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One of the biggest debates in hitting is to swing down or swing up. Each hitter is different and has a different approach in mind. Learn how thinking to swing up or even swing down may drastically improve hard-hit balls.
Everyone in the hitting world wants the best for their hitters. Whether you coach at a high level or just do lessons on the side for extra money. If you are trying to help each individual hitter you're going to have to tailor your approach differently for that hitter. Some hitters think swing up and some may think straight down. What if I told you both work and both swing paths may turn out to be quite similar.
Many great hitters such as Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Mike Trout all claim they swing straight down to the ball. Now for them, this is something that they feel but it isn't what is happening in reality and that's ok. For some hitters to crush the ball consistently they have to feel like they are staying on top of the ball hence swinging down. Each of the athletes I mentioned are strong and physical guys who can turn the bat up a little later to get on plane and crush it. The video below is a prime example of what many big league hitters think:
Knowing when to say “swing down” or “stay on top of the ball” truly depends on what the hitter may be doing. Often cues like this are spewed out of a coach or instructor's mouth with no explanation behind it.
Then you may get kids chopping straight at the ball and that will only hinder their development. This cue does however have merit for some hitters and can actually help them square up the ball a lot better.