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  1. Taking a pitch

    by , 04-03-2015 at 06:37 PM (Hitting Right - Baseball Instructional Tips and Drills)
    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 ...
  2. Use the lower half to unlock your swing potential!

    by , 04-11-2015 at 11:26 AM (Hitting Right - Baseball Instructional Tips and Drills)
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    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) ...
  3. Relax the “back side” to correct your bat path!

    by , 04-17-2015 at 04:12 PM (Hitting Right - Baseball Instructional Tips and Drills)
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    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 ...
  4. Wear out the Gaps!

    by , 05-23-2015 at 01:08 PM (Hitting Right - Baseball Instructional Tips and Drills)
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    Above: Bryce Harper has been incredible this year. It's no coincidence that he is crushing the ball to the opposite field and wearing out the gaps!

    Great hitters consistently drive the baseball to the gaps with authority. They look to drive the ball up the middle and to the opposite field gap and work off this approach to hit other pitches. In the higher levels, the hitters who separate themselves are the ones with the fewest “holes” in their ...
  5. Mental Approach - Hit like an athlete!

    by , 02-13-2016 at 12:53 PM (Hitting Right - Baseball Instructional Tips and Drills)
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    "If you were thinking, you wouldn't have thought that!" One of the best lines in one of the best baseball movies ever could certainly help many youngsters I have seen in my lessons. I often express it to the hitter as the ability to "Turn your brain off and hit" when you are at the dish in a game situation.

    This may seem like a small detail or even bad advice, but the truth is that great hitters have a loose, fluid, and ...
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