Grow The Confidence To Stay Back, Trusting Your Bat Speed
Important Advice For Staying Back
A simple hitting tip to help you to stay back, aim to hit the ball up the middle, and to the opposite field; pulling the ball too much during batting practice triggers mistakes, for example, lunging.
6 Simple Hitting Tips for Staying Back
- To improve staying back when batting, track the ball all the way from the pitcher’s hand to the barrel of the bat;
- Have the confidence in your bat speed, allowing the baseball travel closer to your body before contact.
- Mentally, and physically commit to hitting the baseball to up the middle, and opposite field, aiding to reduce the speed, and length of your batting stride.
- Practice hitting all pitch locations, not just the easy ones. Lacking the confidence to hit an inside fastball triggers jumping out, failing to stay back.
- Relax in the batter’s box, nervousness inhibits your ability to stay back when hitting.
- Avoid overswinging, thoughts of hitting a home run contribute to your inability to stay back on the ball.
Batting Average Killer
Jumping Out At The Baseball
Did you know?
Jumping out at the baseball will increase velocity on a fastball by up to 5 miles per hour – now that’s a BATTING AVERAGE KILLER! When you jump out and don’t stay back your head and eyes are moving, affecting your ability to track the baseball, thus creating the perception of increased velocity. On the other hand, when you relax, stay back and focus on seeing the baseball – you can potentially decrease the appearance of a fastball by 5 miles per hour.
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Staying Back And Reducing Strikeouts
Failing to stay back and jumping out at the baseball disrupts your ability to detect a late-breaking pitch, increasing your strikeout tally; due to excessive movement bumping your head, and blurring your vision. To improve staying back focus on seeing the ball, “reading and reacting” to late ball movement; critical for success with a two-strike batting count. In this case, the pitcher is aiming to throw an offspeed pitch, down and out of the strike zone; with the objective of getting you to chase a bad pitch.
Why is the correct hitting approach so important for staying back?
A disciplined hitting approach naturally develops good swing habits, such as:
- A slow, soft, short, and closed batting stride.
- Prevents your head from flying off the baseball.
- Keeps your front shoulder closed.
- Helps to stay through the baseball.
- Builds confidence to let the baseball travel.
Practice top and bottom hand swing drills to improve staying back on game day.