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Pitching with your body to add velocity and control

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 12:20 AM

For the last eight years every player that has come in for baseball or fastpitch softball pitching lessons use mainly their arms to throw the ball.  When I talk to these players I am surprised at what they have taught by their coaches, pitching instructors, and at pitching camps. Almost everything pitchers are taught take away their body and makes them use mainly their arms. This puts way too much stress on their elbow and shoulder.  This is why so many young players get sore arms ...

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Why Major League Hitters Averages And Power Are Going Down part 2

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 12:15 AM

Originally posted August 19, 2012

I wrote a few weeks ago why Major League hitters averages, power and production were going down in each of the last six years.  I talked about how Major League hitters are getting worse because more and more of them are swinging mainly with their arms and not using their body like they should.   I talked about a couple bad habits this will start.


One is they now will have their bat going slower into the hitting zone ...

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Hitters What Hurts A Swing In Baseball And Fastpitch Softball

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 12:10 AM

Everyday I hear so many things told to baseball and fastpitch softball hitters that will not help them.   I see batters confused when they come in for a new lesson because they are told so many different things they need to do when they are hitting.   It seems almost every coach and instructor teaches hitting differently.   The problem is most most of what is taught, up to 99%, will make the hitters even worse. Every hitter that comes in for lessons just wants to hit the ball ...

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Slow The Game Down To Become A Great Hitter

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 12:10 AM

I want to thank everyone for taking the time to read my blogs about hitting and pitching.   I really appreciate the emails, calls and comments asking for more information.  Many baseball and fastpitch softball players have come in interested to learn how to swing with their body rather than their arms.  The results have been amazing.   Students that couldn't hit the ball out of the infield are now hitting homeruns with high batting averages.  Parents keep telling us h...

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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, ...

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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 p...

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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...

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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 imp...

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Fastpitch softball hitting update

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:55 PM

Every new fastpitch softball student that comes in for lessons is looking for the same three things.   More power, hitting line drives more consistently and better timing.  We talk about what they have been learning.  Most have been to hitting lessons or clinics before and everyone of them have been taught some or all of the BAD hitting cues below:

 

 

  • Keep back elbow up
  • No stride
  • Squish the bug
  • Use fast hands
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Why successful pitchers keep the ball low

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:50 PM

A baseball and fastpitch softball pitcher that is able to consistently keep the ball down between a batters knees and thigh will be successful in baseball or fastpitch softball at any level.  The reason is most hitters hit the low pitch right into the ground because they are taught to swing down.  Studies show that 25% of grounders are hits.   In contrast 70% of line drives are hits.  A line drive has a success rate of almost threew times more than a grounder.  These ...

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