Style Oriented Hitting Techniques
57 Hitting Techniques to Customize to the Player
Baseball and Fast Pitch Softball
Let’s begin this article by distinguishing between customizable hitting techniques and universal hitting fundamentals.
Fit to Player (Customizable) Hitting Techniques
Softball Momentum Hitter with Leg Kick Stride (Style Technique)
Baseball Momentum Hitter with Leg Kick Stride (Style Technique)
Intricate hitting techniques must be developed and be a good match for the abilities (strength, athleticism, speed, desire, aggressiveness, etc.) of the specific hitter. A hitting strategy which works for one hitter can be ineffective for another.
The choices hitters make, experimenting and selecting which techniques work best for them, comprise the hitter’s own unique style.
This article identifies 57 hitting techniques which hitters execute differently. With each of these style oriented mechanics and options, there is no one right way.
Universal Hitting Fundamentals
Building Rome Series defines universal hitting fundamentals as those where, for at least ninety percent of professional and successful college hitters, there is one prevalent technique for executing the fundamental.
In addition to the fit to player techniques, there is a core group of 45 universal hitting fundamentals nearly all expert performers’ execute the same way. There is one right way and all hitters should do it this way to be successful. To a large degree this is what makes them so good.
In a separate article, Building Rome Series identifies these 45 universal hitting fundamentals.
The Art of Coaching
The real “art” of coaching hitters is to know when to let things be, when to experiment with a change, and when to insist on a change.
57 Hitting Customizable Techniques and Options
Here is the list of 57 fit-to-player techniques and options.
If you are wondering, this list is presented in recommended order for coaching the developing hitter. Combined with 45 universal fundamentals, this list encompasses an effective step by step, “ground up”, swing build training plan.
- Choose a Bat
- Front to Rear Positioning in Batters Box
- Distance from Plate Positioning in Batters Box
Stance and Grip
- Type of Grip
- Weight Distribution in Stance
- Width of Feet in Stance
- Foot Alignment in Stance (Open, Even, Closed)
- Degree of Spine Angle in Stance
- Degree of Knee Bend in Stance
- Rear Elbow Up or Down in Stance
- Height of Hands in Stance
- Front to Rear Positioning of Hands in Stance
- Tightness of Hands to Body in Stance
- Bat Angle in Stance
- Methods of Relaxation in Stance
- Degree of Rear Weight Shift
- Degree of Inward Turn
- Front Shoulder Slope
Stride, Separate Hands, and Approach
- Type of Stride
- Length and Height of Stride
- Front Foot Angle at Toe Touch
- Degree of Forward Body Movement During Approach
- When Hands Load
- Where Hands Load
- How Hands Load
- Angle of Bat at Launch.
- Height of Hands at Launch
- Rear Elbow Angle at Launch
- Front Foot Angle at Contact
- Degree of Axis of Rotation (Staying Back)
Head and Shoulders
- Lead Shoulder Opening Strategy
- Rear Shoulder Row (Scap Load)
Arms and Hands
- Pre-Launch Torque
- Top Hand Torque
- Flat Bat Hitting
- Degree of Flex in Lead Arm During Swing
- Degree of Wrist Snap
- Circular or Linear Extension
- Emphasis of Early Bat Speed
- One Hand Release on Follow-Through
All hitters strive to get their movements on time.
Basics of Quality At Bats
- Emphasis of Gap to Gap Hitting
- Attack Angle
- Launch Angle
- Emphasis of Gap to Gap Hitting
- Methods used to Hit the Low Pitch
Off Speed and Movement
- Methods of Adjusting Timing for Off Speed Pitch
- How to Hit the Rise Ball (Fast Pitch Only)
Mental, Strategic, and Situational
- Method of Visualizing Release of Ball
- Method of Visualizing Ball Travel
- Methods Used to Recognize Pitch Type
- Mental Approach
- Plate Approach (Having a Plan)
- Situational Hitting
- When to Look for a Pitch
- Physical and Mental Preparation Routines
- What to do to get out of slump
- Emphasis on Patience at the Plate
- Whether to Expand the Zone with Two Strikes
The extent of this list may surprise some readers. At least two conclusions can be derived:
- Becoming a successful hitter is one of the most challenging skills in sports.
- A hitter’s concepts and training methods are crucial for success.
45 Universal Fundamentals
45 Universal Hitting Fundamentals for All Hitters lists universal fundamentals all hitters should train for.
Building Rome Series Books
Building the High-Level Swing, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 contains a detailed and comprehensive examination of over 100 hitting fundamentals, techniques, and strategies.
These fundamentals are built step by step, in functional order, providing a “roadmap” to becoming a great hitter.
Additionally, tips and suggestions are offered for how to customize each non-universal technique and option to the specific style and type of hitter.
All baseball and fast pitch softball players can “climb the mountain”, step by step, to becoming a productive hitter. Enjoy the quest!