How to Eliminate a Long Swing

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By Garrett Gordon

Staying connected in the swing is vital for a hitter’s success.  Cast your hands and barrel in your swing can result in poor contact and consistency when hitting. Oftentimes hitters mindlessly hit off the tee thinking they are getting better.  With this simple drill, you can make sure you are staying connected better and improve your bat path to the ball.

What Does Casting the Hands Mean?

This has been a hot topic all my life and something coaches have talked about many times before.  Whether you think it’s the hands casting, barrel casting or barrel dumping guess what you are right.  Each one describes and identifies disconnection in the swing.  Hitters can only get better if they are performing the swing properly the drill will help them reinforce good habits!

Noodle Drill for Barrel Disconnection

Three Things This Drill Will Help

Practicing Correctly – Aside from all the other things we talk about in your swing, whatever your mechanics, rotational ability this will at least make sure you’re keeping the bat more connected.  If you’re taking a lot of reps of the tee right now that is fine, but you want to make sure you are staying connected in your swing and this will help that. 

Bat Path –  As barrel awareness and connection improve its only right for your bat path to also improve.  Matching the pitch plane with a slight upswing is great if you stay connected.  Hence why this would help your bat path due to the fact the bat is staying closer to your body.

More Barrels – At the end of the day Hitters hit and mostly find the barrel.  With your connection improving and bat path this will allow you to hit the ball solidly on the barrel.  Hitting the ball on the barrel is key for your success. This is something many fail to do off the tee because they do it incorrectly. This will help you hit the ball better by hitting it on the barrel!     

Setting This Drill Up Correctly

No Pool Noodle No Problem

Tee Location for Different Pitch Locations

Oftentimes when hitters hit off the tee they do not set the tee up in the right location for each pitch. If we are looking to get work in different locations then having the tee set up correctly is going to help.  Pay attention to where the contact point is on each pitch for where you ideally want to hit the ball in that given location.

Middle Pitch

Outside Pitch

Inside Pitch

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