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  1. Get ready to hit from the First Pitch!

    by , 10-10-2015 at 03:17 PM (Hitting Right - Baseball Instructional Tips and Drills)
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    Checkout the photo above. The Astros won the game and advanced to the Divisional round because their hitters were ready to hit from the moment they stepped in the box. They visualized on deck, had seen the pitcher before and were ready to pounce on the pitch. There is a big difference between a hitter's average when ahead (or even) in the count vs. when they are behind in the count.

    Always be ‪‎ready to hit‬ from the first ...
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  2. Mental effects Physical - Think THROUGH the baseball!

    by , 09-19-2015 at 10:59 AM (Hitting Right - Baseball Instructional Tips and Drills)
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    I try to emphasize to my hitters that their mental approach directly effects their physical swing. And, I do it often! It seems like weekly (or even daily) I run into another example of how true this is.

    This last week, I had a lesson with a student of mine who has been coming to me for a couple years now. To his credit, he has refined his physical swing through many hours of practice. Not only has he put in a large quantity of time, but he ...
  3. Get your hands to the Hitting Slot.. and BINGO!

    by , 08-21-2015 at 04:45 PM (Hitting Right - Baseball Instructional Tips and Drills)
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    If you look at the great hitters in the game, you will see many different stances and routines. Hitters employ many mannerisms and body positions to keep themselves relaxed and ready to hit. However, where all of these differences become similarities is in the "launch position"--or the position the hitter gets his body to in order to 'launch' the bat into the hitting zone.

    I always look at the move(s) the hitter makes to bring his hands ...
  4. Attack the baseball! Step (Stride) to hit!

    by , 08-01-2015 at 03:53 PM (Hitting Right - Baseball Instructional Tips and Drills)
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    One of the big misconceptions taught to young hitters is that in order to see the ball well and increase power--the hitter must cut his stride down significantly. I have ran into many lately who have taken the stride all the way out of the swing. This teaching is handicapping the power and timing of many youngsters today.

    As always, the key is to keep the stride in control. Most hitters use a slow front-knee tuck ...
  5. Keep your Center of Gravity during the Swing! (Balance)

    by , 07-14-2015 at 03:56 PM (Hitting Right - Baseball Instructional Tips and Drills)
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    Regardless of the off-the-field controversies--it's hard to find a player in baseball history who was a better hitter than Pete Rose. With the All-Star game in Cincy, it feels right to use him as a great example of the importance of keeping your (balance) center of gravity throughout the swing.

    During the proper swing, there is a transfer of weight against the back side, then a stride and landing of the front foot, which triggers a powerful ...
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