Generating Bat Speed
Have you ever tried that old trick of rubbing your belly in a circular pattern
with one hand while patting your head with the other? If you haven't, give it
a try. You will probably find that it is not an easy task.
Here's another one: Try twirling your one index finger around your ear
slowly and you other around the other ear quickly. Another task that is
A neurologist can probably give you a very good explanation on why it is
so difficult. My explanation is that your brain has difficulty sending one
message to one hand and another message to another at the same exact
Let's use this theory to help us generate bat speed. We discussed the use
of the lower half on the page titled, " The Approach Part One". If you
haven't read it yet, you may want to go now and check it out.
It explains how the initial movement to the baseball should come from your
back hip and knee driving in. It also mentioned how this movement allows
your hands to work inside the baseball and you barrel to work through the
hitting zone opposed to around it.
It is also mentioned how this movement is pertinent to generating bat
speed. When your lower half initiates the movement to the ball in the
proper fashion, momentary separation between the lower and upper
halves occurs. This separation creates a coil/uncoiling effect.
How is this tied into bat speed? Here's your answer:
The speed of your lower half will dictate the speed of your upper
half!! If you allow your lower half to drag and just go through the motions,
don't expect a quick bat. If your brain is telling your lower half to work
slowly, it's going to send the same message to you hands.
Here's an example:
Lob a baseball and pay close attention to the speed of your lower half
when it opens. It's going to drag and open up sluggishly. It does this for
one reason. If you're going to lob a baseball, you don't need a lot of
Now, try to lob the ball again, but explode your lower half when starting
your motion. What is you upper half going to do? It's going to uncoil at a
high rate of speed due to the speed of the lower half.
Therefore, a quick and explosive lower half will trigger your brain to signal
your upper half to match that speed.