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Summary

Hitting Cheat Sheet provides parents and coaches with quick fixes to the most common hitting mistakes. Access quick fixes for striking out, no power, long swing, jumping out and pulling off the ball!

Name: Quick Fix Cheat Sheet

Type: Hitting tool

Purpose: Quick fixes for the most common hitting mistakes

What’s On This Page: Cheat Sheet with quick fix drills and tips

Who’s It For: Parents and coaches

Skill Level: Beginner and intermediate

Tool: The Hitting Quick Fix Chart

Problem – a list of common hitting mistakes that will be fixed using the following:

 

  • 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
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