Breaking down Ichiro Suzuki’s approach at the plate

 

So todays question comes Vincent and he is wanting to know…

Why does Ichiro look like he needs to pee when at the plate and what’s with the bat pointing thing?

The truth is, Ichiro is hands down one of the greatest hitters to play this game in the last hundred years. He’s ability to hit the ball where it’s pitched and utilize his speed has been a very innovative style of hitting. His approach is extremely unorthodox and yet his basis if very similar to almost every other hitter that demonstrates exceptional skills at the plate. He still achieves the essential aspects of a sounds swing.

With that being said, there is most definitly a method to Ichiro’s madness when it comes to attacking the baseball , executing correct hitting mechanics consistently and driving the ball hard somewhere.

In the video below, I demonstrate Ichiro’s mind set at the plate, what he’s trying to accomplish with his batting stance while trying to answer Vincent’s question about Ichiro’s quirky style at the plate.

Feel free to subscribe while watching the video and leave a comment below about what you think of Ichiro’s hitting style!

Enjoy!

 

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  • Blake Benedetto

    As as baseball coach, you have to love Ichiro’s hitting style. Sure it may be a bit unorthodox in the way he stands, but as far as basic swing fundamentals its great! I remember quite a few years back hearing him talk to a few prospects, he said he never wants to show the pitcher his chest, he says that is a sign of weakness. If you think about it, that’s a great teaching tool for young hitters and their swing. This is what allows Ichiro to stay on the ball so long, see it deep and use the whole field. Too many young hitters become “pull happy” and being to open the front side too early in order to yank the ball with power. However, this creates a huge whole in their overall swing. Just some food for thought.

    • faith4me

      Exactly Blake! I remember him saying that as well. Man I wish I would of mentioned that in the video! :/

  • FrankA

    Mark, great video! How many baseball coins do I get for visiting each time?

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