Having taught hitting for 24 years now, I realize that teaching players to "load "the bat into ready position is very difficult.
Every hitter has his or her own style. Style is a player's initial set-up, when they get in the batter's box. The width between their feet, open or closed stance (within reason), weight distribution, and bat position is unique to players. However, style ends when batters stride at that point, the absolutes of hitting takeover.
However, when dealing with young players, style often leads to incorrect hitting mechanics. It is a lot to expect young hitters to begin out of hitting position and transition into perfect hitting position, so it is often best to begin as close to the absolutes of correct hitting mechanics as possible. As players gain experience and understand the basics of hitting, then they can begin working on a simple loading action.
Understanding the absolutes of hitting mechanics is the first steps with helping kids improve their batting. These basic drills help with that understanding of the absolutes of hitting.
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.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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