Using Two Hands to Finish the Swing

Using Two Hands to Finish the Swing

Using Two Hands to Finish the Swing

A common flaw in a young player’s swing is the removal of the top hand prior to the completion of the swing. For right handed batters, this is the right hand and for left handers, this is the left hand. Doing so significantly inhibits proper balance, bat control, and optimal acceleration of the swing.

The result is often a loss of power and consistency, and ultimately, an inability to hit successfully.

For some batters, prematurely taking the top hand off the bat occurs prior to the bat making contact with the ball. This habit will further accentuate a reduction in power and consistency.

The book Hitting Made Simple: A Guide for Parents and Coaches introduces the following premise: the way in which a batter ends a swing will impact preceding mechanics in that swing.

For example, a balanced follow through will often ensure a balanced swing. The same premise can be applied to keeping two hands on the bat until the swing is complete. Let me explain. For most batters, the top hand is the stronger, more agile of the two hands. It is usually the one with which the player writes, holds a fork, and throws a ball. In the swing, the top hand controls the bat, pushes the knob to the pitcher, and propels the barrel forward and upward following contact. I have found that young hitters who remove the top hand are less likely to correctly utilize it in preceding areas of the swing.

When this occurs, the weaker and less agile hand controls the direction and speed of the bat resulting in a loss of power and consistency.

Moreover, batters who release the top hand prior to contact have even less chance for achieving optimal bat control and acceleration.

Teaching a consistent two-handed follow through will maximize balance, power, and consistency leading up to and during contact with the ball.

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