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Discussion: Gripping the bat

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March 4, 2013
526 posts
Gripping the bat
I have noticed a number of softball hitters in recent years and a lot of Major league baseball players who extend the index finger of the lower hand while holding the bat. They keep the finger extended throughout the swing.

Does someone know why and how this might improve the swing-power-etc?
March 4, 2013
Men's 70
515 posts
Gary, Just to say, my way is you have 4 fingers and a thumb. I hold a bat with my middle 2 fingers. My index and pinke basically sticking out sorta in a relaxed way.
My thumbs do exort some pressure, what this gives is a massive amount of bat control and bat speed at impact.
You can take a sholder high outside pitch and drive it to right field over the right fielders head or out of the park.
And, it gives incredible power to left.

Do not know if you identify with this, if not, try it in batting practice...OH, I do drop my left pinky off bat as I am a righty.

March 5, 2013
Men's 65
601 posts
It might be a built in system to keep their hands loose. I use hand over hand but extend/hold out my fingers while waiting for the pitch only clenching when starting the swing. It could be a different way of approaching and keeping the hands and forearms from being locked up and hindering the swing.

Or - it an old habit from holding their teacups.......
March 5, 2013
Men's 65
437 posts
...tea cups. That's funny right there. Don't care who you are
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