Hey hitter… being a batting coach starts with you and your swing… we are talking about your game…not your coaches and certainly not your parents… they had their time… now its your turn.
So, it should make perfect sense that whatever age you are… you should be more interested than anyone else in improving and being the best you can be. Ok, I’m done with the scolding <g>
The reality is that you know yourself best and can really help yourself even more than you think. Here’s some easy tips to help you repeat what it takes so that you can make more solid contact consistently.
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♦ Use “coaching-points” to check, observe & correct yourself.
♦ Highlight your most important items below. You won’t memorize all this.
NOTE: Learn to check yourself from the feet up, every time!
This will keep you from missing certain parts of the swing and more easily allow you to remember all the details. Using a full length mirror is a great way to see yourself completely…be careful with swinging and ask first before getting both of us in trouble.
The Rest Position – How does it look, how does it feel? Are you comfortable? Is your weight about 40% front foot and 60% back foot? Are you on the balls of your feet with your weight bearing on the inside of your slightly flexed knees and again, the balls of your feet?
Hands about 4-6″ from your body? Tall backside? Head equal distance between both feet? Eyes level, so both eyes see the ball?
The Load Position – Take a negative move (this is when you “load” with your hands moving toward your back shoulder) with hands held high (at the top of the strike zone). Are your hands lose on the bat? Tight slows your muscles though they will naturally tighten when you go to contact.
Can you feel the slight pull of muscles from your torso and upper body.like the winding of a spring?
Keep your stride shorter rather than longer! Hands go toward the back of your body while front foot strides toward pitcher (some coaches will call this ‘walking away from your hands’).
NOTE: Your weight should now be 80% on the back foot and only 20% on the front foot with knees slightly flexed.
The Contact Position – Are you up on the toes of your back foot?
Is your front foot slightly open at a 45% angle with FRONT KNEE BRACED AND LOCKED?
Are your hands in a palm up and palm down position? Head still and between both legs like a stick man drawing?
Are your eyes focused at the point of contact?
Finish – Are you hitting off a firm front side with your front knee locked?
Are you still balanced with head between both legs and not lunging forward?
Is the bat completely wrapped around your back?
One More Thing … Is your head still at contact? That’s a biggie!
Guys, this is great stuff and can be made even better by printing this out and taking it with you the next time you hit. Keep it simple…and don’t be surprised if you improve by using any of this!
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Keep Swinging! See you soon!