Wednesday, November 22, 2017

College Coaches

A large majority of coaches are outstanding coaches with great intentions, but even the best intentions can leave players helpless, hopeless and lost, if instruction is flawed. When it comes to great hitting what are you really teaching your players? Are you teaching them the sigficance of weight transfer, hips leading the hands, leveling, ideal impact and extension? Are these core mechanics the cornerstone of your program? Is there a hitting philosophy you live and breathe? Where did you learn it? How well do you teach it? How well do you understand it, and can you adequately explain to your players why a large majority of the best players in the game are swinging completely different than the majority of coaches across the country are teaching?  Can your players have indepth conversations about their plate appearances and thoroughly grasp what is happening in their swing? 

Coaches ask a great deal out of their players on a daily basis: commitment, dedication, loyalty, honesty, work ethic, dependability, responsibility and desire to learn. Isn’t it fair for players to be able to ask the same from their coaches?

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 How well do you understand hitting, and how well  you teach it are two fundamental questions that every coach in the game should be asking. Regardless, if you are coaching at the JC level, or you are a D-1 coach, hitting is a primary component to every successful organization and should be an utmost priority. Literally 1000’s and 1000’s of hours coaching, training, teaching, mentoring and instructing is now readily at your fingertips. Within these pages you have the ability to learn in days, what took me a lifetime to learn. You are the ultimate change agent in the life of your players when it comes to hitting, and prividing them the proper tool to maximize their effort, is priceless.


4 out of 5 young players are receiving inadequate instruction.

Poor weight Transfer 


Weight is shared evenly between the front and back leg which restricts hip rotation, power, speed, and energy.  I refer to this as swinging on two axis points and is exactly why “sitting” or “squishing the bug” is a mechanical flaw.  All it will do is limit the energy force created by the hips, thus slowing the natural “spin force” of the body.  Great hitters hit off their frontside and rotate around a single axis point, not two.   

The Downward Path to the Ball

 The downward path to the ball philosohy is brutal on a hitter, and is a major factor to poor hitting and inconsistency.  Hitting is already difficult enough and philosophies such as this one ony exaccerbates the challenge of hitting.  Great hitters get the barrel level to the ball and swing up through the ball on the same plane the ball is traveling.  Not sure, look at a major league ball player and you will see exactly what I am talking about.   

 Flaw #3 – Throwing the Hands

Anytime a player extends their front arm early consistency issues are going to arise.  The wrists will roll.  Throwing the hands at the ball extends the front arm and promotes a rolling swing motion, not good.  If the ball was 6 inches further away from the coach he would simply roll through contact.