The Baseball Zone Blog

Kevin Hussey | Feb 7, 2015 12:15:00 PM

Thinking About Switch Hitting? Here Is Some Advice For You to Consider

Becoming a switch hitter is a difficult decision that some players will have to make. Before you make the decision to become a switch hitter, you need to be able to answer some questions about yourself. If you're a natural right handed batter, are you willing to bat left handed potentially 90% of the time? If you're a natural left handed batter are you willing to bat right handed if the game depended on it? If you're not willing to make these decisions/sacrifices, maybe switch hitting isn't for you. If you are willing to make these sacrifices, you at least have the mentality a switch hitter needs.

Although it's great to have the mentality of a switch hitter, it's going to take a lot more than that to be successful. It’s going to take a natural ability from the other side of the plate. If your initial feel for hitting on the other side of the plate isn't comfortable, becoming a switch hitter will be extremely difficult. When you step on the other side of the box you need to feel at least one distinct advantage. Hopefully the advantage you will notice will be your vision. Some players will step in the other batter’s box and instantly notice their vision is better on that side. This will obviously be a huge advantage to someone experimenting with switch hitting. Other advantages may come in the form of power or a natural swing plane. Without having a distinct and noticeable advantage to switch hitting, it’s difficult to justify the purpose of your experiment.

more

Topics: hitting tips, hitting strategy, hitting approach, hitting, hitting power, switch hitting

Rick Johnston | Feb 20, 2014 9:26:00 AM

Are Bad Looking Hitting Mechanics Always Due to Bad Mechanics?

Theory: If any player were to meticulously heed to the optimal biomechanical principles of hitting they will be successful, correct? 

Hmmmmm...

Certainly following these principles will maximize the chances that a hitter has put the bat on the right path of a pitched ball with maximal force (if there is intent to match), but it certainly does not always equate to success. If it were that easy, then few hitters would ever fail at the rate of over 70%, like they do now.

So, the presence of a good biomechanical approach is wonderful, but this alone does not tell hitters where to swing, what to swing at and when to swing. It simply shows how to swing. The average person can swing a bat or a golf club fairly well pretty quickly (under no pressure of course), but does that mean they will hit well or score low? No way and that is a definitive NO WAY. 

The underlying problem that occurs when one believes biomechanical principles equal success is this…everyone looks for the quick biomechanical "fix" when things go bad. Well, it usually doesn’t work that way. In fact, most swing issues have little to do with the swing, but more to do with the other components that now AFFECT the swing…In other words the cause and effect theory. There is a cause that has an effect on the swing. Hitters, when struggling, look for instant fixes with areas…the hands, the feet, hips, front shoulder, etc…all with the same goal - to produce a much more successful swing. However, more often than not, failure in the swing has less to do with swing itself or the biomechanical principles one is exhibiting than it does other factors. There are numerous principles that ger overlooked that have an extraordinary effect on a hitter's biomechanics.

more

Topics: hitting tips, hitting instruction, Hitting plan, hitting strategy, hitting approach, hitting, baseball coaching, pitch recognition, vision, hitting mechanics

Rick Johnston | Nov 14, 2013 2:22:00 PM

16 Pet Peeves of Baseball Coaches - Hitter Edition

You guys have issues also!

As I start to wind up on the Pet Peeves series, it is time to adress the hitters and discuss some of the items these guys do that are in most cases not surprising, but often not dealt with. In other words, is it the hitters that are to blame or can some of these be shifted to coaches and their philosophy toward hitting? Hmmm, that is a good question and maybe could turn into a Pet Peeve at some point.

Let’s try and explore more in depth many of the crazes that hitters do to drive coaches nuts and push them over the edge. Now coaches, remember, you may be responsible for some of these, so,as you nod your head while reading, ask yourself if some of these Pet Peeves could be changed if you as a coach spent the time creating an avenue of understanding with each hitter.

So, with this in mind, here we go:

more

Topics: hitting preparation, Hitting plan, hitting strategy, hitting approach, hitting, baseball coaching, baseball pet peeves

Rick Johnston | Oct 21, 2013 3:51:00 PM

What Should You REALLY Be Doing In The On Deck Circle?

Ok, you are On Deck...What should you really be doing?

more

Topics: warming up, hitting tips, hitting instruction, hitting preparation, Hitting plan, hitting strategy, hitting approach, on deck

Rick Johnston | Aug 30, 2013 7:48:00 AM

Commanding Your At Bat as a Hitter

For many a young hitter, taking command of their at bat seems like a monumental chore in itself. When I think about it, I find this to be very peculiar, as by the nature of the game the hitter is on the offense, not the defense. These type of hitters struggling to command their at bat are in no way not taking hitting serious nor are they not taking the game serious - they simply struggle to take their long hours of work and dedication from practice to the game. It is almost like when it is their turn, they put so much pressure on themselves (or someone else does) that they have lost the battle before it ever started. They have lost the battle in the on deck circle or lost the battle as they walked to the plate. But for whatever reason the link between practice and game seems to struggle to connect.

more

Topics: hitting tips, hitting preparation, Hitting plan, hitting strategy, mental performance

  |  All posts   |  Next

See our upcoming Schedule

baseball clinics toronto

Subscribe to The Baseball Zone Blog via E-mail

Hey, let's connect!

facebooktwitterlinkedinyoutube

Latest Blog Posts

Posts by Category

see all