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|Posted on August 7, 2016 at 9:10 PM||comments (3631)|
In our batting cages I often hear to get more power you need to twist your hips faster and have faster hands. When they twist and swing faster they either miss the ball, foul it off or hit the ball softly. Trying to hit this way rarely works because if you are using mainly your arms, the faster you swing, the faster you are pulling the bat out of the hitting zone or away from the ball. This means you won't hit the middle of the ball as often and there will be m...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 7, 2016 at 9:05 PM||comments (26)|
Almost every (99%) baseball and fastpitch softball hitter that comes into our cages swings mainly with their arms. The very best hitters in Major League baseball and fastpitch softball swing with their body. That means almost all hitters are swinging the opposite of the best hitters. Why is this?
They swing with their arms because bad hitting cues (listed below) cause bad hitting mechanics. The problem is batters keep hearing these bad cues from t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 1, 2016 at 10:45 PM||comments (586)|
How do you become the best hitter you are capable of being, the one you always dreamed of? How do you reach your true hitting potential? Whether you are a hitter in baseball or fastpitch softball it is actually much easier than you think if you learn how to do it the right way.
Hitting at your full potential means everything is working in proper sequence as the bat comes through the hitting zone. This means you need to have proper timing of the pitcher an...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 22, 2016 at 6:05 PM||comments (46)|
It is hard for parents to know if they are getting good quality hitting instruction for baseball and fastpitch softball. Almost everything taught by former players, coaches, hitting instructors and at hitting camps makes a batter swing with their arms. Parents and students are starting to realize when they use their arms it becomes difficult to have both power and hit the ball hard consistently. They can swing hard for power but have little consistency, mostly pulling weak...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 22, 2016 at 4:10 PM||comments (82)|
People keep writing and calling asking for tips on how to swing with your body rather than mainly using their arms. They tell me I am describing them when I write about how swinging mainly with your arms will cause you to pull weak grounders and hit soft fly balls to the opposite field. I tell them it is impossible to just give a tip to learn how to do this correctly. Hitting with your body is a process that takes time and work. It is almost the complete oppo...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 22, 2016 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
If you are looking for hitting lessons that truly make a difference in a baseball or fastpitch softball players career make sure you find an instructor that can show you how to use your bat and body correctly. The problem is almost everyone is being taught bad hitting cues that are causing them to have bad hitting mechanics. How can you figure out what is right and what is wrong? Do your homework, make sure they don't teach twisting or rotating the back foot or hips, fast ha...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 22, 2016 at 4:10 PM||comments (26)|
Everyday in our batting cages I hear fast hands being told to hitters by their parents and coaches. I even hear former Major League Baseball players on ESPN talking about using fast hands. New students that come in for lessons, whether baseball or fastpitch softball, have been taught by their former instructors and coaches to use fast hands and have even been told they need to make them stronger.
I have talked before that fast hands will put baseball and ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 22, 2016 at 4:10 PM||comments (19)|
In my last blog about pitching I mentioned that depending on whose research you look at when you hit a line drive you have a 70 to 80% chance for it to be a hit. When you hit a grounder there is only a 25 to 29% chance it is a hit and a fly ball has a 20 to 22% chance of being a hit. These percentages are virtually the same for High School, College and Major Leagues hitters.
This means that you have a three times better chance of getting a hit with a line drive. ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 22, 2016 at 4:05 PM||comments (100)|
In my previous blog I talked about how pitching with your body will help you increase your velocity, control and take stress off of your arm. You look and feel so much more effortless whether pitching or in the field when you use your body to generate the energy when throwing a baseball or softball. The problem is each student that comes in for lessons throws mainly with their arm because of what they have been taught. When I start a new lesson with each student I ask what they...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 22, 2016 at 12:20 AM||comments (151)|
Almost every batter that comes in to use our cages whether they play baseball or fastpitch softball swing basically the same way, mainly with their arms. They will start the first round swinging hard as they can using fast hands and usually miss the first few pitches till they get their timing down and then hit mostly weak grounders and pop ups. They then slow down their swing a little to try and hit line drives. The problem is when they hit the mi...Read Full Post »