What is a hitting zone?
A lot of people get “hitting zone” and “strike zone” confused. A hitting zone is the area a hitter creates with the path of his bat. It is the area in which the sweet spot of the bat stays in line with the pitch. The longer the player can keep the sweet spot in the hitting zone the more success the player will have. Hitting is not what you do when your timing is on, it’s what you do when you timing is just off.
How does the CamWood Trainer develop the proper bat path?
With a traditional bat, all of the weight is placed at the end of the bat causing the hitter to swing in circular motion, otherwise known as casting. By swinging in a circular motion an improper bat path is created which causes the “sweet spot” of the bat to go out and around the ball. When the weight of the Camwood Trainer is placed by the hands, this forces the hitter to drive the hands on a straight line (hence the saying “Knob to the Ball”). This creates a linear path to the ball and keeps the sweet spot of the bat in the hitting zone for a longer period of time.
The diagram above illustrates a poor bat path. The hitter throws the barrel of the bat at the ball which causes a circular motion. This motion creates a small hitting zone (a long swing) thus giving little opportunity to make solid contact with the sweet spot of the bat.
The diagram above illustrates an ideal bat path. By leading with the hands on a line and letting the barrel of the bat follow naturally, the bat will stay in the hitting zone for an extended period of time. This extended time gives the hitter more opportunity to make solid contact with the sweet spot of bat.