Being Left Handed


Left Handed Batting

Left Handed Batting

Babe Ruth was the first player to make Left Handed Batting successful. Through the years, left handers have mastered the skill of batting from the left side of the plate and many right handers switch because of their advantage. Learning to bat as a southpaw takes patience and some taught skills. EHow published an article to help explain these techniques titled, "How To Bat Left-Handed";

Historically, many cultures viewed left-hander's as a handicap. Some even considered it a sign of evil. However, our modern society appreciates left-hander's for their advantages, including creativity and intelligence. In baseball, a left-handed batter has some distinct advantages.


  1. Grip the bat comfortably with the left hand on top, lining up your middle knuckles. Keep the muscles of your upper arms relaxed.

  2. Find a comfortable stance. Keep your hands 5 to 7 inches from your torso, with the bat at a 45-degree angle. Hold your hands in front of your chest, wherever you find most comfortable.
  3. Stand inside the batter's box to the right side of home plate. Place your feet shoulder-width apart and bend your knees slightly. If you're facing a right-handed pitcher, the ball will come to the plate heading towards your body. A stance towards the back of the box can give you an advantage.
  4. Swing the bat. Lean your weight onto your left leg and step into the swing with your right leg. Find a comfortable swing. Many left-hander's find an upwards swing most comfortable.
  5. Allow the handle of your bat to stop even with your right shoulder. Allow the barrel of the bat to continue around your back in your follow-through.

Sometimes pictures are better than words, so watch this video on left handed batting to improve your swing.

Left Handed batters have dominated the sport of baseball in the past and present. There are so many greats, such as; Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Barry Bonds, Lou Gehrig, Stan Musial, Joe Jackson, Ichiro Suzuki, Jim Thome, Ken Griffey Jr., the list goes on and on. These men realize the advantage of batting left-handed and have used it to become some of the greatest baseball players of all time.

With some practice on the left side, you too can become a southpaw batter. Study the steps and video listed above and watch professional left-handed players also. If you are right handed it may seem awkward to you at first, but you will get better if you choose to switch. Remember, being left handed has it's advantages and left handed batting is one of them.
Read more: How to Bat Left-Handed | eHow.com


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