Too many hitters are being taught to "stay tall on the backside through the swing." With a back shoulder/side that is forced up the whole swing, a hitter has to throw his hands out away from his body early and "chop" down through the plane of the pitch—leaving hardly any room for error in timing the pitch. Many fouled off pitches, weak fly balls to right and roll-overs to third (RH hitter) are the result.
Even though great
The first thing I check for when I get a new lesson is the proper lower body sequence. Great hitters get ready to hit by executing these moves on every pitch. Even when they don’t swing, they use the first 2 to get ready to hit—which gets their body ready to fire on command. This keeps them fluid, athletic and ready to react to the pitch. These lower half moves are "must-dos" and they anchor the swing with respect to fluidity, consistency (bat path)
When to take a pitch?
In all seriousness, this is an interesting question, so let me throw out a disclaimer. There are situations in the youth game now that I haven't been around for awhile. For instance, there are rules in high school about pitch count, and many high schools only have 1 stud pitcher. Obviously in a state championship scenario there may be times to bend things a little and increase pitch count.
That being said--from the little I have been able to
The following is an excerpt from Pages 50-52 of Hitting Right- The Complete Hitter's Manual
"During my years 10 years of pro baseball with six different organizations, the word ‘rotate’ was seldom, if ever heard. Why do you think this is? There is definitely a rotational movement in the swing. The truth is: what you think you are doing can cause you to make the correct move—even though video may show that something else is happening.
For example: if you are
Updated 03-31-2015 at 09:32 PM by Hitting Right
Too often, young hitters are taught to stand as still as possible in the box as they wait for the pitcher to throw the ball.
The problem with this teaching is that the hitter never gets ready to hit with his body. Consequently, he misses a ton of pitches he should drive.
Nothing powerful in athletics is done from a stand still position. There has to be movement to overcome inertia. So teach the hitter to create some controlled movements in his stance. It doesn't