The popularity and endorsement of short bat training is growing with more and more elite pro players using a short bat prior to their pre-game BP. This began to grow when former Yankee Alex Rodriguez and his Hitting Coach (Kevin Long) shared their short bat drill series done with a low tee. The goal was to get the hitter more comfortable being closer to contact. As a result, most coaches have adopted some version of short bat drill training to help master inside bat path, point of contact, staying on plane and bat speed development.
What makes the the 24" or 26" Baseball Shorty BP wood training bat unique versus many other training devices? USE DURING LIVE BP. While heavier, it trains hitters using a balanced regulation barrel bat. The design insures there is no sacrifice in swing quality. So, the hitter can work on many critical aspects to plate success: timing, bunting, being short to the ball, explosiveness, seeing the ball deep, two-strike hitting, engaging lower body, hand-eye coordination, keeping front shoulder in, avoiding dropping the back shoulder (aka dipping).
Phoenix Bats leveraged the 24 years of experience of pro hitting coach Aaron Hall of iCoachHitting.com in the design, development and testing of this very versatile wood training bat for live batting practice.Over the years, Aaron has worked with thousands of players of every skill age. In doing so, he's run across virtually every mechanical, mental and visual problem AND bought/used or created every gadget imagined.Some are good and some are bad. Many only work on one skill at a time and are great for muscle-memory but could never can be used in a cage. Most don't replicate the feel of using a real game bat because of feel, weight, grip, or hitting surface. The Baseball Shorty BP wood training bat does! It's a premium wood bat that develops a mechanically sound, consistent and explosive swing by incorporating positive swing attributes into a player's live BP round.
Baseball Shorty BP Wood Bat Stats:
Barrel: 2-3/4" over-sized diameter but short (about the size of the hitting area)
Handle: 15/16" standard diameter
Knob: standard button style to rest your hand on
Length: 24" and 26"
Weight: 26+ ounces for 24" and 30+ ounces for 26"
Wood: Maple for durability
11+ years old to professionals seeking patience, explosiveness, bat speed with an inside approach
Hitter looking for a short bat to use during live batting practice and front toss.
Player seeking training tool to develop bat speed without sacrificing bat control.
What weight Shorty Wood Bat should you go with?
We recommend players 15+ years to use the 30 oz to emulate a high school age+ bat and younger players use the 26+ oz version to ensure sound swing mechanics/control.
Drills to use the Shorty Wood Bat trainer with:
Live batting practice (cage), front toss/flips (cage), soft toss, self-toss, tee, bunting
Not sure which training bat to go with?
You're covered! With the Phoenix Bats Risk-Free Guarantee, try a bat for 10 days and if you don’t like it send it back. More details here