From the previous post (linked above), here were the "rules":
What to do:
- Use a weight appropriate for the strength-age-level of your player (65-75 oz. for high school, up to 100 oz. for stronger college players and pros)
- Avoid a high volume of swings. 5-10 is enough to get the right feel, then switch back to a regular weight bat
- Avoid trying to swing too hard. Save that for your overload-underload swings. Just get the feeling of the drill.
- Focus on hitting line drives up the middle and towards the oppo gap
- Remember this is just a drill and stick to the main principles of swing training for larger numbers of swings
Looking back, I still stick pretty closely to these rules. But in the upcoming example, we're actually hitting a baseball off of a tee with a full swing (note: the Bratt Bat is not designed to hit baseballs. It's better to use tennis or wiffle balls for higher volume or intensity of swings, as shown in our previous drill).
Now here is a comparison of a high school junior hitting off the tee with his regular bat (left side) and using a 75 ounce Bratt Bat (right side). After he took several tee swings with his regular bat, all I did was give him the Bratt Bat and tell him to try and hit it up the middle (tee is placed right down the middle, a bit forward of where the stride foot lands).
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Here's what happened: