Critical Elements:- Hold the bat with the correct grip.
The baseball swing consists of three main phases: 1) the loading phase, 2) the launching phase and 3) the follow through. Each player has their own unique style and may sometimes make adjustments to their swing depending on the game situation, the type of pitch, or other factors.
7 Absolutes of How to Hit a Baseball- Hitting against a firm front side.
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.
The shoulders, forearms, and wrists generate the majority of power that is needed for a baseball bat swing. While the biceps and triceps do play a certain role, and you want to train those a little bit just to avoid an imbalance, your arm workouts should be focused on the shoulders, forearms, and wrists.
Baseball hitters lift their legs while hitting to generate more force into their swing and to help with timing the pitch. Lifting the leg helps create momentum, which allows more force to be fired from the back leg during their swing. As a result, the hitter can hit the ball with more power.
Why is the load important? Use it as a timing device and a continuation of your rhythm. Getting your weight back helps you wait to explode on the ball. No matter if you load with a leg kick, a toe tap, normal stride, or no striding and just picking up the heel, you have to make a move back before you can go forward.
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.
Work it out with Strength Training- Shoulder Strength—the shoulder is one of the most important parts of the body when it comes to baseball.
Leg Strength—glute and leg force play a major factor in throwing velocity, bat speed, and running to home base quickly.
Place it where you stride when your front foot lands, open or closed. If you are not striding directly back at the pitcher, you’ll feel it under your foot immediately. If you can land in the same spot with good alignment and direction back toward the pitcher, you have a better chance of hitting the ball consistently.
A few great exercises to improve core strength include:- Planks.
Medicine ball rotations.
By strengthening the muscles on the backside of their shoulders, baseball players are able to better decelerate their arm when throwing, reducing the stress placed on the shoulder. The back also plays a large role in generating power in both batting and throwing.
These five muscles can be seen in more detail in Figure 4-32. Now all five of these muscles contract during the launching phase and pull the left arm around bringing the bat-head in contact with the ball.