The fundamentals of hitting a baseball are the batter’s grip, loading the swing, keeping the head still, keeping eyes on the ball, driving hips forward, keeping the back elbow bent on contact with the ball, and the follow-through of the swing.
Soft toss is a foundational training activity that can help athletes improve their swing. “It’s good for your time. It’s good for bat speed and it’s also good for getting your hips around and really extending and getting that power into every time you swing on the ball,” Pezzelle says.
The Mental Side of Hitting is easily the most important aspect in the game of baseball for two main reasons. 90% of hitting is how you feel when walking up to the plate. There are two players in every hitter.
Having good mechanics obviously helps a hitter be successful! Having a good controlled load and stride. Then getting to a good launch position where they have hand and hip separation and good torso tilt will set them up to be able to unleash with increased bat speed!
The swing starts from the ground up and your legs start the power that creates torque to hit the long ball. The core controls your whole body. The stronger your core is the stronger you are.
At ages 7 to 9, fine motor skill development has progressed to the point that most kids possess the ability to learn to catch and hit a pitched ball.
It is one of the most complex fundamental movement skills and is fine-tuned over time with continued practice, exploration, and encouragement. Children typically begin to explore this movement between the ages of 2-3, and they often learn to strike using both hands before they can strike with one.
By age 7 or 8, young baseball players have a bit more coordination, and coaches can start to go beyond the basics of how to catch, throw, field, hit and run the bases. Game-like situations help young players think on their feet, and to communicate and collaborate with each other. Baseball is a team sport, after all.