Baseball Hitting With Wooden Bats
There is no denying the power of an
aluminum bat. In fact, one reason they are not allowed in the major leagues is to help protect pitchers
from having a line drive take off their head. However, occasionally practicing with a wooden bat in
batting practice or the batting cage can definitely fine tune your swing and improve your baseball
wooden bat has the advantage of encouraging the batter to hit the ball in the sweet spot. If the hitter
hits the ball with the inside part of the bat, he runs the risk of breaking his bat or getting a stinging
sensation in his hands. If the hitter hits the baseball with the outside part of the bat, the baseball
will not travel very far. For these reasons, a wooden bat will encourage a batter to hit the baseball
with the sweet spot. The more repetitions you get hitting the baseball with the sweet spot will translate
into better hitting when you switch over to an aluminum bat which has an even bigger sweet spot and is slightly
caveat: Wooden baseball bats can
break very easily. One thing that can be done to help increase the life of a wooden bat is to wrap
baseball tape or electrical tape around the sweet spot of the bat. This should help absorb some of the
sting of a baseball when it hits the wooden bat in the wrong area. This is especially important because
batting cage balls (the ones with the dimples in them) are a little bit harder on bats than a regular
Regardless of how you treat your wooden bat, you can
expect to break a few wooden baseball bats if you play long enough. The good news is they are cheaper
than aluminum bats ranging any where from $30 to $100. Another way one can make lemonade out of these
lemons is to use the broken wooden bat for other purposes. Depending on how much is salvageable, you
may be able to use the fat end of the bat as a club (miniature bat) for additional wiffleball practice by
putting baseball tape on the tail end of it. This would allow you to practice your batting swing with
your extension hand. This type of exercise helps with driving through the
the handle of the bat may be converted into a strength training tool as well. You can create this baseball
training tool by:
1. Drilling a hole on the bat handle. Drilling a hole through the handle of the bat
and tie a very thin rope to it. The rope should have about 3 ½ to 4 feet of slack.
2. Tie a small weight to the rope. Then, tie a small weight to the other end of the
rope. This weight should be under 10 pounds. I recommend starting with a 5 pound weight.
3. Roll up rope using back and forth motion. From here, you will want to hold the
handle out in front of you with two hands. It should be in front of your body at roughly chest level.
Then, you will want to start using your hands in a back and forth rolling motion to start rolling up the
rope and weight around the handle.
4. Reverse the motion to control the decline. Once you are at the top, you will
want to do the reverse by controlling the decline of the weight to the bottom again.
5. Do enough repetitions until you get muscle fatigue. You will want to do enough
repetitions to get to the point where you have exhaustion in your forearms.
6. Add weight to increase resistance. If after doing a number of repetitions, you
find that you are not getting forearm muscle fatigue, increase the weight used. This exercise is very good for
improving the strength of your forearms. This will be directly helpful with your swing and help strengthen your
throwing arm as it will give you more muscle control of your arms.
conclusion, wooden baseball bats provide another sound way to improve your baseball hitting. Be sure to make the
investment in at least one wooden bat to see if it works for you. You will be glad you
get tips on how to get more hits, check out baseball hitting at the batting cage.