Batting Practice Aids

Baseball Hitting Table • Fixing Basic Hitting Mistakes

Baseball Hitting Tips, And Drills

Our baseball hitting table provides parents, and coaches with simple fixes to common mistakes, such as; striking out, no power, casting, jumping out, and pulling off the ball.

Summary

  • Mental/Approach – provides a solution to fix the problem by using visual, approach and mental techniques.
  • Mechanics – provides a solution to the problem with mechanical fixes.
  • Drills – provides suitable member only hitting drill videos that will help fix the problem.

I NEED TO START FROM THE BEGINNING

Also known as

  • I need the very basics
  • Hitting for the first time
  • My kids swing is totally breaking down
  • I have a really bad swing and need to start over with the basics

MENTAL/APPROACH

  • Keep things simple
  • Minimize margin for error

MECHANICS

  • Set up in a strong lower half that minimizes margin for error
  • Athletic, balanced lower half combined with a relaxed upper half
  • Generate the swing from the hips (hips rotate the back leg and top hand)
  • Turn the knee inwards to load the hips
  • Explosive rotation of the hips
  • See the baseball and stay back
  • Keeping your hands inside the baseball

DRILLS/PROGRAMS

SWING AND MISS

Also known as

  • Striking out too much
  • No making contact with the ball
  • Can’t hit a fastball

MENTAL/APPROACH

  • Close the mind and open the eyes
  • Develop a 2 strike approach
  • Let the ball travel (read and react)
  • Try to hit the ball to the opposite field
  • Relax, breathe and stay positive
  • Don’t over-swing or try to hit home runs
  • Be confident in the box

MECHANICS

  • Shorten the swing path
  • Spread out in the batting stance
  • Shorten the load and stride phases of the swing
  • Keep the head down and stay closed
  • Improve lower half mechanics

DRILLS/PROGRAMS

PULLING OFF THE BALL

Also known as

  • Flying open with the front shoulder
  • Pulling the head off the baseball
  • Spinning off the baseball
  • Swinging open with the upper half
  • Not keeping the head down
  • Not keeping the eyes on the baseball

MENTAL/APPROACH

  • Close the mind and open the eyes
  • Relax and try to hit the ball to the opposite field
  • Track the baseball and let it travel
  • Rid the mind of any negative thoughts
  • Do not try to pull the baseball or think home run (over-swinging)

MECHANICS

  • Keep your head down
  • Stride with a closed front foot
  • Ensure the front shoulder engages under the chin when the front foot lands
  • Stay through the baseball – the lower half controls the upper half
  • Minimize movement in the baseball swing
  • Spread out in an athletic baseball stance and set up in a straight line
  • Stay balanced throughout the swing on the balls of the feet

DRILLS/PROGRAMS

SLOW BAT SPEED

Also known as

  • Getting jammed
  • Getting beat by the fastball
  • Long baseball swing
  • Loopy baseball swing
  • Hole in the baseball swing

MENTAL/APPROACH

  • Relax and don’t try to over-swing
  • Don’t try to pull the baseball
  • Close the mind and open the eyes
  • Develop confidence
  • Develop an opposite field hitting approach

MECHANICS

  • Generate the swing from the hips
  • Ensure there is limited tension in the grip
  • Keep the hands inside the baseball
  • Shorten up on the handle of the bat
  • Spread out in the batting stance
  • Minimize any unnecessary movement in the swing
  • Stay in your legs and don’t lunge
  • Let the baseball travel
  • Keep the head down at contact

STEPPING IN THE BUCKET

Also known as

  • Stepping away from the plate
  • Landing open with the front foot
  • Striding away from the plate
  • Opening up with the front leg

MENTAL/APPROACH

  • Close your mind and open your eyes
  • Don’t try to pull the baseball or think “home run”
  • Try to hit the baseball to the opposite field
  • Have confidence in your swing
  • Don’t think about getting hit by the baseball

MECHANICS

  • Spread out and remain tension free in the batting stance
  • Stride short and straight toward the pitcher
  • Remove any unnecessary movement from the swing
  • Stay balanced and on the balls of your feet
  • Keep the head down at contact
  • Stay closed with the front shoulder
  • Use the hips to rotate the back leg
  • Land with a closed front foot

NO POWER IN THE SWING

Also known as

  • No pop in the swing
  • Can’t hit home runs
  • How to hit for extra bases
  • Warning track power
  • Weak baseball swing

MENTAL/APPROACH

  • Relax and breathe
  • Don’t try to pull the baseball or think “home run”
  • Try to hit the baseball to the opposite field
  • Visualize driving the baseball into the outfield gaps
  • See the baseball and let it travel
  • Look for a pitch up in zone

MECHANICS

  • Stay through the baseball
  • Stay short and compact with the swing
  • Ensure to follow through all the way and remain balanced
  • Engage the front shoulder under the chin as the front foot lands
  • Land with a closed front foot
  • Pick up the back heel and drive the back knee into the ground
  • Swing with the hips and hit against a firm front leg (torque)

JUMPING OUT

Also known as

  • How to stay back
  • Lunging out
  • Collapsing the front knee
  • Getting fooled by a pitch
  • Jumping out at the baseball
  • Off-balanced in the box

MENTAL/APPROACH

  • Relax, breathe and be confident that you can hit any pitch
  • Clear all thoughts in the batter’s box and focus on the pitcher’s release point
  • Don’t be afraid to let the ball travel deep in the hitting zone
  • Don’t try to pull the baseball or over-swing
  • Try to hit the baseball to the opposite field
  • Visualize driving the baseball into the outfield gaps

MECHANICS

  • Spread out in the batting stance (at least 4 inches past shoulder width)
  • Minimize the load and stride
  • Stay balanced and on the balls of your feet (don’t stay on your heels)
  • Keep the hands back near the back shoulder until the hitter is ready to attack the ball
  • Land with a closed front foot
  • Focus on generating the swing with the hips