Baseball Swing Drills: Improve Bat Lag & Forward Momentum On The On-Deck Circle With The Rope Bat
This is Part-2 of a 3-part baseball swing drills (works well for softball too) video series coming straight out of the Reaction Time Mastery online video course…
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- Part 1 – Confidently Dominate Pitchers That Throw Heat
- Part 2 – [You Are Here] Baseball Swing Drills: Rope Bat Forward Momentum & Bat Lag Hitting Aid
- Part 3 – Why Late Head Movement Fails & Early Head Movement Succeeds
In this baseball swing drills video, we’ll discuss the following:
- Rope Bat benefits to bat lag,
- Forward Momentum Drill using Rope Bat, and
- Top-hand finger pressure bat lag drill…
Rope Bat Benefits to ‘Bat Lag’‘Bat Lag’ is the beautiful result of fascial lines in the torso being CONNECTED to what the explosive rotational athlete is holding in their hand or hands.
See image of Josh Donaldson to the right. Look how his hands are positioned between his elbows (odd camera angle to see this I know).
Which is to say, the barrel position in space and time in this image is perceived by A LOT of coaches as being waaaaay too long.
They add that Josh Donaldson is just strong and can get away with a ‘long barrel’ like that.
And they’re WRONG. Dead wrong!!
The difference between ‘The Bringer of Rain’, and those youth hitters that DO HAVE long swings is this…
‘Bat Drag’ (the evil one) is one of, or a combination of, the following two swing faults:
The following baseball swing drills using the Rope Bat, particularly the Top-Hand Finger Pressure Drill, will be a lethal combination to crushing the ‘EVIL ONE’…
Forward Momentum using Rope Bat
In the HPL article titled, “Crush the Ball Like Mickey Mantle”, I went over his shifting foot pressure (aka Forward Momentum. Quoted from the article,
“We can see from the moment he lifts his stride foot to that foot touching down that his foot pressure looks like this:
- Back foot pressure – is on the outside, and
- Stride foot pressure – is on the inside.
As Mickey Mantle’s stride foot lands the foot pressure shifts as follows:
- Back foot pressure – moves to the inside, and
- Stride foot pressure – moves to the outside.”
Before using shifting foot pressure baseball swing drills using the Rope Bat, a hitter must FIRST get comfortable executing shifting foot pressure without a bat, then with, then progressing to using the Rope Bat.
These are the proper progressions to get a younger hitter acclimated to the new skill.
Top-Hand Finger Pressure Bat Lag Drill using Rope Bat
Nothing banishes Bat Drag like top hand finger pressure…
Bottom three fingers of the top hand only (pinky, ring, and middle fingers)…
Start squeezing these fingers when the hitter picks up their front foot, and hold the finger pressure well past impact.
This activates the springy fascia connecting what Thomas Myers, in his book Anatomy Trains, calls the Front Arm Lines to the multiple lines mapped throughout the torso.
CLICK HERE for the “Babe Ruth Reveals Hand Tension?” Zepp swing experiment I did testing this. And a big THANKS goes out to Lee Comeaux for shedding even more light on this strategy.
Like I mentioned earlier, combining top hand finger pressure while swinging the Rope Bat, is a LETHAL combination for crushing ‘Bat Drag’.
Improve a hitter’s ‘Bat Lag’ and shifting foot pressure by having them swing the Rope Bat on the on-deck circle.
Unfortunately, you can’t hit baseballs, softballs, or tennis balls with it. But whiffles are fine. However, I think the magic in the Rope Bat, is in dry swings anyway. Baseball swing drills (works well with softball too) that promote a hitter’s tempo and cadence are worth their weight in gold.
I’ve spent 11+ years in the corrective fitness industry, and have too many alphabet-soup certifications to bore you with.I also played four years of Division One baseball at Fresno State from 2000-2003.
It’s NOT how you study, but what you study that counts.I apply human movement principles (or rules), validated by science, to hitting a baseball and softball.
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