After hours of research and questioning several baseball Dads, I decided on a Demarini Voodoo 29 inch 16 oz youth half composite / half aluminum baseball bat. This bat is an even balanced bat with a drop swing weight of -13. The bat swings really nice and we were able to pick up an inch in length and drop an ounce in weight from Reid's previous Demarini DX2. I am trying to get more bat speed for Reid. He has a nice little swing, but needs to drive the ball with more authority. We un-boxed the bat and headed for the batting cage.
As we were hitting I kept telling Reid to swing through the baseball, meaning swing the bat all the way through the swing and finish hard. I couldn't get him to understand what I was telling him. Then the idea hit me. I took my phone and rigged it up in the netting of the pitcher screen and hit the video button. This is what I got on the first try.
I then showed Reid the video. He was able to see what I was trying to tell him. This next video shows a better swing with the correct adjustments. (I apologize in advance that it is not as clear as the first one. Blogger is apparently having issues with video upload. I had to record a recording to get this to work.)
This was much better!
Does the bat make a difference? I really think it does. I took some swings with it and I can tell a difference. The ball jumps off the barrel with more pop than his other bat and it makes that wonderful pinging sound that I have been longing for. I hope that with a steady diet of practice and if my arm doesn't fall off, we will make improvements and turn this kid into a feared hitter at the plate!