Don't Choke At The Plate

Whether it's a game for the league championship or a contest between friends in the park, most ball players have assumed that choking up on your bat grip shortens the swing time, thereby quickening bat speed. A study published in the Journal of Applied Biomechanics only partially supports that theory.

Scientists had 14 adult baseball players swing at pitches using both normal and choked up grips. The choked grips reduced swing time, but also restricted the player's range of motion, resulting in reduced bat velocity at the point where it made contact with the ball.

The Bigger Picture: Here's another reality versus perception quandary for baseball and softball players to ponder. While the research doesn't appear to support choking up for harder hitting, if it gets you on base during games, that's really all that matters. If, on the other hand, you can't figure out why the technique isn't producing home runs, this research may offer an explanation.
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