If you’re looking to increase your exit velocity, you should start with your bat path.
Your bat path matters…
*SPOILER ALERT* The fastest path between two points is NOT a straight line.
There are 3 common bat paths…
- Direct Line – Taught by most coaches.
- On-Plane Early – New Age / Ken Griffey Jr. swing.
- Uppercut / Golf Swing – Most coaches hate seeing this.
The Direct Line swing is what most coaches teach. If your hands start by your ear, thye move in a direct line from your ear to the ball. It’s a “chop” style motion similar to swinging an ax. This move is taught by most baseball and softball coaches at all levels.
Coaches HATE looking at the Uppercut / Golf Swing. It looks like the bat drops behind you and as you rotate you have to swing up at the ball. Many well meaning coaches even tell their players they shouldn’t play golf if they want to be good at baseball.
The On-Plane Early swing is actually the fastest swing… with the ideal attack angle.
In Math and Physics, the On-Plane Early path is called the Brachistochrone [bruh-kis-tuh-krohn] curve, which comes from the Greek translation for “Fastest Time”.
The Direct Line, what almost everyone teaches, is actually the SLOWEST with the LEAST chance to barrel it up.
Surprisingly for most… the Uppercut / Golf Swing is actually MUCH closer to a good swing than the Direct Line.
You can see in the video below Adam Savage from MythBusters demonstrates the three common bat paths.