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How To Stay Back When Hitting

Best Hitting Drills And Tips For Staying Back

Category: Hitting Mistakes Basic Tips

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 specializes in just that!

One of the best ways to stay back is to control your swing using your core and not your arms (your should lead with your hips before your hands). The following video explains how you can stay back with your hands, lead with your hips and hold up at the very last second if you decide not to swing.

Staying Back to Hit

What’s so Bad About Lunging at the Baseball?

  • Lunging at the baseball causes excessive head movement. The number one rule in baseball is that you can’t hit what you can’t see.
  • Lunging at the baseball causes the hands to drop “beyond the point of no return.” When the hands drop too far (below the waist), this will cause a hitter to swing with an excessive uppercut.
  • Lunging at the baseball causes the bat to drag through the hitting zone. When a hitter lunges forward the momentum that is created can cause the hands to slowly drag through the hitting zone. Ideally, the hitter needs to keep his hands back until he is 100% committed to swing.
  • Lunging at the baseball causes a genuine loss of power as your lower and upper half “disconnect”. Once again, the loss of power comes from the hands dragging through the hitting zone.
  • Lunging at the baseball makes a swing “look ugly“. There is nothing worse than looking at a slow-motion video of a hitter that is lunging at the baseball.

The best drill for staying back is our 3-step Laser Bat Speed Trainer balance ball drill. It improves foundation, load, rotation and swing path. These elements are vital for teaching you to stay back when hitting.

Having Problems Staying Back When You Hit?

How Not Being Able to Stay Back Causes More Strike Outs


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).

Jumping Out At The Baseball

Our Number 4 Batting Average Killer

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.


Why Do Players Have Problems Staying Back?

This video shows the correlation between trying to pull the baseball and not being able to stay back when hitting in a game

  • Trying to pulling the baseball. Over emphasis, on pulling the baseball will cause a hitter to jump out and rush his swing.
  • Trying to hit the baseball too hard (over-swinging). Trying to hit the baseball too hard, can cause a hitter to lunge out and pull off the baseball.
  • Not seeing the baseball out of the pitcher’s hand. Not picking up the baseball out of the pitcher’s hand can cause a hitter to jump out, lunge, reach and rush his swing.
  • Lacking confidence to hit a game day fastball. A hitter that doesn’t have the self-confidence to hit the inside fastball will have trouble staying back during the game.
  • A hitter is trying to hit the baseball “too early”, without letting it travel deeper into the hitting zone. It’s vital that the hitter lets the ball travel deep enough into the zone before he commits to his swing. Committing too early can cause a hitter to collapse his front knee as he “chases after the baseball.”
  • The hitter is loading incorrectly causing too much weight on the back foot.

Lunging out at the baseball, can be fixed with the right hitting approach

Quick Fix Hitting Tips for Staying Back

The hardest thing to do when hitting is to stay back. Here’s some tips to make it simple

  • Let the ball travel deeper in the zone before offering with a swing. See and track the ball all the way from the pitcher’s hand to the barrel of the bat.
  • Mentally and physically commit to hitting the baseball to the opposite field, this will generally shorten & soften the hitter’s stride.
  • Work on hitting drills that are designed to shorten the batting stride and train the body to stay back.
  • Practice hitting drills that improve staying in your legs when hitting the baseball out in front of the plate.
  • Always practice hitting the baseball up the middle and to the opposite field, even the inside pitch.
  • Work on relaxing in the batter’s box and don’t try to hit the ball too hard.
  • Improve game day confidence to hit the inside fastball with the best hands-inside-the-baseball drills.
  • Practice hitting drills that improve balance in the batter’s box.

Combine our Laser Bat Speed Trainer with front toss and you’ve got the ultimate drill for increasing bat speed and power while boosting your confidence to stay back and drive the ball.

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.

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