How To Hit a Home Run


Here's how to hit a home run..

1. Create Bat Speed

(Rogers Hornsby)

(Hank Aaron)

Bat speed should be the goal for all hitters. Unfortunately many coaches love to shorten swings to the point of producing very little bat speed at all.

In reality, the harder you hit the baseball, the better chance you have of hitting base hits and home runs. Many of the players I come across are taught to hit ground balls, they never once consider how to hit a home run. Bat speed, ball exit speed and launch trajectory are key.

The red dots in the graph above represent home runs. Notice that all home runs are hit between 20 and 40 degrees. Even more important, you have to create enough bat speed to hit the ball 95+ miles per hour.

So how do you create more bat speed?

Here are the 4 best home run hitters of all time.

(Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth)

They all tip the bat forward and use momentum to their advantage. I assume that because the bats were so heavy, the players of this era developed a swing that could efficiently move that much weight.

These players understood that pushing the bat forward was just not an effective way to move the barrel. This type of swing allows the barrel to move independent of the shoulders.

Watch how far the barrel moves before the shoulders open up. This creates deep, early bat speed.

And here are some more recent players that are pretty good at hitting home runs.

(Gary Sanchez, David Ortiz)

2. Hit the baseball out front