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  1. Slow the game down!

    by , 05-16-2015 at 02:24 PM (Hitting Right - Baseball Instructional Tips and Drills)
    Great hitters will often tell you they feel like the pitch is coming toward them in “slow motion” even on a 95 mph fastball. How can this be? They have the ability to “slow the game down.” Again, the mental approach is the key to hitting.

    Two keys to this are:

    1- See the ball right out of the pitcher’s hand. The hitter should know release point and wind-up tempo before they step in the box. They should use the time on deck to start timing their loading mechanism with ...
  2. Quality before Quantity-- Taking practice swings into the game

    by , 05-02-2015 at 12:43 PM (Hitting Right - Baseball Instructional Tips and Drills)
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    Too often, hitters sacrifice quality for quantity. I will see hitters go through 2-3 buckets in a half hour’s time. This puts a hitter in a rushed mindset and it leads to weak, tired, and mentally fatigued swings. When in a game, the best hitters “slow the game down.”

    The truth is: Practice swings—good or bad—transfer into the game. Here are just a couple thoughts for improving a hitter’s ability to transfer good practice swings into the game: ...
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  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. 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) ...
  5. 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 ...
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