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  • 7 Aug 2020 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    With over 150 years of history, baseball has seen thousands of ways for players to get better at their craft. One of the first things that all baseball players want to know is “how do I get better at hitting?” It’s no surprise that as technology has increased, so has the improvements to the technology to increase bat swing, launch angle, and overall hitting performance. In this article, we will be looking at the best weighted training bats that will help players of all levels increase their batting average. 

    A weighted training bat is a baseball or softball bat that includes additional weight. With training, the additional weight is used to increase a player’s strength and bat speed, which increases the chances of a player hitting a ball hard. The harder a ball is hit, the better the chances are that it turns into a base hit. So what are you waiting for? Turn those bloopers into hard-hit doubles with one of these weighted training bats.


    Camwood Hands & Speed Trainer

    The secret to the Camwood Hands & Speed Trainer bat is the extra weight located just above the hands. Having the extra weight just above the hands forces players to improve their mechanics by forcing players to drive their hands to the ball. The extra weight of the bat is also responsible for increasing strength and bat speed. This bat is for any baseball or softball player who is looking to increase their power, bat speed, and mechanics.

    The Camwood Hands & Speed Trainer weighted training bat ranges from 26 inches to 34 inches in length and can weigh anywhere from 32 ounces to 46 ounces. Camwood Training Bats recommends that this bat be used by players of any age. At the time of this post, a brand new Camwood Hands & Speed Trainer bat will cost around $89.95.


    Axis Axcelerator Weighted Training Bat

    Backed by former professional baseball player and current professional hitting coach, Chili Davis, the Axis Axcelerator Weighted Training Bat is perfect for players who want to increase their strength, increase their exit velocity, and most importantly - want immediate feedback on whether they are hitting the sweet spot of the bat. The extra weight in this bat is hardly noticeable while practicing, but you’ll notice a difference when your bat speed improves. This wood bat comes in all-black, but the sweet spot of the bat is marked with a different color to ensure the player is getting immediate feedback on whether the ball is hitting the sweet spot of the bat. The Axis Axcelerator Weighted Training Bat is both a great weighted bat as well as a wonderful sweet spot baseball training bat.

    The Axis Axcelerator Weighted Training Bat ranges from 32 inches to 34 inches in length while the weight of the bat is typically 5 ounces more than the length of the bat (so a 33-inch bat would weigh about 38 ounces). At the time of this post, a brand new Axis Axcelerator Weighted Training Bat will cost around $149.99.


    The Bratt Bat Training Bat

    Used during on-deck warm-ups and training sessions, the Bratt Bat weighted training bat is used to develop bat speed and bat power. The Bratt Bat claims to “add 30 feet to a 300 foot fly ball” and to have been used by over 250 major league players. The beauty of this weighted training bat is the ease of use - just practice good swing mechanics and you’ll see your swing improve! You can also incorporate these weighted baseball swings as part of your normal weight training program to help build all of your “baseball muscles”.

    The Bratt Bat weighted training bat can range from 29 inches to 35 inches in length and can be anywhere from 35 ounces to 100 ounces in weight. There is a lot of range in what type of Bratt Bat you can choose from so make sure the one you select is the right one for you. At the time of this post, a brand new Bratt Bat will cost between $99.00 and $115.00.


    The HeavyBat™ Weighted Training Bat

    The additional weight in this bat is located in the handle. This aluminum bat promotes “hands inside the ball” technique which helps players swing from inside to outside and maximizes the player’s ability to rotate during their swing. With the weight in the handle, the HeavyBat™ allows players to take their natural swing during their batting practices.
    The HeavyBat™ weighted training bat can be anywhere from 30 to 34 inches in length and weighs anywhere from 50 to 80 ounces. This type of bat is typically recommended for players from the age of 12 and all the way through college. At the time of this post, a brand new HeavyBat™ will cost around $189.95.


    HeavyBat™ One-Hander Weighted Training Bat

    Much like the previous bat, the weight for the HeavyBat™ One-Hander is located in the handle of the bat. This bat was specifically designed for one-handed soft toss, drills off of a tee, and short cage work. With this bat as part of your training regimen, you’ll be working on increasing your hand strength, bat speed, and overall focus while at the plate.

    The HeavyBat™ One-Hander can be 24 to 25 inches in length and weighs anywhere from 40 to 50 ounces. This type of bat is typically recommended for players over the age of 9. At the time of this post, a brand new HeavyBat™ One-Hander will cost around $129.95.


    Dynaswing

    Our favorite baseball training bat is the Dynaswing training bat. There stands no competition to it on the market on key aspects such as durability, technology, training, and comfort. The Dynaswing training bat takes a unique approach to weighted training bats, in that it allows for an auditory correction due to the dense material inside the bat. When the player takes a swing, the dense material goes from the bottom of the bat towards the top of the bat, creating a force that prevents the hands from rolling over during a player’s swing. The dense material at the end of the bat also creates a powerful follow-through, which leads to developing muscle memory of how a player should finish their swing.

    So if you’re looking for the ultimate weighted training bat that helps with bat speed, power, and mechanics, look no further than Dynaswing. Dynaswing bats come in sizes of 28 inches to 34 inches in length and can range anywhere from a -1 weight differential to a +7 weight differential. For example, a 31-inch bat could be either 30 ounces (-1 weight differential) or 32 ounces (+1 weight differential). At the time of this post, a brand new Dynaswing can cost between $129.99 to $149.99. But if you go online today to Dynaswing and use the code Xtra10 at checkout, you’ll receive $10 off of your Dynaswing purchase. If you’re wanting to take your game to the next level then check out Dynaswing and see what they can do for you.


    Conclusion

    There are lot of different weighted training bats available and this article goes over just a few. Remember, the main goal of a weighted training bat is to get you better at hitting, so whichever weighted training bat you use, make sure the bat is designed in such a way that it will help you increase your bat speed, strength, and swing mechanics. If you can find a bat that utilizes these three features and you make a commitment to use this bat on a regular basis, you will be well on your way to increasing your batting average. 



  • 23 Apr 2020 5:39 PM | Anonymous

    Hand-eye coordination is key when fielding and you'll want to fine tune your skills. And what better to improve your skills than to practice? To perform this drill you can use a tennis ball and a wall or you can have a friend toss you some short-hops. Check out our video to see Coach Ford explain this hand drill.

    Items needed for drill:

    • Baseball/Tennis Ball
    • Glove
    • A wall or a friend to throw short-hops


    How to perform this drill:

    • Begin on your knees, but keep your upper body in a ready position
    • Have a friend toss some short-hops that land about a foot in front of you
    • If by yourself, throw a tennis ball against the wall and make sure the ball lands about a foot in front of you
    • While scooping the ball, make sure the glove goes through the baseball. This makes it easier to field the ball and reduces the chances of missing a bad hop
    • Repeat this drill with the ball going towards the left side of your body (forehand scoop if right-handed), the ball going to the right side of your body (backhand scoop if right-handed), and the ball going towards the middle of your body
  • 2 Apr 2020 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Ready to start hitting off the sweet-spot of the bat more often? This sweet drill will help you focus your swing so that you're always aiming for that sweet-spot on the bat.

    Items needed for drill:

    • Batting Tee
    • Baseball
    • One bat

    How to perform the drill:

    • Take your bottom hand on your bat and place it toward the bottom of the bat
    • Take your top hand and place it a few inches above your bottom hand so that there is a few inches of separation between your two hands
    • Take your normal swing and focus on making contact with the sweet-spot of the bat

    To see an example of this drill, check out our Instagram post.

  • 29 Mar 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    We’ve all been to baseball games and we understand what’s going on, right? Baseball is full of little quirks and some of them might surprise the most knowledgeable of players. We’ve compiled a list of the weirdest rules in baseball to make it into the MLB’s set of official rules. For a full list of MLB’s rules, please visit MLB’s 2019 Official Baseball Rules.

    1) A runner can advance “Three bases, if a fielder deliberately touches a fair ball with his cap, mask or any part of his uniform detached from its proper place on his person.” - 5.06(b)(4)(B)

         - Yep, you read that correctly. A runner can advance three bases if a fielder throws their glove, mask, or cap at a fair ball and that part of their uniform hits the fair ball. Technically, a batter could get a triple without the ball ever leaving the infield.

    2) “Any fair fly ball is deflected by the fielder into the stands, or over the fence into foul territory, in which case the batter shall be entitled to advance to second base; but if deflected into the stands or over the fence in fair territory, the batter shall be entitled to a home run. However, should such a fair fly be deflected at a point less than 250 feet from home plate, the batter shall be entitled to two bases only” - Rule 5.05(a)(9)

         - Time to get out the measuring tape for this rule. If you want to hit a home run then you better be sure your ball flies at least 250 feet.

    3) “A pitched ball lodges in the catcher’s mask or paraphernalia, or in or against the umpire’s body, mask or paraphernalia, and remains out of play, runners advance one base” - Rule 5.06(c)(7)

         - Catchers beware - if you miss the ball and the ball gets stuck you’re giving up a base. Baseball games have actually ended because of this rule.

    4) “The Designated Hitter may not sit in the bullpen unless serving as a catcher in the bullpen” - Rule 5.11(a)(15)

         - Designated Hitters beware - why are you even in the bullpen in the first place?

    5) “When the bases are unoccupied, the pitcher shall deliver the ball to the batter within 12 seconds after he receives the ball. Each time the pitcher delays the game by violating this rule, the umpire shall call “Ball.”” - Rule 5.07(c)

         - Believe it or not, this rule has been around for a few years to help speed up the game. It’s also one of those rules you’ve probably never seen enforced.

    6) A batter can receive an RBI (Run Batted In) “by reason of the batter becoming a runner with the bases full (because of a base on balls, an award of first base for being touched by a pitched ball or for interference or obstruction)” - Rule 9.04(a)(2)

         - It may be common knowledge that a batter receives an RBI when walking with the bases loaded, but you have to admit it’s still weird to receive a “Run Batted In” in this scenario.


    Bonus: Weirdest way to get on base
    Thought the above rules were weird? Check out this scenario to get on base: imagine you’re a bench player in the dugout and your team has been making a comeback. Your team is down by one run and you have a runner on first base. The rain starts to pick up and the umpire decides to suspend the game until a later date. When this game picks up a few weeks later, it turns out your teammate who was on first base was recently traded and he’s no longer able to resume his position at first. So what happens? Your manager puts you in to take your former teammate’s spot on first base and voila! You’ve successfully made it to first base without having an official at-bat! (Courtesy of ESPN Magazine Presents)

  • 26 Mar 2020 8:00 PM | Anonymous

    This drill is designed for the hitter that wants to feel more comfortable getting their hips and shoulders into their swing.

    Items needed for drill:

    • Batting Tee
    • Baseball
    • Two Bats

    How to perform the drill:

    • Place one bat on the ground at about a 45 degree angle
    • Take your batting stance with your feet parallel to the bat on the ground
    • When swinging, your feet will stay still which will keep your hips open. You'll notice your back shoulder dips - this helps with launch angle during your normal swing.

    View our Instagram post to see an example of this drill.

  • 24 Mar 2020 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    All players need to know how well they are swinging. Blast Motion gives a competitive advantage by tracking data to see how well you are doing in certain areas. Coach Ford utilizes Blast Motion to track bat speed, peak hand speed, attack angle, and vertical bat angle. Interested in how Blast Motion looks in real time? Check out our Blast Motion video.

  • 22 Mar 2020 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    One of the most important things you can do for your swing is to get your hips and shoulders into it. Try out this drill to perfect your swing.

    Items needed for drill:

    • Batting Tee
    • Baseball
    • Bat
    • Rubber Playground Ball (slightly smaller than a basketball)

    How to perform the drill:

    • Place the rubber playground ball against your chest and hold the ball in place with your arm that is facing the pitcher
    • Take your normal batting stance
    • When swinging, focus on driving your hip through the ball. Your shoulders will naturally dip so that your back shoulder is below your front shoulder. Both of these combined will help your launch angle during normal swings

    Check out our example of this drill.

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