Rotational Hitting

How do the professionals do it? Well, the game has moved from a linear swing to a rotational swing. It used to be the linear swing (extend hands straight to the ball, weight on the back side, squish the bug) was all that was taught. But through the years, and lots of studying successful hitters swings, we have come to teach the rotational swing. The rotational theory revolves around using the body (the torso particularly) as a whip pull the hands around to crush the ball.

A Quick Overview of the Rotational Swing

Stance

I am what I call an “equal opportunity foot placer” because I like the feet in a straight line to start the stance. I don’t like a closed stance because I think it hurts me on an inside pitch, and I don’t like an open stance for the opposite reason. However, all hitters have something that makes them unique, and if you are successful on all pitches with an open or closed stance, do what works! (Until it stops working). Jump as high as you can and when you land, that’s what your stance should resemble. Knees bent and legs a little wider than shoulder width.

Locked N Loaded

Our hands should be high by our ears, moderately close to the body, not far from the head. As the pitch comes, there are many mechanisms that work to “cock” the gun, but some hitters load their hands back, lift a front leg, transfer weight back, lift a front toe, all in anticipation for the front foot (or heel) to PLANT! (this is where this gets exciting!)

Hips Hips Hips

When the front foot plants, it immediately gives way for the back hip to shoot towards the pitcher which leads to the heart of the rotational swing..

THE WHIP BABY!

The most important part of the rotational swing is keeping your hands and bat as ONE with your torso. When the back hip starts to dip and pull forward, twisting your torso as fast as possible. With the twist, the hands whip around and if they are on the same plane as the ball… YOU CRUSH IT!

And crushing the ball, is always $!