If you’ve never heard me say this: I can’t stand 99.99% of all drills, especially hitting drills. Aside from the fact that drills are pretty much busy work, it can be very easy to get far too wrapped up in doing drills instead of remembering to just hit the baseball. Sometimes drills can be completely counter-productive, which is what I wanted to address today.
For about a week, Raul Ibanez was the poster boy for professional hitting. He said he just tried to get a good pitch to hit. What does that mean exactly? Here’s a list that explains it all…
Ryan Sweeney doesn’t have Adrian Gonzalez’s swing, and maybe even his ability to hit the baseball. But that hasn’t stopped him from cashing in on the advice Gonzalez shared with him… advice you can use starting right now.
“The Shift.” It’s been around a while, but it’s never been implemented more than it has so far this season. Some hitters remain stubborn, but hitters like David Ortiz have made the adjustment, and are flourishing.
Mechanics, mechanics, mechanics. Swing mechanics seems to be the only thing we think about when we’re trying to either improve up at home plate, or bust out of a slump. That’s the wrong way to go about it. In fact, if you think about anything during your AB, you’re out before you swing the bat.