Hitting a baseball is undoubtedly one of the most difficult things to do in sports. Even the best professional hitters fail as much as 70 percent of the time. Do you feel as though something is just ‘off’ in your swing? Are you fouling off pitches that you should be crushing into the gaps and over the fence? Then you could have a flaw in your swing that countless hitters are dealing with. Here are our top five:
- Getting started too late – Think about your initial stride for a moment. Whether it’s short and quick or more of a leg kick, a stride’s purpose is to get your swing going. More specifically, a stride is a timing mechanism. If you stride too late, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to catch up to the fastball with regularity. Whatever contact you will make is likely to be a weak grounder or pop up.
- Lack of separation – Do you want to find yourself higher up in the batter order? Hitting the ball harder and on a regular basis would certainly help. One way to do that is by creating more separation following the stride phase of your swing. There’s more than one way to create separation. Bryce Harper is a guy who creates a significant amount of separation.
- Not starting the swing from the ground up – Far too many young hitters fail to use their lower half. What a missed opportunity that is! Remember that the lower half should start the beginning of the swing to maximize power and get the correct bat path squared away. Dead Red Hitting recommends watching Mike Trout and how he uses his legs so well as a hitter.
- Early hip rotation – There are few things that happen as a result of early hip rotation. First, the hitter loses bat speed and an overall decrease in power. Plus, the arms separate from the body and create a casting motion. Hitters who cast their bat are limited to weak contact. Lastly, early hip rotation leads to a loss of barrel control. Without barrel control, you won’t be able to hit many baseballs with authority.
- Improper swing direction – Do you want to be a more consistent hitter? Then keeping the bat in the hitting zone for a long period of time is a must. This gives you a bit of margin for error, whereas a swing that’s in the zone for a split second yields no room for error.
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