I am calling on you for help…my 15 year old son is on the high school baseball team. He does great but lacks power at the plate. This is his weak point. What exercises can I get him to do that would improve his battng power. He has good hand eye coordnation, he simply lacks power at the plate. He has a good eye for the ball and often gets walked but when he hits it is not with power. I do not expect him to hit a homer everytime he bats. I want (and so does he) to increase his batting power. He already hits the weights with the team workouts but I am looking for that little extra he can do to gain an edge in this area.
Any help from my fellow T-Nationers is deeply apprecitated. Thanks.
He sounds just like the type of hitter I was as a teenager. I have since corrected my problems (alas, only in the cages since I don’t play anymore).
Typically, baseball team weight workouts are a joke. Batting power comes from the hips. Therefore, I would make sure he’s doing deadlifts and squats as a minimum. The deads will also benefit his grip strength which also helps tremendously with bat control.
He may also have a swing mechanics issue. This is a tricky one because you don’t want to screw up his swing. Try to get him to throw the bat head out there and roll his wrists just prior to contact with the ball. I was always trying to muscle the ball with my strong hand when in fact I should have been releasing it and getting both arms (elbows) fully extended. If this is the problem, it’s a relatively easy fix.
I teach my son that there are two things to hitting the ball hard: 1) get a good swing and 2) keep your eye on the ball. In other words, don’t “hit the ball”. If you do those 2 things, good, hard contact will be the result.