Uncontrolled Body Actions Promote Head Movement and Slow Hands – Stay “In Line” and Trust the Hands.
I. Plate Coverage – Avoid positioning yourself too far/close to plate.
A. Standing forward or back in the batters box is a personal preference.
B. Use the “Back Foot” technique to assure complete plate coverage.
II. Stance – Create Athletic Posture with Body Square & Feet “In Line”
A. Weight should be concentrated to the inside of the balls of the feet.
B. Knees should be flexed and inside the feet.
C. There should be a slight bend in the waist to make the chin slightly out over the navel.
D. The head should remain in an upright position with both eyes focused on the pitcher.
E. The front shoulder should be down but not turned inwards.
F. Balance is very important and the hitter must remain athletic throughout the entire swing. Avoid having the eyes changing planes at anytime.
G. Rhythm and Relaxation are vital.
III. Grip – Middle Knuckle Alignment
A. Bat is positioned in the fingers and out of the palms.
B. The wrists are cupped and not flat.
C. Elbows should point down and remain relaxed. (Dorothy)
IV. Position of the Hands / Bat Angle
A. Lay the bat on the back shoulder and lift the hands to where the are
B. Avoid having the hands too far back or down.
C. The bat should be positioned at a 45 or a 90 degree angle.
D. Eliminate Flat Bat Disease.
V. The Load – Stride
A. Slow, Soft, Short, Straight.
B. Lead with the front foot heel and contact the ground with the inside of the big toe.
C. After the inside of the big toe of the front foot contacts the ground, balance is stabilized throughout the swing, as the whole foot will land on the ground.
D. Avoid lunging and the front toe negative chain reaction.
VI. The Load – Hands “Up the Hill”
A. Load the hands up and not back
B. Use the hands and control head and body movements.
C. Weight should slightly progress to the back leg to prepare for the weight transfer into the ball at contact.
D. Control the actions of the back elbow. Minimal space between the elbows at all times is desired. Harness a severe “Chicken Wing”
E. Look up to see the barrel of the bat over the head, look down to see the front elbow with some bend under the chin.
VII. The Swing “Down the Hill”
A. Drive the Knob of the Bat to the ground.
B. Use the Hands to get the bat to the ball before contact. No Body swings before contact.
C. Take an A to C approach and stay out of B – Point B is Bad.
D. The Back Knee will point to where the ball is Contacted.
E. Hit balls inside out in front of the plate. Hit balls down the middle on the front edge of the plate. Hit balls outside deep in the strike zone and to the opposite field.
F. Reduce Head movement and keep the eyes on the same plane when approaching the ball.
G. Stay compact with the swing path and when doing so, avoid casting the hands out away from the body resulting in hooking the ball. Take an inside approach to the ball by keeping the hands inside the ball.
H. Do not Over Rotate on the back foot because it promotes a tremendous amount of head movement, bad body swings, and a lack of balance.
A. Arms take a bend to extend approach.
B. Head and eyes look down the “V” of the arms.
C. Shoulders, back, and lower half remain in line until after contact.
D. Palm of back hand up at contact, palm of front hand down.
IX. Follow Through “Balance”
A. Do not stop the swing.
B. Finish over the shoulder not around the shoulder.
C. You may use one or two hands.
D. Secret Weapon
E. Remain on Balance and Ready to Run.
A. Avoid Jerky Body Movements
B. Swing at 99% not at 100% so not to create tension.
C. You are only as good as the pitches you swing at.
D. Do not lack confidence
E. Use a