- Hitting with two strikes can
be difficult. If you choke up you will be able to control the bat better and
strike out less. Good hitters choke up with two strikes.
- Staying “Inside the ball”
means to keep the bat as close to the body for as long as possible. This will
help you have more bat speed and hit the ball harder.
- In order to hit with more
power, try using your legs better. Power hitters roll up onto their back toe
at contact. This will help you to use all the power in your legs and hit the
ball harder and further more consistently.
- Being in a proper, balanced
stance is vital. While every hitter’s stance may vary, generally try to stand
with your feet shoulder width apart with your hands held comfortably around
your back shoulder.
- Getting into a strong
position of power is vital in order to make hard contact consistently. When
taking your stride, make sure that your hands are “clicking” back. This will
help you to be in a position to explode to contact.
- Balance is one of the most
important aspects of the swing. Try to keep the majority of your body weight,
in your stance, on the balls of your feet. This will help you to have better
balance and stability – which also gives you more power.
- Once up at the plate in a
game, seeing the ball should be the only aspect of hitting that you are
thinking about. If you focus on seeing the ball as well as possible you will
make hard contact consistently.
- Make sure to keep your head
down at contact. Wherever you make contact with the pitch is where you should
hold your head. Practice this technique by holding your head for prolonged
periods of time at contact during batting practice.
- The fence drill is one of
the best drills for practicing a short swing. Stand a couple feet away from a
fence, take short swing and try to “miss” the fence by pulling your hands
close to your body. The longer you practice this drill, the closer you should
be able to get to the fence without hitting it.
- Bunting should be practiced
on a daily basis. The reason for this is because you actually are practicing
hand eye coordination at the same time you are practicing your bunting
- Practice letting the ball
get deep. Hitters who consistently let the ball travel deep into the hitting
zone are the ones who have the most consistent success.
- Hitting with a wood bat in
batting practice is one of the best drills you can do. There is a smaller
barrel on a wood bat which forces a hitter to have a shorter swing with better
extension in order to hit the ball hard.
- Video analysis is one of the
best ways to see if a player is swinging improperly. Players at the Major
League level watch their swings daily on video to make sure that their
mechanics remain perfect. Watch your swing, make sure that you are staying
short to the ball and keeping your head down.
- Hitters of any age should
have a good strength and conditioning training program. Pushups and crunches
should be performed by any player wanting to increase power, bat speed, and
- Stay relaxed at the plate.
Take deep breaths before you walk into the batter’s box and make sure that
your muscles are relaxed instead of tense. This will help your confidence at
- Before each game you play,
visualize in your mind that you are going to be successful and take good
swings up at the plate. This will help you to feel more comfortable when the
actual game begins.
- On deck, take swings like
you would want to take in the game. Your at bat really begins well before you
walk into the batter’s box.
- Make sure that when you
swing you are keeping your front foot at a 45 degree angle towards the plate.
Hitters who open that front foot too early lose power and bat speed.
- Rolling your wrists right
after contact will make for inconsistent contact with the ball. To avoid
this, practice hitting the ball and keeping your wrists locked until after
- In order to hit the ball
hard to the opposite field: let the ball get deep into the hitting zone, stay
short to contact, and keep your head down.
- Your stride should be early
and easy. Taking your stride should feel almost like you are stepping on eggs
trying not to crack them. This will help you to be consistent in your
- One-handed drills are some
of the best drills to establish the proper swing. Choke up on the bat so that
it feels light in your hand, and then take a regular swing with each hand.