LEG LIFT or NO LEG LIFT?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion on leg lifts. (I’m sure I’ll be hearing them in the comments below)
Here’s my take based on my experiences while playing at Mississippi State and in the minor leagues.
Many hitters try adopting a leg lift to increase bat speed. This can work but isn’t for everyone. I added a leg kick to my swing my junior season at Mississippi State and saw my home run total nearly double. However, my strikeouts also increased and my batting average dropped. I dialed it down the next season and saw my average jump by almost 80 points & my strikeouts were cut significantly. However, I hit three less home runs.
FINDING YOUR BEST SWING:
Using a leg lift doesn’t guarantee an increase in power or bat speed, but it can be a good fit depending on the hitter. In most cases, bat speed & power will increase, but the change in timing can also leave the hitter feeling lost at the plate especially if they don’t have their swing fundamentals mastered.
The swing is like a fingerprint. There are parts of every fingerprint that are the same, but each fingerprint also has characteristics that make it unique.
Each hitter has their own unique swing that makes their swing theirs.
Each hitter goes through their own process of finding what works best for them. A leg kick may be beneficial for them, or it may not. The only way to find out is to try.