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How to be a “well rounded” hitter. [Derek Jeter Style]

 

So a player and his dad came up to me the other day. The father expressed his present concern about his son’s hitting ability.

“How can I help my son to be a well rounded hitter”?

Suffice to say I’m surrounded by many other parents and players that share the same sentiment.

Becoming a great well rounded hitter begins with understanding the psychology and basic principles of doing so.

You have to access what your strengths and weakness are. You have to know what each game situations is calling for and so on.

The game situation will always dictate the approach.

With that being said, here is what I told him.

” You have to be willing to except that becoming a well rounded hitter first begins with taking the first step in doing so. Commit to becoming one and the obstacles and challenges will arrive to help you get there”.

“The obstacles to becoming a good hitter is the way to becoming a good hitter”

Let’s break down a PERFECT example of what a good hitter does in a particular situation like this.

I hope you enjoy this video.

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What did you think of this video?

What do you think of Derek Jeter’s swing? Let me know in the comment section below!


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The power of the Pro Batter w/ Adam Battersby

 

Many thanks to Adam Battersby for coming on the show to talk about the birth of the Pro Batter and how it’s been helping hitter at all levels of baseball perform better by simulating game like situations.

I have to say that I’ve been highly interested in the Pro Batter model of batting practice since I was playing baseball in high-school and I think it’s greatest strength is in allowing hitters to experience advanced level pitching without playing at an advanced level.

This is key for all hitters.

In this interview Adam introduces the basic concept of Pro Batter, it’s vision for the future as well as how you can take batting practice at a facility near you!

Enjoy the interview with Adam!

What did ya think?

How pumped are you about trying out the Pro Batter hitting facility!

Leave a comment below if you have any questions about this technology.

If you haven’t already, go ahead and share with me what you think you’d get the most out of hitting off the Pro Batter!

Adam’s links

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How to be a smooth ball-player and impress a scout ( 2 simple baseball-tips)

So you want to get the attention of a scout on the field?

That’s easy…….just remind them of the other players they have drafted before.

When your on the field, if you can move like a player that knows what he’s doing, you’re going to get his attention.

The truth is, you don’t have to even perform well, to get him to write your name down. You just have to show him that you can:

  • Be quick and athletic
  • Calm and under control
The next part is being able to do this at game speed, under pressurre, and in key situations
But before that, you have to show them you are athletic. Call it smooth, pretty, or slick. I’m not in any way condoning show-boating, but I do mean showcasing your skills.
If you are lacking them, here they are.

Have a quick release

As the level of competition gets better, the faster each play becomes. Meaning you have less time to hit,field, or throw a baseball, and um oh yea….this “game” is a “game of inches” if you didn’t know;)

The quicker you can do a particular movement while staying under control, and within your capabilities, the more you will look like you know what you are doing, the better your projection will be and chances are the more successful you will be.

 

Be under control (Emphasis long/exaggerated movements)

A great way for a player to start implementing smooth/athletic movements is by first understanding what the correct movements are wether it’s fielding, hitting or throwing a baseball, then repeating those movements with slightly longer exaggerated movements to get a feel for the different kind of approach. I’m not a huge advocate of dissecting mechanics- instead I think it’s better to learn how to emulate successful players through observation and then copying them until you find a groove/success.

I did this by emulating big-leaguers and then getting it on tape.  I think you will find more rapid development if you understand how big-league athletes move their bodies, and apply it every day on video then “rinse and repeat.”

Take a look at any big-leaguer in practice. They move slowly. Like a tiger in a cage. Full of potential energy yet expending the least amount of it……

Be slow….be under control….be smooth…..and you’ll impress……..play ball!

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Indoor baseball drill # 1- Hands inside the ball drill.

One of the most important habits you can incorporate into your swing is the ability to keep your hands inside of the baseball. For a hitter mastering the ability to hit the inner half of the ball will allow him to do some very important things like seeing the ball longer.

The better your able to stay inside, the longer you can wait. The longer you can wait, the less strike outs you will have, the higher batting average you will have, and ultimately the better situational hitter you will become. When I think of who was the best example of someone who consistently stays inside the ball, I think Derek Jeter. And here, he gives a great example of staying inside the ball.

So how can you incorporate hitting inside the baseball consistently? Take a look at this video by Jason Giambi which illustrates the basics of the “inside out swing” with a simple indoor baseball drill.

Also you can check another important video that showcases other drills that help with staying inside the ball.