Coach Brock here with another question from a parent:
Q – How do I keep a hitter ( my son ) from throwing his shoulders to the ball. He is hitting ok but weak.
A – It is important that the front shoulder stay closed and does not open until after the stride is completed. This usually is a result of high tension in the hitter or else he may be trying to muscle the ball.
The first thing to consider is that the shoulders do not hit the ball. They are not at all involved with the stride. Teach him to soften the shoulders during his preliminary swings.
After he gets into the batter’s box, before the ball is pitched, have him bring up his shoulders and then release them to release the tension. Remember, no energy in the shoulders…just hips and hands.
This is included as part of our full baseball hitting tips, Video #5:
1. Taking the pitch, first a full take, just looking at the ball all the way to the catcher; then stride and take, looking the ball all the way to the catcher. This helps the hitter to relax and see the ball better.
2. Next, stride, pivot, and take the pitch, practicing keeping the energy in the hips only, no shoulders.
Another good baseball hitting drill is the overcorrection drill that is demonstrated on the Combos Video #4 and on the back of the poster. This drill forces the shoulders to stay in place.
Using the mat drills with the SpeedBat™ is always good for helping the keep the shoulders back and soft.
It is a must that he keeps his energy out of the shoulders in order for him to maximize his hitting ability.
We also have some baseball hitting videos that can help out too.
Hope this helps, Bud.
Best wishes and Good luck,
Coach Joe Brockhoff
Baseball batting practices across the nation and around the globe are essentially the same: players try to hit every ball as hard and deep as they can. There’s nothing wrong with that approach to hitting, unless, of course, you want to achieve maximum hitting ability.
I’ve studied hitters during practice practices (BP) for years and come to the same conclusion each time. Hitters who take every pitch in this manner get pops, chops, and routine ground balls with every pitch. In fact, the going rate of hard hits is three or four out of ten.
Instead, try my proven Power-10 baseball hitting drills, which will help players hit the ball hard with super contact every time. Power-10 drills used in batting practices will train hitters to hit each ball well, making practices more meaningful. Hitters will concentrate more on hitting the balls hard and sharply, rather than hitting everything deep. As you see below, this method is proven by improved batting averages.
Efficiency at least 80%: batting average over .400
Efficiency at least 70-80%: mid .300 batting average
Efficiency less than 70%: .280-.300 batting average
Here’s how the Power-10 baseball hitting tips work:
A hitter chooses which pitches to hit. But call a strike if he takes a good pitch.
Hard Hit = 1 point
Week hit = 0 points
Swing and miss/foul/strike = (-1)
A hitter strives for a minimum 7 out of 10 (70%). If a hitter is not at that level, he needs to work for that. If time permits, players can do more than one Power-10. With these batting drills, they look forward to the challenge of getting better each time.
Usually when a hitter is late and popping up or flying out, his stroke is too long. This is caused by dropping his hands behind him as he approaches the ball. Your son probably has what we call a loop in his stroke. Our research shows that a loop stroke will travel as far as 96 before contacting the baseball, as opposed to the short stroke which will only travel 36. By dropping his hands as he goes to the ball, his bat head is getting under every fast ball.
Practice these baseball hitting tips and baseball hitting drills from our Super 8 Hitting System.
We clearly outline this in our video analysis videos… the basic problem that you need to resolve is to eliminate the arcing on the back side.
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