Discover why many Major League teams are fast getting tired of players swinging for the fence. Training home run swing techniques is fast going out of fashion, due to high strikeouts (caused by lunging), low batting averages and reduced run production.
The new buzz word is hitting approach, and TheHittingProject.com specializes in just that!
Learning to master the art of staying back when hitting is vitally important; especially to prevent swinging at bad pitches and reducing strike outs.
Tracking the ball deep in the hitting zone will help to stay back and cut down on strike outs.
For example, with 2 strikes a pitcher is trained to throw an off-speed pitch down in the hitting zone for a ball. His objective is to get the hitter swinging at a pitch that’s out of the strike zone. Commonly seen with a slider that’s down in the zone and off the outside edge of the plate.
Staying back and not lunging at the baseball will allow a hitter to track the ball deep into the hitting zone, a skill that’s important with a fast and late breaking slider pitch (the slider is a pitch that moves more the closer it gets to home plate).
A hitter who doesn’t stay back and lunges at the baseball won’t see the late break and is more likely to swing and miss and strike out (due to too much movement of the eyes and committing to the swing too early).
Number 4 on our Top 10 Batting Average Killers is jumping out at the baseball. Jumping out at the baseball makes it virtually impossible to be a consistent hitter. A hitter that continually jumps out at the baseball will have a tendency to get jammed (hit the ball off the handle of the bat), hit the ball off the end of the bat, swing and miss, hit weak pop ups, hit weak ground balls and generally be an all round poor hitter.
Did you know?
Jumping out at the baseball will increase velocity on a fastball by up to 5 miles per hour – now that’s a BATTING AVERAGE KILLER! When you jump out and don’t stay back your head and eyes are moving, affecting your ability to track the baseball, thus creating the perception of increased velocity. On the other hand, when you relax, stay back and focus on seeing the baseball – you can potentially decrease the appearance of a fastball by 5 miles per hour.
Lunging out at the baseball, can be fixed with the right hitting approach
Why is hitting approach so important?
The right hitting approach works because it naturally develops good swing habits, such as; a slow/soft/short/closed stride, short/compact swing, keeps the front shoulder closed, helps to stay through the baseball, allows the hitter to let the baseball travel and keep his head on the baseball.
Ultimately, this is the beauty of the best game day hitting approach – it will naturally train the best hitting mechanics for staying back.
Important!!!! The first technique that should be explored with helping to stay back, is to work on hitting developing the best game day hitting approach.
A hitter with a good hitting approach will be less likely to jump out at the baseball, especially compared to a hitter that is trying the pull the baseball.
Lunging too much at the baseball can eliminate power/bat speed from a hitter’s swing and also causes unwanted head & eye movement making it difficult to track the baseball.