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V o n H a n s W e i s s e Homerun 11 tips for hitting well in baseball


1 a n o n s w e i n s e homerun 11 tips for hitting well in baseball


3 Many thanks to Chris Zirzlmeier, First baseman from Regensburg, German Baseball Champion 2008, 2010 and this ebook was published under the Common Label. It may be copied and redistributed, but only for private and not for commercial purposes. 3

4 Preparation for the strike 1 The right bat selection First of all, the selection of the baseball bat according to length and weight. There is a simple test to determine whether you have the right baseball bat or the right length and weight. You hold it at the very bottom of the pommel with your stronger hand, i.e. right-handed in your right hand and left-handed in your left hand. Then lift the baseball bat sideways with your arm outstretched until it is parallel to the ground. Keep your arm straight out and count to 25. If the club head sags or the arm begins to shake, the club is most likely too heavy. A good technique to make the baseball bat lighter and therefore more controllable is called choking up on the bat. This means grabbing the baseball bat 1 to 2 cm above the knob. 4th

5 This gives you better control over the club. Many professionals do or did so. Pete Rose, who has achieved the most hits of all time in MLB, was a master of this batting technique. 2 Setting up for the shot Depth and distance from home plate Should the batter or batsman stand further away from the plate, close to it, or somewhere in between? Getting too close to the plate can leave the hitter vulnerable to inside pitch, although many hitters prefer that pitch. On the other hand, a hitter standing too far away can be prone to outside pitch. Due to poor maintenance and constant use of the playing field on the homeplate, there is often a hole in the battersbox where previous battered themselves. Ultimately, all hitters are in this hole, regardless of their size. 5

6 The correct distance to the plate But such a tactic makes no sense. The hitter should position himself according to his height, the length of his arms and legs, and the length of his baseball bat. And not according to where the players dug themselves in before him. 6th

7 3 In equilibrium Next, the hitter must find his equilibrium. The player's weight should be on the balls of the feet. To do this, your feet should be about shoulder width apart and turned slightly inward. The knees bent slightly as if you were sitting on the back of a chair or on your racket. All very important points for the following blow. This athletic position is often seen in other sports. It looks similar with a tennis player who has to bring a hard serve back over the net. There are three ways to line up to strike. This position is called the batting stance. We recommend the parallel stance. In this stance (position) an imaginary line leads through the feet of the hitter in a straight line to the pitcher. An open stance, in which the batterer's front foot is open to the pitcher, as a right-handed player at the stroke, i.e. in the direction of 7

8 Shortstop, can open up outside pitches. The closed stance, in this case the front leg more in the direction of the second base, on the other hand, makes you susceptible to inside pitches. 4 The grip A critical point when hitting is the grip. This is the technique of holding a baseball bat. With the standard grip, the player holds the club with the middle knuckles in line. He also holds the bat with his fingers, not the palms of his hands. The goal of the Standard Grip is to achieve as much speed and speed with your hands and rackets as possible. Think of speed as the hands start the stroke and speed as the club moves through the strike zone. How hard a ball is hit depends much more on the bat speed than on the size and weight of the 8th ball

9 racket. Some exceptional players like Babe Ruth, on the other hand, had a lot of success with very heavy clubs, due to their own strength and height. With a choke grip, you hold the club, more in the palms of your hands, in a kind of stranglehold. The knuckles are in one line. This grip is at the expense of speed and has the effect that the racket hits the ball in a plane that is slightly inclined upwards. Chris with Modified Grip The Modified Grip is an intermediate level between Standard and Choke Grip. The choke and modified grip should be used when 9

10 at all, only try very experienced hitters. But why do so many players use these other grips instead of the standard grip? A simple answer is that you are not consciously using any grip. Another is that you didn't learn it or your coach didn't get you to use it. They hold the bat in this stranglehold because it appears natural. The fact is that it is more of a poor foundation when hitting. Never hold the club too tightly or with your palms. When the racket is held with the fingers, it looks loose and like a whip, which causes the ball to pop off the racket, which is much more speed. If you take a hammer and nails, you can try it yourself on a thick board. First try to drive in a nail while holding the hammer firmly down in the palm of your hand, then holding it loosely with your fingers. That is why we use the standard handle 10

11 suggested for most hitters. This grip is also much better suited to directing the shot through the strike zone on a straight plane. It is also helpful for throwing the bat's head towards the ball. To do this, the batter must imagine throwing his wrists and forearms, as well as hands and fingers, through the strike zone. Think of whipping rather than hitting. 5 Hands and arms This is not about how to hold the baseball bat in your hand, or rather in your fingers, the so-called grip, but how to keep your hands and arms in relation to your body as a starting point for the strike. The easiest way to explain this is to have the batter rest the club first on the back shoulder as seen by the pitcher. From there, just pick up the baseball bat a little. The hands should then be held about 15 to 25 cm away from the body. You don't have your hands too close to your body and you don't hold them too far forward. 11

12 To this end, it is an advantage to determine the most suitable club angle. We suggest the 45 degree angle. This angle is also the most natural for the hitter 6 Der Abzug Vom Abzug, English trigger, some have probably heard of it. He's also an important building block for a home run if you want to hit well. 12th

13 It is also no secret, and it is known in many other sports, that you have to stretch out to hit, for example in boxing or golf. It doesn't have to be over the top, a little twist with the hip or shoulder is often enough. Some players just walk back from the starting point with their hands and baseball bat. This action is called the trigger or trigger. The trigger later gives the hitter the power and speed for a good shot and at the same time the opportunity to time the pitch correctly. 13th

14 7 Timing Step Once the hitter has reached his trigger point, he is ready to take his timing step or stride. During his stride, the hitter moves his front foot towards the pitcher, but his hands stay behind. You step away from your hands with your front foot, so to speak. 14th

15 Imagine stepping on thin ice - carefully and slowly. You should come up with your big toe and then your entire foot. If you hit the outside of your foot, the hitter would break through the ice. You now have a firm footing in this position. The hands are still back. You can think of body tension like a rubber band. Pulled apart and able to snap forward. The stride should be fairly short, no more than four to six inches. A long timing step is undesirable because it reduces the power of the stroke and makes it easier for the club to get under the ball, which in turn is more likely to result in a pop-up or swinging strike. After the hitter takes a correct timing step, he is in a strong position to hit. His body weight is distributed exactly in the middle of his body. He leans neither forwards nor backwards. His hands are behind; if his eyes see a pitch other than the fastball, he can still react in time. 15th

16 SWING - THE PUNCH NOW WE COME TO THE ACTUAL PIT ITSELF 8 The eyes Keep your eye on the ball As soon as the pitcher begins his wind-up (pitch) movement, the hitter should keep his head parallel to the ground , the eyes are fixed on the eyes of the pitcher or on his cap. That gives the hitter a target to target. From there he can quickly direct his gaze to the hand of the pitcher at the moment he releases the ball (release point). From then on he begins to identify the movement of the pitch 16

17 9 Hip Turn Stay Loose-The Hip Turn The strike surprisingly starts with the lower half of the body. The starting point or time for this is immediately after the timing step is completed and the front foot is firmly on the ground. The hitter moves the back foot by rolling it on the ball of the foot while rotating the hips 90 degrees. The back hip rotates towards the ball as if you were hitting it, the front hip rotates accordingly until the stomach points towards the pitcher. 17th

18 10 Shoulder to Shoulder The Shoulder to Shoulder Swing The hitter's head, when looking at the pitcher, is over the front shoulder at the start of the shot. After that, when he has completed the swing, the head is over the back shoulder. While the hitter keeps his head down and his eyes fixed on the ball when he hits the ball, in order to see the ball well and assess the pitch movement, he must simultaneously bring his hands and body into the position from which he can optimally hit the ball with the baseball bat meets. After starting the hit with the hips, the hands go straight to the ball. They stay inside, above and behind the pitched ball. 18

19 Shoulder-to-shoulder swing, head stays down, eyes focused on the point of contact. 11 Full Follow Through The last part of the stroke is the follow through, a term in baseball that also 19

20 is used when throwing and literally translated would mean "follow-through". What is meant is that the movement started, in this case the stroke, is carried out to the end. Many hitters break off the swing too early. You're hitting the ball and moving the racket back, or stopping it instead of adding more speed with your hands and hitting through the ball. You can imagine that the club would be a spoon with which you catch the ball and throw it into the outfield. The follow-through is practically the last step in getting maximum speed behind the struck ball. Then both knees and the navel should point towards the pitcher. With a good swing, the hitter starts the swing briefly, hits through the ball, and ends the swing long to avoid breaking off the swing too soon. End of 20th

21 So hope it was fun. But now let's hit some bombs. Hans Weisse info at Tel: +49 (0) Blog: Shop: Facebook: Twitter: 21