The Myth of the Brace Position
One thing that many hitters are taught is that...
- The hitter has to have a firm grip on the bat.
- The barrel should be lagging behind the hands at contact.
...so that they can keep the
bat from deflecting rearwards at the Point Of Contact. The
desired position at the Point Of Contact that they are taught usually looks something
The Brace Position
The reality is that, while
rearwards deflection of the barrel can and does happen, it
usually only occurs in fairly young hitters and is
most often a symptom of a problem with their batspeed and
not their grip.
In truth, and as I discuss in
Hitting, the importance of strong hands and wrists at the
Point Of Contact is vastly over-stated and can hurt a swing
rather than helping it.