How to Bat Left-Handed

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Historically, many cultures viewed left-handers as a handicap. Some even considered it a sign of evil. However, our modern society appreciates left-handers for their advantages, including creativity and intelligence. In baseball, a left-handed batter has some distinct advantages.

  • Grip the bat comfortably with the left hand on top, lining up your middle knuckles. Keep the muscles of your upper arms relaxed.

  • Find a comfortable stance. Keep your hands 5 to 7 inches from your torso, with the bat at a 45-degree angle. Hold your hands in front of your chest, wherever you find most comfortable.

  • Stand inside the batter's box to the right side of home plate. Place your feet shoulder-width apart and bend your knees slightly. If you're facing a right-handed pitcher, the ball will come to the plate heading towards your body. A stance towards the back of the box can give you an advantage.

  • Swing the bat. Lean your weight onto your left leg and step into the swing with your right leg. Find a comfortable swing. Many left-handers find an upwards swing most comfortable.

  • Allow the handle of your bat to stop even with your right shoulder. Allow the barrel of the bat to continue around your back in your follow-through.

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