I have many people ask me what bat they can get to help them acquire a few more feet so they can hit it over the fence. To start with this is the wrong question to ask for many reasons, but since many of you will ask it anyway I will answer it. There are many great bats out there, which can help you with a little more distance but... The question really should be how can I hit the ball farther than I currently am regardless of what bat I am using.
I have a great example for you. I play with a guy who is built like Sammy Sosa. When he is on he is one of the most scary hitters I have ever seen. He can consistently hit 325-350 ft. line drives that stay just 4 ft. of the ground. When he gets home run rotation on the ball 375 and 400 ft. distance is what he gets. What bat does he use? It doesn't matter. Any bat he uses he gets this distance. Some of his favorite bats are his old TPS Ai's and even some old single wall bats.
On the other end of the spectrum I have another friend who hardly ever practices at all, doesn't work out or anything , but hits .700 with occasional power year in and year out with an old bat to boot. He is proof positive that there is more to the game than equipment etc. Of course we can't all be like him with natural ability, however with hard work like practice, even someone with less than natural ability, can surpass some who may have more ability than you do, by plain old fashioned hard work.
But my friends mental approach and focus was perfect and of course he hit to all field as well, which is important for high average hitting. Growing up, he was taught well and never forgot the basics he learned. The only thing about him was, he was selfish and never passed on the knowledge he had to others.
Did you know the farthest softball ever hit was back in the 1970's with an old heavy single wall bat. It went over 500 ft. Now that's a shot. How could he do this way back then with what we consider now to be an obsolete kind of bat? a few things, the ball for one was much more lively back then almost like a superball, but He also obviously had good mechanics, timing and swing with home run rotation on the ball. His size didn't hurt at 6'5" or so, but size does not matter as much as you think it may. It's technique.
Home run rotation. This is the opposite of base hit line drive rotation which most of us employ on a regular basis. With base hit rotation you are hitting the top half of the ball which creates top spin, so when it is hit over the infielders head it then dives and falls in front of the outfielders.
With home run rotation you hit the bottom half of the ball ever so slightly, but still keeping a level swing, then drive through the ball all the way around with complete follow-thru trying not to lose bat speed by letting up after you have contacted the ball.
The problem with most players that try to achieve this type of swing is they inevitably end up swinging with too much of an uppercut by pulling their head off the ball and they drop their back shoulder too much and lose out on their level swing. Or they don't complete the swing which includes the complete follow-thru.
Hand position is also a factor before you come through the hitting zone and I get into this in more detail in the video which you must get to really see what I am talking about here, but in general high hands will come through the zone high and therefore hit on the top part of the ball. Low hands will tend to hit on the bottom part of the ball, but still a level swing must be employed. Of course low hands can also hit the top half of the ball for tops pin, but you have a better chance of getting home run rotation with hands low.
Also keeping hands far back all during your motion to swing (when you are driving with your legs), is a very important factor in keeping proper arm extension and gaining maximum momentum and bat speed before the bat and hands come through the zone to contact the ball before it reaches the plate.
The best way bar none to practice hitting the bottom or top half of the ball is with a batting tee. Why? You don't get the proper feedback when you are hitting at either the batting cage or live pitching. The feedback you will be looking for with the Tee is, the Tee will be struck slightly when striking the bottom half of the ball, as opposed to the Tee not moving at all when you strike the Top half of the ball.
Never underestimate the batting Tee as the most helpful training device at your disposal, plus is it relatively inexpensive. Please get the video to acquire perfect timing and you will be an unstoppable force for opposing teams to reckon with!