I have had many hitters who make a batting stroke and keep their entire weight on their back leg as they swing. This NOT what staying back is meant to be.
If the hitter is staying on his backside throughout his stroke, he needs to adjust out of this immediately! Again, let’s look at the pros…
In observing all better professional hitters, we can see that when they are in contact with the ball, their front side is firm, with their weight against the front heel. They are on their back toe, with the back leg making an “L”.
They are not on the ball of the back foot! The body’s center mass is in a stacked position. The weight is not back on contact, rather it is being transferred through the ball.
The hands are in front of the body, not over the plate. The proper term hee is not to stay back, but to “start back”. we collect our weight on the backside.
On the stride, we should distribute 30-40% of our weight. Then, when we pivot, the weight is transferred from the back side to the front side. This transfer is controlled by the hips, as they come square to the pitch.
This method allows the hitter to transfer his weight through the ball. What really stay back are the hands! Using the following steps, baseball hitting will be smooth and powerful.
1. LOAD (or coil). The weight goes back as the hips rotate slightly inward, lifting the front heel off the ground.
2. Stride. 30-40% weight on the stride. When the front heel goes down, the next step occurs. Throughout all of this time, the hands stay back.
This is what “stay back” really means!
- Hands are back in the stride.
- Hands in launch position.
- Hitter disciplines the hands to wait.
- He trains the hips to take him to the ball.