Hitting Knowledge

Grip, Stance, Negative Move, Positive Move, Contact, and Finish are all broken down below.  Review the information to get a full understanding of what it takes to be an effective hitter.  

 

Grip

  • Door Knocking Knuckles lined up or cut in 50%
  • Hold loosely in finger NOT palm (most ROM), bat handle shouldn’t be deep in thumb slot

Stance

  • Athletic position: knees inside feet, knees with slight bend, weight on balls of the feet, place feet outside hips, shoulders should be over hips (both being parallel to each).
  • Lead Shoulder & Hip start pointing toward the pitcher.
  • Rest bat on shoulder & raise hands straight up when ready to START. (Raise bat with hands not shoulders or elbows)
  • Lead Elbow wants to start with a downward point vs out towards the plate or other batters box.

Negative Move

  • Load/Trigger: We want our hands making a small movement back towards the catcher, lead elbow should create a V shape at the joint, pointing down thru your belly button.
  • Load to the inside of the back leg, weight should shift from 50-50 to an increase amount on the ball of the back foot.
  • Back knee needs to stay slightly bent and inside of the back foot. (Don’t let weight shift to outside/pinky toe side of foot or your knee shifting over your foot)

Positive Move

  • Stride:
    1. Toe touch
    2. Heel touch
    3. Only your front foot should travel forward in a positive direction toward the pitcher.
    4. Keep your weight on the inside of the back foot.
  • Track the pitch with your eyes. (The more still your head, less your eyes bounce, which will allow for more consistent vision of ball into contact)
  • ATTACK
  • Elbow, Knob, Barrel

 

We want the barrel inside the ball at contact. Instead of saying keep your hands inside the ball, we want to focus barrel inside hands for Bat Lag:

 

 

Barrel outside the hitter’s hands is barrel drag. When a hitter can create and replicate Bat Lag, there is more whip & snap of the barrel to contact.

 

Each is consistent with 3 key points: 

  1. Toe Touch/Heel Touch has their front feet at or very near a block position.
  2. All have their knees inside their feet to create a triangle in the base.
  3. All have created a downward pointing V in their lead elbow.

Contact

  • Power Position is the position we want our hitters to achieve for contact. This is defined as top hand Palm Up and bottom hand Palm Down. Top Hand/arm should have flex in the elbow nearing 90 degrees and the Bottom Hand elbow with a small amount of flex.
  • We want the front knee inside still at Point of Contact. We want the Back Knee working forward and rotating to get inside the Front Knee.
  • The Back Foot should be pivoting with the back heel raising above the toes (Parallel to the Toes).
  • The Back Knee should be Flexed, not straight.

Extension

  • The longer we can stay Palm Up/Palm Down, the tighter the back-spin on the ball we can create.
  • Back-spin will cut gravity the best allowing the ball to travel farther, straighter, and faster.
  • Hitters should finish their Hip rotation so that their hips and shoulders finish facing or slightly past the pitcher to complete the rotational ROM.
  • Weight should have been driven from the Back Foot big toe to the Front Foot big toe. (We want to keep from our weight shifting to the pinky toe side because we lose extension to fast then)
  • As in the word Extension, both arms should be extended, if the hitter keeps the lead Elbow bent, the hitter will not achieve optimal extension which will lead to spin & power.
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