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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Baseball Tips on Hitting - Hitting Against Power Pitchers

Article Title: Baseball Tips on Hitting - Hitting Against Power Pitchers
By Larry Cicchiello

If a hitter is a real good fast ball hitter who has very quick bat speed, he should not change his hitting style and should get up there and take his normal swing. On the other hand, not all hitters have that quickness in their swing and they should make adjustments to increase their chance for a successful at bat.

Against some flame throwers, many very good hitters cut down on their stride or even omit it completely, especially with two strikes on them. There is nothing wrong with conceding a little bit to a pitcher. The only goal is a successful at bat and it's not important how you achieve that success.

For those hitters who have trouble against "flame throwers," they should remember that it's not necessary to take any stride at all or to swing the bat hard. Some hitters, especially younger hitters, do not get this message. They quite often over swing and take this long, looping swing that is very late on the pitch and have very little if any chance at all. Unfortunately, this sometimes happens over and over again and is quite frustrating for a hitter of any age, whether it is a younger player or an older player. Younger players will not have fun on the baseball field if this continues to happen. If a young player continues to strike out three times a game, in no time at all he will lose interest in playing baseball in the future.

The name of this game, from a hitter's point of view is to get the "sweet" part of the bat on the ball. If you swing the bat so easy that it won't crush a grape, but can somehow manage to get the sweet part of the bat on the ball, you will get your share of hits. If you do the same thing against a power pitcher, you will get more than your share of hits. It's not important how weak a swing you had at the pitch and the weakness of your swing will go totally unnoticed. What will be very well noticed is how you hit the ball extremely hard against a flame thrower who has been striking out a lot of batters.

Leading bat manufacturers spend millions of dollars on research to have batted balls jump off the sweet part of the bats they manufacture. The hitter's chore is to just get that sweet spot on the pitched baseball. Hitter's should let the speed of the pitch do 90% of the work for them.

Against the flame throwers, the hitter who has trouble with the heater should keep it as simple as possible. Start the swing early and no need to stride at all. Throw the barrel of the bat down at the pitch. Remember, even if your swing is so easy that it could not crush a grape, the sweet spot of the bat and the velocity of the fast pitch will do 90% of the work for you. It's no guarantee for success but it will definitely increase your chances for a successful at bat.

Larry Cicchiello is the author of "Excellent Baseball Coaching: 30 Seconds Away." His very user friendly eBooks cover 320 topics on playing or coaching excellent baseball. ANY players, coaches or parents who want to help their child improve will be fully equipped! Some FREE tips are available at

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