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|Posted on August 1, 2016 at 10:45 PM|
How do you become the best hitter you are capable of being, the one you always dreamed of? How do you reach your true hitting potential? Whether you are a hitter in baseball or fastpitch softball it is actually much easier than you think if you learn how to do it the right way.
Hitting at your full potential means everything is working in proper sequence as the bat comes through the hitting zone. This means you need to have proper timing of the pitcher and you want to generate the maximum force with your bat to hit the ball.
Since force = mass x acceleration, this means we simply need to figure out how the hitter can produce the most mass and acceleration into the hitting zone and through the middle of the ball consistently.
First, how does the batter increase mass (weight) when hitting a baseball or fastpitch softball? I have heard a heavier bat will help but it will only add a few ounces to your mass. Lets make it simple and use your body properly to add significant mass or weight to the bat. Most hitters, about 99%, swing with their arms because they are being taught by everyone to twist their hips, squish the bug, fast hands, stay back and swing down. This is why almost all hitters only use about 30% of their body mass or weight in their swing. If you learn to use your body the correct way, you can increase your body mass or weight up to 90% in your swing.
We see with our video lessons most baseball and fastpitch softball batters (about 99%) decrease the mass in their bat at impact, when they are using their arms, because the bat is being pulled down and across the ball. When the bat is going down if they do hit the middle of the ball it will result in a weaker ground ball because it hits the ground 10 feet in front of the batter. Just under the center of the ball results in a back spin weak fly ball. If they hit it just perfect is will be a floating line drive.
We also see on video when these same hitters start using their body correctly the bat gets to go out farther through the ball because they are no longer pulling it left (for a right handed hitter). With the bat going out farther much more mass is put into the ball. We see if they hit the middle of the ball it will result in a 10 foot high hard hit line drive into the outfield. Just above the middle of the ball results in a 50 foot line drive with overspin that no one wants to catch. If they hit just under the center of the ball it is a home run.
Second, how does the batter increase acceleration?
We see in our video lessons almost every new student that comes in, again about 99%, is swinging hard as they can with fast hands for acceleration but end up just pulling the bat out of the hitting zone way too soon. They have to be perfectly timed because their bat is in the hitting zone one foot or less. Their swing looks jerky, out of control and because they swing so hard they often lose their balance. They have to slow the bat down to stay in the hitting zone longer to hit the ball consistently which then decreases their acceleration and force.
We also see on video when these same baseball and fastpitch softball hitters, again, start using the body correctly their bat goes out farther and with more mass the bat now accelerates through the ball with much more force. Their bat is in the hitting zone for three feet or more making their timing and consistency much better. Their swing now looks effortless and they hit the ball with so much more power than ever before.
I get many calls from parents that say the same thing "you were right the team is now using his/her bat because they are hitting the ball so hard and they look effortless. After the game no one hit it harder and I told them it was your swing not the bat."
We even had a student get his bat taken away after a long homerun. The other team told the umpire "he couldn't hit the ball that far unless his bat was illegal because he barely swung the bat." They made him use another bat and the next at bat he hit the fence. The next time up he hit a home run 20 feet farther than the first one. The dad told them it's the swing not the bat.
All of my students noticed on the homerun derby this year when Giancarlo Stanton swung hard he pulled the bat left faster and he hit grounders and fly balls. When he looked like he was barely swinging the bat is when he hit the long homeruns. He was putting much more force into the ball the correct way.
Anyone that would like to learn how to use the body correctly and become a much better hitter call Mike Sedberry at 304-722-6393 for more information.