Almost all hitting problems, especially with youth ballplayers, develop because of the incorrect hitting position when hitters' stride foot lands before swinging. Most young hitters baseball hitting mechanics have the incorrect upper body hitting position or the wrong lower body position after the stride. Just because hitters begin in good hitting position in their initial stance does not guarantee they will be correct after the stride. Hitters, who can maintain or go to the correct hitting position post stride foot landing, have a great chance to develop the perfect swing.
Of course, it is one thing to know the correct baseball hitting mechanics and another thing to perform them. In order to perform the baseball hitting mechanics perfectly, players and coaches must understand that correct hitting position. Ninety-nine percent of all great hitters begin in this position or go to this hitting position when their front foot lands. With young hitters, it is usually best to start them in this position or very close to itbecause it is a lot to ask them to begin out of correct hitting position and "load" into it. At a later age, they can begin to develop a "loading of the bat," once they know and can consistently get to the correct hitting position.
1. Head, shoulders, hips, and elbows are level to the ground. When the stride foot lands, the front shoulder and elbow should be lower than the rear one.
1. Stance distance between the feet varies for all hitters and is personal preference, as long as there is at least a slight bend in the knees.
2. Hitter's weight is on the balls of feet when the stride foot lands, accomplished with a slight lean of the head in towards home plate at the beginning or on the stride.
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