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Thursday, October 8, 2009
Baseball Hitting Instruction - Is Batting Stance Important?
By Nick Demyanovich
So when you go to the ballpark and watch Major Leaguers up at the plate, do they all stand in the batter's box the same way? NO... and why should they? They're smart, and understand that their batting stance has nothing to do with their approach to hit the ball!
Your Batting Stance is Your Unique "Fashion"
A batting stance is really just a natural stance that hitters get into because it feels comfortable to them. Comfort is extremely important, because if you're not comfortable, then you will NOT produce for your team! Everybody stands in the batter's box however they want to. But when they go to hit a baseball, everything comes together to strike the ball in the CORRECT manner. So don't let anyone try to tell you that your batting stance is not conducive to hitting a baseball for power, because that's just FALSE information! Let me give you some examples so you can understand it all a little better.
Hand Placement is KEY!
Hand placement is a critical component of your swing, because most of your power comes from the positioning of your arms and hands when hitting a baseball. To put it simply, where would you want your hands if you were to throw a punch at someone? Would you want them far away from your body, or tightly snug in front of your chest ready to explode. Well you would select the latter choice of course! But then why is it that Major Leaguers hold their hands in all different locations? Well as I said before, it is insignificant where they are originally held. All that matters is how your hands and arms line up when you're bringing them through the strike zone to hit the ball. You must understand this important FACT! Therefore, it definitely would make more sense to hold your hands closer to your body (mainly your back shoulder) so that they are already in position to hit the ball; however this is NOT necessary if you are comfortable in your stance.
Create a Solid Base for Yourself
Another vital aspect of your swing is how your legs are positioned. Essentially, you want to have a fairly wide base during your swing so you can achieve excellent balance for optimal power and performance. So it would be much easier to set up in a stance with your legs about shoulder width, and only have to take a small step towards the ball when attempting to hit the ball. But as you now know, this is NOT necessary. Remember how Ken Griffey Jr. used to stand in his stance in his prime (almost straight up with his legs close together). He was very comfortable this way, and then when he went to swing the bat, his step was much larger so that he attained a wider, more balanced final position.
So don't let anyone try to manipulate your batting stance if you are truly comfortable the way you are currently positioned. But if your hitting mechanics are flawed during your approach to hit the ball, then you have a major problem and will need to investigate that much further.
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