BAT SPEED 101 – How To Increase Your Bat Speed and Power

– Hey, it’s Coach Justin from
Ultimate Baseball Training. And today we’re talking
all about bat speed. I’m gonna share with
you a few simple things, that if you focus on them, will quickly increase your
bat speed and your power. It’s not a workout program that
might take eight to 12 weeks before you actually see results. These things can increase your bat speed and power very very rapidly. But that being said, they’re
not a miracle pill, right? You actually need to put
in the work, but if you do, and you consciously focus on these things that I’m gonna share
with you, in practice. You’re gonna see improvements
in your bat speed and power, sooner rather than later,
so let’s jump into it. (baseball bat cracking) (static crackling) So when it comes to bat speed, I think the very first thing
you need to focus on is intent. And this is before you fix
anything with your mechanics, it’s before you get on
a crazy workout program, that you try to get bigger
and faster and stronger. Those things are great,
you should fix your swing, you should be in the weight room getting bigger, faster and stronger. But the first piece is the mental piece. And that is the intent, all right? And you know, let’s face
it, everyone is looking for the most results with
the least amount of work, really in every area of your life. I mean, people that want to
lose weight, they would ideally love to be able to take a
pill to lose weight, right? Everyone it’s just human nature. You want the most bang for your buck. You want the most results for
the least amount of effort. There’s nothing wrong with you, that’s just the way that humans are. So when it comes to bat speed, I think that that magic
pill if there is one, the very first thing you need
to focus on is that intent. The rest that we’re going to talk about, is going to take a lot of reps to really kind of get the hang of. But with intent, this is
something that can literally transform your bat speed several
miles per hour, overnight. So, I highly encourage you focus on intent before working on anything else. But with intent, I think
it’s kind of twofold. Number one: What I mean by intent, is when you walk up to the plate, whether it’s your very
first at bat of the day, whether it’s your sixth at bat of the day, whether it’s your eighth at bat, you’re playing a doubleheader, and it’s your eighth at bat of the day. When you actually step
foot in the batter’s box, are you ready to hit? Are you truly ready to, when you step in, let’s say it’s a fresh
count, are you ready that first pitch, if it’s a
pitch that you’re looking for, are you ready to take
a swing? Or not really? Are you kind of having
a passive mentality, you might take a pitch, you
might see a pitch, right? So are you ready to go? And it can be the first
pitch of the at bat, it can be the twelfth pitch of the at bat, but what you’ll notice
with big league hitters, the guys that do it at
the highest level is that every single time
they step in the box, no matter what the count is, no matter what the situation is, right? Are there times when it’s
necessary to take a pitch? Sure. But the majority of the time, when these hitters step
in, they’re in attack mode. They’re aggressive at the plate, right? They’re not trying to
step in the batter’s box and see pitches, they’re not up here trying to look for walks. They’re trying to get a base hit, they’re trying to drive in runs. They’re trying to hit the
ball hard somewhere, right? And so that’s why you’ll see
with professional hitters their takes are very very aggressive. Let’s say it’s a borderline pitch, and it’s a ball, it’s a little outside. So they go into their
load and their stride, and they have this good
aggressive yes mentality. And then at the last second
they kind of hold up, but you’ll see them, their
takes are very aggressive. Their takes are not just
like… some younger hitters, it looks like their
taking the entire time. Whereas, professional hitters, their takes are almost always aggressive
and they really have to put the brakes on and
hold themselves back. So that’s number one with intent. I want you to think about,
when you step in the box are you truly ready to hit, okay? And the second piece of intent is, What are you trying to do to the baseball? Are you just trying to swing the bat? Are you just trying to
put the ball in play? Are you just trying to make contact? Or are you trying to hammer the baseball? Are you trying to pound it? So that’s the second piece of intent. You have to step in the
batter’s box, number one with the mindset of this
particular pitch I’m swinging, so that’ll get you in
the right frame of mind, that’ll get you that yes mentality, instead of being passive in the box. But after that, you have to keep your body nice and physically loose and relaxed. You can’t get super tense,
tense up your muscles, tense up your grip, squeeze
the sawdust out of the bat. You can’t do that. You have
to stay physically loose, but mentally, you’ve gotta be locked in, you’ve gotta be ready to go, you’ve gotta be having a mindset of, you’re not just trying
to put the ball in play, or you know, get a base hit. You’re trying to drive the ball. You’re trying to crush the ball. You’re trying to crush doubles
and triples into the gaps and line drives screaming
home runs over the fence. That has to be the mentality. So once we’ve got the
intent piece dialed in, the next thing that’s very important when it comes to bat speed that I want to touch on is stride length. You want to ensure that you’re getting the proper stride length, okay? And I want to start out by saying that not every single hitter out there is gonna stand the same way
when they’re preparing to hit. In other words, their stance, right? A great example is Cody Bellinger. You look at him, before
the pitch is thrown, before he goes into his load
and stride and everything. His feet are very very narrow, okay? But when he does go into
his load and his stride, and his front foot hits the ground, he gets to a really good stride length. In fact all great hitters,
especially hitters that do it at the highest level, and powerful hitters
with lots of bat speed. They all get to a really
solid stride length. And I think that this is a missing link, a missing component with
a lot of younger hitters. Now I’m gonna explain
what I mean by all that. Okay, so, I don’t care how you start. If your feet are right next
to each other, or you start with more of a shoulder-width
traditional type stance. I would say this is more common than having your feet really narrow. But it doesn’t matter how you start. What I want you to pay attention to, is the distance between your
feet, your stride length, when that front foot hits the ground. So, you’re up here, right? The pitcher is getting set,
and he goes through his motion, he delivers his pitch to the plate, and you load and you stride,
and at this point here, when your front foot lands, and you get to your launch position, What is the distance in between your feet? And what I see with a
lot of younger hitters is they don’t stride very far. I’m over-exaggerating here, but the distance between their
feet is very very narrow. And so I want you to
try this at home, okay? Just stand there, you
don’t even have to pretend to get into a baseball stance, just stand there and
stride like you’re striding toward the pitcher, and just
stride a couple inches, okay? And you can do it with a bat
in your hands if you want. But stride just a couple inches. Do you feel like your
lower half, your legs, do you feel like they’re
engaged in this position here? If you just stride this far, do you feel like your legs are engaged? No, probably not, right? It almost feels like, if you were gonna take a baseball swing that way, at this point pretty much all you have is your upper body to throw at the ball. On the flip side, I want
you to over-exaggerate this, be standing here and all of
a sudden take a big stride, and you’re definitely
immediately gonna feel your legs are more engaged, right? You’ve sunk down into
your legs more, okay? So that should tell you something. Why is the traditional athletic stance, whether you’re playing defense
in basketball, or linebacker, why is the traditional
stance with your feet a little bit wider than shoulder width, why is it not like this, right? Because you’re not balanced here, and you don’t have any power there. You’re not using your lower body there. So I just want to
encourage you to make sure that you’re getting proper stride length. Because if you are striding
too short like this, all you have is to throw
your hands at the ball. That’s not gonna produce a
lot of bat speed and power. What you want to do, is you
want to get your stride out to about, a great rule of thumb is the distance of your baseball bat. So one way to do it, is put
your baseball bat on the ground and that should be for most
hitters about the distance of their stride, when
they actually stride out, their front foot hits the ground. So that’s a great way to
do it, your baseball bat. Another thing to look at is
from your feet to your inseam and back down to your
other foot and across. Is there an equilateral triangle here? And if there is, that’s good. That means you have a
really good launch position with your lower half,
really good stride length. What you want to avoid is having anything but an equilateral triangle. If one of these angles,
you can clearly see the distance of my inseam here, and then my stride length
it doesn’t match up. So you want this to be
an equilateral triangle. Your stride length about
the distance of your inseam. Or about the distance
of your baseball bat. And what that’s gonna do for
you, is it’s gonna ensure that you really sink down into your legs when you go into your
load and your stride. You sink down into your
legs, you’re using your legs, because that’s what we get power from. We don’t get power from
our hands or our fingers, our wrists or our forearms. Those are important in a swing, but your legs are a stronger
group of muscles, right? So we need to use our legs if
we want to maximize bat speed. (air whooshing) All right, so now we’ve
got your mind right, we’ve got your lower half right. Let’s get your upper body right. And let’s talk about getting
length in your front arm. So you’ve probably heard
the analogy before, separation is everything
when it comes to bat speed. And you’ve probably heard
the example of a rubber band. So if I had a rubber band
in between my fingers here, obviously the further I
stretch that rubber band, the more energy’s gonna be built up. All right? That makes sense,
that’s a great example. Another great example is
a bow and arrow, right? So if I have a bow and arrow here, and I pull it back three inches, there’s not gonna be much
energy built up there. But if I pull this thing back all the way here, then it has more energy. So the same thing can be
applied in the baseball swing. The more separation you can get between your upper body and your lower body, it’s just like that rubber band or just like that bow and arrow. So I’m sure that makes sense, right? So we want to get good separation. And one of the ways that you can tell if you’re getting good separation or not is looking at your front arm. When you stride forward
toward the pitcher, and you get into your launch position, do you have length in your front arm? Let me show you what I mean by that. Okay, so I’m in my stance here, right? My hands start in this position here. And when I load and I
stride towards the pitcher, see how my arm has a
little bit of length to it? It’s not in here like
this. It has length to it. And it’s important to note,
it’s not completely locked out. We don’t want it locked out like this, because that’s gonna produce a long swing, or probably gonna have an
around the ball bat path. It’s fine if your hands
start in here like this. But you don’t want to load and stride and your hands not really
move and stay here like this. ‘Cause again, you can rotate a little, but you’re basically throwing
your hands at the ball. You want to get good
length here and separation between your lower half
and your upper half. And so how you get to that position, I think is really important. What I always discourage
hitters from doing is, you never want to push your
hands back towards the backstop. Whenever you start trying
to manipulate your swing and make it artificial, where you load and push your hands back. That clearly doesn’t look
very natural when I do that. I’m over-exaggerating
here, but a lot of hitters try to load their hands
and push their hands back. So there should be no pushing, okay? But I think it’s a combination
of really two things. Number one, you have to get the feeling of as you’re striding towards the pitcher, you’re just walking away from your hands. Your hands are staying back here, and your body’s going this way, you’re walking away from them. So a great way to kind of get this feeling is you can grab onto a
fence or grab a band, or grab even a PVC pipe or
a basketball goal, whatever. But have something where your
hands are back here like this, and you work on striding forward, and your essentially just
walking away from your hands, and if your holding
onto something back here that allows your hands to
not drift forward with you, you’re gonna feel what
that feels like, okay? So I think it’s a combination of that, that’s gonna help you
get to this really good front arm lengthened out position, still with a little
flex, but lengthened out. And then another thing, it’s
kind of a combination of that and then the last thing
I wanted to touch on in this video, which is scap squeeze. So it has to be a
combination of, I’m striding towards the pitcher, and
I’m keeping my hands back. I’m walking away from my hands,
but it’s also not just that, it’s this little scap
squeeze, where a great way to almost do this
automatically is if you think about almost showing your
numbers to the pitcher. So when you go into your
load and your stride, see how I’m showing
the pitcher my numbers? I’m not overdoing it like this,
I’m not wrapping myself up. But I’m also not having my
shoulders start like this and just rock back and
stride straight forward. There has to be a little bit of almost inward shoulder tilt like this. So if you think about, I’m going
to walk away from my hands, and I’m almost just gonna
show as I load and I stride, I’m gonna show the pitcher my
numbers just ever so slightly. Look how here, now, when
my front foot lands, automatically what that
did, my front shoulder is slightly lower than my back shoulder. Which is a great thing. All big league hitters,
they get about nine degrees of their front shoulder
being lower than their back. And then obviously as they
swing, it switches, right? But that gets you in a position where your front shoulder
is slightly lower here. And also, look, my
shoulder is almost tucked in a little bit towards the plate. And so for you hitters
that are struggling with pulling off the ball, that
could be the reason why. If you start with your
shoulders like this, and you basically just rock
back and stride forward, and your shoulder’s not closed, well at that point it is kind of easy to pull your head and your
shoulders off of the ball. But if you think about, I’m
gonna walk away from my hands, and I’m gonna squeeze my scaps, or if you want another
queue, think about showing your numbers ever so
slightly towards the pitcher. See how that’s gonna,
with almost my elbow here, be like I’m pulling back a bow and arrow. So that’s gonna be huge for
your bat speed and power if you’re not doing it already. So hopefully you enjoyed today’s video. If you did, hit that like button for me, I’d really appreciate it. Subscribe to the channel, and be sure, it’s gonna ask you do you
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28 thoughts on “BAT SPEED 101 – How To Increase Your Bat Speed and Power

  1. Hope you're having a great week!! ⚾️ Like this comment if you've been putting in HARD work this Summer! 👍🏼 If you want to get the most out of your hard work, watch my free "On-Demand Hitting Training" right now… ✅

  2. I heavily need bat speed I play on a 17u travel team for my school sometimes and I can’t catch up to the pitches being 13

  3. Thanks a lot coach Justin all of your videos really have helped me and I appreciate all the effort and time you take to make these keep it up!😊⚾️⚾️👍

  4. Definitely a video most younger players need to see. A lot of this is basic to us older Coaches/Managers but when we receive players at the high school or D-1 level we still see these mistakes.

    I don’t assign blame to anyone other than the player themselves. Little League coaches are volunteers and I don’t expect them to take a player to the next level.

    Club ball coaches are different to a degree. Some are still daddy ball but may have had some professional experience, D-1 or Minor leagues. Some are daddy ball with zero higher level experience yet these organizations are paying these coaches.

    With the amount of information that we have at our disposal in today’s society there is no excuse for a driven player not to be seeking the correct information to take their game to the next level. If you show up to a high school tryout and are still making fundamental mistakes you’ve already shown me your work ethic.

    The best hitting advice by any former MLB player regardless of what you think of him is from Tony Gwynn (RIP). He kept the basic foundation of how to hit a baseball, his words are simplified so anyone can understand it and as we all know his primary goal was being a contact hitter.

    Youth players are so concerned about going yard and replicating Trout and Bellinger, over thinking launch angles and exit velocity that they cannot consistently put a ball in play.

    Give me a team of contact hitters that consistently put the ball in play and I’ll show you a winning team. To use a quote from a decent movie (Moneyball). “Why do we like him, because he gets on base”.

    Getting on base is essential and your small caliber weapon. Base running is you large caliber weapon and should be used to beat teams into submission. It’s often overlooked waiting for your next big bat to go yard.

    Sorry coach but had to rant. Thank you for all your very informative videos.

  5. Can you please do a video of pulling the baseball and staying inside cause I'm always having the habit of going the opposite field! Also Im a huge fan of the mets and I love your channel!⚾💯

  6. Thanks Coach for making this video. I’m actually having struggles with bat speed, so I clicked as soon as I saw it 🙏🏽

  7. Thanks to you I'm going to try out for the baseball team as a high school sophomore next year
    Thanks to your videos my swing mechanics completely changed after watching them

  8. I would have to say, I"m 48 years old, going on 49 and I'm still playing Baseball in a 25+ league as Short / 2nd and have had all different kinds of coach's growing up and in college. You cover all aspects in a great manner for all age groups. I watch to touch up some stuff that I, as a player, always want to improve….Keep it up Coach…

  9. Hey Justin, I keep getting the same hurting feeling after games and practices in my hips. Do you know how to prevent it and also do you know what it is? Thanks and have a nice day!!

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