Increase your Batting Average
HITTING THE BALL TO THE OPPOSITE FIELD – IT’S A NECESSITY IN TODAY’S GAME
As the game advances, so does our knowledge of the efficiency of hitting the ball to all fields. The big man up top made a career of hitting the ball to all fields. He also does it with tremendous ease and power. Pitchers cannot seem to get him out because of his amazing plate coverage and hulk-like abilities to hit any ball … anywhere. Michael Young is also considered one of the best opposite field hitters. Young’s opposite field batting average is .362, 32 points above his hits down the middle, but 92 points below his pull average. More impressively, he has hit 35 home runs to the opposite field, only four below his pull total, though just 20.7 percent of his career home runs were to the opposite field. In short, hitting the ball the to all fields tremendously increases your ability to hit pitches in any part of the zone. It is part of becoming a complete hitter, and a more EFFICIENT hitter.
Hitting the ball the other way is a skill that warrants a great deal of attention to detail. Smashing the ball a few inches out in front of where it needs to be … rollover ground ball… Out. Hitting the ball with the wrong bat angle results in a week fly ball, a foul ball, a strike out … you get the idea. Hitting a baseball, in general, is an elaborate choreography of everything you’ve been taught by every coach coming together in one smooth swift stroke. It seems almost impossible that it can be repeatable. However we have the outlet of practice and repetition which makes this task attainable. Through the right drills and techniques anyone can learn to hit the ball the other way. “Practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect” -Vince Lombardi
DRILLS for SKILLS
Set up a tee on the outside corner of the plate toward the middle of the hitter’s body. Emphasize that they take a normal, aggressive swing with the ball deep in the hitting zone. This drill is amazing for all ages from little league up to the professional level.
ANGLE FRONT TOSS
Angle the plate to so that the front of the plate is lined up to where the shortstop would play (toward second baseman for lefties). Have the hitter line up as he normally would on home plate (he will also be angled toward the shortstop). The pitcher will be tossing from the same spot as normal. When the pitcher tosses, the hitters goal is to hit the ball back at the L-screen. In order to do this, he will have to let the ball get deep in the hitting zone and drive the ball the other way (in relation to the hitter).
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