Keep the Barrel Above
the Ball and the Hands
The idea is simple.
The barrel of the bat should stay above the ball and the
hands through the Point Of Contact.
The logic behind the idea, which is part of what is generally referred to as
A to C swing, is that you do not want to introduce a loop into the
swing that will lengthen the swing, create an Uppercut, and lead to pop-ups.
The problem is that, while that idea may make sense in theory, the question is always whether that theory matches up
with reality; whether that describes what the best hitters
actually do when they swing the bat.
As I discuss in
Hitting, what the best hitters do is quite different than
what is so widely taught.
I think that one reason that this cue has persisted is
because, as my conversations with
Andres Torres have made clear, this cue does work for some
hitters in some cases. However, major problems can arise when
coaches create drills to try to enforce this cue.