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How to Fix Dipping Under the Ball

 

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How to Fix Dipping Under the Ball

The Beginning Hitting Series

 

The habit of dipping under the ball is the natural consequence of facing pitches with an extreme downward angle.

Most youth hitters spend a couple of years of trying to hit a pitch which is traveling slowly and dropping steeply. The consequence is young hitters often develop a huge upper cut. The hitter intuitively knows they must swing extremely up to match the extreme downward plane of the pitch. That is, if they want to make consistent contact.

Then, the hitter matures and faces faster and flatter pitching. They begin missing under the ball because they are still battling the old ingrained habit of dipping their barrel too low. Dipping under the ball is typically especially prevalent on waist high and up pitches.

The overall concept is that the extreme upper cut swing path no longer matches the trajectory of the faster and more level pitch.

 

What Happens When a Hitter is Dipping Under the Ball

 

The mechanics of the extreme uppercut swing:

  • The young hitter collapses their hands too early in the swing. Often you will see the young hitter’s hands drop down near waist level as their swing begins.
  • The barrel of the bat “dips” under the level of the hands too soon in the swing. Most frequent contact and best power requires all hitters to swing slightly up (a positive attack angle of five to 10 degrees). But for the hitter who is dipping under the ball, the barrel is still behind the hitter and already pointing significantly down.

 

How to Fix Dipping Under the Ball

 

Here are two effective drills to fix dipping under the ball:

  • Routinely ask the hitter to swing hard and follow-through to shoulder height or just below. Requiring a more level follow-through forces the hitter to maintain the barrel more level earlier in the swing. Adjusting follow-through will go far for developing a slight, rather than severe, upward angle in the swing path.
  • Routinely ask the hitter to hit a line drive. Begin with a tee set at the top of the strike zone.

These drills will develop not only a more compact swing path, but also a swing path which is in the plane of the pitch. Both changes will lead to an increased rate of contact and hard hit balls.

 

Here is a detailed instructional video containing five tips to fix dipping under the ball:

 

 

 

 

Fixes to Other Common Problems

Building the High-Level Swing contains information on both identifying and curing twenty-six common swing issues. Recommended tips, drills, and routines for swing fixes are covered.

 

 

The Why Explained

Building the High-Level Swing explains in detail how hitting fundamentals work together to create a chain of energy. Readers can easily follow how very different swing styles, utilized by High-Level hitters, affect this energy chain.

In addition, relevant scientific concepts are applied to hitting. Importantly, these scientific concepts assist in guiding coaches, players, and parents to a better understanding of how the best hitters go about hitting with both power and average.

 

 

Building Rome Series Blog: The Beginning Hitting Series

 

Here are the thirteen videos and articles contained in The Beginning Hitting Series:

Introduction to the Beginning Hitting Video Series

Seven Steps to Successful Youth Coaching

Best Bats Ages 9 and Under

How to Fix Dipping Under the Ball

Top 5 Priorities for the Beginning Hitter

Choose a Bat in 5 Steps

Improving Vision of the Beginning Hitter

Improving Hand-Eye Coordination

Position in the Batters Box

How to Overcome Fear of Being Hit

How to Improve Plate Discipline

Check Swing to Increase Productivity

Develop an Aggressive Batting Swing

 

Building Rome Series Books: Building the High-Level Swing

step by step hitting fundamentalsBuilding the High-Level Swing, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 contains a detailed and comprehensive examination of over 100 hitting fundamentals, techniques, and options.

In the Building Rome Series of books, fundamentals are built step by step. Construction of skills are in functional order, providing a “roadmap” to becoming a great hitter.

All baseball and fast pitch softball players can “climb the steps of the Roman Coliseum” to becoming a powerful and productive hitter.

Enjoy the quest!