Learn to hit the ball with backspin by swinging

"Inside out"

Let's examine problems with

Standing too close or too far from the plate


Generally, young hitters who stand to close to the plate, do so for a reason.

Usually the hitter is not confident in ability to hit outside pitch so he/she compensates and moves closer to the plate...


several problems may occur as a result of this...


1. Hitter may have a tendency to go around the inside pitch and chronically hit foul balls on inside strikes. They do not load their hands straight back or pull the knob of the bat straight to the pitcher. This young hitter twists upper body during “load hands” phase and the hands get off line.  This is sometimes called coil. A little coil is good, but too much coil is not good. What happens next is the hitter starts hands forward to the ball but has to go around and forward. This results in hands being cast a little too far away from the body. Next, the hands continue in a circular/rotational path which results in the barrel of the bat “not being in the strike zone for a long time”; or slicing across the strike zone on a flat plane – “not finishing high”. Now we have a hitter who is worried about the outside corner and cannot get to the inside corner.


2. Hitter may tend to open up front shoulder too early in order to get the good part of the bat on the ball.


3. Hitter may have a tendency to step in the bucket to clear out in an attempt to get the good part of the bat on the ball.


 Naturally, if we are doing one of the above then the end result will be that you are opening your hips too early and giving away power and bat speed.  YOUR BAT SPEED IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO YOUR HIP SNAP!


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Generally young hitters have a reason for standing too far away from the plate. 

The number one answer on the board is that the hitter locks out front arm….or is just not confident on the inside corner...


several problems may occur as a result of this...


1. The right handed hitter who locks left arm knows that he/she needs more room to get the good part of the bat on the ball.  This type of arm action is usually accompanied with another problem: opening the front shoulder too early. 


2. Hitter has a very poor hand path and cast hands away from body. (This is usually accompanied by hands set up too far away from the body, putting the head down, and or bowing to the ball). Many times this hitter has a built in chop. Now we have a hitter who is worried about the inside corner and may not be able to reach the outside corner.


The instructor needs to diagnose these two problems early on and force hitter to stand closer to the plate even though it may be very uncomfortable for the hitter. After hitter moves closer to the plate he/she can work on proper alignment, hand path and arms bent thru contact.


















Here is a hitter who is working on keeping his hands closer to his body. He sets up by putting the knob of the bat in his belly button and the other end of his bat just touching the screen.  Then set a baseball on his toe so he knows where  to stand each swing. Try to hit the ball without hitting the net.  On the first swing he touches the net, goes around the ball and you can see the trajectory of the ball. He has pulled the ball to left field. The next swing is much better. He keeps his hands in and you can see that he hit the ball to center field!


MH