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My daughter plays select (tournament team) ball and goes to a hitting coach. We’re confused and have two questions. Our questions are regarding the instruction she is receiving regarding hitting. First: Her hitting coach tells her to keep her hands over or behind the back of her back shoulder, at the top of the strike zone with the bat 45 degrees up and 45 degrees back. Her select coach tells her to keep her hands by her back ear, hands at the top of the strike zone and the bat flat pointing behind her (not toward the pitcher or catcher). We’re confused … which is it???

Regarding where her bat should be and how it should be pointed – her hands will be MUCH faster if she keeps them near her back shoulder (not behind it) – that goes for whether there’s a bat in it or not. I tell players to keep their hands near their back shoulder and angle their bat about 45 degrees. The easiest way to get to this position is to have your daughter rest the bat on her back shoulder – then simply lift if up off her shoulder … the bat should be at the correct angle and her hands should be in the correct position.