Just like every fingerprint is unique, each baseball player has their own swing style. In general, however, these swing styles fall within two broad categories. You can be a power hitter or a speed swinger. Each style has its own positives, and is beneficial for its own reasons. Let’s take a look at the differences.
Power hitters are known for home runs. They send baseballs soaring through the skies at elevated heights, up and away into the seats on the far side of the diamond. Home runs are effective at putting points on the scoreboard, and make for great bragging rights. Baseball players who tend to hit hard and far are most likely power hitters.
Power hitters are at their best when they swing with end loaded, or end heavy, bats. These bats hold most of their weight at the end, furthest away from the grip, in order to maximize the distance baseballs travel. Power hitters who switch to an end loaded bat typically see an increase in their batting percentage and more success when trying to home runs.
Speed swingers are known for line drives that cut through the zone with intense accuracy and speed. Though these may not have the height or the distance to make it over the edge of the ballpark, line drives can be very effective in zipping their way past both infielders and outfielders alike, and can certainly buy enough time to get some runners past home.
Speed swingers are at their best when they swing with mid-loaded, or centrally weighted, balanced, bat. These bats are fairly evenly weighted, and therefore can be maneuvered to manipulate the baseball through the zone effectively. Speed swingers who switch to a moderately balanced bat typically see an increase in their batting percentage and more accuracy when hitting line drives.
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