No one has ever said hitting a baseball is easy. In fact, it has been said that hitting a baseball may be the single most difficult athletic skill to do successfully. Consequently if hitting a baseball is that difficult without taking into account any direction or field, even for the best in the world, let’s examine 15 reasons why hitting the baseball to the opposite field is an even more difficult task.
These 15 are in no particular order. Simply put, there are several reasons.
- Young hitters lack strength and when strength is lacked, it will have an enormous effect on the bat speed, swing plane and a hitter's timing. One of the fundamental pillars to hitting that goes hand in hand with mechanics, mental approach and visual awareness, is physical strength. Young players just need to get stronger.
- Most hitters are pull conscious and would prefer to hit the ball to the short side of the field than the large areas of the field. The irony is that standing around a batting cage or listening to the game within the game you will forever hear coaches say to their hitters, “use the whole field”. For whatever reason, hitters will make conscious efforts in practice to do so, but once the game starts, their mind set reverts back to the pull happy concept.