on the ground directly in front of your left hand.  Open your left hand and place the bat at the base of your fingers.  Bring your right hand to the bat in front of your left hand so your left pointer finger and right pinky touch.  Close your hands at the same time so your thumbs are touching your pointer fingers.  The bat is secured by your fingers for bat control. 
    • If you are batting left handed.  Grab the handle (grip) of the bat close to the knob of the bat with your right hand.  Place the end of the bat (barrel end) on the ground directly in front of your right hand.  Open your right hand and place the bat at the base of your fingers.  Bring your left hand to the bat in front of your right hand so your right pointer finger and left pinky touch.  Close your hands at the same time so your thumbs are touching your pointer fingers.  The bat is secured by your fingers for bat control. 
  3. Your door knocking knuckles should be slightly offset, the knuckles used to knock on a door. 
    • If you are right handed.  Bring to bat up and rest the middle of the bat on your right shoulder.  Look down at your hands and make sure your door knocking knuckles are slightly off set.
    • If you are left handed.  Bring to bat up and rest the middle of the bat on your left shoulder.  Look down at your hands and make sure your door knocking knuckles are slightly off set.
  4. Proper bat grip allows for the proper bat plane with the pitch through the hitting zone, the hitting zone is your bat traveling to the ball to impact through the ball to extension. 
  5. Do not grab the bat in the palm of your hands, this can cause disruption of the bat plane and cause roll over or cause an upward swing, this limits freedom of the swing
  6. Relax loose grip and do not squeeze the bat tight, tension takes away bat speed