Swing the Bat!

Online since:  August, 2005

Last updated: January 2016
Welcome to Swing the Bat! where you'll find: 1) The best description of the baseball/softball swing on the web; 2) Affordable and effective hitting instruction in the Olney, MD, area; and 3) StatMinder!, the baseball/softball stats spreadsheet solution - now FREE!  If you have a question, comment, or suggestion for improvement, please feel free to contact me.


If you're looking to improve your swing mechanics or help teach a kid to swing, you've come to the right place.

I’ve divided the swing into the four phases shown in the graphic above: 1) Pre-Swing, 2) Turn, 3) Extend through the Hitting Zone, and 4) Follow-Through.  Click on the phase name or use the navigation tabs at the top to go to the corresponding page.  Each phase starts with the hitter in a key position and ends in another key position.  The ending key position of one phase is the starting key position of the next.  I’ve further expanded the contact position into three, depending on where in the hitting zone the hitter contacts the ball.

To download a free Microsoft Word (docx) description of the swing, click here.  For a pdf version, click here.


Looking to improve your swing this season?

I've been providing effective private hitting instruction for both baseball and softball in the Olney, Maryland, area since 2005 at very affordable rates, now just $90 for 4 private lessons.  That's about what you'd pay for one private lesson at most places.  Check out the details on the Lessons & Contact Info page.  Lessons now include 3D slow-motion video analysis using the ZEPP swing analysis system.  Still undecided?  Check out customer feedback on the Reviews page.

NOTE:  The Swing the Bat! batting cage is for instruction only and is not open to the general public.  For public, coin-operated batting cages, try the Baseball Zone in Rockville.


Statminder! is an easy-to-use baseball and softball stats spreadsheet that keeps over 60 hitting, pitching, fielding, and base-running stats - and now it's FREE!  Just click on the StatMinder! logo at right to download your free copy.  You must have Microsoft Excel installed on your machine for StatMinder! to work.

  • After downloading and using StatMinder!, please consider making a voluntary donation via the secure PayPal Donate button below.  $5 USD is the suggested donation amount, but any amount is appreciated.  You do not need a PayPal account to donate and a donation is not required to download StatMinder!  Questions?  Contact me
  • Click here to download a free set of hitting, pitching, and fielding scoresheets to help you keep accurate stats during a game.  Basic instructions are included.  The scoresheets are especially helpful when using StatMinder! to keep your team's stats. The scoresheets are in pdf format so you will need to have Acrobat Reader installed on your machine.  Click here to download a free copy of Acrobat Reader.  

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