Troubleshooting




 
Johnny Bench (left)
Mike Epstein (middle)
Pete Rose (right)

Three players (left) who spent a lot of time "troubleshooting" their
hitting techniques....


Oakland A's 4
Cincinnati Reds 3


The following hitting problems are the most common that I hear from both baseball and softball hitters. Many of the terms used to answer them are from my teaching program, which are easily understood by my current and former students. This page is more for them, both professional and amateur, who either reside or play outside of the Denver area. Many times, if they go into a “funk,” they can easily reach this website, find the appropriate answer, and get back “on track” more quickly.

Feel free to use whatever information you may feel will help you reach your hitting potential.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your hitting education.

Good luck, continued success, and "get a good pitch to hit!"

 

 "All I hit is ground balls"

  • Are you swinging DOWN?
  • Are you dipping your rear shoulder immediately after your front heel drops?
  • Is your chin down and "watching the ball hit the bat?"
  • Are you keeping the back leg bent when you stride and drop your heel?
  • Are you letting the front knee continue to bend after you drop your heel - instead of keeping it flexed (but not rigid)?
  • Are you "tilting" correctly and getting your lead elbow up in time when your front heel drops?
  • Are you "sitting down" in the approach?
  • Are you balanced when you launch your swing?
  • Are you staying BEHIND the axis of rotation that you set up in the stride?
  • Is your rear elbow tucking in as you launch?
  • Are you rolling your wrists at contact?

"I'm always swinging late, getting jammed, and popping up"

  • Are you "cocking" your bottom wrist at the Launch Position (creating a "long" swing)?
  • Are you starting your counter-rotation before the pitcher releases the ball?
  • Are you striding at the right time?  Are you letting the front knee continue to bend after you drop your heel?
  • Is the bat too heavy?
  • Are you "sliding" your hands and arms through the strike zone (staying inside the ball)?
  • Are you doing the Torque™, Numbers™, and Enforcer™ Drills? Are you opening your front foot at least 45 degrees as you stride?
  • Are you getting the proper "backside rotation" — letting your rear foot/leg/back hip "naturally" release as you swing?
  • Is your stride too long, lowering your head — and making the ball appear to rise?
  • Are you getting "balanced" in your stride?
  • Are you doing your "Enforcer Drill"?  

"Every ball I hit goes foul"

  • Are you staying "inside the ball?"
  • Are you doing the Torque™, Numbers™, and Enforcer™ Drills?
  • Are you correctly anticipating the pitch you're getting?
  • Are you "balanced" when you launch your swing?
  • Are you trying to do "too much"? (remember: "less is more")
  • Are you "letting the ball get to you"? (remember: pinball example)
  • Are you letting the pitch "middle-half away" get deep enough in your contact zone?

"I can't stop lunging and coming forward when I swing!"

  • Are you keeping the back leg bent when you stride and drop your heel?
  • Are you letting the front knee continue to bend after you drop your heel?
  • Are you getting into the proper torque position?
  • Are you controlling your stride length, or are you striding too far?
  • Are you letting your front knee drift forward - instead of keeping it flexed (but not rigid)?
  • Are you "tilting" correctly and getting your lead elbow up in time?
  • Are you "sitting down" in the approach?
  • Are you tucking your rear shoulder immediately after your front heel drops?
  • Are you balanced when you launch your swing?
  • Are you lining up your knuckles correctly (NOT "wrapping" the top hand)?
  • Are you doing the Torque™, Numbers™, and Enforcer™ Drills?
  • Is your rear elbow tucking in as you launch?

"I'm hitting the ball but have no power"

  • Are you rolling your wrists on contact?
  • Are you getting to the proper torque position?
  • Are you balanced when your hips pop?
  • Are you balanced when you launch your swing?
  • Are you doing the Torque, Numbers, and Fence Drills?
  • Are you staying on the axis of rotation that you set up in the stride?
  • Are you opening the front foot enough to allow the hips to get through (45 or more degrees)?
  • Do you have a firm grip on the bat?
  • Is your front heel dropping BEFORE launching your swing? Are you separating your hands from your body in the stride?
  • Are you "anticipating" pitches correctly? (Do you have a PLAN before getting into the batter's box?)
  • Are your hips "level" from launch to contact to follow through?
  • Are you staying on the "heel line" as you stride?