By Jake Boss
A close evaluate of the basics and methods of potent hitting. Covers angle, stance, visualization and execution, follow-through, visual field and intensity conception, bunting, drills, troubleshooting and lots more and plenty extra.
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When the hitter's front foot lands at the end of his stride, it should remain square. The hitter's weight, meantime, should be against his front foot, not over it. Figure 4-2: The front foot should turn at a 45-degree angle while the back foot pivots. The hitter's back foot should be turned so that his toes are pointed back up the middle at the pitcher. A common mistake among young hitters is that they do not "squish the bug," or, in other words, they do not turn on their back foot. This mistake causes the hitter to swing without using the lower half of his body and often results in weak ground balls or fly balls.
The good hitter, regardless of his ability, believes he is the best ballplayer on the field that daybut he will not tell anyone. Instead, he will let his ability, attitude, and approach do the talking for him. Once he has ingrained this positive belief in his own mind, the hitter will begin to work as if he is the best player in the business, and his strong work ethic will eventually mean success for him, as well as his team Page 13 Chapter 2 Before the Swing: The Hitter's Stance Fans attending a major league baseball game these days can see 18 different hitting styles in the batter's box from both teams combined.
Figure 4-1: The hitter should remain balanced throughout his follow-through. Page 32 The Feet Just as it is in the stance, balance is essential in the follow-through. Since balance begins with the feet, proper positioning of the feet is essential. The hitter's feet should be slightly wider during his follow-through than they were at the start of his stance (six to eight inches), and his weight should be evenly distributed on the balls of his feet. The hitter's front foot will naturally turn slightly, because his hips will force that movement, but it should make no more than a 45-degree turn (Figure 4-2).