Batting Practice Approach
Overswinging and excessive pulling of the baseball reduces your bat speed, triggering you to lunge, and reach. Pulling off the ball, and failure to keep your balance are indicators of overswinging. To fix a long swing, use a batting practice ratio of seventy percent, “up the middle” of the field, and outfield gaps; and thirty percent to the pull-side.
Jumping, and Lunging
When you jump, and lung out at the baseball your disconnect your swing from your power muscles, resulting in a long swing. Failing to see the baseball triggers lunging, therefore, track the ball longer with contact closer to your body; preparing your swing for a dominant inside fastball.
Excessive Swing Movement
Excessive and unnecessary upper and lower body movement creates a long swing. Maximize batting power using a short load, stride, and swing path; use this as your foundation you can always fall back on in clutch hitting situations.
Arming Your Swing
There’s no matching the speed, and strength of your core muscles, therefore, swinging with your slow and weak arm muscles is not the answer to fixing your long swing. During batting practice hit with your core muscles, improving bat speed, power and contact accuracy; staying connected with your back elbow to your torso, critical for success with an inside fastball.
Doubt triggers mistakes including a long swing, confidence begins with challenging yourself to hit an inside pitch during batting practice. Opposingly, if you only swing at the ball down the middle of the plate, you’ll build “false confidence” in your conscious mind, however, you can’t lie to your subconscious mind, the catalyst for bat speed for when it counts the most.
Bat Speed Battle Plan
What’s more embarrassing? Spreading out in your batting stance, lowering your elbows, shortening up on the bat, or striking out four times? Swing adjustments are critical to successful game day hitting. During batting practice spend the time to develop a two-strike approach, alongside, strategizing a victory plan for battling the dominant fastball pitchers.