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Question – I have really enjoyed your video, but all off season my son got taught to let the ball travel , inside you hit in front, middle you hit right at the front edge of the plate, and outside you actually hit it when it is in the middle of the plate, why do so many people teach hitting this way when your way seems so much better? also do you have any camps anywhere i would be interested.
Thanks,

Brent Hall

Answer –

Hi, Brent

I am very glad that you have been able to review the information we have provided for you. The response that we have received from all over the world has been amazing and very rewarding to know that we have been able to help so many players learn to hit the way the pros do and that these habits will allow them to go as far as their athletic ability will allow in this great game of baseball.
Your question is very interesting because what you are describing is actually what we do teach in our baseball hitting videos.
If the pitch is inside or down the middle, you will hit in front of the plate with a 90 degree pivot as you turn to hit the ball.
If the pitch is outside, this pitch will travel deeper into the strike zone, and you will hit this pitch with a 45 degree hip turn, which means that your belly button will be facing the opposite field. We call this a “hit flex”

We do not have any clinics planned at this time. But I hope that you will have the opportunity to use our complete program, which we have available in our Super 8 Hitting System 8 DVD package. This will provide you all of the drills and tools to implement the techniques. Be sure that you check this out.

Thanks for the feedback.

Best wishes and good luck,

Coach Joe Brockhoff

Baseball Hitting Instruction

Question:
Joe,

Thanks for your program and I will be working with my son on the drills. I do have a couple of questions:
1. Past instructors have taught my boy to line up the knocking knuckles of both hands. In the video it is obvious that they are not lined up.
2. Also, at the past Cal Ripken Camp it was stressed the grip is the fingers on the bat and not the palm of the hand. In the video it appears to me that when you do the hand up and hand down that the grip is in the palm.

Which is correct.

Thank You,
Garold Blackburn

Answer
Thank you, Gerald, for your question. We have several baseball hitting tips that we can offer you with this.

There is a basic theory that lines up the knocking knuckles of both hands. This is associated with the “Linear Stroke” and is commonly taught with baseball hitting drills. With this stroke, the top hand, when in contact, is facing forward, and the bottom hand is facing towards the catcher. The hands would then roll, keeping a major portion of the bat in the fingers. I do not recommend or subscribe to this stroke. It will never maximize the ability of your young hitter. There is a better way.

Here is what I suggest and what we do with our baseball hitting instruction. In the stance position, the knocking knocks are facing up and slightly forward, and lined up between the knuckles of the bottom hand. You can check this out by noting that the back elbow is neither raised up, nor is it against the body, but is in between these two extremes. When in contact, the top hand is under the bat and the bottom hand is over the bat.

The role of the top hand is to drive the bat head to the ball. The roll of the bottom hand is to control the long lever of the bat. You can test this out. Pick up a hanner and hit a nail with it. That is the very same feeling you want with your top hand. The bottom hand pulls the bat inside the ball and stabilizes the stroke. The top hand and the bottom hand are antagonistic. They work against each other. In between the two hands is a fulcrum, which is at the breaking point of the bat. In other words, we don’t swing the bat. We don’t roll the wrists. The top hand is in abduction and the bottom hand is in adduction.

Test this by taking a regular bat, standing against an immovable object, and apply pressure. You will find that the top hand goes forward, and the bottom hand comes back towards the body. You do not want him to “swing” the bat or “roll the wrist” and all of that baloney. You want him to drive the bat into position and then snap it. If he were hitting a mat with our SpeedBat, we would ask him to “stick it!”.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
Best wishes and good luck,
Coach Joe Brockhoff

Question
Hi Joe,
I have ordered before the introductory Super 8 hitting along with another dvd. My 13 yr old son has develop a bad habit and I need help to break out of it. As the pitcher delivers his pitch my son has develop a bad habit of bringing his hands/arms down. When he is in the batting stance his bat is on his shoulder and when the pitcher throws his pitch he brings the bat down to his waist. It is so frustrating telling him over and over again to stop it. He tells me he can’t help it. I’m just about to give up and I don’t know what else to do. I’m gonna ship him out to you lol.
Any advice would be helpful.

Regards,

Rick

Answer

Hello, Rick

I can understand your frustration with the situation. But while this is a common occurrence among hitters, it can be corrected with work, specifically with our baseball workouts off season video.

First of all, players usually drop their hands because they’ve been taught to swing the bat level. In order to do this, he has to drop his hands to hit the low pitch.

Second, your son must believe that he can make the adjustment, but only with hard work.

Know this, unless he makes this correction he will never be able to maximize his hitting stroke.

Also, in a reflex action it takes an 11 to one ration of good swings to correct all the bad swings. So this will not happen immediately, only as he works to replace his bad habit with the good stuff.

Here are some suggested drills:

1) Tighten up the bat pressure on his shoulder in his stance, and be sure to maintain this bat pressure during the “drive” (pivot)phase. He can use this in all his drills. This allows for him to know that his hands are staying up during the process.
2) Almost all hitters collapse on the back side when they drop their hands to hit. For example a right-handed hitter’s body action is counter clockwise (front shoulder comes up and hands come down). One drill to correct this is the “Over Correction drill demonstrated in our Combo Drills DVD and also on back of our Super 8 Hitting System Poster. This is one of the best drills to build the habit of keeping the hands strong. It works, but he must do this consistently.
This is a toss drill. The tosser tosses the ball above the strike zone and the hitter hits it like a tennis serve. This forces the hitter to keep his shoulders level. It also trains him to hit from over the top rather than under.
3) Use this same technique with a mat and SpeedBat™ instead of a tosser.

Finally, in response to your son’s statement in your email that he “can’t help it”, my answer is “Yes, he can”. But he is going to have to replace this habit with work. It’s not really something he can think about as he is hitting against live pitching. He must train his body with many correct strokes.

Hope that these suggestions are a help. Also, check out our baseball workouts off season video for more help.

Best wishes and good luck,
Coach Joe Brockhoff

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