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  1. Grip Tension on the Bat

    by , 06-19-2015 at 05:58 PM (Hitting Right - Baseball Instructional Tips and Drills)
    The grip has to be loose, and have little or no tension. The bat barrel is an extension of your hands—just like the ball is an extension of your hand when you throw. You do need to have a firm enough grip to hold on to the bat through the swing, but too many youngsters grip the bat too hard.

    Major League hitters “throw” or “whip” the head of the bat. They hold on just enough to not let the bat go flying—most of the time anyway. When you see a bat flying into the stands on TV this ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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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  5. 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 ...
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