Baseball Swing - The Best Way To Hit A Curveball
By Nate Barnett
Good curveballs are tough to hit, period. The best piece of advice I can give for becoming a good curveball hitter is to
become a good fastball hitter. Let that sink in for a minute.
Youth pitchers love to experiment with different pitches. Most never get to the point where those pitches can be really
truly be called pitches. Most are experimental throws that once in a while find the strike zone. Because of this, pitchers
will always revert back to the most reliable pitch, the fastball. So for those of you who are having a tough time with your
baseball swing on curveballs, don't worry, a focus on hitting fastballs is your ticket.
I know at first this may seems like I'm suggesting that you run from a problem that will surely come back to bite you later
on in your career. This is hardly the case. Here are some truths based upon observation of the baseball swing.
1. The majority of hitters prefer hitting ahead in the count (1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 3-1).
2. The majority of pitches thrown on those counts are fastballs.
3. The majority of hitters far prefer hitting a fastball over a curveball.
4. The majority of pitches thrown in a game are fastballs.
Based on the above, it's far more valuable to get VERY good at hitting the fastball hard when it's thrown in your hitting
zone. The more you maximize this skill, the less you have to worry about finding yourself in "curveball counts" where the
advantage is more for the pitcher.
While focusing your attention on the fastball is important and your first priority, totally ignoring working on offspeed
pitches is not recommended. The single best way to make sure you are putting yourself in the best position for hitting a curveball
(other than what has been explained above) is to make sure your lower body mechanics are solid and that you can keep your
weight back as you swing.
About the Author
Nate Barnett is owner of BMI Baseball http://bmibaseball.com and is based out of Washington State. His expertise is in
the area of hitting, pitching, and mental training. Coach Barnett's passion is working with youth in helping expand their
vision for their baseball future. After finishing a professional career in the Seattle Mariners Organization, Nate pursued
his coaching and motivational training career. His instructional blog is located at http://bmibaseball.com/blog
His new FREE ebook, Toxic Baseball: Are you polluting your game? can be found on the main BMI Baseball website.
Hitting 101, an ebook on complete hitting mechanics will be released by June 1st, 2008. Features include numerous illustrations,
video clips, and a special offer to discuss your hitting questions over live on the phone strategy sessions.