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I never thought about it.
From now on I'll have my son squeeze the stress balls more with his smaller fingers.
Thanks for the info.
I think the grip does play a part in successful hitting. I've found that younger hitters, in particular, squeeze the bat too tightly. Even advanced hitters when in a slump sometimes tense up and grab the bat too tightly. I've heard the baseball expression that "Joe is in a slump and he's gripping the bat so tightly the saw dust is coming out." This will decrease their bat speed. Similar to a pitcher squeezing and/or choking the baseball to slow a pitch down and fool a hitter. Another common problem is some hitters grip the bat with their palms instead of where the fingers meet the hands. Get those knocking knuckles lined up!!!