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Batted Ball Speed – The Holy Grail of Hitting and Where to Find It

Simple physics description of hitting a baseball: It’s the transferred energy from a batters body to his bat. Then from the bat to the ball. The transfer of energy from bat to ball creates Batted Ball Speed (BBS) which propels the baseball forward.  So how do we get optimal BBS? Let’s face it, BBS is what everyone cares about. BBS determines how far the ball will go once contact is made. One of the biggest questions that has been debated by fans, players, parents and coaches when discussing BBS, “Is bat speed more important or bat weight (mass) when it ...

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The Best Hitters in the World Fail 70% of the Time – WRONG!

How many times have you heard: “The game of baseball is a game of failure – even the best hitters fail 70% percent of the time.” This statement is wrong and factually untrue yet most believe it because you’ve been told it over and over. That belief alone already puts you in a negative mental state before you ever get to the plate.  What you need to understand is that just because you didn’t get a hit to get on base you didn’t fail as a batter. If you hit the ball and it’s a ground out or a fly out that’s ...

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Swing Path and Hip Rotation

Bat Path Every time I work with a new hitter, I ask “How would you describe your swing to me?” I like to get their thoughts and see if they match the actions of their swings. I can honestly say most kids say, “Swinging down to create backspin.” It’s really frustrating for me to watch hitters start off hitting ground-balls and they think they’re swinging properly because they’ve been instructed that way.  It’s also frustrating that coaches now want hard hit balls on the ground, instead of hard hit balls in the gap.  Since when is a ground out better ...

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Go With the Pitch – Every Pitch!

Every player at one time in their life has heard their coach tell them to “go with the pitch”. Unfortunately, the only time players usually hear that phrase is when it’s an outside pitch. What most players don’t understand (and some coaches) is that you should be doing that for every pitch. The batter must be taught to “go with the pitch” wherever the pitch is thrown. This is a quick overview and will cover the three general pitch locations and when and where to hit the ball. This is the basic foundation you must learn before you can learn ...

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The Pre-Stride

The drill that we’re talking about here is what we’re gonna put Brian in, the Pre-Stride Position, to eliminate some of the problems of swinging the bat. First thing we do with Brian is we find out what Brian’s power base is. Okay. With his power base what we’ll do is ask him to get in to the position where he feels comfortable. And what we’re gonna do is make sure that Brian is not outside the length of the bat or the lever that he’s using. So as Brian stands up here next to the plate we’re gonna set ...

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4 Reality Checks for Young Baseball Players

Two real stories: I was speaking to a New York Mets scout out in the parking lot before a game.  He told me when he goes to a game to scout a player, he likes to sit in the parking lot before the game and watch for the prospect.  He went on to say that he already knows the kid has some skills or he wouldn’t be there to see him.  What he’s looking for is the player’s baseball attitude and conduct both on and off the field.  If he’s at a high school game, he watches the player get ...

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Baseball Fundamental Skills