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Drills For Developing Fast Hands/Bat Speed For Batting
« on: April 07, 2020, 08:10:03 PM »

Some batsmen have very fast hands. Jos Butler. Tom Benton. Etc. They whip around that 2-10/2-11 bat like it is nothing. In Benton's nets, his bat makes a whippy sound when he plays his shots. Lot of these big hitter rely on hand speed to generate that whippy action. Are there any drills that can help improve hand/bat speed? What do you guys think?
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Re: Drills For Developing Fast Hands/Bat Speed For Batting
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2020, 08:50:13 PM »

Unweight the bat, watch the cricket academy on YouTube,  start with you bat as you normally would, then unweight it and then let it flow through, instantly it will be better for your batspeed.

Also lighten your grip, if you grip too tight, you are tense,  and can't swing the bat quickly.
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Re: Drills For Developing Fast Hands/Bat Speed For Batting
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2020, 09:35:03 PM »

I watched this recently and thought it was useful

https://youtu.be/NbgPN7ELY1A
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Re: Drills For Developing Fast Hands/Bat Speed For Batting
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2020, 01:04:59 AM »

Bowling machine, tennis balls and a half bat. Put on decent pace and try to hit your normal shots a little harder. Keeping your shape. Try that. Not for everyone.
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Re: Drills For Developing Fast Hands/Bat Speed For Batting
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2020, 01:40:13 AM »

^ By "half bat", you mean a middling bat (thin bat)?
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Re: Drills For Developing Fast Hands/Bat Speed For Batting
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2020, 02:34:24 AM »

Add weight to the back of the bat? Ben williams youtube put a video up recently.home drills or something
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Re: Drills For Developing Fast Hands/Bat Speed For Batting
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2020, 07:15:32 AM »

^ By "half bat", you mean a middling bat (thin bat)?
Yup, I think people also call them eye-in bat. Half a bat really. Good fun too!
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Re: Drills For Developing Fast Hands/Bat Speed For Batting
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2020, 03:40:56 PM »

Is it hand speed or is it really fast rotation?

Most of the force in rotational striking ie cricket and baseball comes from a really solid base and being ridiculously good at blocking the lead leg. In baseball this tends to be a straight leg similar to fast bowlers, cricketers often more a bent leg, but its rigid and being strong enough to transfer force into and around that rigid leg.

Get strong in your lower half, then get really good at rotational stuff, medicine balls are good for overload, but so is practicing hitting the ball hard / moving the bat quickly!
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Re: Drills For Developing Fast Hands/Bat Speed For Batting
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2020, 03:42:51 PM »

This highlights the issue with drills for power hitting and hand speed for me

https://youtu.be/p1vXIb0jVeY
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Re: Drills For Developing Fast Hands/Bat Speed For Batting
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2020, 04:25:33 PM »

Is it hand speed or is it really fast rotation?

Most of the force in rotational striking ie cricket and baseball comes from a really solid base and being ridiculously good at blocking the lead leg. In baseball this tends to be a straight leg similar to fast bowlers, cricketers often more a bent leg, but its rigid and being strong enough to transfer force into and around that rigid leg.

Get strong in your lower half, then get really good at rotational stuff, medicine balls are good for overload, but so is practicing hitting the ball hard / moving the bat quickly!

Great question!

It is fast hands I am after - Finch hitting a six over cover point doesn't really use a lot of rotational force; he utilizes powerful core and fast (powerful) hands.

Your point about "blocked" leg is well taken.

Do you think fast hands play any role in power hitting at all or am I going down the wrong path?

#powerhitting
« Last Edit: April 08, 2020, 04:30:45 PM by InternalTraining »
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Re: Drills For Developing Fast Hands/Bat Speed For Batting
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2020, 05:14:37 PM »

Hands are just the end of the chain (well bat but if we are talking about the body then hands) so just having "fast hands" whatever that means is definitely going down the wrong path. If you try to smash a ball just with your hands it won't go very far. It's no different to a golf drive or baseball hitting and the same techniques apply (to the type of bigger shots mentioned).
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