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What Do Baseballers Really Want?

Hand-eye coordination, better wrist pop, better fielding, and better preparation during off-season are four baseball aspects that every baseball players strive to master. Take a look at what other baseball players are striving for.

Hand-Eye Coordination
91%
Better Fielding
83%
Better Wrist Pop
82%
Better Preparation During Off-Season
75%

How Do I Get There?

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Power

Accuracy

Form

Technique

"1. POSTURE
Keep the majority of your body weight on the balls of your feet and maintain balance during the hitting. This will help you to have better balance and stability – which also gives you more power. In order to hit with more power, you can try using your legs better. Power hitters roll up onto their back toe at contact and keep their front leg firm. This will help you to use all the power in your legs and hit the ball harder and further more consistently. Keep your elbow planted firmly against your side and the bat as close to the body for as long as possible and it will help you to have more bat speed and hit the ball harder."

"2. EYES ON THE BALL
The simple yet critical basics you can do to get consistent hitting contact is by keeping your eyes on the ball and head down in the hitting zone until the swing is complete. For many young hitters this is the most difficult component of the swing to master but it's the most important. Your chin should start parallel to your front shoulder as you’re looking at the pitcher and finish with your back shoulder touching the tip of your chin when you finish your swing. By keeping your head down on hitting zone, you keep your head steady and your eyes focus on the target. Your eyes will continue to send the same information to your brain, in which your brain will then pass to your muscles to initiate the swing. IF all of this occurs on time AND with correct information – you hit the ball!"

"3. HAND-EYE COORDINATION EXERCISE
Improving hand-eye coordination may be the most important exercise for a hitter. Hitting using a wood bat and smaller target is one of the best drills you can do to train your precision and strength. There is a smaller barrel on a wood bat which forces a hitter to have a shorter swing with better extension in order to hit the ball hard. Practice letting the ball gets deep into the hitting zone. Hitters who consistently let the ball travel deep inside are the ones who have the most consistent success."

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"1. POSTURE & STANCE
Efficient lower body mechanics is the key to a good pitching delivery. Start with a proper stance by bringing your foot fairly close together and positioning your weight over your back hip, knee and foot in one line. This will allow you to just lift your leg up without having to shift back. In this position, you are as far away from home plate as possible, which means that, you can maximize momentum and thus have more force available at landing to transfer to the trunk."

"2. GET A GOOD GRIP
Throwing the ball with better accuracy is much easier when you have a good 4-seam grip. A 4-seam grip is when your fingers are placed across the horseshoe of the seams and not with the seams. This will help get better backspin on the baseball and it will fly straighter. If your grip is off, the seam in a position to catch the wind resistance and shoot left or right."

"3. WORK TOGETHER WITH YOUR BODY
Bear in mind that your two sides work opposite of each other, so if one side is in the correct position, the other will follow. As you begin to throw, take your front elbow and bring it back into your body and keep your glove in front of you so that it will eventually touch and meet up with your chest. The tighter you are the quicker you will fire. This move will start some torque, at the same time your legs will start to fire and your hips will start to open up toward your target."

"4. THROWING THE BASEBALL
As you follow your body, the ball will go from facing the center-fielder to turning toward your target. Your elbow will stay at about 90 degrees and you will feel that you are pulling the ball down. You want to reach and get as much extension as possible as you throw toward your target. This is like a whip effect. The further down the whip the quicker it snaps. Focus on using your fingers and wrist to throw and continue to follow through the movement. Don’t cut it off until your arm has decelerated as much as possible."

"5. KEEP CALM
There is a difference between rushing and quickening up while under control. When you rush, it reduces the chances of making an accurate throw. Try as much as possible to follow through all your steps one by one so you can make a good throw under control and not feel a need to rush. It is better for the throw to be a tick late than to rush and throw it past our target and have a runner move up an extra base."

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"1. KNOWING THE PITCH, PITCH LOCATION & MOVEMENT OF THE PICTHES
Assuming the pitcher can hit his spots, a player can adjust where he is positioned on the field accordingly. One step in a certain direction can make all the difference in getting to a ball. Let’s say a righty is throwing sinkers down and in to a right-handed hitter. A shortstop would then position himself more in the hole to take away the chopping grounder. However, if the infielder is too obvious with his positioning, a hitter, or the coaching staff will pick up on it and anticipate the pitch location. This is a chess match that goes unnoticed on TV."

"2. KNOWING THE TYPE OF SWING THE HITTER HAS AND HIS TENDENCIES
This may seem obvious, but through scouting reports and video, you know where players tend to hit the ball. However, if the pitcher is trying to take advantage of a hole in the batters swing path, then the fielders will be able to adjust accordingly and plan for the expected rather then just react. Positioning can never be overlooked."

"3. MOVING BEFORE THE PITCH IS THROWN
This is a skill that separates the good defenders from the great. As the pitch is about to be struck, a fielder will start moving in the direction he feels the ball will be hit. By reading the rhythm of the hitter, his swing path, pitch location/movement, and the whole “feel” of the pitch, some infielders will take an educated guess as to the result. Instead of reacting to the ball, the greats will anticipate and get a head start."

"4. OPENING THE HIPS UP AND WORKING IN ANGLES
Depending on the inside or outside location of the pitch, the fielder slightly opens his hips in either direction before the pitch. The fielder will be able to get a better jump on the ball because he has opened up before the hitter even makes contact. An infielder must approach every ball at the most efficient angle to cut down the distance from fielding to get in line to first base. Most of this comes from having proper footwork and proper speed."

"5. FIGURING OUT THE SPEED OF THE BALL RIGHT OFF THE BAT
Once you know how hard the ball is hit, you’ll be able to get your body to it at the best angle. Because it happens so quickly, there are some keys to figuring this out. You need to listen to the sound of the bat at the point of contact, recognizing the difference between solid and weak contact. You can see if a hitter was fooled on a pitch, meaning the hitter’s bat speed is a little slower than normal, reducing the speed of the ball off the bat. Also, it’s important to pay attention to where the ball first makes contact with the ground. If it hits the dirt around home plate first, you can expect it to be more of a chopper, so the infielders must crash right away. If it makes it beyond the cut of the grass, you’ll have more time to set the proper angle."

"6. KNOW WHERE EVERY PLAYER IS ON THE FIELD AT ALL TIMES
From batter-to-batter and even pitch-to-pitch, fielders will alter their positioning. It is important that each player knows where the other is. Let’s say there is a flare over the second baseman’s head, and he has no idea where the RF is positioned. He will then be lost as to how aggressively he should pursue the ball. A good fielder will create his “range” before every pitch. He will set up his maximum boundary for all possible plays so that he’s ready for anything. The best type of fielder is one who visualizes the field as a collection of geometric angles. Excellent defense is a mixture of athleticism, anticipation, muscle memory, and efficiency. Most of these things can be seen by good scouts as it takes a well trained eye to be able to see defensive intangibles. It’s also why we need to continue to use both our own eyes, advanced defensive metrics, and when the time comes, field f/x."

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Technique

"1. THINK AHEAD
Base-running is not just about running fast but it’s about being aware of the play around you--thinking always two bases ahead and how you’re going to accomplish it. As a base-runner you always need to be aware of the value of your run. This is dependent on the game situation and your ability. Have a feel of where everyone is playing, so when the ball is hit, you may be able to get a great jump. Knowledge of the defense will help you to anticipate the next step."

"2. STRATEGIZE
Your strategy on the bases will be different depending on the inning and the score. Some players like to take their leads and take one step closer to the pitcher. This gives off an optical illusion that you are closer to the bag than you really are. Others like to take their leads and take one step away from the pitcher. This is so when they dive back into the bag, they will make contact with the back corner. Make sure you have the proper footwork to support your strategy and keep your body ready for the execution."

"3. PLAN YOUR PATH
Plan your path in accordance to your strategy and have the steps clearly in your mind. Try to attain the straightest path possible when going into a bag. Start your turn early and make it a gradual arch when you see it went through. From the turning angle you want to hit the inside front part of the bag to push off of and try to get the straightest path possible to next base. Remember, the number one rule as a base runner when you are not standing on the base is to keep your eye on the ball at all times."

Power

Accuracy

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Technique

"1. RHYTHM
Rhythm is the first part of baseball swing. It provides the relaxed readiness that is essential to a well-timed swing. Once you get into your stance, the slight rhythmic movement in your hands and legs will help to keep you relaxed but alert. This helps you not get too stiff or mechanical as you start your swing. You are quicker and more in control of your body if you have rhythm. This means better bat speed, and better reactions and adjustments in the split seconds you have before contact."

"2. LOAD
Load provides the coiled tension that is essential to an explosive, powerful baseball swing. Use it as a timing device and a continuation of your rhythm. Getting your weight back helps you wait to explode on the ball and make your weight shift rhythmic and not jumpy. As you start your load, keep your body in a straight line towards the pitcher. If you start to coil and turn your back to the ball, your swing will be more rotational and your bat will be in and out through the strike zone quicker than it should be, thus making it more difficult to consistently square up baseballs."

"3. SEPARATION
Separation stage is essential for bat speed and bat speed directly translates into power and distance. Tension is the key to this stage. Point your front foot toes across the front of your body and keep your hands at or above the height of your back shoulder – and your bat should be at 45 degree angle. This will create tension in your front oblique area. This tension is like a stretched rubber band that will allow for a violent action toward the baseball. The more stretched tension you create, the more bat speed you can create. Keep your movement slow and in control as it will keep your head still to see the ball better."

"4. WEIGHT SHIFT
Weight shifting creates a rubber band like torque action for your hands and will propel them into the zone as fast as possible. Your hands follow what your base does so focus on having a proper strong leg drive in your weight shift and you will have a proper bat path towards the baseball. As your back knee starts to turn towards the ball, keep your front leg firm and do not allow the weight shift to get over your front foot. You will actually get your bat in the hitting zone quicker and it will stay in the zone longer, which is the ultimate goal."

"5. DECIDE & RELEASE
The last and most important part of hitting is when you decide if you are going to swing the bat. Once you decide to swing and fire your hands at the baseball, swing hard and don’t try to guide the bat to make contact. Sometimes it is better to swing and miss than to guide your swing to make contact and hit a weak ground ball to an infielder. Finish your swing by following through the baseball. The old saying of “Short to and long through” is a simple way of explaining the perfect swing. Meaning, quick to the ball and long follow-through."

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