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ALWAYS BELIEVE YOU CAN! !!!!
1.) Think and assess the situation BEFORE entering the Batter’s
box. Have a plan....
2.) Relax and deep breaths (oxygen to the brain and muscles) as
you dig in.
3.) Never speak or exchange words with the catcher or umpire. Dismiss
them from your mind.
4.) Soft focus on the pitcher’s hat until the baseball appears
in release window… switch!
5.) Your approach should be “YES, YES, YES” on every pitch, be
prepared to hit every pitch! Let your eyes and body tell you
6.) Treat every first pitch like a 2-0. Expect fastball down
the middle and attack it!
7.) After each pitch… deep breaths…be ready to throw your hands
at the ball… back to soft focus.
8.) No matter the count.. ALWAYS expect fastball. ADJUST to
9.) Move up in the box in a “bunt” situation. Back in the box
for “hit and run”.
A Level Swing Isn't Swinging the Bat Level with the Ground
Article courtesy of Jon Hoelter at goodswing.com
There is a lot of controversy concerning the angle of the bat
when hitting a pitched ball. Based on watching film of great
hitters and what has proved successful for the kids I work with
(and in line with Ted Williams' approach to hitting), a level
swing is not swinging the bat level with the ground. A level
swing also only refers to the path of the bat head through the
hitting zone, not the initial part of the swing involving the
hands coming down to the ball or the follow through after
A level swing involves swinging the bat level with the path of
the pitch. This is a slightly upward swing (the degree to which
depends on the pitcher). This increases the likelihood of
hitting the ball squarely, even if contact is a little too late
or too early. When hitting down on the ball (which is popular
among many coaches), the hardest hit balls will be grounders.
Lines drives will flutter and only occur when slightly
undercutting the ball. Weak line drives are also produced by
big uppercuts and the only hard hit balls will be high fly
balls (which are easier to catch than low fly balls).
Correcting for uppercuts and undercuts begins with the position
of the hands when the stride foot is planted (launch position).
Aside from the hands being over the rear foot at this point,
their height is also important. Upper cutting (more than what
is required by the path of the pitch) often occurs because the
hands start too low ñ often by the ribs. Under cutters
generally start their hands too high, somewhere above their
shoulder. Ideally, the hands should be close to shoulder
height. From the rear shoulder, the hands should bring the bat
head down into the hitting zone and then up at the ball. When
the bat head flies forward, it should go through the contact
area level with the path of the ball.
The Rear Shoulder: A Common
According to Jerry Kindall, coach of the U. of Arizona baseball
team, dropping the rear shoulder at the start of the swing is
one of the three most common batting errors.
This mistake results in poor visual contact with the
ball-especially during the final, critical 20 feet to the
plate. It also produces a weak, upward swing path.
Why? Because dropping the back shoulder causes the front
shoulder to move upwards and away from the pitch. It also lifts
the head, producing a loss of focus on the ball. Finally, the
back elbow drops with the shoulder, resulting in a weak,
pushing, upward swing path.
How to Correct
If your batters are having this problem, instruct them to lift
their back elbow a little higher while waiting for the pitch.
And tell them to keep their front shoulder pointed towards the
incoming ball as long as possible before starting their swing.
These corrections will help them to keep their shoulders level
and their head motionless for better eye-focus on the ball.
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Be a Better Hitter
The speed of the bat is twice as important as
the weight of the bat. A player must be able to generate a high
bat speed in order to be an effective hitter. The following
articles address development of bat speed as well as control of
the bat. They should help you be a better hitter!!!
Much has been said about Bat Speed and how to
develop it. Although it is obvious that the size and strength
of the individual swinging the bat has a direct impact on the
swing speed, there are certain mechanical factors involved that
also have a significant impact. Given two individuals of the
same size and strength, it is entirely possible to have two
vastly different bat speeds registered simply as a result of
how the bats were swung. Even if both participants are swinging
as hard as possible.
That being said, let's turn our attention to the sequence of
photos involving the legendary Henry Aaron. In the photos to
the left, it appears that Henry hits a tremendous homerun to
left field on an inside pitch. On the right, he hits a
tremendous blast to right field on a pitch to the middle
portion of the plate. Although the camera angles are minutely
different, it does not appear that Henry changes much at all in
the two swings. In fact, to the untrained eye, there seems to
be no change in the upper body action. If you look closely
however, you will see something remarkable…. Bat Speed and how
to get it!!
In the frames to the left the bat traveled farther, yet arrived
in the impact zone before the bat in the frames to the right.
How did he do that? I'll tell you… he uncoiled the spring!!
Coiling and Uncoiling creates Bat Speed. Certainly there are
other components, but this is the key ingredient. Just as there
are different components to an omelette and eggs over easy, the
key ingredient is still eggs. Coiling and Uncoiling is the key
ingredient in the recipe for Bat Speed.
Let's analyze the upper body in each frame, we will take an
up-close look at the lower body action later in the article.
First, you can see that there is no difference in the
preparation of the upper body in either side. During the
coiling, or loading phase (frames 1-6), there is absolutely
nothing different about the two swings. Although it is clear
that Henry was fully aware of the location of each pitch
(inside in frames to the left, middle in frames to the right)
by the 3rd frame, he made no alterations in his upper body
preparation to compensate for pitch location. Think about that.
He knew where the pitch would be and changed nothing in the
loading of the bat… nothing. I am willing to bet that if we
watched video of Henry in 100 at-bats, we would see exactly the
same preparation in each at-bat! He coiled the spring exactly
the same each time. This from a man that hit more homeruns than
any player in history.
He also starts the swing exactly the same (frame 6). It is only
in frame 7 that we see a noticeable difference in the action of
the upper body. The difference is in the rotation of the
shoulders and the action of the right elbow. Notice the right
elbow in frame 7 of each sequence. On the swing to the left,
the elbow is tucking in. This does not happen until frame 8 in
the swing to the right. That movement is directly related to
the uncoiling action. In order to hit the pitch on the left,
Henry was required to uncoil fractions sooner to create enough
torque to propel the bat head into the impact area. You can see
that, in frame 9 of each swing, the head of the bat is in
nearly the identical location and position. But, by frame 10
the bat on the left has traveled significantly farther! You can
really see this in frame 11. How did he do that? Uncoiling. He
created acceleration in the bat head by accentuating the
shoulder and hip turn. The combination of those moving parts,
the forces he created by tucking the elbow close to the body
and allowing the weight of the bat head to rotate around the
center point, created bat speed. The quickness with which he
rotated his shoulders and hips in frame 7 started those forces
in motion. But, believe it or not, he set all of these forces
up in frames 3-6 with his lower body!
Remember that Henry knew where the pitch was going to be by
frame 3 in each sequence. This early pitch recognition is
paramount to a hitter's timing (the key ingredient to
successful hitting). Henry prepared himself identically with
the upper body. However, in frame 3, Henry realizes that he
will have to position himself differently to create the proper
angle of attack for each individual pitch. He does this by
simply placing his foot in two different locations in the
batter's box. Lower body adjustment! This simple move allows
for the proper angles and forces to be implemented when he
uncoils on the pitch. The lower body preparation in frames 3-6
make all the difference in the bat speed Henry creates.
By placing his front foot slightly to the left, Henry allowed
his hips room to rotate. Had he stepped in the same location as
in the picture to the right, the angles and forces would not
have been possible to achieve. He would probably have been
jammed on the inside portion of the handle because the bat
speed would not have been great enough to beat the ball to the
impact zone. He could not have uncoiled quickly enough. He
could not have created the angle.
Look at frame 10 very closely. This is the point of impact in
each sequence. Do not look at the shoulders or the front foot
location. Instead, study the angle created between his front
foot and the ball at impact. They are nearly identical! This is
the angle Henry "saw" when he recognized the pitch in frame 3.
He began positioning his body to reach this angle at the point
of impact. It is at this angle that the forces generated in the
uncoiling are at their greatest, i.e.; Bat Speed!
We don't need to discuss the incredible hand-eye coordination
of the greatest homerun hitter, he had bundles of it, but every
player has the ability to create the proper angles. This is the
goal of the mechanics in a swing.
Now, to the mechanics of the coiling and uncoiling, the heart
of bat speed development; in frames 1-6 in each sequence the
upper body is going back toward the catcher. It finally starts
forward in frame 7. The lower body begins its forward rotation
in frame 5! But, it begins its forward motion as early as frame
2! In frames 2-5 the lower body is moving forward and the upper
body is moving back (A key element to mention here is that the
weight never, at any point in either sequence, gets outside of
Henry's rear leg. The weight is always on the inside, creating
tension for the coiling and uncoiling). These opposite forces
are creating energy, which is further enhanced by the lower
body rotation in frames 5-6. This is all the coiling phase,
even though the lower body is beginning to unwind as the front
heel hits the ground in frame 5. The upper body is still
"staying back" (you've heard that before), creating even more
tension, ready to uncoil in frame 7. The body parts moving in
opposite directions are the keys to creating bat speed. Now,
each person's anatomy is different and many factors come into
play in regards to how far one person can coil in relation to
another. But the coiling and uncoiling are at the heart of
creating bat speed. Other factors have an affect as well, such
as the same forces taking place in the hand action, strength of
the hands and forearms, fast-twitch muscle fibers, etc. The key
ingredient though (the eggs in the recipe) is the ability to
The neat thing about this move is that it can be instilled in
muscle memory without ever stepping foot on a baseball field.
You can learn it right in your bedroom with a simple drill. By
repeating the drill over and over in front of a mirror, you can
learn the coiling action needed to create great bat speed.
So, what have we learned from this article?
1. The upper body action does not change, regardless of pitch
location, during the coiling phase.
2. That the lower body makes the adjustments regarding pitch
3. That the coiling is the movement in opposite directions of
the two body halves.
4. That there is an optimum angle of impact to redeem the full
power of the uncoiling effect.
5. That the rear elbow plays a key part in imparting the
correct forces on the bat head.
6. That Henry Aaron did not squish the bug!! That's another
I hope this helps you to Be A Better Hitter!