Baseball Hitting Tips For Youth: Can We Teach One Swing To ALL Hitters?
This is Part-3 of a 3-part baseball hitting tips for youth video series coming straight out of the Pitch-Plane Dominator online video mini-course…
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- Part 1 – Baseball Batting Mechanics Risk Hiding In Your Batting Tee
- Part 2 – Dominate The Pitch Plane Like Joey Votto (Baseball Swing Slow Motion Analysis)
- Part 3 – [You Are Here] Baseball Hitting Tips For Youth: Discover The One-Swing-Fits-All Secret
“The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I received the following reader question:
“Do you believe in one swing fits all hitters?”
In this baseball hitting tips for youth video post, we’ll:
- Define ‘one-swing-fits-all’,
- Reveal a human movement formula, and
- Talk about how Principles are like bowling “bumpers”.
Before you get your panties in a bunch, let’s…
Is there truly a ‘one-swing-fits-all’ baseball hitting tips for youth hitting approach?
Most baseball or softball hitting savants will tell you that you can’t mold every hitter into cookie cutter mechanics.
But I’m here to tell those people,
Look, I know this will piss some people off.
And it may sound like I’m setting the hitting community back 4-decades for saying it.
But hear me out,
I’m not talking about messing with a hitter’s “style”…
- Babe Ruth’s unique feet together position pre-pitch….OR
- Joe Morgan’s ‘chicken-wing’ back elbow…OR
- The patented Kevin Youkilis dainty hand grip position pre-swing (pictured above).
Here’s what I’m saying,
Hitting is quite frankly…
A Human Movement Formula
Like Tony Robbins always says, success leaves clues.
And there are certain players that dominate the Pitch-Plane, like I covered in this Joey Votto baseball swing slow motion analysis video.
What are the baseball hitting tips for youth clues hitters like Joey Votto are leaving behind for us to model?
Or better yet, what natural forces on the planet empower him to be such a tough out, while also hitting the ball consistently harder than others?
Let’s revisit the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote from above:
“The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”
A ‘one-swing-fits-all’ hitting approach has to do with, “The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods”.
Think of ‘methods’ as the hitting drill or movement being practiced. And the ‘principle’ as the objective that that hitting drill is based upon.
What baseball hitting tips for youth principles govern human movement, are validated by science, and are clues that are left behind by hitters, like Joey Votto, who effectively dominate the Pitch-Plane?
- Front Knee Action – Gravitational Reaction Forces, Tensegrity
- Back Knee Action – Engineering, Geometry
- Barrel Acceleration & Extension – Centripetal/Centrifugal Forces, Conservation of Angular Momentum, Tensegrity, Spinal Engine Mechanics
Principles are like ‘Bowling Bumpers’
Think of these baseball hitting tips for youth human movement principles, or “rules”, as bowling bumpers.
Whenever we teach a ‘one-swing-fits-all’ approach, be careful that you’re not to mess with a hitter’s style.
HOWEVER, what does NEED to be analyzed is whether the hitter is using the myriad of principles mentioned above. These are the “bumpers”.
When analyzing any hitter…male OR female…Little Leaguer OR professional,
We need to know whether Johnny or Sally are applying Ground Reaction Forces (or GRF’s) properly. Are they loading and unloading their body correctly? Are they using rotation and anti-rotation forces effectively? Are they moving their spine in a way that’s safe, but also optimizes the body’s energy transfer?
This is where I believe in a ‘One-Swing-Fits-All’ hitters. It has NOTHING to do with a hitter’s style, and MORE to do with a hitter’s use of naturally occurring forces on the planet.
If you aren’t teaching the swing between these ‘bumpers’, then you’ll be left far behind. And most certainly will your hitters.
I’ve spent 11+ years in the corrective fitness industry, and have too many alphabet-soup certifications to bore you with.I also played four years of Division One baseball at Fresno State from 2000-2003.
It’s NOT how you study, but what you study that counts.I apply human movement principles (or rules), validated by science, to hitting a baseball and softball.
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