Hybrid Mechanics

Multi-Swing Method

Hybrid: Reflex And Thinking Mechanics

Anticipating, a challenging pitch, preparing the top-hand release swing, switching to an automatic/subconscious state of mind, stepping in the box, activating your reflexes. Example, a hard and late-breaking slider, on the outside corner of home plate with two strikes; or a left-hand hitter facing an 85 mph right-hand pitcher; afraid to challenge you with a fastball, in this case, you see “down or away” change-ups.

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LIMITED TIME TO REACT

CONTACT AWAY FROM THE BODY

Hitting mechanics, behind in the batting count, facing the best, locating the off-speed pitch. The objective? Balancing the swing, improving bottom-hand mechanics/strength, hitting in multiple locations. In this case, making contact further away from the body, for example, an outside fastball; “on the black,” and at the knees.

B/T R/L & L/R TWO-HANDED FINISH

Important Information

The following information is especially critical for B/T R/L & L/R players, using a two-hand follow through, naturally, bottom hand dominant, however, using top hand dominant mechanics.

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Preparing To Hit A Nasty Pitch

Early in the batting count, facing the dominant "game-one starter" and "closer," without "hanging" the mistake pitch, locating the hard-and-late-breaking pitch for strike-one/two; adjust the width of the batting stance, back-elbow, and stride movement, getting to the ball on time. Adjustments vary on the pitcher’s velocity, release-point recognition, reaction time, and bat speed. Think of the pitch you are most likely to hit, practicing the mechanics in the on-deck circle, switching to reflex mode, stepping into the batter's box.

Hard And Mid-Low

  • Examples: Hard and late-breaking slider, and split-finger.
  • Available Time To React: Minimum.
  • Contact: Further away from the body, lower, and extending towards the outside edge of the home plate.
  • 2-Strikes: Reflex Mechanics.
  • Less Than 2-Strikes: Hybrid, Reflex and Think Mechanics.
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Soft And Mid-Low

  • Example: Change-up.
  • Available Time To React: Minimum if fooled, maximum for anticipating.
  • Contact: Further away from the body, lower, and extending in front of the home plate.
  • 2-Strikes: Reflex Mechanics.
  • Less Than 2-Strikes: Hybrid, Reflex and Think Mechanics.
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Hybrid Hitting Tips

  • Advanced hitters switch to a lighter bat, gaining more speed, whip, and extension, using a heavy bat for low, and extended contact is not recommended; as the back-side elbow moves away from the body, your arms take the weight, reducing your bat speed.
  • Movement of the body, throughout the swing, correlates to the velocity of the pitcher, can you get the ball on time, lifting the back-side elbow, and a leg-kick? If the answer is no, lower the elbow, and reduce your loading movements/stride.
  • Look for a pitch down in the zone. Stay in your legs, and reach out with your arms; keeping your head in the center of your body/gravity.
  • Follow the natural swing path, whipping your bat to the ball, and past contact.
  • Reaching the extremities on the outside edge of home plate, release your top-hand; as you feel pressure on your back shoulder.
  • Elongating, and circular plane, the circumference increases, correlating to the increase of the distance between your body, and the contact zone.
  • On the two-strike batting count, avoid predetermining your follow through, allowing the pitch/contact zone to determine your swing mechanics.
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Reflex Mechanics

Reflex Mechanics
Tapping into the automatic/sub-conscious mind for “lightning bat speed, activating your reflexes, improving bat speed, batter's eye, and power.

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Think Mechanics

Think Mechanics
Raising the elbow, anticipating a mistake, using a longer stride, elongated swing path, using a “sitting on your pitch” thought process.

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