Baseball Drills - Hitting Problems? - Check The Lower Half First
By Nate Barnett
There are very few things more frustrating to an athlete than than to struggle at the plate as a hitter and
not understand where the problem stems from. When I work with hitters, I focus on perfecting the functions of lower body mechanics
because of the affect the lower body has on the upper half. Trying to solve upper body hitting mechanics without addressing
the lower half first is like attempting to build a house beginning with the second story prior to building the basement -
it doesn't work too well.
Some of the common mistakes that can be ironed out with some common lower body baseball drills are:
1. Collapsing of the backside (shoulder dipping)
2. Front side (hip) flying open
3. Hunching over the plate (upper body)
4. Hands extending away from body through swing
Here is what to check for as you work with the lower body mechanics of your athletes during some baseball
As the hitter shifts some weight onto his back leg (the load) prior to the pitch, look to see if that weight
continues to stay on the back side as the swing begins. Many hitters have the problem of letting their hips slide forward
towards the pitcher during the beginning stages of the swing. This problem (often called floating) can be a major cause of
some of the above problems.
Because I understand that visualizing the process I'm referring to in text can be tricky, there are a couple
videos posted on my blog that will illustrate a proper trigger and lower body mechanics. Upon entering my blog, click on hitting
on the left hand side of the screen and you will be able to view that will illustrate what I've written on.
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.