“Being a successful hitter requires having knowledge of your swing, sound mechanics and the ability to make quick adjustments.”
Spring is here. Your off-season, winter work is over – the lifting, the running, the hitting in the cages. It’s time to play ball. Time to put your swing into action. Game on.
Being a successful hitter requires having knowledge of your swing, sound mechanics and the ability to make quick adjustments. Most young hitters struggle to make adjustments because they confuse the process with “fixing” their swing.
Simply put: making an adjustment means you are able to do something different in order to get the best outcome.
A good high school hitter is able to repeat his swing 50 percent of the time. If an opposing right-handed pitcher throws sharp sliders on the outside corner of the plate to a right-handed hitter, he should expect to hit the ball in the immediate direction of second base 50 out of 100 times. That’s considered having a strong “repeatable approach.” Hitters at the collegiate level repeat their swings 60 percent, while major leaguers do it 70 percent of the time.
Read: Hitting skills pay the bills.
What adjustment should you make with a slider if you’re pulling it to the shortstop instead of driving it to second base? You must focus on hitting it toward first base. While you’re missing your target (second base), at least the barrel of your bat remains inside the ball. If you keep the barrel of your bat inside the ball often, the hits will come.
So many hitting flaws can be corrected by understanding your swing mechanics, and the cause and effect relationships. I love my job because of the immediate feedback I’m able to see and the ability I have to empower my clients.
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 area scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, CJ has more than 12 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 track record of success that can work for you.