If you have ever watched a major league baseball game you probably think it's easy to learn how to swing a baseball bat and make solid contact with the ball. In truth, there is nothing easy about this game. It takes years of continuous training to develop and refine the skills needed to be successful.
That means you have to work hard to get in great shape, harder still to coax your muscles to "remember" the athletic movements that lead to superior performance and, perhaps most importantly, you need to have "quick hands" and the ability to use your eyes to follow the ball from the pitcher's hand to home plate. Put all of those traits to work and you will become a consistently good hitter.
The reality is that you will have to familiarize yourself with “swinging and hitting” techniques that have been proven to work and then spend hundreds, perhaps thousands, of hours in practice repeating the swing described in the technique you’ve learned.
It’s a difficult, but proven, path to success, one that requires discipline and dedication on your part.
Here is what you have to learn to do…
Make Sure You “Set Up” Correctly
A correct swing is highly dependent on a proper stance. That means you need to put yourself in good hitting position when you step into the batter’s box. Here’s what needs to be done.
- Align Your Feet With Your Shoulders
Simply stated, position your legs so that your shoes are about a yard from each other and directly beneath your shoulders. Make sure you stand flat on the ground to assure proper balance.
- Use A Slight Crouch
When you do that, without stooping too low, you put yourself in a “coiled” position from which you can “spring into action” when it comes time to swing at a pitch. Bending your knees, and keeping them bent, enables you to swing with more force and power.
- Keep The Rear Leg “Locked In Place”
It provides stability when you begin swinging. Your front foot should be “rooted to the ground,” as well. When you have both feet firmly planted, you have given yourself the ability to generate force and power in your swing.
- Stay Comfortable And At Ease
Good hitting starts with relaxed muscles. When your body is at ease and not “tensed up,” you are in proper position to produce a fluid motion when you swing. And that frequently leads to solid contact.
So, before “setting up,” step out of the batter’s box and make sure that your body is “loose,” especially your shoulders, your forearms and wrists, your hips and, of course, your ankles. When everything feels “right,” step back into the batter’s box and get ready to “swing and hit.”
Now, here is the next set of instructions…
Get The Right Grip If You Want To Be A Good Hitter
- Grip The Bat Properly
You can do that by curling all of your fingers across the barrel of the bat. Once done, use both hands in a fist-like manner to encircle your “wooden weapon,” making sure that you don’t actually “cover the club” with your palms, a position that would inhibit your ability to flex your wrists every time you try to make contact with the ball.
It is also important to keep your grip light at the point of impact. It will enable you to “put lightning in your stroke” and increase your reaction time. And that will improve your chances of hitting the ball hard.
- Put Your Top Knuckles In Order
set up both hands so that they are aligned with each other while holding the bat. Every knuckle on the top of your hand should be positioned one next to the other. If that’s not comfortable, you can alter your grip slightly by changing the position of your hands so that the knuckles in the middle of your fingers all point the same way and determine the direction of your swing.
This set-up has a name. It’s known as the “box grip.”
- Keep The Bat Raised And Away From Your Body
You can get yourself into the right hitting position by pointing the bat upward, slightly away from your shoulder and at a forty-five degree angle. Make sure you don’t rest the bat on your back. Why … because in that position you will have a slower swing with less power.
- Position Yourself “Straight Up”
The best hitting position is one in which you stand upright with all of your body parts, from head to toe, perfectly aligned. When positioned, your chin should also be “aimed” directly at the mound with your eyes “glued” to the ball as it leaves the pitcher’s hand and travels toward home plate.
Put yourself in this set-up and you’ll be ready to uncoil and explode when the ball comes within striking distance of your bat.
There are still some things you need to know…
Batting Success Begins With A Smooth And Level Cut
- One Small Step Can Lead To Big Results
Every good swing starts with a “small stride forward” with your front foot. As the ball approaches home plate, step forward just two to three inches to dramatically increase your power when you make contact.
- Move Your Hips To Start Your Swing
All it takes is simple athleticism to properly rotate your hips and create momentum. Of course, it’s important to keep your hips aligned with your arms, your head and your ankles at the start of your swing. The movement of your hips will help you to generate speed and force in your swing.
- Lock Your Eyes On The Ball
You can’t hit what you don’t see well. So it’s vitally important to watch the ball from the instant it leaves the pitcher’s hand until it crosses the plate. Keep your head as steady as possible and you have a very good chance of hitting the ball.
- Use Your Shoulders In Your Swing
You can do that by bringing them across your body as you rotate your hips and swing. You should be relaxed at the start of the swing so that your body can uncoil and explode on contact with the ball.
- Follow Through To Finish Your Swing
Continue your swing even after you make contact with the ball. That’s called “follow-through” and it enables you to hit with extreme power and really drive the ball.
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