Fix your Posture, Fix your Stride and Much More!

Written By: Chas Pippitt

I had a High School Showcase player hit 6 home runs on Saturday…That’s right…6…on SATURDAY.  And he did this after we worked on one specific move that allowed him to be much more balanced and athletic in his forward move.  JK touched on Posture in the stride in his 5 swing clogging moves, but I wanted to re-visit this concept with some video to really show how this can help your hitter instantly do better.

Tune in next week for my next article on how to hit the low pitch from this more upright posture.  I’ll even release a brand new drill to the fans of Baseball Rebellion that, Surprise, is going to fly in the face of most hitting instruction out there.  See you next week!

Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Rebellion

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Franklin Colbert
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Franklin Colbert

Hey Chas, You didn’t really address how to reach the low outside pitch without some level of tilt. Maybe it’s more of a shoulder tilt than a waist tilt?

thanks!

Jon Ball
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Jon Ball

I cannot wait for your next article because I really like you guys but this is way out of left field.

Tilting early allows you to get your shoulders and entire swing on plane early. Miguel Cabrera probably does this better than anyone. Unless you are hitting off total puss thrown above your waist, you need to start your tilt early or you will not get your bat on plane in time to hit a decent fastball thrown from the waist down.

I look forward to seeing where you are going with this.

Charles Sherrill
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Charles Sherrill

My experience with my middle school player supports Chaz’s conclusions about the importance of good posture. In his case, leaning in was accompanied by downward drift in his hands as well as “breaking down” of the back knee during his load. All of these movements were a subconscious attempt on his part to maintain balance during the load (not an effort to get at low strikes). He still managed to hit the ball hard when he made contact, but had way too many strike outs and pop-ups. Anyway, he’s focused on improving these things over the last six months and… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

From what I’ve read on this website, a lot of what you guys teach is based on what you see in professional swings and that coaches should be using video of the game’s best hitters to teach their students. However, if I check the tape, Major League players are not landing with their front foot directly pointed at the pitcher, as demonstrated multiple times in this video. Here’s Mike Trout: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX_dm39fkfw), Troy Tulowitzki (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoyYAVDM5MM), and Barry Bonds (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUTW4FsMeNQ).

iba
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iba

I see the benefit, can you show some pro players with their Chest’s up when they stride. Everyone I see from the front or back view is bent over at the waist? Maybe I don’t understand the concept but can’t wait to hear more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CtH-0mVp20&list=PLfDEV2P77UguhlSZSWS-hyXo85veu8kZJ&index=10

Even Bonds before the Vitamins.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kasaxBLWgo

marydougmckeen
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marydougmckeen

Chase, Great piece of information! My work with hitters totally supports your information on posture. I would suggest to all those who would disagree with Chas, instead of arguing theory with Chas, instead: try what he is saying and decide for yourself. – but give it an honest try with a number of hitters. Kinesiology teaches us that when any athlete breaks sideways at the waist (as when a hitter leans in towards the plate with his upper body) that both strength and speed are sacrificed. PS: I bet you will also discover that breaking at the neck can also… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Everything you are showing is against how the top hitters have hit for over a hundred years. You can’t show a video of a great MLB hitter tall while swinging. They all have the upper body towards the plate. Stepping with a open front foot is a power killer as well as it allows the front shoulder and hip to open up early. Pete Rose was the greatest contact hitter ever and leaned over big time. Jose Altuve leans forward and is the best hitter today. What works for one player doesn’t work for another. The great hitters in the… Read more »