21 Jan Steps to Hitting a Baseball or Softball
You don’t need to be a hitting expert to teach your kids to hit
Whether you’re a parent, who wants a simple step-by-step method for teaching your kids to hit, or a “Little League” coach seeking basic practice drills, you can use the following roadmap.
DRILL 1: 10 POINT SYSTEM CHECK
Our 10 Point System Check trains a foundation is for successful fastball hitting. After ten repetitions of this step-by-step drill, your kids learn for themselves how to check their body is in the correct batting stance position.
DRILL 2: BALANCE BALL SIDE TOSS
Once your kids have grasped the concept of setting up in a relaxed and balanced lower half, it’s time to start hitting the ball.
DRILL 3: THREE-STEP POWER SWING
Imagine it’s still in between your legs. Place your weight on the inside balls of your feet.
- Relax your body.
- Squeeze the ball.
- Front knee inward.
DRILL 4: STAYING THROUGH THE BALL
Now that your kids have practiced swinging on the Balance Ball using two-handed finish, generating the swing from the hips; the next step is to train extension. The next step is to use a trail-hand/top-hand finish. The lead/bottom-hand hand is vital for “power contact” away from your body, especially with the low and outside pitch.
- Stay back and remain balanced, by keeping your head in the middle of your legs; maintaining your center of gravity.
- Keep your head down all the way through the swing.
DRILL 5: HIGH BALL SIDE TOSS
Once your kids have successfully practiced swinging with the lead hand only, and are staying through the baseball, next, is to improve top hand mechanics; critical for contact closer to your body.
It’s vital that your kids develop good hitting habits early in their swing development. The sooner your kids learn how to keep their hands inside the baseball the more successful they’ll enjoy.
Training with a long swing; with your elbows far away from your body is a difficult habit to break. The Laser Power Swing Trainer helps to “stay connected” throughout your swing.
1: KEEP IT SIMPLE
With so many components making up a baseball swing, information overload is common when first learning how to hit. Therefore, teaching kids the necessary steps, it’s vital drills, mechanics and especially instruction is simple. Another simple method, “clear your mind and open your eyes,” to unlock your subconscious mind; enabling your fast reflexes to take over.
2: WORK ON YOUR APPROACH
Practice hitting line drives back up the middle and to the opposite field, good things will happen. The opposite field hitting approach helps to “stay closed,” “stay back,” and “keep your head on the ball.”
Minimize swing movement reducing the chance of a pitcher to disrupt your timing and rhythm. In the bullpen, as a pitcher is warming up work on your “load and timing.” Begin your load the same time a pitcher breaks the ball from his glove. Akin to a punch, the first movement is a slight rotation with the hips before accelerating forward. Begin your load by raising your front foot, turning your knee inward.
Keep your batting stride “short and quiet,” the longer and higher your batting stride correlates to a reduction in your contact consistency. You can “speed-up” or “slow-down” the perception of velocity; a rushed stride adds “perceived velocity” to a fastball. Alternatively, a slow and deliberate stride reduces “perceived velocity.”
There are many other benefits to using our Laser Power Swing Trainer Power Hitting Aid, which include;
- Train your kids the core concepts of rotational hitting by training them to use their hips/core to generate bat speed.
- Isolate the “blasting” phase of the baseball swing, which is the most critical phase. Improving reaction time as your kid’s train to track the ball, and explode as it arrives close to the plate
- Improve pitch recognition to reduce game day strikeouts.
- Improve confidence to handle an inside fastball during a game. Lacking confidence triggers rushing your swing, and “pulling off” the baseball or softball.
- Prevents hitting mistakes such as, “reaching out, “lunging,” “casting,” “over-swinging,” and “over-striding.”
- Trains mechanics, connecting the upper and lower parts of the swing.
- Generate power with minimal swing movement. Good for hitting with two-strikes or against a dominant fastball pitcher.
- Trains the loading and timing techniques for game-day success.