First the obvious: If you hit the ball on the sweet spot more often than the next guy you will have better bounce, but not necessarily the type of bounce that makes you a consistent gap hitter. Yes, you better learn how to be a gap hitter if you want to get to the next level. Hitting the sweet part if the bat has a lot to do with talent and proper technique, but even the good hitters need more bounce off their bat. So how can you improve on this?
You need stability, support, and groundedness in your swing! What does this mean? Well when the ball hits your bat, you need something behind it! We just don’t mean your body. It I s easy to see that hitters are mostly taught to transfer their weight from from to back foot to front to create momentum as their hands come to the ball. Sorry to say, but this is the big mistake! Why?
Once the back foot comes off the ground just a little, then the hitter loses most of its support system which is the ground! If your back foot is really planted into the ground a spilt second longer, then you have you butt, your lower back, and your back leg forming a wall for the ball to bounce off of. Creating this wall makes the bat stronger by getting less backlash when the ball hits the bat. You see, with most hitters,their bat rebounds too far backward when the ball strikes it. When this happens, the ball is more less attacking the bat instead of the bat attacking the ball. In other words, the ball is absorbed into the bat when you are trained to hit with your hands or drive the back knee off the ground into the ball.
Coaches and hitters! We want the bat to attack the ball and absorb all the energy to create bounce back! The way to do this is to become a back leg hitter with a little upward tilt in their swing! You know, the way that 90 percent of the pros look like when they drive the ball!
There are hardly any good linear hitters at any level unless their hands are so strong that they can absorb the ball and create the “wall.” For most of us though, we are not super human and we need additional support. Even if your a little guy like Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox, you can hit it harder than most of the big guys. The key is to learn how to use your larger muscles in your back, learn how to swing off the back leg so you can use the ground as leverage! Can’t find anything stronger than planet Earth right? In hitting, the ground is your friend and it helps you create a strong foundation!
Put science on your side and learn the proper techniques on how to do this before you give up on yourself and start to believe that you cannot hit for power! Most of you are good enough to get to the next level, and there are a majority if players who are good enough but never played as far as they should because they did not learn the right techniques to improve their power.