During the above video, we’re going to talk about something that a lot of youth baseball players deal with: the swing bubble.

When it comes to hitting, we want to keep our hands inside the ball. You may ask, “What does that mean?”

That means that w e never want to throw our hands out toward the baseball. This is called casting the bat.

When the wrists are starting to roll over, what you’re doing is creating a bubble in your swing. When you roll your wrists, there’s a fine bubble in your swing. If you’re going to hit the ball at the point of contact when your wrists are rolling, instead of hitting that round ball with the round bat squarely, you’re probably going to create an out (unless you run like a track athlete).

You want to take the knob of the bat to your front big toe. You want to throw your hands down toward your big toe so that as you’re rotating your swing, your hands are leading you through the zone of the swing, and you’re creating a sweeping motion with the bat.

Hitting a round ball with a round bat squarely is one of the most difficult things to do in youth baseball. It becomes easier when you create a sweeping motion instead of a roundabout, casting motion.

As you drop that bat down, over the plate, you can either hit the outside or the inside pitch. This is called sweeping the zone. If the plate were covered with dirt and your bat had broom bristles coming out of the end, you could “sweep” the dirt right off the plate.

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