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Discussion: Over Lap Hand Grip

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March 28, 2012
Robo2
222 posts
Over Lap Hand Grip
When at the TOC, a young man showed me the over-lapping hand grip. I tried it in the cages and it seems to work well but I have not tried it in the field as it is still to cold to get outside in NJ.

Does anyone have opinions?
March 28, 2012
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2647 posts
I have tried that grip in the past but have found that I have a little more bat control with a modified overlap, two finger of my top hand on my bottom hand.
March 28, 2012
DoubleL10
Men's 65
817 posts
I, too, used the overlap grip years ago. I changed to a more even modified grip than Bruce - just my pinky on top of my left hand. I changed due to my perceived loss of some bat control. I did have more power with that grip but less control.
March 28, 2012
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
Robo2......It's a great grip. Works best with knob cuff. Since you can't go outside......you should practice a lot of dry swings. Check out

swingmechanics.com
March 28, 2012
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2647 posts
I also recommend swingmechanics.com It belongs to Todd Graham, who lives not far from me. Along with grip he discusses other aspects of the swing.
March 29, 2012
Robo2
222 posts
Thanks guys. I have used the one pinky stuck in between the bottom hand top two fingers and overlap the 3 remaining fingers on top of the bottom. We hit indoors but can't wait for the thaw to try it on the fence field. rain and 50s for this weekend.
March 29, 2012
rtaven
Men's 65
22 posts
the whip strip may or may not help. i would give it a try if you feel you ddont have good bat control or grip bat to tight.
March 29, 2012
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
I just lay top hand over bottom, pinching thumb and point finger. Different techniques, just find what works best for you.
April 7, 2012
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
BruceinGa........I've been recommending Todd's web site for several years now. I went to the site today, looks like his store is closed. He still has information, just no sales. Do you know if he's going to re-open? Thanks.
April 7, 2012
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2647 posts
I haven't talked to him in about three years. At that time he was winding things down. If I find anything I'll let you know.
April 8, 2012
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
Thanks, Bruce. Guess I'll have to find my DVD to lend out to friends.
April 8, 2012
sliplayer
Men's 60
70 posts
I use the overhand grip and I have for over 10 years. I have found it to be great for power and base hitting even backside. It does take practice and perseverance to get comfortable with the grip. I would not recommend trying this in game situations until you're comfortable with the swing. Bogey uses the overhand grip and demonstrates it in his videos and he hits the ball a long ways. Swingmechanics.com was a great site and Todd did a very good job of describing the hitting process. I would highly recommend his videos. It's too bad that he is not as actively involved but I wish him the best.

Steven Imlay
April 10, 2012
Webbie25
Men's 60
1974 posts
Sliplayer-I just hang my little finger over the knob. I feel it gives me more control and the ball still flies reasonably well. Maybe you could help me learn that grip if it helps with power.Someday I wanna hit like Mike--errr, Steve.
April 10, 2012
4x4
Men's 65
595 posts
I also use the overlap/overhand grip and have for 5+ or so years. If I'm base hitting I'll put two fingers on the bat over the lower hand. I'm able to go to the right side as needed but have to be more pitch selective than with the old style grip. I can and do hit line to line but less pull now than with the old grip which for me is a good thing - smarter situational approach especially with my blazing speed to first.

You can still rotate the upper hand forward or back to adjust or keep it out of the air or get more air whichever you need to do. Just like you would with the "conventional".

Once you get used to the grip for awhile if you try and go back to the conventional grip your wrists will feel slow and like a jammed up ratchet wrench. It won't feel natural or smooth at all. I do not hang the lower pinkie or fingers off the bat - I used to by my old pal arthritis would really flare up on the bottom two anchor (bat) fingers so I stopped.

The one thing I constantly try and do on the on deck circle is use more right hand throw when swinging just to loosen up and boost the swing speed. Sometimes I tend to draw too much with the left so try to iron that wrinkle out for three or four good swings before stepping in.

One thing I did notice from swingmechanics.com was I do not have a high leg lift which I might try to incorporate in real time BP to see how it works out.
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