Track the ball, allowing it to travel closer to your body. Otherwise, you’ll swing or miss, or hit a groundball.
Swing using your core and attack the ball with your hips. Rotate your back foot from your core aim to be spinning fast on the toes of your back foot. Your back foot is a key performance indicator for correct rotation.
Avoid overswinging. Try to hit the ball in the pull-side alley, helping you to “stay back” and keep the ball in fair territory.
Keep the bat barrel flat as possible at contact, and hit the ball with backspin. If you drop your barrel, you’ll hit a pop up or swing and miss.
Ensure you don’t roll over at the point contact, as it causes the barrel of your bat to rise, hitting the top of the ball; triggering a topspin line drive, or groundball.
Utilize a short swing path, 2-hand grip follow through. Beyond the point of contact whip the bat around your body and roll the wrists on the follow through; as you feel pressure on your rear shoulder. Failure to whip the bat around your body reduces your bat speed, causes you to fall off balance, and knock your head off the ball; as you fight against your natural swing path. Rolling over after contact does not affect the lift of the ball.
Avoid trying to lift on your follow through and don’t release your top hand as once again; you’ll fight your natural swing path, causing you to over-rotate on your back foot, pull off the ball and fall off balance.
Clinton Balgera is the inventor of Exoprecise, the technology powering our baseball swing trainer and founder of the Multi-Swing Method. Over 20 years of international hitting experience, 6 years in the USA, 7 years in Italy, and Australia. Career highlights include MVP of the NJCAA 2 World Series, a full scholarship to the University of Indianapolis, and MVP of the Australian Baseball League.