Here is a link to many of the images I used in my presentations:
|click for Hitting Pics|
Here’s the key point: good hip rotation has an element of hip extension!
I believe 90 percent of the game revolves around controlling the strike zone
|Theo says: Know thy zone|
|418 AB's - 78 BB/26 K in 2012|
DL: Does a hitter need to take a lot of strikes to have a high on-base percentage?
MO: Not necessarily. I’m not up there looking to walk. I’m looking for a specific pitch and if the pitcher doesn’t give it to me, I’m taking until I get it. I’m not going to swing if it’s out of the zone I’m looking for. That’s kind of what generates walks for me. I’m patient, and once I get my pitch, I’m swinging. I’m attacking the baseball. I’ve just been fortunate to get a lot of walks, especially this year.
|412 AB's - 75 BB/89 K in 2012|
Hitters need to take their walks. When they don’t hitters end up miss hitting a lot of pitches and get themselves out. The key here is to know what pitch you want to hit, to put a good swing on it when you get it, and not be afraid to take a pitch.
In Russia, it’s about the coaches – not the schools, Volkov believes.
“A coach in this country is a graduate, with a specific degree. All our coaches are Spartak alumni. And it’s a known fact that European and especially American methods refer to the physical rather than the technical side of things – which is different here in this country,” he said.
What to do:
- Use a weight appropriate for the strength-age-level of your player (65-75 oz. for high school, up to 100 oz. for stronger college players and pros)
- Avoid a high volume of swings. 5-10 is enough to get the right feel, then switch back to a regular weight bat
- Avoid trying to swing too hard. Save that for your overload-underload swings. Just get the feeling of the drill.
- Focus on hitting line drives up the middle and towards the oppo gap
- Remember this is just a drill and stick to the main principles of swing training for larger numbers of swings