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Oct
7
2009

How to Hit a Baseball: (Head)ing Where?

 

 

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During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball - Mickey Mantle

Ok, I'm back and better than ever? After a week with the flu I would say probably not. Let's try to build up some momentum on this bad boy and finish it up before 2010 rolls around. I bet everyone thought I gave up on this series.

What will we talk about this week??? What to do with your head, of course! Can you feel the momentum and excitement building?


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http://www.cobrabrigade.com/img/head%20down.jpgIn simplest terms I'm just going to tell you to not have any head movement while you hit. Yes, your eyes will move, but not your head. If your head starts moving up and down or side to side then it's going to throw off your perception of where the ball is and where the ball is heading (no pun intended). A hitter does not track the ball with his head. Period.

Take that picture to the right as an example, see what happens when you don't move your head? You go to the playoffs. Seriously though, if you could look at this swing frame by frame you would see very little, if any head movement.

It doesn't matter if you have an open stance, a closed stance or a regular stance....your head shouldn't move. Long time hitting guru Walk Hriniak is a big time believe in minimal head movement so if you are looking for good examples you should check out players like Frank Thomas, Wade Boggs and Robin Ventura.

3 Comments
Buck said

head movement = shanks......oh wait that's golf, but what is good for the goose is good for the gander....whichever sport. seriously.....you move your head you lose your point of reference from where you started. if you don't know where you started then how can you even guess at where you'll finish.

I should have just let you write the post. That's exactly the point I was trying to get across. In baseball, I believe, you have more moving parts in the bottom half of your body that can make your point of reference askew. Alfonso Soriano is a good example of this because when he's going poorly he'll start his stance crouched and as he moves to hit the ball he'll uncrouch and then recrouch which makes his line of vision completely screwed. Not sure if that can happen in golf?

Bruce Paine said

not only that, but when you are hitting there is a pivot running vertically through your body. To put it bluntly it goes in through the top of your head and out through your ass. You may turn the pivot as you screw up to swing, and turn it agains as your hips pull your trunk into the cut, but the pivot should stay in the same alignment (if I am reading between the lines of The science of Hitting properly). If you move your head around in relation to your trunk you squirrel the pivot around and that will do all sorts of wonky things. I always know when I am leaning my head in because I end up pushing may hands out away from my body and contacting the ball off the neck of the bat. I did it in my first at bat Wednesday and was lucky it dropped in for a hit.


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