5 Bat Speed Destroying Mistakes Hitters Make During Their Load

The load is one of the most important parts of a high level baseball swing with serious bat speed. Hitter's who don't load properly will lose power, control of the barrel, and the lack of ability to drive the ball to all fields.

Here are 5 common mistakes hitters of all ages (especially young hitters) make:

1. The Hitter Doesn't Load or Shift Their Weight Enough.

When the hitter doesn't load enough they will lose power, the ability to stay behind the baseball, the ability to drive the ball to all fields, the ability to hit inside pitches, and will be extremely vulnerable to off-speed pitches.

In order to be powerful you must load your weight into a firm back leg first before striding forward.

2. The Hitter Loads Too Much

When a hitter loads too much you will see:

  • "Spinny" swings
  • Dropping backside
  • Loss in power,
  • Inability to hit the outside pitch with authority
  • Lack of precision with the barrel.

too much load

3. The Hitter Doesn't Load Into a Firm Back Leg

When the hitter has a moving back leg it causes a loss in power and precision. The moving back leg means the hips won't stay centered. If the hips don't stay centered then it will be very difficult to hit with any consistency.

It's critical that the hitter loads into their back leg like the back leg is a wall.

Take a look at the example of Matt Holliday loading again.

4. The Hitter Sways During The Load

The sway is related to #3 but they are different for one important reason. When a hitter is swaying their hips they generally try to load their weight by shifting their hips out of place as opposed to loading into the firm back leg. It's important that the hitter understands the load/weight shift starts by keeping the hips centered and using the feet to shift the weight.

5. Weight On the Outside Part of the Back Foot

When the hitter is loading into their firm back leg it's critical they keep the weight on the inside part of the back foot instead of the outside part of the back foot.

Too much weight on the outside part of the back foot causes

  • loss of power
  • ability to make consistent contact
  • big hop ground balls
  • weak flares to opposite field
  • pop ups
  • Increased strikeouts

Does This Sound Familiar?

It's the bottom of the last inning of the game. 2 outs. Runners on 2nd and 3rd. Your child's team is down one run.

Your child walks up to the plate knowing that a base hit will win the game. Just a soft liner over second base. A seeing eye single. Any hit that makes it to the outfield will score both runners to win the game.

They know they could be the hero!

Watching your child dig into the batter's box you can see the lack of confidence.

Earlier in the game they struck out (for what seems like the 50th game in a row) and hit a soft tapper back to the pitcher. Not exactly two results that fill you or your child with confidence that they are going to knock a line drive into center field for the game winning hit.

The first pitch is on it's way...

Strike one. It was a fastball right down the middle, but your child didn't swing. You've talked endlessly about being more aggressive on the first pitch of the at bat and you can see your child peek at you hoping that you're not going to be mad.

The second pitch is on it's way...

Strike two. This time the pitcher threw an off-speed (curve or slider) that bounced in the dirt before home plate. Your child took a panicked 'back side out' swing.

You can see the look on the other parents faces around you. They know the game is basically over with your child at the plate in this pressure packed situation.

One parent even mutters under their breath, "Not this again..." and starts gathering their things to head to the parking lot.

Albeit a very rude comment you know it's true.

The third pitch is on it's way...

High fastball for a swinging strike three.

Your child walks back to the dugout dejected with their head hung low dragging their bat behind them. They feel like their entire world just crumbled.

They gather their gear and pack it away in their back. You start walking back to the car trying to console them and tell them that it's okay. It's just a game.

They don't want to hear any of it and completely dismiss everything you're saying to them.

This is followed by tears in the car and a silent car ride home.

There's almost nothing more painful than watching a struggling hitter at the plate, especially when it's your child.

You feel helpless and you have that pit in your stomach that makes you feel like you're going to vomit.

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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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