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Teaching your child to hit a baseball can be one of the most rewarding, yet difficult things to do. With so much information online — it can be extremely troublesome trying to decipher what information should filter down to the child. Ages 9 to 11 are crucial for developing a good baseball hitting approach. If children, for whatever reason, develop bad swing habits, then these will be hard to correct when they reach the high school and college levels.
Question: I hit great during batting practice drills but can’t hit in a game, what am I doing wrong?
“You can’t afford to get fooled by hitting coaches who promise they’ve discovered the “secret recipe” for hitting home runs. Home run baseball hitting drills practice hitting a slow-moving belt-high pitch. The problem’s when facing a quality pitcher in your league chances are he’s not going throw a “mistake pitch” you can hit for a home run.”
Clinton Balgera. Founder of TheHittingProject.com and Inventor of the Laser Core Bat Speed Precise Trainer
TheHittingProject.com recommends you to keep hitting simple, especially with your kids. Focusing on a simple head down, opposite field approach helps to reverse bad swing habits.
Unlike most hitting websites encouraging bad swing habits, TheHittingProject.com focuses on a hitting approach designed to meet the realities of game day hitting.
Teaching home run mechanics is dangerous, especially for younger kids. It’s vital your kid’s develop positive swing habits, training to stay back and to hit the ball back up the middle and to the opposite field. Once your kids have developed a hitting approach you can start begin to implement power hitting mechanics.
Quality opposition teams pitch low and to the outside of home plate, aiming to make your kids roll over and hit a weak ground ball. You’ve to show you can hit the low and outside pitch to the opposite field. Failure to hit to the opposite results in quality opposite teams continuing to expose your swing weakness. Until you’re able to adjust you’ll continue to struggle to hit in a game.
Tee drill’s one of the best way to teach kids to hit and to reverse bad swing habits. Tee drill allows you to isolate key parts of the baseball swing and trains a short and soft baseball swing, opposed to a high leg kick and long baseball swing.
TheHittingProject.com recommends to coach hitting drills with simple instruction and avoid explaining complex hitting mechanics.
“I want you to hit the ball back up the middle of the batting cage and try to hit the back fence about half way up. I also want you to keep your head down with your eyes looking toward home plate after you’ve hit the ball. I don’t want to see you watching where the ball does.”
You’ll teach your kids to stay closed, prevent pulling their head off the ball, improve line drive hitting and game day performance.
“I want your back leg at a 45 degree angle wand your shoulders at a 90 degree angle and to keep your hands in the air like Mike Trout, by the way make sure you’re working on rotational mechanics and I want you to hit the ball for a home run”.
Your kids will lose interest. You’ll over-complicate hitting, hindering your kid’s natural baseball swing. Trigger pulling off the ball. If you’re lucky your kids may hit good in practice however fail to hit quality pitching in a game.
More hitting and less talking. Stick to basic, simple hitting instruction and start hitting.
Make sure your kids set up in a batting stance close to the place their front foot lands after they stride. The further away from this spot your kid’s set up increases their margin for swing error.
Keep your kid’s load short using a small pick it up and put in down motion. Coach your kids to initiate their load with a in turn of their front knee.
Game day confidence comes from practicing game day specific drills. When you practice drills that replicated game day situations your eyes transfer the message to your brain that you can do a specific task…In short, you need to see it to believe it.
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