Understanding the Baseball Swing

 

McGwire’s new home run record would not stand for long. In fact in 2001, Barry Bonds broke the single season record with 73 home runs. Bonds was amazing that year, simply crushing everything he hit. Not to mention, he also set the walks record that year with 17 From the early 90’s until the Mitchell report surfaced in 2003 and steroids was a huge scandal in Major league baseball. Basically, steroids tainted the game of baseball and the game was just never the same.

Other baseball equipment used includes, a batting helmet, baseball cap, catcher’s helmet and other protective gear (like a chest protector and safety mask). The batting helmet protects the head and the ear of the batter that faces the pitcher, from the thrown ball. The baseball cap is worn by all players to shade their eyes from the sun. Catcher’s helmets are protective equipment that guards the face of the catcher using a face guard or mask. Good care needs to be taken of this equipment as without them, the game will not continue.

“Short and quick is so much better than long and strong.” I can not overemphasize how being short to the ball is a very critical factor and one of the better baseball hitting tips. Being short is an absolute necessity and will enable you to catch up to any fastball. I would rather pitch against a baseball hitter with a long and very powerful swing than someone who is short to the ball any day!

Whether you stride when the pitcher pivots or a split second before the pitcher’s release is a personal preference. On the other hand, one of the better baseball tips on hitting to remember is that it makes no sense at all to stride very late and have to rush everything after that. The stride is actually a weightless step that is used for timing. You should pretend that you are stepping on a sheet of ice and don’t want to slip and fall. No transfer of weight should take place when striding. You should land on the ball of your foot. Avoid the very common mistake of landing on your heel. It can cause you to spin like a top and your entire “foundation” will be ruined. If your foundation or base is disrupted, it won’t matter how many things you do properly after that. You will have no chance of being a successful baseball hitter.

“To hit the ball harder, you don’t necessarily have to swing harder.” Don’t place too much emphasis on how hard you swing the bat. It’s a very common baseball hitting problem, especially with younger players. They swing too hard and miss the baseball by a foot. Focus heavily on getting the sweet part of the bat on the ball as often as you can. Trust me, just get the bat there and watch what happens. Let the bat do 90% of the work for you. Bat manufacturers spend millions of dollars on research to have the ball jump off the bat when hit on the sweet spot. Nobody will ever notice how hard you did or did not swing at the pitch. What they will notice is your seed going up the right center or left center field gap!