MLB Hitter explains “Turning The Barrel” (with Antonelli Baseball)


What’s up guys, Coach Madden, YouGoProBaseball.com
and I’m here again with Antonelli Baseball, Matt Antonelli, Major League Hitter, Middle
Infielder for the Padres and we played in the Padres organization together and he’s
going to talk about today what turning the barrel is and how to use turning the barrel
for more bat speed, more power, just to be a better hitter. What do you got? Sure. Let’s talk about a couple things. One of the first things I talk with players
about is when I’m swinging I’ve got to find a way to create some type of stretch in my
swing so I compare it to an elastic band or slingshot where in order to shoot something,
let’s just say I have an elastic and I’m going to pull an elastic back, if I want to shoot
this elastic, I have to pull it back, stretch it to store energy. The more I pull back, the more energy I store,
when I finally just literally let go of my finger the elastic flies. So I can do that much further than if I try
to push the elastic or if I don’t pull it back and put enough stretch into it. So I start with that. Now, how do you relate that to the swing? There’s a couple of things. The first thing is, when I get in position
and I pull back here and I get ready to launch the bat, here’s the difference that I talk
about versus what a lot of players kind of think they want to do or young players especially
try to do, is when I get here, instead of just trying to go forward, trying to get,
you’ll hear “knob to the ball” or “down to the ball”, so instead of just getting this
happening right here, what I’m literally trying to do is when I launch and I start to turn
and this leg is going to turn me this way, I want my bat and my upper body literally
to go the other way. So my bat is going to be turned this way,
instead of pushed that way. So when I push this way I lose any of that
stretch that I created is lost because my body. I’m turning this way, the bat is going this
way, so everything is going in the same direction so you lose that stretch. So when I create it and now when I start to
turn my lower body and my upper body is launched back and my bat is launched back, well now
you create even more of that stretch. So this is coming here and this is going here
so now you’ve got more stretch than if both are going the same way. So just think about the elastic. That’s the easy part. Now when I do that I’m going to create much
more bat speed because now I’ve used my body in sequence, the right way. We talked about the ground up. So again, this is powering me here and this
is going to happen. My upper body is going to go back. I create the stretch and I create more bat
speed. But not only that, now because my bat is turning
this way, I’m going to enter the zone a lot deeper. So again, if I do this, I’m going to enter
the zone, I’m going to miss out on this early part of the zone, I’m going to use my upper
body, it’s really an upper body dominant swing, I’m not going to create a lot of bat speed,
and I’m not going to be on the same plane of the pitch. When I do this, now I’m creating bat speed. I’m using my body the right way but now I
can get in the zone early, and stay in the zone for a long time. So you’ve got better bat speed, you get on
plane, you’re going to be able to square the ball up much more consistently. So you get a bunch of things that are going
to work through your swing versus kind of that, more of that old school kind of “get
the knob down to the ball, push the bat down to the ball”. Now let’s say we’ve got a young kid, maybe
10, 12, 14 years old or their parents, coaches, watching this, what is something they could
do to work on it. Is it just a matter of repetitions or? I think the first thing is to get into the
right position. So, we talked a little bit earlier about how
to, you know the load and whether dropping the hands is bad, or how do I want to load
the bat. All I talk to the guys about is literally,
I want to get into position by, as I move forward, I just want to pull back right here. So I just think about it, it’s almost like
a feeling of, like you’re almost going to row something. Like start a lawn mower. It’s more subtle than that move but it’s right
here. So I literally use my back to get myself into
position. I don’t push my hands back. You hear a lot of guys say “get your hands
back”. I can get them back a whole bunch of different
ways. I want to feel like I’m pulling them back. So now once I feel this right here, now once
I go, all I’m literally doing is this back rear arm right here is going to start to work
under and it’s a feeling of literally just this right here. So I’m going to work the barrel back. So instead of pushing this way, I get this
feeling where I’m kind of getting palm up earlier in the swing. So instead of getting down and trying to get
palm up here or never getting palm up, this is the launch of my swing. I start to get palm up back here, my barrel
goes back, and I think about just, you know we talked about turning the barrel but if
you think about the knob, literally just turning the knob deeper. So again, here’s the opposite, here’s knob
down to the ball, the knob never turns, right? Knob’s going down down down down and the barrel
is going to follow the knob. So if I’m just knob knob knob here, well then
my barrel is going to go down through the ball. If I can start to feel the knob, if you just
go slow motion, feel the knob turning deeper back here. Well now, all of a sudden when I start to
get into here my knob is facing the pitcher, now my barrel is going to replace my knob
and I’ll be on path. So there’s a bunch of different drills you
can do with it. We do a lot of different drills. A real simple one, we’ll face forward and
we’ll just pull back right here and from this position if you just keep your right foot
in the ground and just kind of coil around that right leg, you can really feel as you
launch here, thinking about taking your upper body back, taking the barrel back, and turning
the knob and just making contact. When I do this drill I really feel myself
having to get turned this way. So that’s an easy drill. Again, there’s a bunch of them but I think
once you get the concept of what you’re trying to do, just get in the mirror, go slow, get
that feel, and you’ll all of a sudden go “wow, I usually try to power the bat down to the
ball here and now all I’ve got to do is get into position and turn the knob a little bit
deeper” they start to finally pick it up and get it. That’s awesome man. That’s awesome information. That’s actually, “turning the barrel” the
first time I heard that was on your YouTube channel man. So, I’m learning from your channel all the
time. Thank you. Guys if you haven’t checked out his channel,
you’ve got to go over there and subscribe man because he’s got some great information. Antonelli Baseball, I’ll leave the link down
below. Check him out. Oooop, you ok?

41 thoughts on “MLB Hitter explains “Turning The Barrel” (with Antonelli Baseball)

  1. That was good info. The explanation could be a little better but I was happy it was correct info. When a player is in his batting stance his hands are generally palm front/palm back. We all know we want to be palm up/palm down when we hit. Therefore, it is just a matter of WHEN we transition from one to the other. You can either transition early while your hands are still close to your back shoulder or much later, close to contact(bad thing). Earlier means in the zone longer. As far as pulling back the rubber band goes, you should feel that stretch in the lead shoulder. If you feel it there when you load, then you are creating the proper stretch. Hope this helps.

  2. Great combination of guys working together and both of you know what ur talking about.
    I THINK that every kid that want to be a better baseball player should watch.
    Happy holidays to both of you and your family.

  3. Hey coach, I’m coaching Vaughn school team for the first time, what are some good tools for a productive practice? Like drills that will improve the players?

  4. It's great to see this video now, because as an adult I started to make this modification a few years ago my power and contact improved dramatically. I called it "sitting on my back leg", which essentially translated to me a more level swing by eliminating that drag swing by shifting my weight slightly to the rear leg before exploding forward. But kept everything compact, and "short". Thus I was able to get that rubber band effect.

  5. This is one of the biggest things I wanted a video on – how to get that bat on the right path and how to start the swing. Thanks!

  6. Coach whats your opinion on toe tapping as a hitter vs the leg kick or just straight striding. Do you believe toe tapping is good for timing up faster pitching? Been thinking of implementing it in my swing since one of my favorite hitters (Victor Martinez) does it 💪👊

  7. I've got a 13u player who has been playing since he was 4. Weve been watching YouGoPro for a few years now and this is the best video for hitting ive seen online. I also subscribe to Antonelli baseball but have not seen this info on his ch.
    Thanks Matt & John.
    You guys are doing alot of good for kids that may not be able to otherwise access this info. Great guys.

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  9. Your shoulders are opening up with your hips, and your hands will drag with that barrel turn. Understand getting on plane, but the back shoulder drops naturally behind the baseball if you keep the top half still stacked, and the hips go first..

  10. Wow, been watching a bunch of these lately, but this really gave me great insight on bat speed. I've been too mental on staying connected with body strength, but loss all that whipping power

  11. You’ll never connect on the up and in pitch. Love pitching against these kind of hitters. 0-4 all day. Great advice coach. Lol

  12. Please take my son for a day…. his swing is killing me… last year he was killing the ball,but this year it’s just hard grounders to second base… I think he’s opening up his upper body to fast.

  13. this is HUGE for every kid..if ur pulling the bat you'll be playing [email protected]@er soon… I like to keep it EASY..especially for the younger players.. For me, the bat quickness helped by the hands (arms) comes from the running start. The running start comes from tipping the bat and then letting it rip with the hands without stopping to set the bat………just going from the time the bat reaches it's farthest point in the tip. Here are some clips starting with Ruth and working the way up to the guys of today like Bonds, Guerrero, Soriano and the young teenager Robert Stock.

    "When they tip it forward, they go from there…..they don't start, and then set their hands and then have to start again. Much like the running start I have yapped about with maddux for years

    "What he is doing is getting more batspeed with less effort…….a running start. It does not need to be explained to a kid at all……just tell him to get his hands away from the body a little, point the bat at the sky, tip it towards the pitcher and then let it rip. If he asks why, you respond by telling him he will hit the ball a lot farther. When he does, there won't be any need to talk about pronation or whatever. If he can't do it, then there won't be any need to talk about pronation or whatever, because it won't matter.

    "About 99% of all guys in the big leaguers were not taught the swing. They just found it along the way through emulation, feel or just blind luck. The clip of Williams is great, because he was 48 years old when it was shot and he is ripping the ball and laughing. He is also tipping the bat and then letting it rip. He is also the best hitter who ever walked and had dozens of instructors telling people that he was just a freak and that you should not copy him. They say the same thing about Bonds today, and the only guy who was smart enough to copy him was Robert Stocks dad, and it is paying off. He copies Bond's running start and the kid can hit balls a long way. Everyone else does not copy it because they think it is too hard to do. Mr Oh hit 868 dingers,was 5' 10, weighed 165 and nobody paid attention to his swing in the USA either.

    "Last year in September, I saw the Mariners play a 6 game home series and every day I was there early to watch BP. Outside of Richie Sexon who is 6'9", Ichiro hits the ball farther than anyone on that club. He bangs ball after ball off the restaurant in right field which is about 410 ft away. In BP he tips the bat and lets it rip. He is 5'9" and about 160 lbs. In games he does not do it, because with his 3.6 speed, he was taught at a young age to take advantage of it.

    "If your kids can run like Ichiro, then they can be dead hands slap hitters, but if they can't, then they better hit like Molitor, Olerud or Brett or better yet, learn to tip it and rip it and they may hit enough home runs and doubles to make their High School coach really like them.

    "If you are built like Frank Thomas, you don't need to tip it either. Ted Williams once said that if he could work with Thomas that Frank would hit 80 home runs every year. It never happened.

    "Timing it for a good athlete is not hard, what has happened is that nobody has taught it to anybody. What is really hard is setting your bat behind your shoulder, go from a dead start and then expect rotation to bring the bat around and magically hit the ball. That has been taught to many kids…….good luck"

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    "Tip it and rip it"

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