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Baseball and Softball Ideal Stance

Posted by Ray Depaoli on

As with everything in life you have to prepare and work for success.  Here are some tips for youth players and coaches to use at practice or training.  A basic  foundation is critical for hitting success at every level.  Youth batters especially need to feel comfortable and confident in the batters box.  Do yourself or your player a favor and work on the proper funduntments until they become a habit.  It takes time!  Proper stance, the bat grip, bat positioning, chin positioning, elbow positions, knees position, and weight distribution comprise the proper stance. Bat Grip "Knocking Knuckles" aligned Knees Slightly bent...

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The problem with Hitting

Posted by Ray Depaoli on

According to Ted Williams, a MLB Hall of Famer and the last player to hit over .400 in 1941.  “Without question the hardest single thing to do in sport is hit a baseball”. Players at all levels define success by how many times and how they make contact with the ball regardless if they reached a base or not. The key to becoming an effective hitter starts with the correct bat grip and with consistency. Having everything else mechanically correct will not help the player improve his odds of hitting the ball if his grip is not correct. Bat grip is...

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“Knuckles” Bat Grip

Posted by Ray Depaoli on

 The "knuckles" bat grip name is derived from the way your "door knocking knuckles" line up vertically on the bat handle.  I had not heard of this style until my son started playing baseball (I wish I had!). One of his coaches started praising it as the "correct" way to hold a baseball bat.  Then batting coach after batting coach focused on the “Knuckles” bat grip.  My son has had great success with the bat grip and I have been sold ever since.  The “Knuckles” bat grip is a very comfortable grip that keeps the bat handle close to...

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Proper bat grip

Posted by Ray Depaoli on

Developing Strength to Sustain Proper Grip - Young players normally do not possess the hand and arm strength to properly grip the bat and maintain that grip thru the entire swing. They tend to fall back to natural human instinct and rotate their bottom hand inward and hold the bat in their palms vs their fingers while not aligning the “knocking knuckles” creating a poor grip.  The Bat Grip solves this problem.

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