How To Overcome Two Very Common Baseball Hitting Problems!
I would venture that on any given team, at least half of the weaker hitters have one of these two very common hitting problems. If you are not relaxed at the plate you will have little chance for success as a hitter. And if you’re not taking “the shortest route” to the ball you will have even less of a chance. Here are several baseball tips on hitting that should help to overcome them. I sincerely hope you don’t have one of these two very common baseball hitting problems.
Tension Is A Hitter’s Worst Enemy
I’ve heard this expression dozens of times and could not agree more. No, not dozens, let’s make it hundreds of times. If you have tension in your swing, it is next to impossible to hit the ball effectively. On the other hand, relaxing is a great asset to have.
An outstanding high school varsity baseball coach I know has his hitters take a deep breath before every pitch and go into relax mode. Please note that I said outstanding coach and not good or very good. It is often referred to as “the calm before the storm.” Hitting a baseball well on a consistent basis is not an easy chore. If you have tension before and during the swing, it makes it an almost impossible chore. A smooth and gracious swing is what you want to strive for and tension will make it very difficult.
Like I’ve mentioned before, sometimes a slight waggle at the plate will help you to relax. Or you can wiggle your fingers on the bat while waiting for the pitch. It’s very difficult to have your body tense up if your body is moving. Still another way to encourage you to relax is to squeeze the bat very tightly and when the pitcher goes into his windup ease up on your grip. Learning how to relax at the plate should be very helpful to you!
You Must Be Short To The Ball
1. I’m quite sure that you’ve heard the expression “the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.” Well…this most definitely applies to a baseball swing! You must go from point “A” where you are loaded up, to point “B” where you are making contact, in a straight line. The very beginning of the swing is not level at all. It is a downward movement when going from A to B and not a horizontal movement. Way too many players level out their swing at the start. The reason it is such a common problem is because they have heard the words “level swing” hollered out to them since they were probably about eight years old. I wish I had a dime for every time I’ve heard a coach, parent or teammate holler out “level swing Johnny.” Only at the point of contact should the swing level out and not before that. You can’t lose a valuable fraction of a second if it takes a fast ball a fraction of a second to get to the catcher’s mitt. Look at it as simple math.
2. Another possibility for your swing to be “long and looping” may be that you are dropping your hands at the beginning of the swing. This can cause you to be “long” to the ball and cause your bat to have a slight drag.
3. You may be pushing your hands out too far away from your body and that will create a longer swing. Remember the expression, “hands back and bat forward.”
4. You must keep your front shoulder closed. If you open the front shoulder too early, it will cause your bat to drag through the hitting zone, causing you to be “long” and not “short” to the baseball. This is often referred to as “casting” the bat and not swinging the bat. “Casting” is what you do when you go fishing and not when you swing at a baseball.
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