Mistake #1 – Not Getting Enough Quality Cage Time Outside of Practice

One of the most common questions I get is how many times the hitter should be hitting per week.

For high school hitters I tell them to hit 4-5 times per week.

For pre-high school hitters I recommend that they hit 2-3 days per week as long as the hitters are still having fun.

The off-season is an opportunity for hitters to dedicate themselves and improve their skills when they don’t have the pressures of the regular season.

The game rewards those who put in consistent hard work.

Mistake #2 – Not Having a Hitting Plan

Walking into the cage without a plan means is like walking into a weight room without a structured workout plan. Most hitters just walk into the cage and start taking hacks.

Hitters will get more out of every cage session when they are following a structured hitting plan or hitting program.  That’s why I created The ABC’s of The 5 Tool Hitter Program.  I break down the mechanics you need to know in order to become an elite hitter and stand out above the crowd.

Mistake #3 – Lack of Focus and Concentration During Cage Sessions

Hitting requires 100% of the hitter’s attention.  Hitter’s shouldn’t be talking with teammates, thinking about their homework, thinking about a girl, etc.

Hitter’s who are reading this… you are in the cage to work.  There’s no reason you shouldn’t be 100% focused on your work.

Like I said earlier – the game rewards those who put in the hard work.

Mistake #4 – Not Studying Their Own Swing On Video

Hitters need to watch video to understand what their body is doing during their swing.

Studying their swing gives the hitter better body awareness and body control when during their swing.

When the hitter studies their swing on video they will have a better understanding of how to make their body make the correct adjustments.

Most hitters aren’t exactly sure of what they should be looking for when studying their swings.

That’s why I offer swing analysis.

During swing analysis I break down the hitter’s swing and highlight the swing flaws that are holding them back.  I then provide the necessary drills to fix their swing flaws.

Click Here for more information about swing analysis.

Mistake #5 – Not Having Ownership of The Swing

The hitter must understand that they are responsible for their own swing.

Their swing is not their parents responsibility.  Their swing is not their coaches responsibility.

Taking ownership of your swing is a key part in becoming an elite hitter.

Mistake #6 – Not Having a Specific Goal Each Day

Have a goal for every cage session.  Hit 50 line drives, take 25 quality swings on inside pitches, etc.  Hitters can also have a “challenge” at the end of each cage session.  Here are some examples:

  • Force yourself to hit 10 line drives in a row before you can leave the cage
  • Give yourself 20 swings and see how many head high line drives you hit off the back of the net
  • Target practice – hang a bottle at the end of the cage and see how many times you can hit that bottle out of 10 swings.

Mistake #7 – No Accountability Partner

It’s important to have a teammate the same age as the hitter for an accountability partner.

Both of the players can push each other the entire off-season, make sure they don’t skip any reps, or miss any workouts.

Mistake #8 – Not Asking Enough Questions

We want hitters to have a better understanding of what they are trying to do.  This will help them learn their swing and make the correct adjustments at the right time.

It’s important for hitters to ask as many questions as they can to their coaches so they can better learn their objectives and the why behind it all.

Mistake #9 – Not Paying Attention to the Details

Where are the feet?  Where are the hands? Is the hitter in rhythm? The details on every single swing are very, very important.  If the hitter becomes lazy and doesn’t pay attention to the details then swing flaws will slowly be developed over time.

 

Mistake #10 – Copycatting Your Favorite MLB Player

Hitters shouldn’t try to copycat their favorite MLB player’s swing frame by frame.  Most young hitters don’t understand everything that’s going on in the MLB player’s swing.

When studying the MLB hitter’s swings remember that you want to use the same principles they use in their swings and not their styles.

If you don’t know what that means then click here for more information.

Mistake #11 – Not Keeping a Hitting Journal

It’s important to track and measure progress to hold hitters accountable. Hitters should track how many swings you did took, what drills they did, how many line drives they hit, etc.

This will also help the hitter understand what drills work better for them and helps the hitter create their own pre-game hitting routine.  This is the hitting routine you will use before the game to help you walk up to the plate with confidence every single at bat.

Mistake #12 – Allowing Yourself to Get Complacent

Complacency is a choice.  At the beginning of the off-season it’s easy to be motivated.  It’s new and you’re ready to work hard. But then you reach the final stretch in late February and Early March.  You’ve been working hard all off-season and now you want to just get in a game!  Stay focused.  Continue to get improve.  Remember this in February and early March.

Mistake #13 – Losing Hunger and Motivation

This is also a choice.  It’s easy to forget what the end goal is. Every hitter needs to define their “WHY.

If you don’t know you’re real why then it will be tough to stay motivated throughout the season.

Mistake #14 – Not Working On Timing & Different Pitch Types

Hitters need front toss and live BP during the off-season.

It’s important to understand how any adjustments made during the off-season will affect timing on live pitches.

Here’s a 14 video program that will show you the exact drills you should be using to work on timing during the off-season.

Mistake #15 – Free Swinging Without a Goal

Don’t just walk into the cage and take hacks.  Have a goal.  Have a plan.

Mistake #16 – Hitting Off The Tee The Wrong Way

Simply video the swing and to make sure no mechanical mistakes are being made.  This is a good practice habit to create to establish proper mechanics to start off each hitting session.

Not Happy With Your Results?

Then it’s time for you to re-tool your swing and create a swing that’s going to help you stand out from the crowd.

I created an entire off-season training plan to help you re-build your swing called The ABC’s of The 5 Tool Hitter.

Click Here to start training with The ABC’s of The 5 Tool Hitter Today.

 

 

About the Author Connor Powers

Connor Powers is a former Professional Baseball Player (Padres Organization 2010-2013) who has a passion for teaching others how reach their goals in the game of baseball. Since 2012 Coach Powers he has had his YouTube videos viewed over 3.3 Million times and has over 24,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. His specialties are maximizing bat speed, improving batting average, and taking hitters from average to elite.

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