How do you teach team hitting?
One thing I enjoy is talking hitting. Love listening to coaches, parents and players sharing their opinions on hitting. I have been teaching / coaching hitting for over 14 years now and the conversation never gets old. We all know that the single most difficult task in any of the sports is to hit a round ball with a round bat. That said, I would like to strike up a conversation on teaching hitting.
There are many debates on hitting; rotational versus liner, top hand versus bottom hand, stances, stride versus no stride, etc. This list could go on and on but my focus within this blog is how we teach a team how to hit.
So many coaches I see try to use a cookie cutter approach for their team, forcing every player to swing the same way. Let’s think about that for a second. How can your 5’11 left-handed first baseman with extra long arms get to the ball the same exact way your 5’ nothing catcher, with fire hydrant forearms can? They cant! So why force them to? Yes, a lot of the structure can be the same within the grips, stances, extensions and follow thru’s, but every hitter has a different natural slot along with a different hole in their swing. Time is needed with each of your hitters, working within their limitations to better them as a hitter. I like to think of it this way… Take the two type of players mentioned above, we don’t try to force them into a defensive position that their body isn’t necessarily geared for, do we?
1. Set up your structure and hitting philosophy.
2. Train your hitters with the repetitive motions that best suit their swing.
3. Train your hitters mentally on hitting and let them rip!
What do you think? Would love to hear your comments.
- Coach Mike G
Coach Mike’s students have gone on to all levels of academic athletic success including high school varsity starting positions and NCAA division 1, 2 and 3 scholarships.
His passion for the game and unique understanding of a coach’s critical role in the lives and self esteem of his youth athletes continue to drive his teaching and coaching philosophies.
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