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Baseball Hitting Mechanics
There is a lot of debate in the baseball community when discussing hitting mechanics. Some believe in the linear hitting mechanics, while some believe in more of a rotational hitting mechanics.
Me personally, I don't care what you call it, I just like a good swing. Now here's where the debate begins. So, what are the best baseball hitting mechanics?
On this section of my website I have made a handful of videos that I believe will help you understand my thoughts on hitting mechanics a little better. Of course if you have any questions about hitting mechanics or anything else related to hitting in baseball, please subscribe to my emails and then just reply with your questions or comments.
Without further ado, here is my compilation of baseball hitting mechanics videos:
#1 - The Perfect Swing Plane or Bat Path
I was going to start off with the proper set up in the batter's box and then move on to the stride, etc. Instead I decided to just give you the meat and potatoes because I think once you see this video and understand my philosophy on hitting mechanics, then the rest of the videos will make sense. So, here's my take on how the swing should look.
#2 - Squash The Bug?
There's nothing worse than when I see a hitter spinning out on his backside and gaining no ground. Even worse than that is a hitter that does that, but then argues how it's the right way to swing. Here's a video I made recording a professional hitter to show what the back foot really does in baseball hitting mechanics.
#3 - How To Hold a Baseball Bat
Another big misconception in hitting mechanics is the way you should grip a baseball bat. Many coaches say to line up the knocking knuckles when gripping the bat. The other option, which should be the only option, is to grip the bat comfortably. What I have found is that most hitters when they grip the bat without knowing I'm looking at their hands will hold it in more of a box grip (maybe a little more or a little less). If you don't know what a box grip is, watch this video and be schooled!
#4 - Body Angle
You'll see some big league hitters standing straight up in the box and you'll see some more bent over. No matter where they start though, they all get into a good body angle as they begin their swings. Body angle is important in hitting mechanics because it promotes the proper swing plane (see video #1). Watch this video to see how the body angle should look.
#5 - Body Eyes at Contact and Staying Closed
What the hell are body eyes? Good question! They're made up, imaginary eyeballs that are on your back knee, belly button, and adam's apple. All you're trying to do in a swing with good hitting mechanics is keep your body eye and your real eyes on the baseball at contact. Watch this video for a better explanation.
#6 - Leading with the Front Elbow
Take the pad off your front elbow and stop being a sissy! It's time we put that front elbow to work! The front elbow plays a big role in how the hitting mechanics come together in a baseball swing. If the front elbow is working down too much, you're going to be in ground ball city. If your front elbow leads you to the pitch and then up at a good angle, you're probably going to have more success!
#7 - What a 12 year old can teach you about Baseball Hitting Mechanics
Big Frank led his league in home runs and batting average by working on some of the things mentioned in videos 1-6. Take a look at Big Franks hitting mechanics and be jealous. Frank looks like a big leaguer with that swing and even breaks my lights in this slow motion video of some of his hitting mechanics.
#8 - Don't Focus on your Hitting Mechanics
What? You just watched all those videos above and now I'm telling you not to focus on your hitting mechanics? The fact of the matter is, all of the best baseball players in the world are feel guys. Even if they choose to work on their mechanics from time to time, they are still very feel oriented. A good swing comes natural to a great hitter and he will make adjustments depending on the way he feels, versus over analyzing his hitting mechanics. So stop being so critical of yourself and let your body feel what it is doing. Otherwise, you'll think yourself right out of the game. I've seen it a thousand times!
Obviously there is a lot more about baseball hitting mechanics that we didn't go over. You can't explain the perfect mechanics in 8 short videos. But I do have some more videos that aren't posted above that you can find at the links below.
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