Hello Coach, My question is what can we do about a hitter that is habitually late with her swing? It doesn’t seem to matter if the pitch is fast or slow!! Her mechanics and bat speed are great! She will be a sophomore at UW Whitewater this year. If she doesn’t correct this problem soon, I don’t think she will make the team this fall.
Thanks Tom Bigger
You’re concerns are well-founded, because if the situation is as you describe no matter what pitch speed or type that she is always behind and misses the ball or hits it to the right side I will almost guarantee that she’s thinking too much.
Here’s a few things that you might try and ask her to do which by the way she has to do you can’t do that for her.
1. While she is standing in the on deck circle she is to review several facts so she’s not in her mind before she ever gets into the box– what did this picture to me last time, what’s the situation I’m going to be faced with outs, runners, defensive position anything that could affect my time at bat she needs to have those answered within her mind before she ever gets into the box.
2. During practice she needs to be told to swing at and hit every pitch no matter what. What this is going to do is take away any thought process and you will be amazed many if not all the pages she puts the bat on. I’ve even done this as a coach in a game but I’m going tell you right now her coach is not going to allow it during college game but she might pull it off in practice situations, scrimmages, doing our own.
3. Do this drill against the machine or against a real pitcher and that is what the bat down and watch the ball making a decision whether to swing or not mentally and never really doing anything if she could find the time and the ability to look at 10 to 15 pitches with no bat it will make a big difference in how she’s looking at pitches and in making the decision.
Because in a nutshell, that’s the problem. She’s thinking too much and therefore always late and always behind, so we need to try to get as much of that out of the way, before she gets into the box.
I hope some of this create some thought and even some help. Best of luck. Let me know how it all works out.
Coach Arnald Swift