Rhythm is part 1 of the baseball swing. It provides the relaxed readiness that is essential to a well-timed swing. Good rhythm allows for quick reactions that will have you making contact with the baseball more often.
SWB Yankee Brandon Laird is relaxed and rhythmic before the pitch. Image by Frank Lauri.
(The baseball swing, Stage 1)
In every sport, before a quick action, relaxation and rhythm precedes your explosive move.
Example: When a tennis player is returning a serve, or a basketball player is defending in a one on one situation, each defender is relaxed and waiting to explode.
In other words, it’s is the movement that helps keep the hitter on his toes and ready, but loose and not rigid or tense.
Why rhythm is important: This idea is the same for hitting. Once you get into your stance, the slight movement in your hands and legs will help to keep you relaxed and under control. This helps us not get too stiff or mechanical when we start our swing.
The bottom line is…
You are quicker and more in control of your body if you have rhythm and are relaxed.
This means better bat speed, and better reactions and adjustments in the split seconds you have before contact.
Doug Bernier, founder of Pro Baseball Insider.com, debuted in the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Colorado Rockies, and has played professional baseball for 11 years. After hitting .361 with the New York Yankees this 2012 spring training where he relieved Derek Jeter at shortstop, Doug spent the 2012 season with the Yankees’ triple A team. Click here to get personal, one-on-one instruction with Doug Bernier