The difference between success and failure is strong or weak shoulders.
When I reflect on my baseball career, there always were physical signs that indicated I was heading into a hitting slump. Weak shoulders seemed to be my downfall.
For example, following an off-season training program, I always entered the season on fire. But then as I moved my body between resting and playing games, it was hard to make it to the weight room during the season.
This caused my body – and my batting average – to break down.
Just how important are your shoulders to your hitting technique?
You know that the load phase of your swing is very important. It involves your hands triggering backward and your front foot striding forward. You must get to this position on time, and in the right way, in order to track a pitch and take a good approach to the ball.
That means your hands must be located between your back shoulder and your back ear. This will initiate a good approach. Remember: A good approach enables your bottom hand to direct the barrel down while your top hand pushes the barrel out for maximum extension.
Commit this to memory:
Your hands must be located between your back shoulder and your ear (in order to) properly approach the ball with hands (in order to) make good contact and maximize extension for power.
The difference between success and failure is strong or weak shoulders. With that being the case, make sure your shoulders are strong so that you are in a position to get more hits as well as hit for more power.
Here’s your challenge: commit to doing 100-push ups everyday for the next 30 days.
Push-ups work your shoulders and chest muscles, and help strengthen your entire upper body. This exercise staple will help increase the size and strength of your deltoid muscles and make your shoulders bigger and stronger.
Use this routine to complement your hitting instruction and watch how your season takes off.
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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 take your game to the next level, C.J Stewart has a proven track record of helping players reach their goals.