To insure proper form, there is nothing better to refine your swing mechanics then by practicing with a short bat. It forces you to pay attention to the different elements of swing mechanics. Whether with the PB one-hand drills practice bat
or the PB43, if you are serious about hitting, spent part of your training time on drills.
Hitting balls off a tee, start by taking 15-20 one-handed swings, first with just your top-hand on the bat in its normal game bat position and then hitting with your bottom hand in normal position. This helps ingrain proper form: keeping your shoulder tucked in, elbow close to your body, staying through the ball when you follow through. Without distraction of pitch location, speed or other variable out of your control, you are able to focus on staying through the ball.
The PB43 differs from our standard diameter PB one-hand drill training bat in that it has a bigger barrel for more over-all weight and also more end weight. This makes the PB43 more suitable for adding in 2-handed drills, allowing you to square up the ball more often. Because of its specs, the PB43 is recommended for the physically bigger, typically post high-school age, player. The weight of a training bat is offset by being shorter than a game bat. We recommended going with a PB43 5" shorter than your game bat.
The PB43 (think of it as a shortened 243 model) is designed after the one used by one of the great hitting instructors in professional baseball: Kevin Long of the Mets. Needless to say, we're impressed with the results it can deliver.
PB43 Wood Training Bat Stats:
Barrel: 2-9/16" end-loaded
Knob: slight flare in to with enough to catch your bottom hand
Weight: 0 Drop (Length - Drop = Weight in ounces). Ex: 27" - 0 = 27 ounces
Wood: Maple for durability
Physically stronger player working on each element of his swing, individually.
Bigger hitter looking to incorporate tee work in to his training regimen.
Player wants more of the feel of squaring up the ball in the cage when doing 2-hand drills.
What length PB43 should you go with?
We recommend 5" less than your game bat. The heavier drop weight gets offset by the shorter length, insuring proper form as you practice.
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