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How to grip a baseball bat?

When it comes to learning how to grip a baseball bat, you’ll find that there are essentially two methods: the End Grip and the Choke Grip. You will want to utilize one or the other depending on factors including your strengths and weaknesses as a hitter, the type of pitcher on the mound, the current play that might be implemented by your coach with runners on base, and the current pitch count.

Regardless of the grip you employ, there are several basics that relate to how to grip a baseball bat.

Avoid tight grips of the bat

Try to avoid gripping the bat too hard. Using both hands, you should have a soft grip that is in complete contact with the bat’s handle. There should be no spaces between your palms and fingers and the handle of the bat. The objective with your grip is to keep it nice and loose – with no tension.

Creating tension at your hands by gripping the bat too hard can significantly limit your flexibility when attempting to make contact with a pitch and limit your bat speed. Limiting your bat speed can easily diminish your power numbers.

How to grip a baseball bat?

It is very important to follow though with your swing. This means continuing your swing all the way around – even after having made contact with the ball. Cutting short of doing so cheats you out of the full potential of your swing. Tight grips impede you from following-though because of the tension created in your wrists. And, you never want to be cheated out of a good swing.

Finger alignment is important when it comes to learning how to grip baseball bat

Avoid holding the bat with only your fingers, as this will cause a loss of power and control of the bat’s head. You want your fingers to wrap around the bat’s handle.

Align the middle knuckles of your top hand with the hand knuckles (closest to your wrist) of your bottom hand. Doing so will give you maximum flexibility and movement in your wrists (vital parts of your body when it comes to hitting – aiding in both control and power).

The lead hand and the pivot hand

Your bottom hand is your lead, or drive, hand. If you’re a right-handed hitter, your left hand will be your bottom hand. If you’re a left-handed hitter, your right hand will be your bottom hand. The bottom hand should be held slightly tighter than your top hand.

While your bottom hand is vital in pulling the bat though the strike zone, providing any power, your top hand is vital in acting as a pivot point, pushing the bat through the strike zone and directing the head of the bat into the pitches path of contact.