How Far Should a Hitter Stride?

Written By: Garrett Gordon

How Far Should a Hitter Stride?

We get a lot of questions weekly on how far a hitter should stride.  It all depends! Mainly body size and starting stance width will help determine where a hitter should stride. 

But first, you have to understand if you are under striding or overstriding.  By using a band or rope this can help hitters understand where they need to be and how to get there!

Take Pride in Your Stride

Youth hitters tend to neglect how important their stride is.  The stride is more than just stepping forward.  It's your timing, rhythm, load, the setup and so much more.  With that being said sometimes with younger kids you have to get creative. 

Barking at them to stride more or stride less while they are trying to hit can be quite annoying for a hitter.  Getting them set up by using a band or rope will help them understand what they need to do!

Stop OVER Striding

The overstride in a hitters swing isn't as common as hitters failing to gain ground and move forward.  But on occasion, I will have a hitter who overdoes it and gets into an extremely unathletic position

With the feet and legs being so far spread apart it makes it very hard for a hitter to gain hip extension through the ball.  Due to the fact that being that wide locks their lower body up. By using a rope and tying two loops at the end can literally stop a hitter from doing this bogged down move.

Stop UNDER Striding

This is more common than understanding, especially when hitters are timid to move forward.  The right stride allows hitters to create space and get athletic.  When you don't gain ground in your stride you lose that ability to get fully loaded. 

Rhythm and timing are then somewhat compromised and then hitters compensate with their upper body to then regain some space then never created.  By using the band looped around your legs hitters have to create that tension and space to get the most out of this drill/concept.

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2 thoughts on "How Far Should a Hitter Stride?"

  1. coachbrown1978 says:

    Really like the correction drills, but do you think there is a certain/roundabout distance the feet should be at landing?

    1. Admin says:

      It comes down to how wide or narrow the hitters stance is. if the hitter starts out relatively wide with their stnace then their stride should be shorter. If the stance is narrow then the stride should be longer. I am 5’10 and start my stance a little wider than the width of my shoulder and then I stride about a foot or maybe even a little less. Mess around with it and find what is comfortable and athletic for the hitter!

      -Garrett Gordon BR Instructor

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