Most of us know that it doesn’t take a lot to severely mishit a baseball. This is what makes hitting well so incredibly hard. As we get older and advance to higher levels of competition, it gets even harder and more important that certain things happen in our swings. The ability to elevate the ball out of the infield is one of those things that gets more difficult and more important that we do well. If you’re having trouble elevating the ball this could be why.
If you are having trouble elevating the ball, you could have a number of issues but one that can really hinder that ability is a forward landing and/or a forward pulling of the upper body.
In the video and picture below, you will see an example of a player with a forward pull of the upper body. This will create:
Upper Body Chest Forward
It’s important to notice here that the player above is very quick and strikes the ball true, his ability to elevate this ball is severely limited. While the ball is hit hard, he is limited to low angles and therefore at best a single when he is capable of much more.
Now let’s look at the same hitter maintaining a good upper body position and increase his ability to elevate the same ball. Maintaining his upper body position created during the load will:
Visual of the bottom half increases
Upper Body Maintained Back
Chest Forward Chest Back
As you can see, the slight upper body differences can dramatically impact the hitter’s ability to elevate and drive the ball. While this player’s swing on the left side isn’t bad in many ways, he will always be severely limited in his production.
I hope that you now can better identify this mistake in yourself or your hitters and begin making the necessary adjustments to improve their swing. If you need any help with this, please check out our online hitting program!
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