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365 Days to Better Baseball - Tricky Hitting Maneuver

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365 Days to Better Baseball - Tricky Hitting Maneuver

Tuesday Tips to Tattoo the Ball - Getting Kids Out of the Batter's Box Quickly

Tricky Hitting Maneuver - Which way is first base

One of the first things I like to do with young players (teams) is have them, one by one, practice taking a swing (no ball) and timing them down the line to first base. I stress the importance of getting out of the box quickly, once completing their swing. I also mention that it will help their batting average and on base percentage, with the ability to beat out infield ground balls.

What I am really teaching

English: A Batter runs to first base attemptin... Image via Wikipedia

You are probably thinking, "What does this have to do with hitting mechanics?" Everything, really. A key to great hitting is the ability to keep the head and eyes on the ball to contact, so by having young players understand where first base is and which way they need to run after contact, they keep their head (and their weight) in towards first. This maneuver prevents them from pulling their front shoulder and eyes off the ball. So many hitters end up on their heels because they turn their front shoulder off the ball prematurely because of over-swinging, which puts their weight on their heels and prevents them from getting out of the batter's box very quickly.

By stressing the idea of "where first base is," it helps eliminate that hitting problem. Of course, this drill is not for left-handed hitters, where the opposite is true - no drill is perfect.

About Jack Perconte

After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.

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