Hitting Stance For Baseball And Softball
Simple Tips And Drills
Set up in a hitting stance to engage your core muscles
Minimizing swing movement when facing a dominant fastball pitcher. The more movement in your stance and load (higher leg kick, higher elbow, longer stride) the more time it takes to get to your contact zone
The best thing you can do when in a hitting slump is to simplify your stance, close your mind (don't think) and focus on the pitcher's release point, and tracking the ball
Example: tips for setting up in a lower elbow, compact batting stance; better for a dominant fastball
Example: setting up in a high back elbow batting stance, better for hitting pitches such as a “hanging slider”
Engaging your core muscles
Core Power Hitting Stance Drill
In order to hit with your core, you need to engage the leg muscles connecting to your core (inner thigh/groin/glutes) as opposed to taking the weight in your quadriceps/mid-thighs. In this case your knees take all the pressure, dis-engaging your powerful core muscles.
- Straddle the ball and squeeze your inner-thighs/groin into the middle of the ball. This movement will point your knees into each other, creating the perfect weight distribution for power, balance and to stay back.
- You can correlate to lifting weights, more specifically the powerful squat lift. When squatting, as soon as your knees go over your feet you get weaker, (can’t lift as much) and become prone to injury (especially knee related injuries). Alternatively, when you squat using your muscles attached to your core (especially your Glutes/Groin), you become stronger and prevent injuries as your core takes the pressure.
- Take 10-20 repetitions of squeezing/pinching the ball with your inner-thigh/groin muscles.
- Remove the ball. Imagine the ball is still between your legs and repeat the process. This simple movement allows for the best weight distribution when setting up in your batting stance.