How To Practice
Beginner start with belt-high middle pitch locations
Advanced can move onto challenging with up-and-inside pitch locations
- Let the ball travel deep in your contact zone. Wait until the ball is 3-5ft from home plate (depending on the speed of the pitch) before you start your swing. If you don’t let the baseball travel, you’ll swing and miss.
- Aim to make contact close to home plate. Contact depth will vary depending on the location of the pitch. If the ball is middle or away hit it as it crosses home plate. If the ball is inside hit it just in front of home plate.
- Swing using your core and attack the ball with your hips. The back foot is a great key performance indicator for correct rotation. Rotate your back foot from your core aim to be spinning fast on the toes of your back foot.
- Don’t try to pull the ball down the line. Hit the ball back up middle or the outfield gaps. When working on up-and-inside drills try to hit the ball to the pull-side alley – this will help you to stay back and keep the ball in fair territory.
- Try to keep the bat as flat as possible at contact and hit the ball with backspin. If you drop your barrel you’ll hit a pop up.
- Ensure you don’t roll over at the point contact. Rolling over at contact will cause the barrel of your bat to rise and as a result you’ll hit the top of the ball and that’s what causes topspin line drive or a ground ball swing.
- Utilize a short path 2-hand grip follow through. Beyond the point of contact whip the bat around your body and roll the wrists on the follow through. Failure to roll the wrists will slow down your acceleration, cause you to fall off balance and knock your head off the ball as you fight against your natural swing path. Rolling over after contact is make is not going to affect the lift on the ball.
- Avoid trying to lift on your follow through and don’t release your top hand as once again, you’ll fight your natural swing path causing you to over-rotate on your back foot, pull off the ball and fall off balance.
- Minimize head movement and contact and on the follow through.
- Once you hit 10 balls off the middle of the bat you’ll notice a big improvement in your swing