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					HITTING A BASEBALL
         THE STEPS
• KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE
  SWING
• BE ABLE TO REPRODUCE A
  MECHANICALLY SOUND SWING
• KNOW THE MENTAL SIDE OF
  HITTING
• HAVE A PLAN, WORK YOUR PLAN
   THE
  SWING
MECHANICS
     STANCE
•FEET SHOULDER WIDTH APART
•BACK FOOT SLIGHTLY PIGEON -TOED
•KNEES FLEXED
•KNEES PINCHED/INSIDE FEET
•SLIGHT BEND AT WAIST
•HANDS VISIBLE TO PITCHER
•ELBOWS DOWN/FOREARMS 45
•HANDS AT TOP OF STRIKE ZONE
•HEAD ON FRONT SHOULDER
•EYES LEVEL
    •LAW OF MOTION: A
R   BODY AT REST, WILL
    STAY AT REST UNLESS
H   ACTED UPON BY A
Y   GREATER FORCE

T   • DIFFICULT TO HIT
    WITHOUT IT
H   • AS A HITTER YOU ARE
Y   “DANCING” WITH THE
    PITCHER
M   •HIPS
    •HANDS
    •FEET
   LOADING
• WEIGHT SHIFTS TO
  60/40 BALANCE ON REAR
  LEG
• GOES UP AGAINST, NOT
  OVER BACK LEG
• TYPES:
• LEG LIFT
• TOE TAP
• TOE PUSH
• KNEE TUCK
• ETC.
     STRIDE/HAND SEPERATION
•CONTROLED/COORDINATED ACTION
• AN EXTENSION OF FRONT LOWER LEG, NOT A WEIGHT SHIFT
• WEIGHT IS STILL 60/40, 55/45
• TIMED TO PITCHER’S VELOCITY ON FB OR YOUR PLAN FOR
THAT AT BAT
• SHOULD LAND ON BALL OF FRONT FOOT
• FOOT & HIP SHOULD BE CLOSED(LESS THAN 45 DEGREES)
• KNEES STILL INSIDE FEET
• HANDS WALK TO BACK SHOULDER AREA(BAT @ BETWEEN 1
& 3 O’CLOCK)
        LOWER HALF
          ACTION
• BACK KNEE & HIP LEAD INITIAL MOVE TO SWING AT
THE BALL
• USALLY TIMED TO FRONT HEEL GOING DOWN
• BACK HEEL SHOULD COME UP
• HANDS DO MOVE AT THE BEGINNING, THEY CONNECT
TO HIPS AFTER INTIAL MOVE BY LOWER HALF
• AMOUNT OF BACK HIP ROTATION DEPENDENT ON
WHERE THE BALL IS: INSIDE/OUTSIDE
                  BAT LAG
•POINT AT WHICH KNOB OF THE BAT IS MOVING TOWARDS
THE BASEBALL & BACKOF BARREL IS POINTING AT THE
CATCHER


• BAT IS LEVEL OR JUST ABOVE HANDS AT THIS POINT


• BOTTOM HAND IS LEADING KNOB TO BALL


• TOP HAND WORKS WHEN THE BOTTOM HAND REACHES
THE MID-CHEST AREA
         CONTACT
• POINT AT WHICH BAT MEETS BALL
• BAT/BALL COLLISION USUALLY OCCURS EVEN OR
AHEAD OF FRONT LEG
•GOAL IS TO BE PALM UP/PALM DOWN
• HANDS ABOVE BALL/ BAT BELOW HANDS
• UPPER BODY IS STACKED, NOT FALLING BACK OR
LEANING FORWARD
• WEIGHT IS EVENLY DISTRIBUTED 50/50
• FRONT LEG IS FIRMED UP / FOOT CLOSED
• BACK HEEL POINTING UP
          EXTENSION
•TAKES PLACE AFTER YOU HIT THE BALL
• STILL PALM UP/PALM DOWN
• DON’T HIT THE BALL, HIT THROUGH IT
•CREATES A LONGER CONTACT AREA
•TOP HAND DOES NOT ROLL OVER UNTIL END OF BAT
HAS POINTED AT PITCHER
•TOP HAND CAN STAY ON OR RELEASE
             FINISH
• ALSO KNOWN AS THE FOLLOW THROUGH
• SHOULD BE CONTROLLED & BALANCED
• BAT BAREL FINISHES AROUND TOP OF SHOULDER
• SLIGHT LEAN BACKWARD POSSIBLE
• BACK HEEL UP

				
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