Hitting a baseball is an art form—one my hitters take to heart every single day. One of the keys, as any good hitter knows, is the hands. An often detrimental amount of time usually is spent by hitting coaches helping their hitters with their hands. Hitters often want:
- The shortest approach to the ball with the barrel
- The quickest bat speed
- Hard contact that leads to explosive extension that produces power
Having good hitting hands is important after you’ve developed a good head and heart for hitting. Check out my last blog (Keeping a head full of dreams and full heart).
I teach seven parts of the swing, which includes:
Remember, the fall (August-October) should be all about trying new things to determine what does not work and what does work.
Reminder: It takes 3,000 reps to build a habit? That’s seven parts of the swing and 3,000 reps to build a habit for a total of 21,000 reps.
You have August-October to get it done before it’s time to build habits and strength this winter (November-January) based on what you know works.
Check out one of my favorite approach drills — The Wall Drill Mirror.
To help — eep your skills sharp, we have introduced a new type of Skill Build—our Virtual Skill Build—where I can help you develop hitting skills anytime, anywhere using anything.
Remember: Intelligence tops being smart.
C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, C.J. has more than 22 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J. Stewart has a proven system of development and a track record of success that can work for you.