When most people describe a baseball swing, they define it as one single movement. The truth is that becoming a good hitter requires you to organize a handful of movements throughout the swing process.
Here at Grand Slam Sports Center, we have been successful in developing our hitters because we break the swing down into six parts. Like your body, each part of the swing plays a role that affects how your swing functions. Look at it this way: if a part of your body is injured or you’re sick, you won’t function the same as you do when you’re feeling well. You narrow down the injury/sickness so you can fix it, get it well and be healthy again. Now in baseball, if your swing is broken, you must target the area of your swing that is causing the problems so you can fix it and get your swing headed back in the right direction. This will help you get the results you desire faster.
Below is Grand Slam Sports Center’s thoughts on the swing process:
Step 1 – The Stance
To find a standard stance, its important to set up properly in the batters box. This will help you cover the plate with an efficient approach. Shoulder/feet alignment are square, hand position, and good posture are important techniques to remember.
Step 2 – The Load
During your load, remember to smoothly move your hands back while your front foot strides forward to meet the width of the bat, while keeping your head centered over your butt and in between your feet. To properly track the ball, this must be done correctly and on time. The ideal time to step would be before the pitcher releases the baseball. This allows you do see the ball out of the pitchers hand, track it, decide if its a good pitch to drive, then unload.
Step 3 – The Approach
During your approach, its important to duplicate the hand path you established in your stance. Remember that your back foot and hands work together to direct the bat while your front foot remains square/closed.
Step 4 – Contact
During contact, we want to keep our head, back shoulder, back hip and back knee aligned with the ground. If your posture is good, you’ll be in an ideal position to get good extension through the ball.
Step 5 – Extension
Good extension through the ball happens when your body is balanced enough for your top hand to work outward beyond the point of contact. Good tempo through the set up and swing are big because it gives you the opportunity to extend through the ball regardless of pitch speed, location and type.
Step 6 – The Finish
A solid finish will enable you to get good extension. Your finish should end up above your shoulder with either one or two hands. If you finish below your shoulders, it will cause an unnecessary rotation and length during the approach phase, which ultimately limits the extension you need.
Understanding the six steps of your swing will not only help you properly build the swing you need, but it will also help you to identify the source of any problem. Start developing your swing now so that you can maintain in the future.