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Discussion: Which hand grip do you use and are you a place hitter or power hitter?

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June 23, 2010
Men's 60
246 posts
Which hand grip do you use and are you a place hitter or power hitter?
Some of our team members use a standard grip with one hand on top of the other and both hands totally on the bat. This appears to allow for the best bat control. Some use the same hand position but turn their palms inward until their grip looks like they are swinging a golf club. This reportedly breaks the wrist sooner and adds bat speed. Others use what we call the "sling grip" which for a right hand batter is the thumb and first finger of the left hand hand being placed over the knob of the bat with the remaining 3 fingers off of the bat below the knob. The right hand is then placed over the left hand like a glove. This in essence extends the length of the bat arch by about 6 inches and results in more overall bat speed but less control.

The question is which grip do you use, why, and have you tried the other grips.
June 24, 2010
Men's 65
3146 posts
Audie, glad you're posting again.
I usually use a standard grip with palms facing each other. The easiest way to verify this is to align your "knocking" knuckles. I also hang one or two fingers of my lower hand off the knob of the bat. At times I overlap the top two fingers of my bottom hand with the bottom two fingers of my top hand.
As for place hitter or power hitter, I'm a combination of both. I place hit when we need a hit and swing for the fence when we need that. I would add that 90% of my outs are made when I swing for the fence. I usually come to bat thinking do I score the runners on base with a single (which I'm confident that I can do 90% of the time) or do I hit a hr (which I think I can do 50% of the time, of course depending on balls/wind/distance to fence etc). I don't want this to be a brag post so please don't take it that way.
I've tried the full overlap grip and find that I lose some bat control but do gain distance.
In our flat belly ASA league I usually go the the standard grip without any fingers off the knob.
June 24, 2010
Men's 50
3114 posts
Bruce and Audie.
You guys are both monsters with a bat
and can talk all you want about
hitting, grips and the like
and keep it interesting and informative.
I miss playing against both of you.
Good luck in SPA.
I use two fingers from each hand
on the bat and find that it gives me
a little more control through my wrists
than collapsing one hand, completely.
Whatever works.
And it took me a whole year
to get comfortable doing it.
June 24, 2010
Men's 60
873 posts
I prefer bottom two fingers off the knob, palms facing each other regardless of the situation. It gives me more leverage to drive the ball to any field as the situation dictates and still allows the top hand to roll.
Along with weight shifts depending on hitting long or placing the ball.
June 24, 2010
mad dog
Men's 65
4150 posts
1-2 fingers off the bottom of the bat and over lap 2 fingers top over bottom hand.use this whether placing or trying to hit one out.
June 24, 2010
Men's 65
601 posts
Left (bottom) hand usually anchored at the knob - or one finger dropped off and complete overlap of top hand without lacing fingers. Used to drop two or three fingers of the bat but it made the arthritis flare up. When going for the base hit I'll put two fingers above the bottom hand and rotate the upper hand forward.
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