Develop an Aggressive Batting Swing
The Beginning Hitting Series
Baseball and Fast Pitch Softball
This post details 3 concepts and shows 1 game to demonstrate how to teach your beginning hitter to develop an aggressive batting swing habit.
Concept 1 for Developing an Aggressive Batting Swing
Teach the Intention to Swing Hard
As scientists continue to uncover, the mind and body have an amazing ability to adapt and accomplish the desired goal. If the intention is to drive the ball hard, the hitter’s body will move to accomplish that goal.
Shifting a hitter’s primary goal from simply making some contact, or any contact, to hitting the ball hard can dramatically change the young hitter’s movements.
Concept 2 for Developing an Aggressive Batting Swing
Let the Hitter Move Naturally At First
Let the hitter move naturally at first without too much coaching.
It is valuable to observe what the hitter feels they need to do to generate power. It gives the coach and parent a baseline they can build on.
Concept 3 for Developing an Aggressive Batting Swing
Develop for the Future
Ask most youth hitters their primary goal, they will typically exclaim, “not to strike out!”
But as the hitter gets older and the level of play increases, the higher the rate of hard-hit balls, the more success they will have.
Develop your hitters for the future by measuring and tracking the number of hard-hit balls for each player. Recognize, award, and celebrate the rate of hard hits, and don’t make a big deal over strikeouts. Praise the hitter’s effort when they swing aggressively and miss the ball.
As the developing hitter’s body, skills, and abilities progress, their mechanics and mindset will be aligned.
Game 1 – Swing Hard at a Good Pitch
A simple batting cage game should be a practice staple.
A batting cage game is great for focusing the hitter on:
- Swinging Hard
The better the hitter does both, the higher their score will be.
Use machine or overhand pitch. The hitter gets 10 swings. Foul balls don’t count. The hitter should try to let the bad pitches go. Being selective will increase their score. Score 1 point for any ground ball or ball which hits the top of the batting cage. Score 3 points for any line drive into the sides. Set up a home run 4 point area in the pull gap. In my cage, it is the basketball backboard. The hitter learns they need to swing hard to score 3 or 4 points.
Keep the hitter’s tally and continually try to beat it. Confidence increases as they see their score going up.
Building Rome Series Blog: The Beginning Hitting Series
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Building Rome Series Books: Building the High-Level Swing Series
See Building the High-Level Swing for a detailed and comprehensive description of 100 hitting fundamentals and 140 step-by-step drills that efficiently construct the batting swing from the ground up.
In the Building Rome Series of books, the construction of skills are in functional order, providing a “roadmap” to becoming a great hitter.
All baseball and fastpitch softball players can “climb the Roman Coliseum steps” to become a powerful and productive hitter.
Enjoy the quest!