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What is Bat Lag and what is the easiest way to teach it?

The last time I posted an Instructional Blog on Hitting (the Three Tee Drill), I got lots of terrific comments. Check out my newest post at on Bat Lag, and let me know what you think!

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Comment by Ralph Dickenson on November 30, 2009 at 8:36pm
bat lag happens when the hitter swings from the ground up using the lower half to deliver the bat towards the ball. The objective of the hitter is to hold the bat angle until the lower half throws it to the ball. If the hitter is able to hold the bat and shoulder angles into rotation the swing will happen with sequence feet, hips and hands. Proper sequence does not assure bat lag but it certainly is a good start. Bat lag occurs when the hitter is almost fully rotated with the hips open but the bat is still behind the body waiting to be delivered last. Bat lag is part of increased bat quicknee, spped and increased power
Comment by Kirk Quasebarth on November 30, 2009 at 8:40pm
What drills do you have your hitters repetively do in order to acheive understanding and mastery of hitting the inside of the ball. Do you do anything different as you teach older players? (high school... college)?
Comment by Chance Reynolds on December 1, 2009 at 1:10pm
I addressed your question today in my blog. ( Please check it out when you have a second. Take care.
Best of luck to you in Baseball and in life,
Chance Reynolds
Comment by Jay Mahn on December 2, 2009 at 1:32pm
Good points. I helped a kid out last year with this very same thing. Didn't know it was referred to as Bat Lag. To me it was just poor technique and mechanics. After getting his arms up and away from his body(No easy task)
we dropped a weight in bat size and length(he was using a 35/34 dropped him to 34/33) now his timing and bat speed have increased to go along with increased contact. He fancied himself a Power hitter but is now spraying the field with Liners and finding the gap quite a bit. Tough thing to do changing the mind set once a person gets lucky with a few golf swings. It's doable though. Good post.
Comment by Eugene J Bleecker II on December 2, 2009 at 1:54pm
Bat lag is created by a hitter keeping his hands "inside the ball". A great drill to use to get your hitters keeping their hands inside the ball better is "The Fence Drill". Have the player stand in front of a fence and place the knob of the bat at the belt buckle projecting the barrel outward. Have the player walk into the fence until the end cap of the bat is touching the edge of the fence. This may seem close but your player will have no choice but to keep their hands inside the ball to complete the swing. Make sure they are not swinging at an extreme angle downward just to avoid the fence. Have them gain the understanding of a short swing by taking the knob forward from the load/launch position creating "bat lag". The knob will move forward while the barrel will stay behind and then as the hands come forward the barrel will come forward. This will create somewhat of a whiplike effect. I learned and used this drill as a player from one of the finest Baseball Academies in the country in NYIT Baseball Academy. I have been giving private instruction for 8 years now and it is a fantastic drill!!!


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