Most young baseball players have long swings. A long swing is either one where the bat’s barrel starts too far from the correct hitting position, or one that detours from the direct path to the contact area, or both. Long swings lead to most typing errors.
I believe all coaches who hit baseball agree that a compact baseball swing is desired. A compact swing is one that goes straight to the ball, while still allowing hitters time to wait for the pitches and provide the power needed to drive the ball across any court. In teaching the art of hitting for over 23 years, one thing I have learned is that unlike teaching pitching and fielding, it is necessary to correct the batters’ upper body (bald position). mouse and 1st movement) before tackling the lower body problems of the over-stride, get out (in the bucket) and rush. Time and time again, I have watched coaches attempt to correct incorrect batting strides and lower body actions to no avail. Incorrect batters’ actions don’t go away because long swings create lower body issues that persist until their swings are more compact.
Over time, the batters’ subconscious minds have told them that when they can’t get the bat out in time, they have to compensate. Hitters with long swings learn to incorrectly compensate for the mentioned over-stride, lunge, and bucket-hopping issues. They in order to bring the stick to the pitched ball in time. Coaches can tell hitters with incorrect strides a million times not to go out, not to pass the stride or lunge without results for the stated reason – their swing is long and that is the only way to avoid d ” continually be behind the ball. The only solution is to create a much shorter (compact) swing. That’s not to say that the lower half of the body isn’t crucial for good hitting fundamentals, but the swing should be tackled first. As proof, good hitters can hit consistent line shots from their knees with a good swing, without the power of course, but cannot hit the ball solid with good lower half mechanics with the wrong swing.
I’ve also noticed a number of times that once compact swings are developed with the correct hitting start positions and the correct first hits, the hitter’s bottom half issues go away. Without compact swings, hitters automatically revert to their bad lower body habits because they can’t wait long enough on the ball.
Therefore, it is necessary for coaches to teach the correct hitting position on the landing with stride. A compact swing begins with the correct positioning of the batting barrel when the batter’s front foot lands. The bat barrel should be in a line directly above the back shoulder with the hands remaining at shoulder height and about two inches behind the back shoulder. From this position, the bat begins on a direct path to the ball with the batters’ back elbow entering the body as the hands move into a palm up, palm down position through the contact zone. and typing. The bat naturally stabilizes earlier on lower locations than on higher locations.
Below are hitting drills that can turn long swings into compact swings, and drills that will help eliminate typing errors associated with running, excessive walking, and walking in the bucket:
Exercises without batting tee available:
1. Dropped Ball Drill – Coaches stand slightly in front and to the side of the batter, out of danger. After the batting stride, coaches drop the ball into the strike zone. Hitters with long swings will continually fall behind on this drill, until they shorten and speed up their swings.
2. Net behind batter’s drill – Have batters stand within half a foot of a net that is directly behind them (toward the catcher) and swing without hitting the net on the way to the ball. ball. To ensure that batters do not go off the net, they should hit the same net on their follow-up without shooting the ball’s front head or shoulder.
3. Upper Hand Drill – With a small bat or by choking on their regular bat, hitters can work on hitting with just their upper hand, which will help them control the barrel on a more direct path to contact.
With the use of a batting tee:
1. High Tee Drill – By placing the ball on a tee that is level with the chest, hitters should be working on hitting line practices. Long swings will usually lead to burst balls, chopped balls, or completely missed balls.
2. Drop Ball Drill with Tee – By placing a hitting tee at the hitters’ waist and even with their hips back, hitters should miss the tee on their way to the dropped balls.
With 2 fleece tees available
1. Low / High Tee Drill – Place a ball on one tee even with the batters’ front leg and a ball on the other tee one foot in front with the ball closest to the catcher one and a half wide lower. Batters work on hitting line controls on the front ball after missing the back ball.
Of course, some of these hitting drills can also be performed with live batting practice. Finally, it should be noted that without the correct and described position of the bat cannon when landing the stride foot, none of these exercises will repair and shorten the swing, leaving the hitters with their long swing and lower body problems.
Source by Jack Perconte