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Why Are Major League Hitters Averages And Power Going Down

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 12:00 AM

This blog was originally posted July 1, 2012.  It was updated March 10, 2015


There have been so many more no hitters and perfect games in the last few years than before.  In the last six years 2006-2011 there have been 22 no hitters or perfect games, the previous six years 2000-2005 there were only 7.  On ESPN they say the reason is pitchers are getting better and performance enhancing drugs are out.  Another person say there aren't as many good hitters, very true.  A great statement was from ESPN's Tim kurkjian who said "they swing as hard as they can just in case they make contact".  The last two statements are so true because hitters are swinging more and more mainly with their arms or fast hands.   The ones that swing with their arms aren't hitting the ball as hard as they think they should.  They try to make up for it by swinging hard as they can thinking this will hit the ball harder.  This causes so many problems for hitters.  The reason Major League averages and power are going down is the hitters are getting worse because more and more of them are swinging mainly with their arms.


Since 2006 Major League hitters batting averages and power have gone down significantly.   According to ESPN.go.com below are the averages for a Major League Team from 2006 to 2014:


Year                        AVG                  HITS            XBH           HR            SLG             STRIKE OUTS

2014                      .251                   1387            439           140            .386             1248

2013                      .253                   1403            455           155            .396             1224

2012                      .254                   1402            470           164            .405             1214

2011                      .255                   1409            462            152           .399              1150

2010                      .257                   1418            470            158            .403             1144

2009                      .262                   1451            491            168            .418             1120

2008                      .264                   1466           493             163            .416             1096

2007                      .268                   1499           503             165            .422             1073

2006                      .269                   1502           517             180            .432             1055

DOWN                   .018                     125             78                40            .046             UP 107


These statistics show the average MLB team is down in almost every production category.  Each team was down an average of 40 home runs, 125 less hits, and 107 more strike outs in 2014 than they were in 2006.  Are pitchers getting that much better?  No, it is because most of the things that MLB players and hitting coaches are working on make them swing mostly with their arms.  I have discussed before that when they swing this way it causes the bat to go slower and weaker through the hitting zone than it should.  This is why MLB hitters are seeing their production and power going down.   They are making the pitchers look so much better.


One big problem with swinging mainly with your arms is the hitter has to start their swing earlier, since the bat is going slower to the hitting zone, causing them to swing at or chase more pitches that aren't strikes.  Major league hitters, according to Fangraphs.com, in 2006 were swinging at 23.5% of pitches outside the strike zone as compared to in 2014 they were swinging at 30.6% of pitches outside the strike zone.   From 2002 to 2005 hitters averaged swinging at only 19.3% of pitches that weren't strikes.   The percentage is going up because more hitters have to start their swing earlier.   They aren't able to watch the ball as long and can't be as patient or disciplined at the plate to wait on good pitches that they have a much greater chance of hitting hard.


Another problem is hitters can feel the bat going slower with much less power than they think there should be.  They try to create more speed and power by speeding the bat up with their fast hands.  I hear the former MLB players in the TV booth at games and on ESPN talk about using fast hands, twisting the hips, getting on top of the ball and swinging down almost every game I watch.  This actually will cause the bat to have the opposite result than what they expect.  Instead of the bat going faster it actually decelerates through the ball, moves up and down from rolling the wrists and the bat gets pulled out of the hitting zone way too quickly.  This throws off their timing and causes many more pulled weak ground balls and pop ups to the opposite field.  It also causes tremendous loss of bat speed.


In the future I will talk about other ways that swinging mainly with the arms or fast hands will decrease a hitters power and production. Major League hitters have been doing this more and more the last nine years.  Until someone is able to show them how to use their body the best way and keep working only on that this trend will continue.   Telling them to stay back, use their fast hands and swing down is the main reason for this downward spiral in hitting.  The leaders in home runs and RBI have a much different swing than the average Major leaguer.  They use their bodies and weight in their swing, not their arms..  


Almost 99% of hitters swing with their arms because that is what they are taught.  This significantly lowers their power, production and throws their timing off.  If you would like to learn the correct way to use your body and bat together call Mike Sedberry at 304-722-6393.   You will learn how to use your body a much better way to generate much more force along with bat speed to increase your power and production and reach your full potential.

Home Run Hitters Swing With Their Body NOT FAST HANDS

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 12:00 AM

While I am watching Major League Baseball games on TV I keep hearing former MLB players talk about what a hitter is doing when they hit the ball hard, they say:

 

  • He has fast hands
  • He stayed back
  • He twisted his hips
  • He swung down through the ball
  • He got on top of the ball

 

You even hear these things on ESPN when former players are analyzing a hitter that just hit a home run.  When the very best MLB players are hitting their best they are doing none of these.  When they go into a slump they are doing some to all of them.   Any one of these will make you swing mainly with your arms and take your weight out of the swing, causing less force and hit less line drives.   Home run hitters use their body weight to hit the ball with power.  When Josh Hamilton hit his four homeruns during a game four years ago they analyzed it on ESPN, they said he had the fastest hands in baseball, in reality he didn't use his hands, he swung with his 240 lb body to let him hit the ball much harder than a player that weighs less.


I looked at the five top home run hitters from both Leagues. I found out the average height of these ten players is 6 feet 2 inches, average weight is 225 lbs, and average age is 30.   I also looked at five players from each league at the bottom of the home run leaders that have at least one home run and have over 170 at bats.   I found their average height is 6 foot, average weight 189 lbs and the average age is also 30.  This means the home run leaders are 2 inches taller, more importantly, they weigh an average of 36 lbs more than the players at the bottom of the leader board.   Does this mean the leaders in home runs have faster hands than the players with one or two home runs?  NO, this means they hit with more force because they have an average of 36 more pounds to hit with and they are using it to hit the ball much harder.  If they used fast hands, instead of their body, they would hit with much less force and have half of the home runs they do now.


If you would like to learn how to hit the ball with your body the correct way you can call Mike Sedberry at 304-722-6393.   Almost all hitters (99%) swing with their arms, our students learn to use their body to hit with much more force and are then able to achieve tremendous results.  Check our baseball and softball hitting testimonials for some of the amazing results we have had.

Avoid getting bad hitting instruction

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:55 PM

When looking for someone to teach you how to hit a baseball or fastpitch softball make sure they are going to show you how to use your body and bat correctly.   As most of you know over 99% of instructors, coaches and hitting camps teach things that cause a hitter to use mainly their arms.  Because of this very few hitters use their body in their swing.  This causes hitters to hit the ball much weaker, be less consistent and way off on their timing.


It is very important for parents and players to learn how the very best Major League baseball hitters and Team USA fastpitch softball hitters actually use their body in their swing.  Hitters in baseball and fastpitch softball that learn to hit with their body the same way will see a significant increase in their power, how often they hit line drives consistently and have great timing.   Because 99% of instruction consists of bad hitting cues very few hitters use their body in their swing, the ones that do use their body stand out from the rest.


I have a 14 year old student that three years ago could barely hit the ball out of the infield because he was being taught by his coaches and the High School coach to stay back, twist his hips, swing down and use fast hands.  His dad said he was ready to quit baseball because he was hitting so bad.  We worked hard on getting him to swing with the body, the opposite of what he had been doing.  He and his dad worked on using his body every day and the results have been amazing.  He went from being a hitter that was hitting so bad he wanted to quit, just because of bad instruction, to being the most powerful hitter ever in his Little League.  He set the all time home run record with 22 during the regular season, he hit 5 more home runs in 3 games of all stars and he had a .750 batting average.  He did all this while only weighing 90 pounds because he learned the correct way to use his body when hitting.  Amazing turnaround.


In an elite travel team game on a High School field he hit a homerun well over a 350 ft fence that had a 20 ft wall.  His dad said almost every parent came up wanting to know the bat he was using because there was no way he could hit the ball that far with such an effortless swing. He told them it wasn't the bat it was Mike Sedberry's swing.  They still wanted to know the bat so the next time up he had his son use a wooden bat.  He then hit the ball harder than with the metal bat but it never got more than 10 feet off the ground.  In the video there is a train going by and you can hear it hit the wall between whistles.  The ball hit 10 feet up the fence so hard it sounded like a shotgun blast.  The dad said that really got the other parents buzzing because their kids were swinging out of their shoes like they had been taught and his son was barely swinging.  That's because he was using his body NOT his arms.


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This video is his homerun just swinging with his body.

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This Video is the double off the wall with the wooden bat. His first swing he pulled faster with his arms.  He told me he stepped out, told himself to relax and just use the body, next pitch off the wall. Because he know's what he is doing in his swing he was able to fix it for the next pitch.  This is so valuable.


Even most of the very best MLB hitters have no idea what they are actually doing in their swing.   As discussed in an earlier blog, read Derek Jeter no stride swing update, in 2011 he changed the way he was hitting because the Yankee hitting coach told him not to stride, this would allow him to have fast hands and this would help him watch the ball longer.  He worked on this all spring and into the regular season.   With his new approach, using mainly his arms, he instantly became a below average hitter.   After hitting around .200 the first 10 games and had no power he went away from the no stride and fast hands, went back to a stride and used his body more.  He got his regular swing back and ended with a pretty good year hitting .297.

  

If he knew more about his swing he would never have changed.   When his coach told him these new things he wanted him to do, he would have known there was no way it would work.  Jeter could have told him why it would not work and then he could have avoided the slump that followed.


This seems to be a common theme among active and former professional baseball and fastpitch softball players.   Almost every former player, coach and instructor at all levels have almost the same approach to hitting.  They teach squish the bug, twist the hips, fast hands, swing down, stay back, get on top of the ball, etc.   The best hitters do none of these, if they do any of these they will go into an instant slump.  Most coaches, at every level from coach pitch to the Major Leagues, will "teach" what they have always heard themselves, without taking the time to study and learn what really happens in the best hitters swing.


There are very few instructors that truly know the way the best hitters actually use their body and bat in the swing.   If you are interested in learning what an elite baseball and fastpitch softball swing really looks like and how it can make a tremendous impact in your swing and on your career call Mike Sedberry at 304-722-6393.   With our video lesson, you will see what makes a great swing and you will learn step by step how you can achieve this.   Knowledge about your swing is very important because when you get bad advice you will know why it will not help and you can ignore it so it won't put you into a slump.


We also work with teams or groups that want to greatly increase their productivity and have much more fun in the process.

Timing for baseball and fastpitch softball hitters

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:55 PM

Timing for a hitter in baseball or fastpitch softball is very important.   Without the proper timing your bat will not be in the hitting zone at the right time, making it much more difficult to hit the ball consistently.  There are two types of timing that hitters need to learn.


The first type is the batters own timing during their swing.


Most people do not think of this but it is very important.   When we video students hitting, most baseball and fastpitch softball players at the half way point in the swing, when comparing 5 different swings, their bat is in 5 different positions up to a two foot difference.   This means the hitters own timing is off and makes hitting a ball so such harder than it should be.  When your own timing is off this makes the pitchers job so much easier.  The speeds in our cages are 45, 65, and 85 mph.  When I watch a hitter during a round it is easy to tell how much their own timing is off.   For example a right handed hitter during a round, with the machine throwing the same speed each pitch, will go from pulling the ball directly left to being late hitting the ball directly right to everywhere in between.  This means at the halfway point in their swing the bat is rarely in the same position. To have your own timing it needs to be in the same position every swing.


Most instruction (99%) as I have discussed in previous blogs will make hitters swing mostly with their arms causing their own timing to be inconsistent, up to a two foot difference.   Hitters need to learn the proper way to use their body with the bat  to have their own timing become very consistent meaning the pitcher will have a much tougher job trying to mess up the batters timing.


The second type is proper timing of the pitcher.


The pitchers job is to try and mess up the hitters timing so they won't hit the ball hard.  Most hitters like I said before do not have their own timing consistent so they make the pitchers job much easier.  Once you learn to get your timing correct now you can focus on how to time a pitcher.


Most hitters wait till the pitcher releases the ball and then tries to time the speed.   This doesn't work very well because if a pitcher is throwing hard they try to swing faster to catch up to the ball and if a new pitcher comes in that throws slower they will be way ahead of the ball and try to swing slower to wait on it.   This means most hitters will use different swings when facing pitchers that throw different speeds causing them to ruin their own timing in the process.


Hitters need to learn to time a pitchers arm.  This makes timing a pitcher so much easier.  For example, say a pitcher is throwing average and you are taking your step when they release the ball and your timing is good.   When a faster pitcher comes in most hitters will take their step again when they release the ball and try to swing faster to hit it.   You want to take your step with a faster pitcher when their arm is about two feet before release so you can take your step and swing normal without having to go faster.  If you change your swing speed you will change your timing which will again make the pitchers job much easier.


Come in and learn to how to use your body and bat in a way that will enable you to have your timing very consistent, you will add so much more force into the ball, and hit line drives up to three times more often.  You will learn how to make the pitchers job much more difficult and how to time a pitcher properly to make hitting so much easier.   Call us at 304-722-6393 for more information, you will be amazed with the results.  

Derek Jeter no stride swing update

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:30 PM

This was originally posted on November 7, 2011

On March 6, 2011, I told you what I thought about the no stride swing.  I said it is a bad idea because a batter that does this is not going to hit the ball as well as they could.   They will have less power and will use their wrists to try and make more energy which will pull the bat out of the hitting zone way too quickly.   This will make them pull the ball causing many more weak grounders and hit more pop ups to the opposite field.  Lately both baseball and fastpitch hitters have come in using a no stride swing and everyone of them are hitting the ball at 50% or less of what they could.  Whether you play baseball or fastpitch softball you want to take a 4 to 6 inch stride to give yourself much more power.


In March I also told you about Derek Jeter going to a no stride swing because the Yankee hitting coach said this would help him see the ball longer and he would be able to use fast hands. When asked about this Jeter said this was not a big change, he wasn't changing his bat path or anything major.  I wrote in March this will change his bat path.  Because of this he would now hit the ball much weaker and and he would pull more weak grounders to the left and more pop ups to the right rather than the line drives he usually hits to the right center.   I also wrote the Yankees and Jeter's website that this was a big mistake.  I told them the way he uses his body now there is no way he could go to a no stride swing, it will make him a below average hitter.


They didn't listen to me.  Jeter and his hitting coach worked on this all spring.   After the first 9 games of the regular season, Jeter according to the NY Times on April 12 was hitting just .206 with no power.  Two weak infield singles put his average over the .200 mark. After his 10th game, thankfully, he went away from the no stride because he had only hit the ball hard twice.   The line drives were gone, he was mostly hitting weak ground balls and popups.


He went back to a stride swing but the damage was already done, he had changed the way he used his body.   According to a NY Times article on May 4, after 100 at bats Jeter had the highest ground ball percentage 81.3%, more than any other player in baseball according to Stats LLC.  Only 4 of his 26 hits were classified as line drives by Baseball-Reference.com.   Ten of his hits were infield hits that many of which didn't reach the base dirt path.   After 28 games he was still hitting around .220.   It took him half the season to get back to using his body like he use to.   He ended with a pretty good year, think how good it would have been if he hadn't been told to try something that would change the way he used the bat.


You can see how the Yankee hitting coach took a great hitter and made him a below average hitter by just changing the way he used his body.   From Little League to the Major Leagues to hit the ball your best, no matter what your skill level is, you have to use your body to hit the ball not your arms or fast hands.  Even a future Hall Of Famer proved he was a below average hitter when he used fast hands.


Learn the best way to use your body in your swing.   Almost 99% of the hitting instruction will make you swing mainly with your arms and hands.  This means you will use your body only 50% as good as you are capable of.   Don't let bad instruction make you a below average hitter, call Mike Sedberry at 304-722-6393 for more info of how you can reach 100% of your full potential, you will be amazed how good you can become.

High School Baseball And Fastpitch Softball Hitting

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:25 PM

We have many High School baseball and fastpitch softball players come in each day to use our cages for batting practice.  It is great to see so many players working to get better.  


Almost all of these hitters you can see right away  are using their arms to swing the bat.  They are swinging so fast, pulling the bat down and out of the hitting zone way to quickly.   They hit the ball hard only 3 to 4 times per round of 16 pitches.  Most hits are weak pulled ground balls or popups to the opposite field.  


I ask them what they are working on when they are hitting.   Almost everyone (99%) says they are trying to swing down, pivot the back foot or squish the bug, stay back, twist the hips, use fast hands, get the barrel out fast, and snap their wrists or top hand at impact.   These bad hitting cues are what they are being taught to do.   Any of these hitting cues will cause you to be half the hitter you could or should be.   


My High School Baseball and fastpitch softball students learn how to swing with their body, not their arms.   When they come in to hit most of them will hit the ball hard 12 or more times out of 16.   Their swing is so smooth and effortless because they are using the body.  Many times other people and parents hitting will gather behing their cage and watch trying to figure how they hit the ball so hard consistently while looking like they are barely swinging.  Last week two parents asked the dad of one of my students if they could film his son.  They had never seen someone hit the ball so hard while they looked like they were barely swinging.   He was so proud.  


A couple weeks ago one of my fastpitch softball students hit a round and she hit 14 line drives out of 16 pitches.   The two high school baseball players that were in line waiting to hit next sat back down on the bench.  When the dad asked who is next they both said " I'm not following that."   They didn't move until she was finished hitting and left the building before they would go back into the cage and hit.


A dad even called saying "the coaches on his travel team are trying to figure out why his son is hitting the ball so much harder, consistently, than anyone else and he is barely swinging.  The other hitters look like they are swinging out of their shoes and are mostly striking out or hitting the ball soft and rarely hitting it hard.  They even said he could hit it harder if he would swing down and swing faster.  I told them we were taught that before and he could barely hit it out of the infield.  We found Mike Sedberry and learned something completely different.  He is more than twice the hitter he was before we met you."  


Learn how to use your body and become the hitter you dreamed of, effortless and powerful.   Call Mike Sedberry at 304-722-6393 for more information.  You will be amazed at the results.



Hitting: More Success With The Right Instruction

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:25 PM

We have talked about how every hitter and pitcher can achieve their true 100 % potential, with the right instruction.  My goal is to help baseball and fastpitch softball players realize their full potential.   This will help them enjoy their career much more because when you are playing better you have more fun.   We see the better a player performs the more they practice and the more they look forward to games.   It is great to see how much more confidence and success they have in sports and even outside of sports.


I see many kids that come in for lessons, who are ready to quit because they are not having fun and they don't want to go to practice.   Some of our best hitters now, when they first came into our cages were struggling.  I talked to their parents and they were learning the same bad hitting cues everyone teaches like swing down, stay back, squish the bug, twist the hips, fast hands and swing faster.  These hitting cues make every player less of a hitter than they should be because they make you swing with your arms.  They make an average hitter really struggle.  I tell them I teach the opposite way, I show you how to use your body.  Its really exciting to see these same kids that were struggling so bad, learn to use their body when they swing and turn into very good hitters.  Many of them are the best hitters on their team now.


In the last month I've noticed at least ten hitters that when they came in to hit in our batting cages, would get frustrated and stop after just 2 to 3 rounds.  All of them were mainly swinging with their arms because they were being taught the same bad hitting cues as above by their coaches, instructors, at hitting camps and by other parents.   They were only using 25 to 30% of their true potential just because they were swinging with their arms.   Most are now taking our lessons and their parents can't believe the difference.  These players will now hit 10 to 12 rounds when they come in, they are smiling and can't wait to get in the cage.  The parents have noticed that their child really wants to come practice rather then having to drag them to practice.  They too are so much more successful.


Four weeks ago I talked to two dads that met at our cages about hitting lessons for their sons.  They picked up information about the lessons on their way out.  The dad of the one that was struggling most called back and set up a lesson for the next day.  They met again yesterday and the hitter that was struggling the most was now hitting the ball much better than the other player.  I heard his dad ask the players dad what happened and he told him he had two lessons with Mike.  The dad then came over and asked if I could help his son hit that good.  We did the lesson today and when we finished he told me he wish he would have done this four weeks ago when we had talked, he couldn't believe how much improvement his son had made in just one lesson.


Our players, parents and grandparents are seeing that our hitting and pitching system is the best.  Check out some of our testimonials.   The results for our students have been fantastic.  Whether you play baseball or fastpitch softball come in and talk to us about lessons.   Learn how much we can increase your power, how often you hit line drives, make your timing better and get you on the road towards being the hitter you always dreamed of.  Call Mike Sedberry at 304-419-2588 for more information.

Hitting And Pitching Why Get A Video Lesson

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:20 PM

Any baseball or fastpitch softball players that are interested in getting a batting or pitching lesson want to make sure that the instructor you are talking to can provide a video lesson.  I see many students come in and they are being taught things that are actually making them worse.   They trust the instructor because they are a coach, were or are a good player, played in College or even played professional baseball or fastpitch softball.  Students and parents trust they should know what they are teaching.   The problem is 99% of instruction is wrong in some way because every new student that comes in has been taught to swing and/or pitch with their arms whether they are in baseball or fastpitch softball.  This is the opposite of the very best hitters and pitchers in baseball and fastpitch softball, they use their body when hitting and pitching.


Because of this make sure before taking a lesson the instructor can video you hitting and/or pitching and can compare you side by side with the very best Major League baseball or Team USA fastpitch softball hitters and pitchers.   Only then are you able to see what you are doing versus what the best are actually doing when hitting and pitching.  It doesn't matter how good of a player or coach they were, make sure they do a video lesson with you.   Almost every parent that comes in and gets a video lesson becomes upset that they have spent alot of money for lessons from someone that was a good player but taught their kids wrong.  They have them hitting and pitching with their arms, the opposite of the very best players.  Do not take anyones word for it, make sure you do a video lesson. 

 

For example,  Alex Rodriguez was one of the best hitters in baseball that used his body when he swung the bat so well. His then hitting coach for the Yankees came up with the bright idea of having him quit taking his 7 inch step and just start putting his front foot up then down, so he could stay back and use fast hands.  They ended up doing a video of the workout they were doing.  On the cover (below) you can see the way the hitting coach wants him to look at impact.   In the video he has Rodriguez working on staying back, driving his back knee down, twisting his hips, squishing the bug and swinging down. These bad hitting cues he was teaching Rodriguez made him start swinging with his arms and he immediately started struggling.

         


 

Because he was the Yankee hitting coach Rodriguez trusted that he should know what he was doing and what he was telling him would help.  The problem, here is the former hitting coach for the Yankees and now for the Mets teaching Rodriguez  hitting cues that when he started doing them in games would put his career into a downhill spiral that he would never recover from.   Sadly, he trusted that his coach knew how to teach hitting.  If he would have looked at video of himself when he was hitting his best, he would have seen he looked the exact opposite at impact. (below)



Then he would have known what the coach was wanting him to do would not work.  Do not take anyones word for it, that they know how to teach hitting and/or pitching.


This is just one of many times hitting coaches have changed a players swing and if they take the body out of it they will also start struggling immediately.


Pitching is the same with 99% of what is taught by everyone will make you pitch with your arm in baseball and fastpitch softball.  Again the very best players in baseball and fastpitch softball pitch with the momentum of their body, not the arm.


With our video lessons we have seen that what great hitters and pitchers actually do is different from what 99% of people have heard or been taught.   When we show our new students their video hitting and/or pitching beside a major leaguer or Team USA player, they are amazed at what they see and it cements to our students and their parents that what we are teaching is exactly what they want to learn.


Our results with our students have been truly amazing because they are learning step by step the very best way to pitch and hit.   Even students that are not great athletes are doing so much better then they or their parents ever dreamed of because they are doing it the right way.   We hear everyday how much better they are hitting and pitching and how more enjoyable it is now, how their confidence has skyrocketed, and the game even seems to be slowing down to them because they are so much smoother.


If you would like to work with someone that can truly make a significant improvement in your hitting and pitching call us Mike Sedberry now to make an appointment at 304-722-6393, you will be amazed with the results.

Keep Your Weight Back Bad Hitting Cue

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:20 PM

Everyday in our batting cages I hear parents and coaches telling baseball and fastpitch softball hitters to stay back and keep their back foot still or down while swinging.  Almost everyone of them has very little power.  When the parent mentions how can they get more power, I ask why they are staying back. They say they were told by coaches, instructors or even other parents that you have to stay back or you will lose your power.   I tell them staying back makes them swing with their arms only which will give them the least amount of power possible.


When throwing a ball if you stay back and keep your back foot down you will have very little power throwing the ball.  You will have to throw the ball with your arm only which is the worse way to do it.  The same thing while hitting, if you stay back there will not be enough energy going forward. The hitter will feel less power and will try to swing harder with their arms causing all kinds of other problems. The bat will become lighter to the ball and go out of the hitting zone way too quickly.


You want to learn to use your body the correct way and be sure not to stay back.  Then the bat will be in the hitting zone much longer giving the batter a better chance to hit the ball harder with many more line drives.


If you would like more information on this subject call Mike Sedberry at 304-722-6393.

Worst Hitting Cues Back Elbow Up

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:20 PM

Everyday in our batting cages, whether they are baseball or fastpitch softball hitters,  batters are told to keep their back elbow up by coaches and parents.  When I do lessons 9 out of every 10 students have been told this, none of them know why.   Back elbow up will make batters uncomfortable because it puts so much tension in a batters shoulder and arms.   Every hitter needs to be comfortable and tension free when they set up ready to hit.   I tell my students to just relax their shoulder and arms.  Everyone of them tells me it feels much more natural and comfortable.  Never do anything that puts tension in your hands, arms or shoulders when hitting.


Other reasons you don't want to do this are:


When players do this they will change their grip making the bat go more into their palms rather then stay in the fingers causing a tighter grip.


Your back elbow can't stay up, if you try to keep it up, it will be the first thing the batter pulls which will cause many problems in their swing.


Your back elbow should be just below your back hand like you were going to do a push up against the wall.  There is no tension in a great swing.


If you would like to learn more how to develop an elite baseball or fastpitch softball swing call Mike Sedberry at 304-722-6393.