We have all coached or worked with hitters and have experienced, tested and tried numerous techniques and styles trying to achieve the ultimate goal of hitting the ball consistently hard. It is also safe to say that during these styles and techniques that we have enlisted upon players, we have swamped them with endless oodles of information pertaining to the feet, hands, head, shoulders, grip, position in batter’s box and contact points to name only but a few. In doing so, many coaches (and trust me parents are sometimes worse) inundate hitter’s with so much “GOOD” information that they simply rob the hitter of natural actions and instead insert thoughts that rob the hitter of seeing the ball and hitting the ball.
It so clear and evident in numerous cases and situations that the infinite amount of “GOOD” instruction is creating so much tension, the hitter is unable to focus on the current task at hand. With this said, I cannot emphasis it enough, minimize or simplify the techniques you are trying to get across. Keeping these techniques simple and clear will help each hitter center their attention to a specific rather than an abundant of thoughts. Hitters have so little time, less than half a second to put it all together and hit the ball. These simple techniques, when delivered in a sound, progressive manner will yield positive results much faster than an overabundance of information in a short period of time. The concentration level needed for a hitter in a time frame of less than half a second cannot have outside interfering factors.