Welcome to Swing the Bat! where you'll find: 1) The best description of the baseball/softball swing on the web; 2) Affordable and effective hitting instruction in the Olney, MD, area; and 3) StatMinder!, the baseball/softball stats spreadsheet solution - now FREE! If you have a question, comment, or suggestion for improvement, please feel free to contact me.
1. THE BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL SWING
If you're looking to improve your swing mechanics or help teach a kid to swing, you've come to the right place.
I’ve divided the swing into the four phases shown in the graphic above: 1) Pre-Swing, 2) Turn, 3) Extend through the Hitting Zone, and 4) Follow-Through. Click on the phase name or use the navigation tabs at the top to go to the corresponding page. Each phase starts with the hitter in a key position and ends in another key position. The ending key position of one phase is the starting key position of the next. I’ve further expanded the contact position into three, depending on where in the hitting zone the hitter contacts the ball.
To download a free Microsoft Word (docx) description of the swing, click here. For a pdf version, click here.
2. AFFORDABLE, EFFECTIVE HITTING INSTRUCTION
Looking to improve your swing this season?
I've been providing effective private hitting instruction for both baseball and softball in the Olney, Maryland, area since 2005 at very affordable rates, now just $70 for 4 private lessons. That's less than what you'd pay for one private lesson at most places. Check out the details on the Lessons & Contact Info page. Still undecided? Check out some customer feedback on the Reviews page.
The Swing the Bat! batting cage is for instruction only and is not open
to the general public. For public, coin-operated batting cages, try
the Baseball Zone in Rockville.
3. STATMINDER! AND OTHER FREE DOWNLOADS
StatMinder! is now Shareware!
StatMinder! is an easy-to-use baseball and softball stats spreadsheet that keeps more than 60 hitting, pitching, fielding, & base running stats. AND NOW IT'S FREE! Just click on the sample spreadsheet image below to download your free copy. You must have Microsoft Excel installed on your machine for StatMinder! to work.
- If you like StatMinder!, please consider making a voluntary donation via the secure PayPal Donate button below. $5 USD is the suggested donation amount, but any amount is appreciated. You do not need a PayPal account to donate and a donation is not required to download StatMinder! Questions? Contact me
Click here to download a free set of hitting, pitching, and fielding scoresheets to help you keep accurate stats during a game. Basic instructions are included. The scoresheets are especially helpful when using StatMinder! to keep your team's stats. The scoresheets are in pdf format so you will need to have Acrobat Reader installed on your machine. Click here to download a free copy of Acrobat Reader.