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10 great hitting tips for youth baseball players

Do you want an edge at the plate this baseball season? Here are 10 tips that will make you a better hitter. 

  1. Hitting with two strikes can be difficult.  If you choke up you will be able to control the bat better and strike out less.  Good hitters choke up with two strikes.


  1. Staying “Inside the ball” means to keep the bat as close to the body for as long as possible.  This will help you have more bat speed and hit the ball harder.


  1. In order to hit with more power, try using your legs better.  Power hitters roll up onto their back toe at contact.  This will help you to use all the power in your legs and hit the ball harder and further more consistently.


  1. Being in a proper, balanced stance is vital. While every hitter’s stance may vary, generally try to stand with your feet shoulder width apart with your hands held comfortably around your back shoulder.


  1. Getting into a strong position of power is vital in order to make hard contact consistently.  When taking your stride, make sure that your hands are “clicking” back.  This will help you to be in a position to explode to contact.


  1. Balance is one of the most important aspects of the swing.  Try to keep the majority of your body weight, in your stance, on the balls of your feet.  This will help you to have better balance and stability – which also gives you more power.


  1. Once up at the plate in a game, seeing the ball should be the only aspect of hitting that you are thinking about.  If you focus on seeing the ball as well as possible you will make hard contact consistently.


  1. Make sure to keep your head down at contact.  Wherever you make contact with the pitch is where you should hold your head.  Practice this technique by holding your head for prolonged periods of time at contact during batting practice.


  1. The fence drill is one of the best drills for practicing a short swing.  Stand a couple feet away from a fence, take short swing and try to “miss” the fence by pulling your hands close to your body.  The longer you practice this drill, the closer you should be able to get to the fence without hitting it.


  1. Bunting should be practiced on a daily basis.  The reason for this is because you actually are practicing hand eye coordination at the same time you are practicing your bunting technique.


Check out 12 more tips in the original article at HittingWorld.com


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