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Rotating wrist during swing??

by Justin Votolato
(North Carolina)

At contact, hands inside baseball, top hand palm up

At contact, hands inside baseball, top hand palm up

Justin asked: Does rotating your wrist during contact increase distance on the ball?

When playing myself, I have always rotated after I had made contact even letting my right hand come off the bat on the follow through.

I have twin boys that are learning the game and I want to teach them all the techniques properly to increase power, as they probably won't be the biggest of teens.

My thinking was if you rotate during contact the bat will rotate which would increase the rotation on the ball off the bat, and in turn increase distance.

I could be completely wrong but that is why I am asking.

Rick answered: Justin, thank you for your question.

As you look at the first image above, Aaron Hill has his top hand palm up at contact, which is right where you want to be.

The second image is Buster Posey, a little later in the swing, you can start to see the rotation of his top hand. That rotation is what allows your body to swing through the ball with full extension, providing power.

Images 3 and 4 are examples of a two hand finish and a one hand finish. At that point in the swing I feel it is a matter of personal preference.

If a hitter believes that one way, or the other provides something extra for them, then it does and they should go that way.

Have fun as you move forward with your sons. Special memories that last a lifetime are being made every day. Enjoy the journey!

Yours in baseball,


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