I’ve been working with baseball players for a long time. Over the years I always get requests from parents wanting me to help their player develop bat speed. The term bat speed has been around as long as I can remember. There are numerous “experts” out there claiming to develop unheard of bat speed with all kinds of training and technique methods. While some of these work, and some are just insane marketing scams, as I always say, there is tons of ways to get to the same place. You just have to find a method or methods that work for you the best, while always keeping health and safety first.
My method for creating bat speed has never really been about bat speed. Rather, I have always (with a lot of success) approached the hitter with a number of training techniques and methods that develop insane hitting power. The power hitter has bat speed. You can’t gain speed of the bat, without having power and you can’t be a power hitter without having bat speed. They go together, and maybe, just maybe they are the same thing. There are just a bunch of ways to get there. With that said, however, I have also witnessed coaches and others trying to develop bat speed without ever addressing strength or power. Getting your hands to move a bat “fast” without specific strength and power is useless. And, its not really bat speed.
Power Hitting Starts and ends with STRENGTH Training
I think it is safe to say that I am a little biased
Many methods, Many Tools, one ultimate Goal…
How does a normal, regular baseball player develop insane hitting power?? Going to the weight room and blasting some weights to develop overall strength won’t really cut it…not if you are serious. Following the high school or college football training routine might get you strong and even powerful, but at the end of the day, it still won’t make you a real power hitter (although it’s a start.) Hitters have to combine proper , sports specific strength training with sports specific speed and power training. This goes way beyond old-fashioned plyometrics too. I am talking about using tools and methods like medicine balls, core training, lower body explosive work, hip development, etc… much of this also is dependent on proper mobility of the ankles, hips, and thoracic spine. As you can see, it all has to been trained together, properly for it to work the way we want it too…Insane Power Hitting Development.
Strength Training does not always = Weight Training
I always have concerned parents of younger players wondering if their child should or is able to safely lift weights when training for baseball. Other parents believe strongly that weight training is inherently dangerous and will result in negative results. Weight training is a method of strength training. There are many ways to develop strength. Strength training does not always equal weight training. In fact, I train many of my highest level, (Older) baseball guys with a ton of tools and methods that don’t require or include weights. With that said, I also include weight training where I feel it is needed and where it will always be safe for the player. I only mention this because in order for the player to develop real power when hitting, they need a good, proper base of strength. As always, there are many ways to get there, but as long as it is understood that strength is the base and needs to be developed.
Combining proper “baseball” strength training with methods that create power in the lower body, hips, core and yes, ultimately the quick hands and bat speed is essential if the player is serious about developing that “insane hitting power” that I keep mentioning.