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Adjustment Leads To Walk Off Home Run

April 16, 2019

Go to any baseball field and it does not take you long to hear a coach talking to players about adjustments:

-"Keep your head down"

-"Stay in a straight line"

-"First step back"

-"Get your foot down"

-"Come get the baseball"

-and the list goes on...

Some of these suggestions work for players, but most do not.  Have you ever wondered why most of the suggestions do not work?

They seem like reasonable ideas. Often times they are coming from a coach with a background in the game.

Yet at the root of whether the suggestion works or not is the underlying system the coach is teaching.

Does the player understand the main objectives and concepts for hitting, pitching, fielding, base running, etc?

Recently, a local high school player was told by his coach after he just missed the baseball and popped it straight up that the he need to keep his front shoulder in - that he was pulling off the baseball.

Now this suggestion in the middle of the at bat could create confusion for many:

-"How do I keep my front shoulder in?"

-"Are my hips going too early?"

-"Is my weight going to the 1st base dugout"

-and the list goes on...

Lucky for this player, he has been training at Hard 90 for years in Power Hitting Advance Power Hitting and  now High School Hitting.  This player has developed a strong understanding of the key concepts of hitting, has worked on in at bat cues and developed a rock solid mind set.

When the coach made this in at bat suggestion, he immediately took an intentional practice swing at a high outside pitch (his personal cue for staying on plane and through the baseball) and then put a positive thought in his head (drive the next fastball into the opposite field gap).

That next fast ball did come and he hit it over the center field fence for a home run.

The best players have trained to make pitch to pitch adjustments - have you?

 

 

 

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