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. A hitting strategy which works for one hitter can be ineffective for another. Intricate hitting techniques must be developed and be a good match for the abilities (strength, athleticism, speed, desire, aggressiveness, etc.) of the specific hitter.

Here is a list of hitting techniques and mechanics which should be customized to the individual hitter:

  1. Choice of Bat.
  2. Methods of Visualizing Release of Ball.
  3. Methods of Visualizing Ball Travel.
  4. Front to Rear Positioning in Batter’s Box.
  5. Distance from Plate Positioning in Batter’s Box.
  6. Grip.
  7. Weight Distribution in Stance.
  8. Width of Feet in Stance.
  9. Foot Alignment in Stance (Open, Even, Closed).
  10. Degree of Spine Angle in Stance.
  11. Degree of Knee Bend in Stance.
  12. Rear Elbow Up or Down in Stance.
  13. Height of Hands in Stance.
  14. Front to Rear Positioning of Hands in Stance.
  15. Tightness of Hands to Body in Stance.
  16. Bat Angle in Stance.
  17. Methods of Relaxation in Stance.
  18. Degree of Rear Weight Shift during Gather.
  19. Degree of Inward Turn during Gather.
  20. Front Shoulder Slope during Gather.
  21. Type of Stride.
  22. Length and Height of Stride.
  23. Front Foot Angle at Toe Touch.
  24. Degree of Forward Body Movement During Approach.
  25. When Hands Load.
  26. Where Hands Load.
  27. How Hands Load.
  28. Angle of Bat at Launch.
  29. Height of Hands at Launch.
  30. Rear Elbow Angle at Launch.
  31. Front Foot Angle at Contact.
  32. Degree of Axis of Rotation (Staying Back).
  33. Lead Shoulder Opening Strategy.
  34. Rear Shoulder Row (Scap Load).
  35. Pre-Launch Torque.
  36. Top Hand Torque.
  37. Flat Bat Hitting.
  38. Degree of Flex in Lead Arm During Swing.
  39. Degree of Wrist Snap.
  40. Circular or Linear Extension.
  41. Emphasis of Early Bat Speed.
  42. One Hand Release on Follow-Through.
  43. Emphasis of Gap to Gap Hitting.
  44. Attack Angle.
  45. Methods of Adjusting Timing for Off Speed Pitch.
  46. Methods used to Hit the Low Pitch.
  47. Launch Angle.
  48. Methods Used to Recognize Pitch Type.
  49. How to Hit the Rise Ball (Fast Pitch Only).
  50. Mental Approach.
  51. Plate Approach (Having a Plan).
  52. Situational Hitting.
  53. When to Look for a Pitch.
  54. Physical and Mental Preparation Routines.
  55. What to do to get out of slump.
  56. Emphasis on Patience at the Plate.
  57. Whether to Expand the Zone with Two Strikes.

See our books, Building the High-Level Swing, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 for a detailed and comprehensive examination of each of these 57 fit to player techniques. More information can found at www.buildingromeseries.com/books.