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Monday, July 13, 2009

The Baseball Bat And Its Relevance To Baseball Training

By Chris Moheno

Before there were any batting cages or tees to teach hitting techniques through baseball training, there was simply a ball and a baseball bat. Just picture someone cutting down a big tree and cutting it in a long enough length to shave it down so a person could swing it. At 2.75 inches in diameter and no heavier than 36 ounces, someone finally did many years ago.

However, it wasn't constructed with curves and smooth areas for the simple look. There was aerodynamics involved so you could swing the baseball bat with speed and precision to get hits and eventually try to round the bases and score. Could you imagine if this never turned out that way and you went up to bat with a 10lb log? Baseball drills during practice would definitely take their toll.

There are several kinds of bats constructed by several companies, but wooden bats are the only kind available to use in Major League Baseball. There are criteria or should we say rules that everyone has to abide by including cork-less bats. This means adding a substance within the bat to make it lighter and create faster bat speeds. Many professional players use them for batting drills but are not allowed to use them during league play. More for entertainment purposes then actual baseball training.

While the wooden bat is for the grand central stage, it's the metal alloy ones that youngsters use all over the country, starting as small as tee-ballers all the way up to the collegiate men in the College World Series. As children growing into adults, a metal bat helps with hitting and is a lot more forgiving then your traditional baseball bat. There are areas where normally, you wouldn't be able to strike the ball far with a wooden style, but metal will allow it.

If you are fortunate enough to try the next time you are practicing, take out both types of baseball bats. Try a few different things to get a proper feel as to what might be comfortable and what might not. Hitting off a tee one day and possibly hitting the batting cages later that day will show you the difference.

In baseball drills, it's not just about swinging, running, and scoring when hitting comes to mind. It's also about learning how to stand in the box, testing different kinds while using open stances, closed stances, shorter strides and more. Then you have to find the bat that gives you a sense of security. That feeling that it's your lucky bat or maybe your best friend you're taking up there to the plate. It may sound funny, but sports brings superstitions to many and routine is one of them. Most like to use the same bat every time during their baseball training. Do you?

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