Welcome to  Swing the Bat!, a web site dedicated to helping parents and coaches teach proper baseball swing mechanics to kids.  I hope you find the information posted here helpful.  If you have a question, comment, or suggestion for improvement, feel free to contact me, Phil Plante, at phil@swingthebat.net.

Notice:  Swing the Bat! has been on-line since 2006, but we will be shutting down and going off-line on November 19, 2018.  You can still contact me at phil@swingthebat.net.

The Swing

I’ve divided the swing into the four phases shown in the graphic below: 1) the Pre-Swing, 2) the Turn,   3) the Swing-to-Contact, and 4) the Follow-Through.  For a detailed description of each swing phase, click on the phase name or use the navigation tabs at the top to go to the corresponding page. 


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PROPER Baseball swing mechanics

After 12 years, I have decided to retire from providing baseball hitting instruction.  It has been a pleasure to work with so many players, young and not-quite-so young.  Thank you for entrusting your swing to me.  It has been rewarding to see the improvements that each hitter made during the lessons.  As always, feel free to contact me at phil@swingthebat.net if you have any questions about hitting.

Please note: Swing the Bat! does not have a public batting cage.

My daughter is on Northern Virginia’s premier "A" fastpitch travel team and that is due in large part to her hitting, which Phil made better.  Phil is very knowledgeable about all components of swing mechanics, and his demeanor is excellent with kids.       I would say affirmatively that my daughter has a far better swing with more power as a result of Phil’s lessons with her.                                                                                                          - Tom C., Manassas, Va.

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I want to thank you for the great breakdown of the swing.  It helps me teach my young hitters the best foundation for successful hitting.  We live in Southern California or I would recommend my kids to you as a hitting instructor! 

                                             - Will T.

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I have been a batting coach for the last 5 years and this is the best overview I have ever found on the web.  Thanks for taking your time to share your knowledge and experience.
                              - Scott K

I have been coaching Little League ball for 8 years and I have found your website to be the best for teaching a player how to hit the ball. My son at age 12 has become a consistent homerun and gap hitter because of the tips and drills from your website. Keep up the great work.

                                                     - David B.


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Just wanted to let you know that your work with my son paid off tonight.  Bottom of the 6th, tying run on second, a laser to left hit so hard the left fielder couldn't cut it off - a double that tied the game.  I can't convey how hard hit the ball was. I don't think I've ever seen a kid on even our high school team hit a ball that sharply. The crowd went nuts at the beauty of it.  He just ripped it. He has come a long way in a short time. Thanks for all the help.  

                                                          - Russ R, Potomac, Md.


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