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Rick Johnston | Oct 3, 2013 8:17:00 AM

Minimize Hitting Variables Instead of Overcomplicating Them

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. 

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting instruction, hitting, baseball coaching, hitting power, hitting posture, vision

Ryan Armstrong | Apr 11, 2013 1:43:00 PM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Low Tee Drill"

This week's Drill of the Week is the  "Low Tee Drill".

A couple of weeks ago we went over the High Tee Drill and this week we want to go over the Low Tee Drill, which is a similar drill...but different, of course. 

The Low Tee Drill is a postural drill that helps hitters better maintain athletic posture on lower pitches in the strike zone. Why is this important?

  1. The less balanced/athletic they are approaching contact, the more power they will lose in their swing.
  2. The natural reaction is to straighten up versus staying strong/athletic with the pitch which will lead to swinging down on the pitch and failing to match swing plane with plane of pitch. This will lead to more swings and misses and, if contact is made, more weaker hit ground balls.
  3. Losing athletic posture on lower pitches will typically lead to disconnection in the swing, i.e. hands getting away from the body = longer, slower, weaker swing.

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting instruction, baseball instruction, hitting, baseball coaching, baseball drills, hitting drills, hitting power, hitting posture, Low Tee Drill, tee drills

Ryan Armstrong | Mar 28, 2013 7:21:00 PM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "High Tee Drill"

We have a quick little "hitter" (haha) for this week's Drill of the Week - the "High Tee Drill".

The High Tee Drill is something we would term as a postural hitting drill that simulates hitting a higher pitch in the hitting zone. This is a pitch where we often see athletes come out an athletic posture and lose power and bat control. What we want them to do, and what we want the drill to help them do, is to stay more athletic through their swing, even if the pitch is a little high.

Hitters are encouraged to work on the High Tee Drill in their regular hitting program/practice, but it is especially helpful for athletes who have postural issues, especially lifting or pulling the front shoulder off of the pitch.

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting instruction, hitting, baseball drills, hitting drills, hitting posture, high tee drill, tee drills

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