Hitting is more than just finding the right bat (which we can help you do!). Certainly, a bat that is a comfortable length and weight to promote a good swing builds confidence, but without a sound batting stance, the type of bat is beside the point. Since your stance plays such a big part in your game, let’s examine the types of batting stances.
In a balanced stance, the weight should be on the balls of the feet, knees slightly bent, and feet about shoulder-width apart. This is the type of athletic position needed at the plate. A big mistake is leaning body weight to the heels. The poor starting position will throw a hitter off-balance during the stride and swing. Be sure to begin with a bit more weight on the back leg, which will prevent getting off balance on the front leg when completing the stride and swing.
Be very away or how far apart your feet are. If they are too close together, keeping your head steady could be an issue, as well as throw off timing on off-speed pitches. In addition, overstriding becomes a big problem, creating balance issues.
On the flip side, if your feet are too wide, power is severely limited. The ability to use legs to generate a power rotation during the swing is all but gone if your feet are too wide.
Square, Closed, Open
If you watch a professional baseball game, you will see players using stances anywhere from extremely open to square to extremely closed. One reason players may opt to open their stance is to get a more clear view of the pitcher. Some players find difficulty in turning their heads enough in a square stance to have both eyes on the pitcher. If that is the case, open up the stance until you can see the pitcher clearly with both eyes. Players that generally pull the ball and have difficulty hitting the outside pitch to the other field may opt for a more closed stance.
The position of the hands is important, particularly for catching up to the fastball in the upper part of the strike zone. If you position your hands too low, it is very difficult to raise the arms and swing level on this type of pitch. Therefore, it’s because to have your hands off your shoulder at the upper part of the strike zone. Remember, if your hands are below that ball, you are likely to hit more pop-ups than line drives.
While it’s important to keep a relaxed grip on the bat to reduce tension and increase bat speed, having a relaxed stance is important. While standing in the box, keep your body relaxed with quiet feet. A sure sign of a batter that is not relaxed in the box is one that is constantly moving his feet. Keep your feet steady to maintain balance and timing.
Important Things to Remember
Stay balanced with weight on the balls of your feet. Keep more weight on the back leg than the front to allow a smooth weight transfer. Keep feet at shoulder width or slightly beyond with knees slightly bent. Experiment with open, square, and closed stances to see what works best for you. Finally, stay relaxed in the box to allow for proper balance and ease of swing. Once you have your stance down, you can take full advantage of the bat you use. Looking for the best bat on the market? We’ve got you covered.