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How To Hit In Baseball – Is The Stride Necessary?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

There are many different attitudes concerning the stride and how to hit in baseball.  They all address one or more of these questions:

  1. How much weight?
  2. Which direction?
  3. How high and how wide ?
  4. Should we stride at all?

An instructor during my pro days who was teaching me how to hit in baseball  told me that if the pitch is straight down the middle, step forward.  If the pitch is outside, step toward the outside, and if the pitch is inside, step inside.    The problem is that against good velocity, there is absolutely no way for a hitter to wait until after he determines the direction of the pitch before he takes his stride.  He will always be late getting to the pitch and will have extreme difficulty with his timing and how to hit in baseball.

Another method made famous by Kirby Puckett, is to raise the front foot in an exaggerated hop-step stride.   Many hitters who try this method struggle because they cannot get the front foot down in time to start the stroke.

Our Super 8 Hitting System techniques are simple, easy and repeatable.

Here is a very important principle:   THE STRIDE DOESN’T HIT THE BALL.  It merely gets us in position to hit the ball.  This means the hands are still back at the completion of the stride.  The stride overcomes inertia and supports the hitter against the fastball.

If the pitch is a fast ball, the action would be “stride-stroke”.  If the pitch is slower, there would be a momentary pause.  Example:  ”stride-(pause) stroke”.

The stride is initiated by the large muscle in the upper leg (hip thigh area), which keeps it consistent.

Here are the rules:

  1. The stride travels only 6 inches, directly forward, in the same place every time.
  2. It occurs at the time of pitcher release.
  3. It distributes approximately 30-40% of the weight to the front side, and lands on the ball of the foot, which remains closed, open no more than 45°, which usually happens during the pivot.   Some players stride in a “toe tap”, with no significant weight on the front foot.  If a player places only 10% of his weight down on his stride, how will he get 90% more of his weight off his back side when he rotates to the pitch?  He can’t.
  4. It happens quickly, getting the batter into position to hit.

Finally, never underestimate the importance of a good stride.  It is part of the hitter’s timing.  When he’s striding, he’s deciding.

The hitter must work on his stride in his baseball batting drills, using either live or pitching machine  practice,  so that he can drill “stride and take”, just concentrating on technique.

These techniques are fully explained in our baseball hitting tips web site for the “Super 8 Hitting System”, completely demonstrated in eight baseball hitting videos, which include many tips on how to hit in baseball.

How To Hit For Power In Baseball

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Hitting for power has always been associated with the big strong player.  But in our research, we have discovered it is not so much the size of the player, but rather the strength of his hands.

           

            If strength needs to be improved, it is in the hands and wrists.  The ability to use the body is also imperative.  Big guys and little guys can hit for distance if they incorporate body action in their strokes.  This  means they have learned to use their hips first, and hands last, with a powerful snapping action. 

 

            It is imperative that the batter develops a quick pivot and quick hands.

 

            Many young players never develop power because they are taught to just “meet the ball.”  It’s a common phrase in baseball.  As a result, many hitters stop their hands on contact and they never hit through the ball.

 

            A hitter must be aggressive.   Hitting is controlled aggression, while maintaining balance and control

 

            Another problem young hitters have comes from watching baseball on TV.  They let the top hand go too soon.  My suggestion—finish with both hands.  This will further incorporate hitting through the ball.

 

            Add to this the problem that many players are taught how to hit for power in baseball by getting their hands out over the plate on contact.  Some times this is as a result of being taught incorrectly to get extension over the plate.  Extension does not occur on contact, but rather after contact.  When hitters try to extend on contact, it is like sawing wood, using too much arms and shoulders.  This method will not power the ball.

 

            In order to learn how to hit for power in baseball the hitter has to get his hands out in front of the body to contact the ball, with the top hand over the bat, and the bottom hand under the bat.  The top hand is then like a hammer on contact.

 

            Using the hands like this will increase bat speed at least 30-40% more than the arm swing. 

 

            How to hit for power in baseball comes down to :

 

  1. A strong body
  2. Quick hips
  3. Especially quick hands, out front on contact
  4. Hitting through the ball
  5. Being aggressive

 

 

     We fully explain this powerful stroke in the Super 8 Hitting System, completely demonstrated in a series of baseball hitting videos.

 

By Joe Brockhoff