You should set a goal to swing about 200 times/session, 5-6 days per week. Williams is also the all-time leader in on-base percentage (.482) and was the last player to hit .400 or better in a single season, when he hit .406 in 1941 at age 22. With his career stats, it’s pretty safe to say that his swing was one of the smoothest in the game. I’m not going to get into a debate about his Hall-of-Fame eligibility, but the fact is that Pete Rose should be there.
One of the best ways to fix that is perfecting an inside out golf swing. Over coaching has led to swings becoming robotic and inefficient. Votto is without a doubt one of the best all around hitters in the MLB. It’s important to note, the angle of the bat and the angle of the shoulders should always match up at contact.
How to Build an Approach There is a transition in every softball player’s career. One that takes them from being a swinger to a hitter. Unfortunately, while some ways of teaching being short to the ball will help hitters, the truth is that the best hitters aren’t as short to the ball as is widely believed or taught. As a result, many well-intentioned fixes will tend to take hitters farther away from, rather than closer to, the high-level swing. They don’t reflect what actually happens in the swings of complete hitters; hitters who can hit for BOTH power AND average. What’s most important, when it comes to hitting the fastball, is how long — in terms of TIME and NOT Distance — it takes the hands to get the sweet spot of the barrel up to speed and to the Point Of Contact.
As we see above in the swings of Willie Mays and Giancarlo Stanton the turn of the barrel starts turning drastically before the shoulders have turned much more than a few degrees. Resulting in the barrel and shoulder becoming parallel very early in the swing, before the bat becomes parallel with the front of the plate. We see swings in the MLB all the time that accelerate the barrel really quickly. I personally love swings like that because it shows an ability to minimize get in the way time. I cover this extensively in another article but it is essentially the time between when you start your swing and when your bat is in the way of the pitch.
He plays pitcher, shortstop most of the time. All the sudden this year he started to play really bad, not hitting the balls, missing grounders, when before he was a very good player. I don’t know what happened, and we are at a complete loss as to what to do at this point. He does have a couple of colleges looking at him, because they heard he was a really good player, But now we’re concerned that those college coaches will not take him . What do you advise, we are desperate at this point. His mechanics are good, but he does it make contact with the ball anymore.
This doesn’t always mean a stiff leg, you can have a slight bend but this leg is keeping the rest of your body and hands behind the baseball. This leg will stop your forward momentum and start the axis of rotation that you will now be hitting on. This is very important, you lose this firm front side you lose a lot of bat speed and your head movement drastically increases. With a normal swing, hitters swing their arms in a large arc, ending with the tip of the bat often pointing into left field for right-handed batters. On an inside out swing, the tip of the bat should stay pointing towards the right, creating a path for the ball to take out to the right side of the outfield from the plate.
I don’t care about all the haters he has, his recent injury history or the fact that he’s the most overpaid player in baseball. The fact remains that Alex Rodriguez is going to end his career as the all-time leader in home runs. To date, he has hit .302 for his career and smacked 629 homers, and in a year or two, he’ll have reached 3,000 hits. Like Hernandez, Mark Grace wasn’t what one would call a dominant hitter. His power was average at best, and he never once reached the 100 RBI plateau. Yet, considering how he posted an average of over .300 in nine of his 16 seasons to go with a career mark of .303, some respect must be given to his swing.
While that cue can create problems, especially when reinforced with certain drills, in moderation this cue can help a player develop the high-level swing by reducing a problem with Bat Drag. Unlike in slow pitch and golf, where the ball is moving slowly or not at all, in 4 seam fastball grip baseball and fast pitch the pitcher is trying to strike you out. When we are sitting or kneeling behind a garbage can our head is still a bit above the point where we are protected. The contact zone is the space within the strike zone where a batter contacts a pitch.
Hitting fly balls is often more difficult than hitting line drives or ground balls, which means that hitters who use this technique are likely to hit fewer balls into play. A hitter will have a better chance of hitting a ground ball since his hands stay on the bat longer, resulting in more time in contact with the ball. While inside-out swings are not typically used by all professional hitters, they can be very beneficial for amateur players who struggle with getting underneath the ball and hitting it into the air.