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Learning To Improve Your Baseball Batting

By Dusty Mattingly, Batting Coach

To be successful when hitting a baseball, you are going to have to be strong, determined, coordinated, and have a certain rhythm. When it comes down to it, you baseball batting technique will play a very important part in how well do at the plate. Saying all that, here are some techniques to help you out.

The first step to becoming a better batter is to select the right bat for your size. If it’s too heavy you will not be able to swing quickly or efficiently, and if it’s too light you won’t maximize the potential power in your swing.

The next step to becoming a better batter is to learn what your strike zone is. Actively practice recognizing where pitches are located on the plate. Divide the plate into three sections, L for left, C for center, and R for right. After the pitch crosses the plate, tell yourself which zone the baseball was located. But learn to focus on just the ball. You must use your vision and keep your eye on the baseball. Tune out the rest of your surroundings and learn to anticipate where the pitch is located.

All great batters have the proper batting stance. Although many players have different styles of stances, they all have the same basic attributes. Basically, spread your feet a bit farther apart than your shoulders, keep knees and elbows bent and turn your head towards the pitcher’s mound. You want to see the ball head on, not with your peripheral vision. The bat should be off your shoulder and the knob of the bat should be pointing in the opposing batters box.

As the pitcher delvers the ball, begin your load which generates you rhythm. The load consists of taking your hands back 2-4 inches and stepping out towards the pitcher with your front foot 4-6 inches.

When the ball crosses the plate, turn you back foot as if you are squishing a bug and drive you knee downward 1-3 inches. As you drive your backside into the ball, begin to extend your hands to the inside part of the ball. Lastly, contact the ball and finish above you shoulders.

Continue to work hard on your baseball batting techniques every day. It helps to have someone watch you, or even better, record you so that you can evaluate your mechanics. Be persistent and don’t give up easily. With enough drive and determination you can be a great batter.

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Coach, Dusty M. B. "Learning To Improve Your Baseball Batting." Learning To Improve Your Baseball Batting. 24 Jul. 2010. 29 Jun 2016 <>.

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