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  1. Get your hands to the Hitting Slot.. and BINGO!

    by , 08-21-2015 at 03:45 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 ...
  2. Attack the baseball! Step (Stride) to hit!

    by , 08-01-2015 at 02:53 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 ...
  3. Keep your Center of Gravity during the Swing! (Balance)

    by , 07-14-2015 at 02:56 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 ...
  4. Focus on Quality AB's - not the immediate result

    by , 06-27-2015 at 02:50 PM (Hitting Right - Baseball Instructional Tips and Drills)
    Never let something you can’t control affect your mental approach! You can only control having quality at-bats and trying to hit a line-drive every time up. You can’t control the weather, where you hit in the line-up or where the ball goes after you crush it. So don’t let anything you can’t control affect your mental approach in any way. Try to hit a line drive every single time up and let everything else take care of itself. Focus on the process--not the result!

    We all know players ...
  5. 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 ...
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