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This vs That – Step Out vs. Move Out

Written By: JK Whited

This Vs. That - Step Out Vs. Move out

The Step Out

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You see this move a lot at the little league level.  The number one reason that I have found for this flawed movement is fear.  Fear of being hit by the ball. The hitter will try to protect themselves by reaching their front foot away from the plate to begin their potential “escape” from the ball. What they fail to realize is not only does this nearly destroy any chance to hit the ball hard, but it will also be more susceptible to getting hit. By stepping out the hitter will:

  • Put themselves in a much more dangerous position
  • Alter head position and therefore vision 
  • Lower half never gets prepared
  • Arms become dominant driver of the swing
  • Late and panicky swings in last ditch efforts to make contact  

This isn’t anything new to those of you who have seen it before.  The first step in fixing this issue is for the hitter to understand they are putting themselves in more harm than if they were to load their bodies properly and stride the right way.  By moving properly, they can suddenly turn away and avoid getting hit or turn their backside to the ball.  Yes, they will still get hit but at least it will hit them in the back, glutes, or back of the leg.  It won’t feel good but it’s better than getting hit anywhere in the front.

Moving/Loading Out

Now, let’s look at the moving out flaw.

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Now, unlike the step out, this hitter will still be trying to load their body properly to hit the ball hard.  The issue arises when their center of gravity starts to move towards the pull side of the field.  As you can see in the example above, I start to load and move straight but somewhere down the line, I move my middle away from the plate. This will:

  • Alter head position and therefore vision
  • Cause an early leak of my coiled hips
  • Force me to reach my arms away from my body early
  • Make the outside half of the plate nearly impossible to hit well
  • Become very susceptible to off speed pitches

What I have found is this move stems from the hitter possibly trying to pull the ball too much.  They feel as if moving that way will help them pull the ball easier by clearing space for the barrel to get by.  While this is true to some extent, this is not the best way to pull the ball successfully. 

The fix here would be to have the hitter feel as if they are moving their core towards the opposite side of the field.  While it will feel extremely awkward at first, they have to understand that what they feel is not real. Overtime, they will get comfortable with this new direction and be in a much better position upon front foot landing. 

I hope this helps some of you identify the difference between these two different but similar movements. If you need any help with your swing or player’s swing, please check out our awesome online program.

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