Constant Batting Practice Statements - Weekly Blog Tips
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The following are some of the statements I seem to make at every hitting session and with players of all ages. They are ideas you want to pass on to your hitters too, as they help players understand the nature and analysis of hitting and batting practice.
1.“Great swing, bad pitch” – yes, the swing can be a fundamental one, but it wasn’t a hittable pitch.
2.“Great foul ball, you should not be upset” – Remember on a tough borderline pitch, the best result is usually a foul ball. It keeps the hitter alive for another offering and a foul ball on a difficult pitch is the sign of a good swing. Putting every ball in play can be the sign of a bad swing.
3.“Ah, we need to take care of that one.” On the flip side of the above, when the batter gets a pitch down the middle and misses it or hits it weakly, I want them to know it was one they need to “smoke.” Good hitters take care of mistake pitches and they may not get another good pitch to hit that at-bat.
4.“Remember the things you can control – Your start position, the pitches you swing at, and your finish position.” I want them to know they cannot hit every ball well, but the right starting position, choosing good pitches to swing at, and a complete, balanced follow-through is possible each swing.
5.“You should never be falling away from home on your follow-through.” A sign the batter is incorrectly using their upper body and not the lower half to swing the bat is losing balance away from home plate.
6.“Remember, that is your pitch.” When I notice what pitches a player hits best, be it high, low, inside or outside, I want them to know it too, so in games, they look for those locations early in the count.
7.“Remember that is only a pitch to swing at with two strikes.” In batting practice, players tend to swing at all close pitches, which is fine, but make sure they know that in games, sometimes they should not offer at it unless they have a two-strike count.
8.“Whip it, do not roll it.” The roll-over at contact, which has numerous causes, is always detrimental to good hitting. Players need to understand that, but at the same time, learn to whip the bat through the hitting zone without rolling the top hand over.
9.“Remember the good hits, forget the bad ones.” This philosophy is a never-ending one as many players get down on their progress and results quickly and fail to rejoice in the good at-bats.