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Open Stance vs. Closed Stance

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Stanton Jun 8. 40 Replies

Out of curiosity does anyone support/teach a closed stance? Growing up I had a closed stance due to the fact that my all time favorite player was Will "The Thrill" Clark. By the time I got to college…Continue

 

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Bill Stanton replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"Goods stuff Bobby.  That was what felt natural to you. Too many coaches are coaching the athleticism out of kids in order to fit a philosophy that they believe in. Sometimes less coaching leads to more results. "
Jun 8
Bobby Capaldo replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"I used an open stance all through my HS career, when I went to play D1 ball the hitting coach automatically tried to change me to a close stance.  He told me that with the leg kick I had, I would never get to the ball.  For 2 years i…"
Jun 8
Richard Lovell replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"There is the key statement right there, Stefan, you fit comfortable with it. Being in theaters box is about being comfortable. You know, I have even seen some MLB hitters step out..Franco...and it wasn't because he was cheating on an inside…"
Apr 17
John Robert Cruz replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"I believe that one of the main benefits of, THE OPEN STANCE, is that for people who have the problem of, "BAILING OUT - AKA - STEPPING INTO THE BUCKET,"... especially with same side pitchers...they will find that...THE OPEN…"
Apr 17
Richard Lovell replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"I've read a lot of responses and notice everyone talks about open stance, unless the player is flying open and then go to a neutral or even closed stance to correct that.  Consider this; flying open isn't caused by the stance because…"
Aug 17, 2015
Richard Lovell replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"Reminds me of a line from My Cousin Vinny, slightly altered..."almost IDENTICAL"! I certainly agree the technique of a fat pitch and baseball swing are similar and even more than just slightly similar...minus slappers. Reaction times are…"
Aug 17, 2015
Richard Lovell replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"Question: Wouldn't starting in an open stance and landing to an open position give a better chance to clear the hips? It would only be logical to think square or closed stance you have to make an additional move to open your hips, but with an…"
Aug 17, 2015
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Open Stance vs. Closed Stance

Out of curiosity does anyone support/teach a closed stance? Growing up I had a closed stance due to the fact that my all time favorite player was Will "The Thrill" Clark. By the time I got to college I opened my stance up to see the ball better. I support an open stance 100% but I never change my hitters stance unless it is completely necessary. Are there hitters out there having success with a closed stance or is this a lost art?
Aug 1, 2014
Michael Richards replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"I think flexibility has a lot to do with weather you should be open or closed.  Can you get your belly facing the pitcher at contact?  That is what determines if you are able to be closed.  Open stance is kind of a cheat to get around…"
Aug 7, 2012
Stefan Vielhaber replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"I learned to play with an Open Stance. The reason why ? My coach told me that if a have an Open Stance I can hit Inside Balls better . I don´t know if this fact is right , but I really fell comfortable with it.  "
Jul 15, 2012
Doug Bernier replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"Nate, that's a great discussion topic.  I personally believe that all batting stances have pros and cons and should be used to fit the type of hitter and the swing that you have.   I hope you don't mind, but I'm going…"
Jul 15, 2012
andre lachance replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"Since we had this discussion, I decided to focus on the open/close in our senior league game on Sunday. As he catcher, I tried different things with different hitters. I definitely found that we could bust a fastball inside on closed hitters. We…"
Aug 18, 2010
PM CUSTOM GLOVES replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"Open Stance definitely!! Not only helps to see the ball better with both eyes but in my opinion, it also helps getting extension when hitting the ball."
Aug 16, 2010
Don Ervin replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"There are a lot of good and different opinions here, Open, semi open, closed, semi closed stances, Sometimes the most comfortable stance or the best feeling bat is not the most successful way to go, Take the catcher who feels good by setting up off…"
Aug 15, 2010
Nate Woodard replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"Totally misread on my part. You're exactly right Jeff! My apologizes to you!"
Aug 14, 2010
Dion Chamar Owens replied to Nate Woodard's discussion Open Stance vs. Closed Stance
"I personally use the closed stance because I'm a tall person, like Barry Bonds. But I do use the open stance every now & then."
Aug 8, 2010

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Bats:
Both
Throws:
Right
Height:
5'10
Weight:
180
Position(s):
SS, OF
Type of hitter... Power? Average? Slap? Pull?
All over. Go with the pitch.
I currently:
Coach Baseball, Am a Hitting Instructor
Baseball Playing Experience:
High School, American Legion, College
Baseball Coaching Experience:
Little League, High School, College
Baseball Umpiring Experience
None
Softball Playing Experience:
None
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
Ken Griffey Jr. because he had natural talent to be able to hit for power, average and all fields.
More About Me:
I'm currently a Hitting Instructor at the Strike Zone. At 32 years old I'm still a student of the game I love more than I ever been. Always looking for ways to improve my knowledge and willing to give the knowledge I have to others.
Website:
http://strikezoneomaha.com

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At 4:36pm on July 27, 2010, Kyle Grucci said…
Welcome to CheckSwing, Nate!

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At 4:19pm on July 27, 2010, Bill Stanton said…
Nate- Thanks for joining us at CheckSwing! Have a great time making new connections and talking baseball. Please invite any players and coaches that you know to join us as well. Enjoy!
 
 
 

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