We've heard it for years... Swing Level, Get The Back Elbow Up.
I've heard professional hitting instructors use these phrases.
I want to give aid and help coaches and parents in order
to avoid the destructive hitting cliches that are passed down
from coach to coach and player to player through the years.
For this reason, here are the "7 Deadly Misconceptions in Hitting".
Stay AWAY from these!
#1 - Swing Level. The fact is that one of the worst mistakes a
hitter can make is trying to keep his bat level as he goes to the
#2 - Get The Back Elbow Up. If we had to throw a punch, would
we have the back elbow up? If so, it would NOT be an effective
punch. The elbow needs to support the hands. It cannot do this if it is
#3 - Stay Back. The proper term here is not to stay back, but to START
BACK. We collect our weight on the backside.
#4 - Squish The Bug. The back foot should not "spin" on the ball of the foot,
the back foot should roll up on the back toe as the hips rotate toward the
pitch. Front heel - back toe is the correct way.
#5 - Roll The Wrist. Thecorrect way is when a hitter is in contact with the ball,
his top hand is in adduction (like a hammer) under the bat, and it stays
under the bat through extension. Does wrist-roll ever occur? Yes, when the
bat is coming out of extension and is coming around the opposite shoulder
at the completion of the stroke, the wrist rolls at this time.
#6 - Get The Hands Away From The Body. This is incorrect! The fact is that the
hands require body support during the stroke. The farther the hands get away
from the body, the weaker the stroke.
#7 - Stride In The Direction Of The Pitch. Stridein the same place every time,
directly ahead, with a 6 inch glide step. It is the ROTATION of the hips,
not the stride, that determines inside or outside.
The objective in hitting is to be quick with a compact stroke, making full
use of body action to support the stroke.
The Super 8 Baseball Training System teaches a hitter everything he needs to know about
hitting, no matter what problems the hitter has developed. These problems
can be reversed with good hitting principles.
Best to you,
Bio: Meet “Coach Brock”, legendary former Hall-of-Fame head baseball coach at Tulane University. Coach Brock has helped over 30,000 students transform their hitting stroke and ... More »