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BASEBALL HITTING TIPS

FIX A LONG BASEBALL SWING

What are the main causes a long baseball swing?

 

BAD TRAINING HABITS

Batting Practice where the hitter attempts to pull or hit home runs every swing, will result in bat drag come game time.  It is essential that a hitter has a balanced hitting regime that includes a solid opposite field hitting approach. A pull only approach will ultimately be the downfall of a hitter as this is very detrimental to the game-day baseball swing.

TOP HAND – SHORTEST PATH TO THE BASEBALL

DIPPING TOO MUCH WITH THE BACK SHOULDER

As stated earlier, flying open causes a hitter to drop/dip the back shoulder. Dipping the back shoulder excessively will result in a long swing. Once the angle of the bat head drops beyond the point of no return, there is little chance of catching up to a good fastball.

TENSION IN THE ARMS & ELBOWS

Besides the hands, the next worse spot to tense up is the arms and elbows. Tension in the arms will result in a long and slow baseball swing. It is important that a hitter minimizes tension in the upper body, especially as he is setting up in his batting stance.

AVOIDING BAT DRAG

THE CONSEQUENCES OF A LONG SWING

  • TROUBLE WITH THE INSIDE FASTBALL: Once a hitter begins to drag his bat through the hitting zone, there is no chance of squaring up a good inside fastball. In order to hit the inside fastball the hands need to take the shortest path possible to the ball to meet the ball out in front of the hitting zone.
  • NO POWER: A hitter can forget about hitting for power with a long swing. Besides size and strength the next part of the equation for hitting home runs is bat speed. Of course bat drag equates to a long swing, and a long swing is a weak swing.
  • UGLY SWING: Let’s face it, bat drag does not look pretty and a long swing is an ugly swing. In order to have a “pretty baseball swing” a hitter needs to stay short as possible to the baseball.
  • FOUL BALLS: Foul balls are great when a hitter has 2 strikes against him and he is fighting off tough pitches. But when a hitter is fouling off too many fastballs down the middle of the plate, then this can be a sign that he has bat drag. Dropping the bat head will ultimately cause a hitter to foul off pitches right down the middle.
  • STRIKE OUTS: Bat drag/long swing is a major contributor to strike outs. A hitter that can’t catch up to a fastball will ultimately rack up an insurmountable number of strike outs. Bat drag causes “a hole in the swing”. By definition a “hole in a baseball swing” is the area of the hitting zone where a swing with bat drag fails to cover. Dropping or dipping the back shoulder too much will cause a hole in the swing, as it causes the barrel of the bat to drop, resulting in a “hole in the swing”.

EXTRA HITTING TIPS TO AVOID BAT DRAG

FIXING A SLOW AND LONG BASEBALL SWING

  • RELAX AND DON’T PANIC: Don’t panic if you swing and miss, relax, make some adjustments and go for it again with the next pitch. If you ever feel over powered in the batter’s box there are some adjustments you can make to give yourself a better chance of success, these include; moving back in the batter’s box to give yourself more time to react on the ball, concentrate on seeing the baseball out of the pitchers hand, spread out in your batting stance to reduce your hitting stride – ensuring that you will get your front foot landed in time to hit, shorten up on the bat handle (2 to 4 inches) to reduce the swing path and begin your load a little earlier to help with your timing and rhythm.
  • BE SHORT AND FAST: Take the quickest path possible to the baseball. A hitter with a long swing should be thinking “stay short”. This is especially the case when a hitter is beaten for pace by a good fastball, his thoughts should revert to “stay short & be quick”. The worst thing a hitter with a slow bat can do, is to not make any adjustments in the batter’s box.
  • SHORTEN UP: This is “old-school” mentality, however, sometimes a hitter has to swallow his pride and shorten up 2-4 inches on the knob of the baseball bat. What’s more embarrassing? Shortening up on the bat, or striking out 4 times in a baseball game? The hitter who is willing to make physical and mental adjustments during at-bats, will be successful.
  • MENTAL CUES: A hitter should have mental cues to remind him to “stay short” or “stay back” depending on the situation. As stated earlier, hitting is a game of adjustments, and mental cues can help a hitter to adjust from swing to swing. A hitter can tap his leg, stare at the label of his bat or step out of the batter’s box to clear his head. Each of these actions can be a mental cue  to remind the hitter of an important hitting instruction.
  • SELF-EVALUATION: A hitter can tell by the way he is hitting the baseball as to whether his “swing is long” or “bat drag” is taking place. Weak pop ups to the right side of the field for a right handed hitter, or to the left side of the field for a left handed hitter, are a strong indication a hitter has a long swing.
  • VIDEO/PHOTO ANALYSIS: Use a camera or your iPhone to capture the swing and then replay step by step in slow motion. Look for common hitting faults such as dipping, lunging and pulling the front shoulder off the baseball. When the hitter can see for himself what he is doing wrong, it is more likely he will make the necessary mechanical adjustments.

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DRILLS TO AVOID BAT DRAG

BASEBALL HITTING DRILLS

The following baseball hitting drills are designed to speed up a slow bat by isolating the upper half of the body in the baseball swing. As the hitter returns to swinging with two hands, along with reintroducing his lower half, he will notice an immediate improvement with his bat speed and power.  This series is a small part of our huge range of member only hitting tools, including unique hitting drills and videos that provide simple hitting instruction on how to become a complete hitter.

Top and bottom hand isolation drills train a hitter to keep his head on the baseball, to stay through the ball, hit with backspin and prevents the hitter from rolling over at the point of contact. This baseball hitting drill is particularly useful for hitters’ that have a long and slow baseball swing, the top hand plays a key role with keeping the swing short and compact, and specifically on the inside pitch, where the elbow will drive into the rib cage, an action that is required for keeping your hands inside the baseball. The bottom hand plays a key role with staying through the baseball, bottom hand drills train the hitter to get into the best lower half position that enables his upper body to stay stay through the baseball.

The objective with this Opposite Field Tee-Drill exercise is to demonstrate to the hitter the improvement in both swing power and bat speed. On the first swing the hitter will notice a significant difference in how hard he hits the baseball. The previous baseball hitting drills were designed to isolate and improve the speed and power of upper body in the swing, now returning to 2 hands, the hitter will notice an immediate improvement in his swing performance.

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