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Tips for Hitting with a Wood Baseball Bat
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Did you know that where the manufacturer puts the label on a wooden baseball bat marks the strongest and weakest points, and where you should hit the ball off the bat? The placement of the logo, or trademark, as well as the side directly opposite of the logo is the weakest points on your bat.
You may have heard "Keep the label up" when hitting with a wooden bat, however there's a little more to it. If you roll your wrist in swing, you are likely to hit the bat on one of its weak points. It's easy to learn your style though, because you will be able to see your marks on the wood.
Learn the bat's sweet spot. The sweet spot is the point on the baseball bat that will create a less intense vibration, avoiding hurting your hands when hitting the ball. Usually the sweet spot on any wooden bat starts about 4.5 inches down the barrel, and spans for about 3 inches. The biggest move you will want to make is learning how to control this part of the bat.
The stance. You need to learn to keep your hands up when hitting the ball. Some players drag the barrel of the bat through the zone, causing a weak hit. Your best bets with a wooden baseball bat is keeping your hands up and in during the stance, whip the barrel through the zone with power.