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See the ball As Clearly As Possible.

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Your eyes work like a camera... If the camera (your head) is moving, it takes blurry pictures. If they are taking blurry pictures, then how can you be able to hit the ball squarely. This is by far the most important lesson in baseball. If you can hit... you won't sit! Too many players confuse hitting with hitting with power. Hitting with power is great and a player that can hit and hit with power is a God send, a player who can hit but doesn't hit for power is a scrapper, but a player who can hit for power but can't make contact is a disappointment.

No matter how hard you swing, it only matters if that hard swing makes solid contact, because without it, it is simply a strike. When you ask most players what they think is important for them to think about when they are hitting, sometimes you will hear "Keep your eye on the ball." Though keeping your eye on the ball is important, making sure that your head is stable throughout your swing is just as critical.

Too many young hitters throw their bodies around while they are hitting which causes heads to move all over the place. Remember, if you put a camera on a tripod but you kick the tripod, the camera is still going to take blurry pictures.

Take a look at this video of Miguel Cabrera hitting. When the camera view switches to show his swing from the side take notice how stable his head is.





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Be able to hit with a stripped down version of your swing.

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More often than not, when you are in a slump, it is your setup and not your swing that is out of whack. A broken setup can be catastrophic to a hitter, making it virtually impossible to be able to hit live pitching. All of the little things we add to our swing to help generate momentum and additional power, are extremely effective when we are on time, however, when our timing is off with any one of these items it is difficult to fix them without a bunch of trips to the batting cages. And even then without someone who knows what they are looking for helping you, it can be difficult to fix simply because batting cage pitches aren't exactly the same as "Live Pitching".

One of the best ways to "feel" what is wrong is to be able to be able to hit without all those extra mechanical items. Even if it is only for drills and practice, hit without a stride and pay attention to your body. If you get 20 swings during your batting practice take 5 without a stride, if you get 10 swings take 2 or 3. Often, you can tell how good of shape your swing is in by how difficult it is to hit without a stride (not saying you will like it, but you will be able to hit if your swing is sound). Hitting without a stride will allow you to feel your body a little better, you will be able easily
stabilize your head and it should be very easy to make solid contact.

After regaining control of your body by hitting without a stride, slowly add back all the additional items, start with hands loading, then a simply stride, etc...




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Nothing is more important than Solid Contact

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Imagine you had the most powerful swing in all of baseball. Imagine you had more bat speed than Bryce Harper, you were stronger than Mark McGuire, and you have the best bat money can buy. Now, imagine with all these amazing gifts, every ball you hit is off the end of the bat, or you flat out miss. How much power would you have?

There are many contributing factors to hitting the ball with power. The most important of which is typically the most overlooked. It does not matter how much bat speed you have, or how strong you are, or even the type of bat you use, IF YOU DO NOT HIT THE BALL OFF THE GOOD PART OF THE BAT, THE BALL DOES NOT GO ANYWHERE! Too many times I see hitters step into a batting cage and struggle to make contact because all they are thinking about is swinging hard. It doesn't even don on them that they just missed 7 straight balls thrown from a machine at roughly the same location and the same speed. Good contact
IS something that can be improved! Therefore, the first thing a hitter should do in order to develop power is master all the skills involved in getting the barrel on the ball more often.

I am not telling you that after you have honed your skills on making good contact you don’t need to worry about learning to develop using your body with power, but I am telling you that a player with a good swing that never makes contact isn’t a hitter by definition, and will find himself on the bench.

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