A Practical Approach to Mentoring Hitters

Much of the debate about hitting mechanics today appears to focus on the weight-shift vs. rotational approaches to the swing, and, to the degree that the argument is about instruction, how much is science and how much is art and should be left to the hitter to figure out.

First, I believe that momentum contributes energy which contributes to power, and I believe that rotation-driven torque contributes to and applies power.

Further, I believe the key to successful mechanics lies in how momentum and torque are applied together in any particular individual’s swing. Second, I think the swing parts are science; the art is in the execution of the swing, and that art is solely the responsibility of the hitter himself.

Swinging a bat is about mechanics and athleticism, and hitting is about approach.

While it is true that good mechanics make a solid approach more effective, it is just as true that sound swing mechanics evaporate in the absence of a solid sustained approach. Three fundamental things have to be in place for a hitter to consistently hit…

  • The hitter has to see the ball as long as possible
  • The hitter has to be quick, and
  • The hitter’s strength must get into his swing.


[What we have done is split Pete’s ideas into 3 separate pages. The first deals purely with the mechanics, the second with the hitter’s approach, and the third part with how exactly an instructor should mentor the hitting process so that the hitter himself is in charge of his own results.]

Follow these links to each part of the approach… Read more useful baseball tips right here.

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