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Let's talk hitting Mechanics

Place to share tips, thoughts and theories on the art of hitting.

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The "Old" vs "New" Swing

Started by Dave Vaccaro. Last reply by Dave Vaccaro Nov 2, 2018. 11 Replies

In this day and age of the “new” swing where an upward plane is over-exaggerated, it’s tough to decipher right from wrong.  This is especially true for players who bounce back and forth from coaches…Continue

Toe Tap vs. Leg Kick- what do you think?

Started by Bill Stanton. Last reply by Dave Vaccaro Oct 4, 2018. 3 Replies

Interesting article below using Lucas Duda and Jose Bautista as examples.  It debates the use of a "toe tap" vs. the use of a "leg kick".  Is there a right or wrong approach…Continue

Tags: Bautista, Jose, MLB, Lucas, Duda

H.S. Tryouts...

Started by Jose M Hernandez. Last reply by Grant Clifford Feb 10, 2016. 6 Replies

H.S. tryouts are getting set to begin in our area... Any ideas on how to help a Freshman on getting ready? Thanks.Continue

Tags: school, high, team, baseball, Tyrouts

Soft Toss?

Started by Grant Clifford. Last reply by Robin Cox Oct 14, 2015. 8 Replies

More and more I am thinking that soft toss is useless.The angle...  from the side just isn't working for me. It's convenient when an L-screen isn't available or for quick pre-game warmup.. but I…Continue

Tags: toss, soft, hitting

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Comment by Mike Goodman on October 6, 2009 at 8:13pm
I taught my son to always be square legs a little more than shoulder length apart making sure you have a good base or you're not gonna have good balance when you do swing, the one thing i've been trying to get him to do instead of loading his bat around his head is to when he sees the ball is to load up on his back leg then explode through the zone
Comment by Dave Vaccaro on October 6, 2009 at 6:43pm
Once again, totally agree...this is the kind of good stuff that's going to get this group going.
Comment by Ted Burda a.k.a. The Hit Doctor on October 6, 2009 at 1:39pm
Dave--- Don't get me wrong brother. This is only my opening salvo. I'm not dismissing mechanics. I'm just setting up a priority tree. I'm delighted to see your comments about wrapping and opening up too early, and casting.
The most effecient style of hitting, compact rotational hitting, is being taught every single day at virtually every major college, because it works. Most of the hitters on this web site frankly haven't really kept up. That doesn't mean there's not a most ideal swing out there. Most of the adult hitters are combination hittters, who take a five or six inch stride with a considerable slide and many times less than a 100% turn. With these inefficiencies built in, it's no wonder that you can get out on your front side too early and open up. Many adult hitters start with a front arm that is too long to begin with, or they lock it out, lengthening it during the coil phase or as they launch. This produces oftentimes the casting and long armed attack you refer to.. Most adults hate hearing this, but if you practice the correct compact ideal techniques in the set up, load, and launch, it will control much of the grief you refer to. As far as wrapping the bat,there are two ways of doing that, one very good and extremely empowering for generating max. bat head whip, and one wrong one that ruins everything. If you wrap your bat by solely cocking your wrists without letting your hands ever wrap around the back of your neck at all, it is a desirable tool for generating power used by most every great hitter. The devil of the difference is in the details. I am not going to shy away from trying to get anyone who will listen to learn that there is one ideal swing, with the most effecient mechanics availiable to you, or the fact that if you don't have it, you will never ever hit your very best. By the way, even if you have cuttting edge swing techniques, you will never watch the ball with your nose on it evertime without extreme special drilling. The urge to look up (or not even look down in the first place) is so strong that it is for most poeple an irresistable reflex. That was why I opened with it. This is going to sound like an advertisement, but I don't care. Buy my books.
Comment by Dave Vaccaro on October 5, 2009 at 7:20pm
Totally agree...the eyes are the most important tool to a hitter. However, it is my true belief that there is a link between certain flaws. What I mean is that one flaw may be caused by another, which is also caused by another, etc...
Heres an example: How many times has a coach told a hitter to stop pulling his head out? Numerous!!! 9 times out of 10 it is not only his head that is pulling, it is his whole front side. Therefore, the head will go along for the ride as well.
Now, you tell the kid to keep his front sidein. However, he is casting his hands and barrel on his initial approach causing the barrel to take a circular path through the zone. This will spin his front side open along with his head.
Now, is he casting his hands at will or is something causing him to do it? Maybe he is wrapping his bat behind his neck when he triggers. This will cause a long casting swing path on the approach. (THIS MAY BE THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM!!) Sounds strange doesn't it? He's pulling his head out because he is wrapping his bat during the load phase. Who would think one would have to do with the other?
I guess what I'm basically saying is that something that you may be trying to fix is being caused by something else which is also caused by something else....Therefore, if you find the root of the problem, it will sometimes help fix the secondary problems. There is more on this topic on my website,
Comment by Ted Burda a.k.a. The Hit Doctor on October 5, 2009 at 2:57am
Pardon my arrogance, but I've earned it. I am a private batting instructor who has conducted over 60,000 lessons, with batters, male and female, mainly from six to twenty two, in youth, high school, and colloge leagues. The thing that only a few batters know how to do correctly is basically watching the ball even close to their maximum effeciency. This is my monumental pet peave. You will be able to verify this quite factually by studying closely the nose of any hitter during their swing. To see your best as a human being, let alone a baseball hitter, you must keep your eyes pointing directly at the ball all the way to your bat. The fact is, way less than half the experienced batters on this site don't do it. It is the single most critical skill that fosters your highest potential performance. People that don't keep their noses on the ball all the way into contact will never hit close to their best. Those that don't are left to rely on peripheral vision out of the corners of their eyes to sight the ball, and determine exactly where it is, and exactly when you need to pull the trigger. The typical batter not only doesn't keep his eyes directly facing his target the last ten feet, he in fact will take his eyes off the ball by looking up to try and see where it will be going. This curiosity urge is so predominant that it takes a special drill to get most people to even come close to watching the ball effeciently. People as so concerned with mechanics, when the biggest step they most often need to take is actually watching the ball to the bat over and over by never looking up until after it's "disappeared" folllowing contact. I have a complete chapter, and eight drills, and two physical aids that are often required to achieve this skill at a high level with my students. Amazingly enough, less than half the hitters in MLB actually even know they need to watch the ball in this most effective way. I welcome your feedback because this is something to get riled up about .........

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