Improving Baseball Hitting Average Using the Power-10 Drills and Techniques
By Guest Author Joe Brockoff
I've studied hitters during practice practices (BP) for years and come to the same conclusion each time. Hitters who take every pitch in this manner get pops, chops, and routine ground balls with every pitch. In fact, the going rate of hard hits is three or four out of ten.
Instead, try my proven Power-10 baseball hitting drill, which will help players hit the ball hard with super contact every time. Power-10 drills used in batting practices will train hitters to hit each ball well, making practices more meaningful. Hitters will concentrate more on hitting the balls hard and sharply, rather than hitting everything deep. As you see below, this method is proven by improved batting averages.
Efficiency at least 80%: batting average over.400
Efficiency at least 70-80%: mid.300 batting average
Efficiency less than 70%: .280-.300 batting average
Here's how the Power-10 drill works:
A hitter chooses which pitches to hit. But call a strike if he takes a good pitch.
Hard Hit = 1 point
Week hit = 0 points
Swing and miss/foul/strike = (-1)
A hitter strives for a minimum 7 out of 10 (70%). If a hitter is not at that level, he needs to work for that. If time permits, players can do more than one Power-10. With these batting drills, they look forward to the challenge of getting better each time.
EXTRA TIP -- Is 'Stride' Important?
What causes a player to sacrifice power when hitting? Several reasons:
Hitting for power has always been associated with the big strong player. But our research reveals that it's not so much the size of the player, but rather the strength of his hands.
Many young players are taught to just "meet the ball" rather than hitting through the ball.
And some hitters let go of the top hand too soon, resulting in a less-than-powerful performance at the plate.
Lastly, many players are taught to place their hands out over the plate on contact. Sometimes this is a result of being taught incorrectly to get extension over the plate.
This proven method for how to hit a baseball will increase batting speed and power by up to 30-40% if used correctly. Here's all it takes:
Strong, quick hands, quick hips, and an agile body
Hands out front on contact
Hitting through the ball
To achieve maximum hitting force and greatest distance, both large and small players must learn to develop a quick pivot and quick hands while in the stroke. Power hitters have learned to use hips first, and hands last, with a powerful snapping action. Getting the hands out in front of the body to contact with the ball, with the top hand over the bat, and the bottom hand under that bat, converts a mediocre hit into something like a hammer hitting a nail with full force. This type of "controlled aggression" while still maintaining balance, will finish the stroke with both hands, allowing the batter to hit through the ball with maximum strength. It's important to remember not to let the top hand go too soon.
Extension does not occur on contact, but rather after contact. When hitters try to extend on contact, it is like sawing wood, using too much arms and shoulders. This method will not power the ball. In order to learn how to hit for power in baseball the hitter has to get his hands out in front of the body to contact the ball, with the top hand over the bat, and the bottom hand under the bat. The top hand is then like a hammer on contact. Tip: Hitting is controlled aggression, while maintaining balance and control.
Hi. I'm Coach Joe Brockoff, a Division I Head Baseball Coach for Tulane University for more than 19 years, and former minor league player for the New York Yankees. Over the years, I've taught thousands of baseball players how to increase batting speed and improve their overall performance on the field. In fact, my proven training system has sent 45 baseball players to the pros.
As a coach committed to continuous improvement, I share my baseball drills, tips, and techniques here so that you will, in turn, inspire and motivate young players to improve their game. I hope you'll visit my web site, the Super 8 Baseball Hitting System at http://www.learnbaseballhitting.com to watch some of my free instructional videos.
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