What made Barry Bonds' swing so good? Barry was very good at matching plane with the pitch. He was also able to consistently create early bat speed which gave him adjustablity to pitch location. When you're able to create early bat speed and get on plane, the sky is the limit. This swing path allows a hitter optimal efficiency. You will notice that the great hitters are able to keep their head very still, and the shoulders don't move until the bat is on plane behind them.