Here’s another question I received from a player:
Q – Dear Coach Brockhoff,
Hi, my name is Matt. I am a high school baseball player and I have used the the super eight hitting system. I am just writing to ask a question about how to improve my swing plane. When I was younger, my coaches told me to try to hit the top of the ball and pound the ball ino the ground. I didn’t really know mutch about hitting at the time, so I took their word for it. I spent years drilling these ”wood-chopping” hitting mechanics and have developed some bad habits. Now, whenever I make contact I consistantly hit the ball into the gorund and I have trouble getting line drive elevation. I was wondering if you could write back and explain how to improve my swing plane and give me some drills that i could do to help me out. thank you for your time.
A – Hi Matt,
It is unfortunate that you were taught this swing down technique because you cannot get your bat head in line with the pitch this way. Your bat should swing through the ball diagonally up at all times, never down. If the pitch is high, then come right through it. This baseball hitting technique will produce line drive elevation. Dry swing this over and over using the proper stroke, also Tee and toss drills.
Our ReaderBoard drills featured in our Super 8 Hitting System #4 DVD (Combos) is a good resource for practicing the proper stroke lines.
Best wishes and good luck,
Coach Joe Brockhoff
We’ve heard it for years… Swing Level, Stay Back.
I’ve heard professional hitting instructors use these phrases.
I deeply respect and appreciate all of the baseball coaches
who have given their valuable time to coaching this great
game, at all levels, from little league through college, and
especially the little league coaches who put in hours of volunteer
service. What I’m about to say is not to disrespect well meaning
coaches and parents, but to give aid and help to them in order
to avoid the destructive hitting clichés that are passed down from
coach to coach and player to player through the years.
Hitting habits usually begin at a very young age.
For this reason, here are the “7 Deadly Misconceptions in Hitting” and baseball hitting drills
to go along with it.
Stay AWAY from these!
Misconception #1 – Swing Level. The fact is that one of the worst
mistakes a hitter can make is trying to keep his bat level as he goes
to the pitch.
#2 – Get The Back Elbow Up. If we had to throw a punch, would we
have the elbow up? If so, it would NOT be an effective punch. The elbow
needs to support the hands. It cannot do this if it is above them.
#3 – Stay Back. The proper term here is not to stay back, but to START
BACK. We collect our weight on the backside.
#4 – Squish The Bug. The back foot should not “spin” on the ball of the
foot, the back foot should roll up on the back toe as the hips rotate
toward the pitch.
#5 – Roll The Wrist. The correct way is when a hitter is in contact
with the ball, his top hand is in adduction (like a hammer) under the bat,
and it stays under the bat through extension. Does wrist-roll ever occur? Yes,
when the bat is coming out of extension and is coming around to the opposite
shoulder at the completion of the stroke, the wrist rolls at this time.
#6 – Get The Hands Away From The Body. This is incorrect! The fact
is that the hands require body support during the hitting stroke. The farther
the hands get away from the body, the weaker the stroke.
#7 – Stride In The Direction Of The Pitch. Stride in the same place every
time, directly ahead, with a 6 inch glide step. It is the ROTATION of the
hips, not the stride, that determines inside or outside.
The objective in hitting is to be quick with a compact stroke, making full
use of body action to support the stroke.
I just received this great email from Coach Miller:
“I can’t thank you enough for the Super 8 Hitting System. It provides
absolutely the best hitting instruction I have ever seen. I wish I had it
when I was a little leaguer!!! Actually, I wish I had it when I started
coaching 8 years ago. The youngsters I have coached would be
WAAY better hitters!” – Gary Miller
The Super 8 Hitting System teaches a hitter everything he needs to know about
hitting, no matter what problems the hitter has developed. These problems
can be reversed with good hitting principles.
Go here to avoid making these mistakes:
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