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Hello Ralph - Very difficult to gauge when you can't see the subject.. Most people - will give you mechanical answers to solve this issue. But deeper, below the superficial side of examining hitters that most hitting coaches overlook is the hitter's relationship with the pitcher .. And, how the hitter is managing his flow of energy, momentum, tempo, in relationship to the pitcher. #1 - Without seeing him, sounds like the hitter is trying to keep tempo, rhythm, with the pitcher with his feet/legs.. doesn't trust his upper body for rhythm..#2 - Inside the hitter - you describe, I would be almost certain, that he has already, predetermined to hit the ball.. well out in front of his body, before you throw it .. He wants to "get the ball" - before - "the ball gets him".. type of attitude... SOLUTION - #1, establish, the need of tempo with front toe and back knee, #2 - help the hitter manage the impact position with ball, next to his body, not in front - http://www.TheLanguageOfHitting.com
Thanks to all who responded concerning the hands traveling forward with the body. I tried most of the ideas suggested plus reviewed video with those suggestions recommended. What do you think of the cause being from separating the hands prior to loading the body? In other words his first move is to move hands back to launch, then stride forward bringing the hands with him rather than holding them back. It seems like the order of events is to load the body to get in position to stride/separate (attack the ball). The separation is not synced up with the stride. Is this on the right track?
See if this makes sense.... Separating the hands from the stride in sync is a key component to hitting. I did a drill when I played where the person doing front soft toss would allow me to separate or load and I would hold that load until he released the ball. I would then allow the ball to travel to me before I hit. Be careful of extra movement after the ball is released. In my early load/separation (same thing just different term) I wanted to feel my hands move away from my stride at the exact same time and distance and then WAIT for the ball to get to me. I describe this as "playing tug of war" with your hands and feet. Good hitters heads stay still. When the hands come with the stride you will get head movement forward. Plus your hands will leak to a weaker hitting position, thus speeding up the reaction time and you will hit from a weaker hand position. Picture a game of tug of war. If two teams play tug of war and the rope is pulled on with the same force equally, the flag in the middle of the rope stays still. That flag represents your head. If you separate your hands and feet with that tug or war mentality your head will stay still. That example seems to click with the guys I work with. That little drill was the best one for me in making sure my hands and feet separated at an equal distance and early because when you get back to separation early you can let the ball get to you have time to really FEEL the movements. Hope that helps! Kash