For the longest time I was under the impression that hitting for power was something that you were born able to do or not. Now after reading a handful of books and researching the history of today’s modern hitters, I have come to the realization that this simply isn’t true. In fact, there are plenty of professional players that will admit that they simply learned to hit for power with experience and time, and a lot of it had to do with making little adjustments.
Here is one really interesting one, and it’s not even a hitting drill.
Interchange swinging light and heavy bats. I’m sure that you, like many players have used weights or a donut with the bat while waiting in the on-deck circle. More and more professional trainers are claiming that using a weighted donut before an at-bat is actually
slowing your bat-speed simply because while swinging, your not firing the right muscle fibers, and stimulating the nervous system. Basically your not enforcing your muscles ability to generate an explosive movement.
Using a donut or swinging a heavier bat I feel is best used to develop grip and fore-arm strength, but as for preparing for an up andcoming at-bat, the bat your using or a lighter object like a broom-stick that older players like Ted
Williams and Willy Mays used would probably be a better supplementation for a quick swing.
Tell us what you think!