BASEBALL HITTING TIPS
Baseball hitting tips from "CP"
Are good baseball hitters born or developed? Many have pondered this question for years. Maybe both apply!
God given ability is important, but rest assured all good hitters spend hours learning, analyzing, and practicing their craft.
But what are the secrets to develop these abilities? Is there a specific batting style or approach that is the best? Are there tips that can unlock the abilities of individual players?
These are important questions and here are the answers.
Every player has a certain style or approach at the plate. Its how they start out. An open stance, closed stance, hands low, hands high, there is no wrong approach or style. But all good hitters have specific mechanics that are followed through out their swing, from beginning to end.
We call these mechanics the ....
All good hitters follow the ABSOLUTES that are discussed below, but here are a few tips on the approach first.
Batting Tips: ApproachFeet parallel and slightly more than shoulder width apart, with weight evenly distributed on both feet.
Hands relaxed and held even or slightly above the back shoulder.
Knees slightly bent, elbows down
Although hitting styles(approach) vary among players, young players should keep a simple approach.
Every player must load in order to begin the hitting sequence.
Loading starts with the front foot coming off the ground (or in some cases at least the heel of the front foot)
It's important to remain balanced during each phase of the swing. When the front foot comes off the ground to begin this process, the hands remain back and the head is centered in the middle of the body (see photos).
The front foot lands with the foot opened to a 45 degree angle.
Landing and Launching
As the front foot lands, the heel will contact the ground, the hips will open and the swing begins to launch.
When the front hip opens, the back heel will raise off the ground and the swing will begin.
The back elbow will begin to tuck in as the back shoulder tilts to adjust to the pitch location.
The loading process along with the hip turn in the lower half will act as a rubber band winding and then releasing, supplying power and bat speed for the swing.
Launch to Contact
As hands begin to move forward,the front leg will stiffen to stop forward movement and begin the swing around the axis of the body.
The back shoulder continues to tilt to the location of the ball as the bat plane becomes parallel to the path of the ball.
The top hand will continue to work its way underneath the bat on the way to contact.
The back leg will make an L-shape.
Both arms will not be extended at contact, but right after contact. (notice the back arm in the photos)
Note: Wrist roll occurs after contact and during the follow through.
Stay balanced throughout the follow thru
Arms fully extend after contact
Arms will make a "V" out in front of the body after contact.
Hitter is sitting on rear leg as the follow thru occurs, finsihing up on the ball of the rear foot.
On inside pitches, you might see some weight transfere to the outside of the front foot, causing the front foot to roll slighlty outward.
Try to extend with the hands as far and high as possible.
Note: The position of the hands at finish will depend somewhat on the pitch location. The lower the pitch at contact, the higher the hands on the follow thru. However, good extension and finish is a must.
Does the hitter need to let go with one hand in order to follow thru correctly? No, its much like the approach, some hitters do and some do not. On outside pitches, its almost impossible for the top hand not to leave the bat on the follow thru. For those that do like to let go on follow thru, make sure they do so well after contact.
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