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Recently I had a parent e-mail me and explain he was sick of watching his son struggle at the plate.
He knew that he his son had the talent to crush the baseball on a consistent basis but something just wasn’t clicking.
About 1 in every 5 at bats he would hit the ball hard – the other at bats were mostly weak ground balls or lazy pop ups.
If this is sounding familiar to you then you should read the quick list of causes I’ve provided below.
Weak ground balls and lazy pop ups are typically caused by:
The hitter simply isn’t creating enough of a “slingshot” during the stride and separation phase of the swing. There’s multiple ways to create separation – matching the hands with the feet or walking away from the hands. Both create separation in the swing, and the hitter can use either one.
The most important thing is that separation is present in the swing and the hitter is comfortable with how he creates the separation.
I’ve started to do a lot of video analysis for students from all over the country. An common flaw I see is that the hitter does not start the swing with the lower half. The lower half should initiate the start of the swing to maximize power and also lock in the correct bat path.
When the hips start to rotate too early a few things happen.
a. The hitter will lose bat speed causing a decrease in power.
b. The arms separate from the body create a casting motion causing weak grounders and lazy fly balls
c. Ability to control the barrel is lost causing less hard hit baseballs.
Early hip rotation is one of the biggest reasons hitters do no perform consistently.
The lower half of the swing is responsible for controlling the direction the bat swings. The hands control the precision of the swing, but the lower half tells the bat whether it will enter the zone early and stay in the zone for a long period of time, or make a quick exit.
Keeping the bat in the hitting zone for a long period of time is one of the most important factors in being able to be consistent as a hitter. The length of time the barrel is in the zone is the hitter’s margin for error. If the hitter has a large margin for error then chances are he will be more consistent. Here’s an example of a student I worked with about a week ago.
The swing on the bottom is a game swing from a few days before I gave him my adjustments for his swing. He was way too steep to the baseball and his hips were opening too early with a little bit of hip slide. I gave him one adjustment and he picked up on it almost immediately.
The swing on the top half of the picture shows you the bat path after our adjustment. His bat was flatter and in the zone longer, which means he has more margin for error. He was hitting more hard line drives consistently after we made this change in his swing.
That’s a direct quote from one of my clients. He sent that in an e-mail to me about 30 days after I analyzed his son’s swing and created a custom practice plan just for him.
I highlighted what he needed to work on and sent him hitting drills that are specifically designed to fix his exact problems.
I want to help you just like I helped Jeff’s son.
I will help you:
… just to name a few.
I can help you make this season the best season of your career.
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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